- New Road bike … Decisions Decisions
One of these as it’s not a planetx?Posted 3 years ago
I’m torn between the two!
with similar spec on both I guess its down to frame style……. I just can’t make my mind up! Any real world advice from STW forumites???Posted 3 years agomrblobbyMember
Test ride them, then see which you prefer.
This. If you can’t then look for something you can. If you don’t want to do that then you may as well toss a coin and pick one, or go for the cheapest, or go for the one in the colour you like best!
What are you riding at the moment? How have you narrowed it down to those two?
Edit… if it’s your first road bike then unless you have loads of spare cash just buy something cheap that roughly fits. As you ride it more you’ll learn to know what you like and don’t like. You’ll probably change most of the contact points as your position develops (saddle, stem, bars, etc.) and having ridden it for a while you’ll then have a much better idea of what you like when it comes to buying a new bike and you can then sell the old bike on or keep it as a winter trainer.Posted 3 years ago
Although I like my Pro X- with hindsight I wish I’d gone for a Supersix etc. Previously I had tested a few and again with hindsight they ride abit better- stable/etc. In a few months I’ll probably frame-swap – keep all the good bits/wheels and put a decent secondhand frame/fork in.Posted 3 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
wish I’d gone for a Supersix
I dunno what it is, but even my old CAAD4 feel’s good, and when I’ve test ridden bikes 10 years younger they’ve had flaws, except newer Cannondales. Either I’m just too used to the way they ride. For me road bike buying will end up being a question of “well, is it actualy any better than a Cannondale SuperSix?” It’s just there, doing it’s job and doesn’t seem to have any flaws (except on paper where you’d say it’s spec wasn’t great and the frames a bit portly).Posted 3 years agorobw1Member
I am looking at this at the moment and have been into Planet X a couple of times to try the RT58 and the 57. Never do they seem to have in stock the sizes / models I want to try in fully built bikes. As I am between two sizes they may have one size but not the other so actually trying them as the STW massive (rightly) suggest, is not always possible. Plus they always seem pretty disinterested in actually giving anyone much time….and in the end just say ‘you’ll be fine on either size’ when what I think I need to do is actually ride the bike in both sizes to get a feel for it! Moan over.
have also been looking at Pauls cycles at the Giant TCR but was concerned that the wheels might not be great. They also do Dales….but again within the £1000-£1400 price bracket the wheels dont look too clever. Have been recommended Scott CR1s by a few folks but always seem to miss out on the deals when they are getting sold off.Posted 3 years ago
Even half decent wheels are circa £200? Takes minutes to swap round too.
My bike is harder to sort than simply wheels.
On the Pro X – I dont find the front end flexy (and I’m heavy/have good arm power)- but I do find the frame in general stiffer on the rear than I expected it to be.Posted 3 years ago
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