- New Road Bike Time – which ones to look at?
if you’re small theres some RT57 bikes in the clearance corner at PX
the RT 57 being a less stretched geometry than PX’s Pro carbon frame.Posted 7 years agoSoloMember
I like Giant, Specialized and Trek.
I believe that the larger brands invest in production techniques that smaller Companies can’t afford.
I also would tend to go for an Aluminium frame.
Were I to start looking for another road bike.
I’d start with those three brands.
I am actually up for a new road bike, but think I may hold off until the hydro brakes come out.Posted 7 years ago
I’ve been googling and seems that Shimano and SRAM are looking at / prototyping hydro brake systems fo road bikes.
Just to resurrect this – It’s a **** nightmare trying to choose a road bike, much worse than MTBs
It’s that ~£1K pricepoint question that keeps coming up
I can’t really get my head around what’s a racy geometry and what isn’t
I currently have a 2005 Trek 1400 and love the way it rides so looking for something with similar characteristics
Can someone help with with the geometry?
Are any of these particularly extreme?
Cannondale CAAD10 105Posted 7 years ago
Planet X Pro Carbon Rival
Ribble Evo Pro Carbon 105
Rose Pro-SL 2000 105
Canyon Roadlite 7.0 UltegraedhornbySubscriber
if you have a road bike already that fits you and you are comfortable riding on, get the tape measure out. you want the distance of top tube plus stem (horizontal) and vertical distance from fork ends to bars. these will give you the main bits, vertical drop from saddle line to bars will be useful also
is it like this one ?Posted 7 years ago
Cant’t you compare the geometry of the trek to the bikes in your short list?
I’d need to get a protractor out my my school bag that I threw in the garage in 1975 🙂Posted 7 years ago
I don’t know – which is what I’m trying to figure out – what it is that makes a frame more racy than another
steeper head angle or shallower? ditto for the seat tube angle etc.
I can measure the top tube and seat tube etc. easy enough
but comparing the geometry is not proving as simple as it sounds
Think I’m getting somewhere
I found the numbers for my current Trek, comparing them to the Cannondale there doesn’t appear to be much in it, Trek numbers first …
Head angle – 73/73.5Posted 7 years ago
Fork offset 4.5/4.5
seat angle 73.8/73.5
chain stay 41.7/40.8
Top Tube 56.2/56adrianmurrayMember
I would go for Rose Pro SL of your list for internal cable routing. Otherwise all those options are much the same.
Had same dilemma a while ago and would have gone for the Rose but went Genesis Equilibrium 10 only because Steel is Real.
If you go Cannondale, the Synapse is less racy than CAAD and I believe they are same or similar money.Posted 7 years agojustatheoryMember
I have just bought a road bike and had the same budget as you. I was looking at Planet X Pro Carbon with Rival, Giant Defy, CAAD10 and the Decathlon Btwin Facet 5. I went for the CAAD in the end, although geometry is slightly more agressive than the others. I had a CAAD9 that was stolen so knew the bike suited me and I got a good price on the 10. Just waiting for it to be delivered…can’t wait.Posted 7 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
*watches this with interest*
I’m in the same boat, but having the rack-mounts-or-not dilemma. Apparently the Giant Defy 1 should have rack mounts but the one I’ve seen doesn’t, even tho’ the sale man said it did. I think they must be getting slightly different frames from somewhere due to the high demand.
Cinelli Experience (no rack mounts but a great looking bike)
Giant Defy 1
Kinesis Racelight T2
Ribble Sportive Bianco
Not that short a list really 😆
The Spesh Secteur did seem heavy to me and the reviews aren’t great.Posted 7 years agotitusriderMember
jota180 its not too extreme. Ive got a Six which has pretty similar geometry. Coming from a mtb i found it was quite low so i swaped the stem (pointing upwards) for about 3 months and then moved it down a spacer at a time and adapted my body to being lower at the front. If you follow this approach there is nothing to stop you riding 10hrs a day its just if you jump straight into the most aggressive position and ignore your body that u will have issues
doing 113 miles on sunday! :sPosted 7 years agom1keaMember
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All sorted now
Binned everything on my shortlist [as you do] and picked up a good deal on a Specialized 2011 Roubaix Elite SL2
£1400 is not too bad for that bike in my eyes
I’m happy now
I understand that the Roubaix’s are more comfort orientated, and with a compact chainset, you’ll be clocking up the long distance miles in no time!
EnjoyPosted 7 years agoiaincSubscriber
the Spesh is a lovely bike, and very comfortable. earlier this year I was dithering between the Roubaix, Trek Madone 3.5 and Giant Defy Composite, and at the time they were all around the £1500 mark. All very good bikes and in the end I went for the Giant, as better spec for the money and uber comfy ride. I think they have a supply problem now though due crazy demandPosted 7 years ago
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