Which bike for newbie

Viren Mehta

New Member
Hey guys - I'm new to the cycling scene and looking for my first bike. Budget around 650 - 750 (pushing it at this end). So far I've looked at Boardman road race and specialized allez, guess these are the most common from the sounds of it. What else is out there that is good at this price range.

BTW I'm 6", 34" inside leg.

Thanks!
 

Cyclist33

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Location
Warrington
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Or Giant Defy 2 if you can find one. There are options from Trek too as well as other makes potentially. Best thing is to have a look round your local shops, sit on a few, test ride a few. At that budget, I'd be looking for Tiagra gearing (so not Sora with the thumb button changer) or SRAM Apex

Happy shopping :smile:
 

defy-one

Guest
The Allez is an out and out race bike with geometry to match. If your new to road bikes,get one with a more relaxed setup the handlrbars will be slightly higher meaning more comfortable.
Boardman is good. Defy 2 is better imo
 

Rob3rt

Man or Moose!
Location
Manchester
The Allez is an out and out race bike with geometry to match. If your new to road bikes,get one with a more relaxed setup the handlrbars will be slightly higher meaning more comfortable.
Boardman is good. Defy 2 is better imo
Or you could buy a proper roadie and if you find it a bit hard going, flip the stem until you get used to it, then switch it back :tongue:
 

Brad

Active Member
I'm all for the Boardman, I don't feel you get enough bang for buck buying specialized as part of the cost is paying for the brand.
 

cyberknight

As long as I breathe, I attack.
Another vote for Boardman, they always get very good reviews, push comes to shove at this price your going to get a reasonable bike whatever the make so i would try a few and see what feels best and what offers the most kit for your money .
If you do not mind a trip then decathlons £500 is very good for the money ..
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-5-id_8167039.html
Or, if you know size you need ribble to some cracking deals..
http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/bbd/road-track-bike/Ribble-7005-Race?part=BB12RIB7005RACE&sub=conf_BBRA&bike=1
 
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Viren Mehta

New Member
Thanks guys, also just seen this http://www.wiggle.co.uk/moser-bikes-speed-105-2012/ seems to have decent spec (shimano 105, carbon forks etc) What do you think?
 

nick.b

Well-Known Member
Location
st neots
+1 for boardmans at the £600-750 mark, they just offer better components at that pricepoint, but i really dont like the new blue colour, they should have kept black, they looked awesome.
 

cyberknight

As long as I breathe, I attack.
Thanks guys, also just seen thishttp://www.wiggle.co.uk/moser-bikes-speed-105-2012/ seems to have decent spec (shimano 105, carbon forks etc) What do you think?
Looks a good spec and wiggle do allow you to try the bike and send it back.You can pick up some good deals as the 2013 range will be out soon and most of the changes tend to be cosmetic .
+1 for boardmans at the £600-750 mark, they just offer better components at that pricepoint, but i really dont like the new blue colour, they should have kept black, they looked awesome.
I actually liked the blue , i nearly went for the race but got the comp as it had better spec so i had to let the white "grow" on me .
 
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