Planet X pro carbon, best value road bike?
I’ve agonised over a search for my first serious roadbike after 2 decades away. I started by looking at the Pro X then looked at the good the bad and the ugly. I narrowed it down to a 2012 Dale Synapse 105 but the **** tyres are the training tyre freebies you get with the base level Kysriums. All for 1200.. then the Defy comp’s. With their reputed buying power why do they put such shit low kit on compared?
In 12 months time you could frameswap the pro2 for any frameset and have a really decent roadbike as your next step too. On most defys you would have to upgrade bits n bobs as well.Posted 3 years agotaxi25Member
Great value definitely 😀 But how do they ride compared to similar priced bikes,perhaps with slightly lower level of kit. Ultegra wont make up for a dead feeling uninspired ride. Not had a chance to ride that frame, has anyone who’s ridden a load of stuff got an unbiased opinion ?Posted 3 years agorascalMember
I had this dilemma recently too. I’ve cut and pasted my contribution to a roadie forum on a very similar thread below…in a nutshell, I didn’t feel ‘inspired’ by the PX, but then everyone’s different, you might love it.
“I had an alu Airborne Thunderbolt until recently – nice 9 speed Campag Veloce (9-10 years old) – quite a harsh ride though so wanted a smoother, more relaxed ride.
Looked at a Defy Composite which was lovely but £1600. Tried a PX Pro in Rotherham – yes it’s a lot of kit on a carbon frame but didn’t feel better than the Airborne TBH so went off the idea straight away – it felt a bit ‘cheap’. Then I noticed a Cube Agree Pro 2013 on Chain Reaction – £1400 down to £930! Tried one and that swung it. I’m no expert but my first ride had me smiling and I have no regrets whatsoever. Cuts out so much road ‘noise’ and feels almost floaty smooth. Quite a relaxed geometry (short TT and higher front end) with decent kit – Aksiums, 105, Ultegra (rear mech) 10 speed groupset, Easton finishing kit. Ok – the brakes and c/set are cheaper but absolutely fine and can be upgraded when they wear out. Respectable weight, stiff and looks bloody ace! Everyone has different opinions/experience etc but I am very happy with it – you CAN get a half decent carbon bike for under a grand by looking at last year’s bikes if you’re not bothered about the latest kit. Go for the Cube (FWIW I got the 58cm an I am 6′ – it’s spot-on size wise)”
Yes the PX has better kit, but the Cube feels like a better bike – to me anyway 🙂
EDIT: Brant – has the spec changed as I’m pretty sure the one I tried less than 2 months ago in Rotherham was 10 speed Ultegra and a downgraded c/set?? The RT57 had full 11 speed Ultegra.Posted 3 years ago
EDIT: Brant – has the spec changed as I’m pretty sure the one I tried less than 2 months ago in Rotherham was 10 speed Ultegra and a downgraded c/set?? The RT57 had full 11 speed Ultegra.
Pro Carbon at £999 has full 6800 Ultegra 11, inc calipers, cassette, chain, crank. The lot. And FSA Vision 30 wheels which are fast as you like. Not Superlight, but I’d take aero over lightweight unless I was an 8 stone climber.Posted 3 years agoduckmanMember
Angus council cycle scheme middle of May is going to be an easy choice this year. Currently use an alfined Cdf for the commute,wonder if I will feel the benefit of something 8lb lighter 😆 since Brant is reading this,6″ 3″ and 95ish kg, too tall and chunky for the 58 rt57?Posted 3 years ago
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