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  • Personally I would go for the Tk3 as it has a tapered headset, makes the whole fork assembly feel stiffer for braking and steering. The wheels are absolutely fine, R501’s are a bomb proof wheelset.

    mtbtomo
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    Are Tiagra hubs on Mavic Open Pro an upgrade over R501 wheels worth £235 i.e. the difference between the rrp’s of the bikes?

    Or a £170 difference if its the carbon forked T2?

    Assuming the Tk3 is reduced to the price of the T2, it doesn’t seem like much of an upgrade on the T2 to me, so I’d still go with the Tk3.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Assuming the Tk3 is reduced to the price of the T2,

    Yes, the two bikes above are the same price (£995) but the T2 has the upgrades mentioned.

    Premier Icon wallop
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    You can get Mavic Open Pros on 105s for £155 from Rose Bikes.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    wallop – Member
    You can get Mavic Open Pros on 105s for £155 from Rose Bikes.

    I didn’t want to spend anymore, I’m stretching Mrs K’s patience as it is.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    http://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/racelight/tk3

    or

    http://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/racelight/t2 but in the LBS this one has upgraded wheels (Tiagra/Mavic open pro) and Tyres (Conti Gatorskins)

    Which is best?

    Premier Icon wallop
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    Just trying to put a value on the upgrade.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Oh I see, sorry.
    I think the advice to get the newer frame is the way to go, although opinions of the R500’s seem to vary.

    Premier Icon wallop
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    Dilemma, mmmmm. Mind you, if you read some wheel building websites, Open Pros don’t get much love these days either.

    I’d ignore the wheelset and go for the better frame.

    I had R-550’s for years with no issues or desire to upgrade. On that basis I’d go with the more bling frame.

    brakes
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    I’d get the better framed bike
    you’ll be wanting some carbon clinchers next year anyway won’t you? 🙂

    I have a Kinesis road bike. it’s old and battered but I love it 😀

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Right that’s it then, the TK3 it is.

    Now, Baby Blue or Gunmetal grey 🙂

    Premier Icon wallop
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    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    Really? I likes the blue…. Mind you for a winter bike grey may be better

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    C’mon stw, blue or grey?

    http://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/racelight/tk3

    Choose colour on the left.

    stox
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    Grey 🙂

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    I’m puzzled why everyone thinks the grey is best…?

    Premier Icon njee20
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    Blue. I had a Crosslight that colour, was nice.

    marsdenman
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    I likes the blue….

    decision made, then 😉

    that said, for me it’s the grey 🙂

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    I like the grey.

    mattsccm
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    My bike is grey.
    bloody dull and horrible.
    Grey looks like primer.

    robdob
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    I have a T2. I wish I’d got a TK2, its much lighter. I’d get the better frame, use the wheels for a but then sell them and upgrade while they were still in good condition.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    I made a decision – I bought a Giant Defy 😀

    TiRed
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    Hahaahaha! Which one did you get in the end?

    brakes
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    what colour?

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    A Defy 3 2013 (alu). It has Sora but with paddles which is reportedly fairly good, but more importantly the list of free things (including the pre-req guards, and pedals) was so enormous from Pedal On I got everything I need to ride in winter out of the box and lots lots more for £679* – lifetime frame warranty too.

    Its the black one, my rational being that it looks not disimilar to my matt carbon Bianchi to the casual (potentially thieving) on-looker as I roll it out the front gate to go for a ride gicing the illusion of 1 bike.

    The red “3” looks ghastly anyway IMO

    * I lost £400 from my winter bike budget as the car Rad blew up 2 weeks ago, hence the attraction of the price point.

    Edric 64
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    Open Pro rims are to good for budget Tiagra hubs ,rather an odd build

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