- Road bike conundrum, time to lower the bar!
You’ve advised on £3k & £2k budgets, mine is a bit lower.Posted 5 years ago
I have permission to get my first road bike in 30+ years and have about £1k to spend.
I know the received wisdom is to get on as many bike as possible before making a decision and I’ve had a 10 min spin on a Felt Z85 and it seemed ok. I quite like the look of the Planet-X Pro Carbon, but how do I get to try one?
What else I should consider?muddydwarfSubscriber
You can build up to your own price point & if you are close enough they have a showroom in Ormskirk.Posted 5 years ago
I have one built up with 105 groupset & Cero AR30 wheels, lovely thing.geetee1972Member
At that price point, aluminum and a lot of carbon frames are going to be very harsh rides. If it’s your first bike in 30 years then you won’t have much to compare that too, but if you do end up on cheap carbon or alloy then you could be missing out on something more comfortable.
I’m guessing your the other side of 40? And if you’ve not been on a road bike for 30 years comfort of ride and set up will be paramount to having fun.
I would put a high value on service and fit from a shop in that situation. Sure online discounters and mail order will get you more bike, but a good fit and set up will get you more ‘ride’.
For your budget, you’re squarely in the sights of the Genesis brand and their range of Equilibrium bikes.
These are steel and very well made. They will be heavier than an equivalent alloy or carbon (probably even at the same price) but any one of them will be considerably more comfortable and better suited to your return to road riding.
This comes in at £1099 but if you shop around a bit you’ll likely find it cheaper. I have had one myself before moving up a gear to a ti race bike but now have another one as my commuter/winter training bike.Posted 5 years agofreeagentMember
If you are confident on what you want then you will get a better deal via mail order.
However, if like me you don’t really know what you want, and would like to try it first, go to a shop.
I picked up a Giant Defy 1 on Saturday from our local Giant Store – it is a thing of beauty, and well regarded as one of the best £1k bikes out there.
At £1k you are on the cusp between the better alloy frames, and entry level carbon. As i’m a 100kg lump I decided alloy was preferable to cheaper carbon.Posted 5 years ago
The Ribble Grand Fondo also looks good for around £1k…kudosMember
At that price point, aluminum and a lot of carbon frames are going to be very harsh rides.
My experience of carbon frames in that price bracket is that they have a tendency to be quite comfortable but a bit sloppy in the BB. Although not necessarily enough to cause issues.
A couple of my riding buddies have Ribbles – a Sportive Bianco and a Grand Fondo (good value, comfortable, come with terrible wheels and tyres but serviceable finishing kit) and the Ribble R872 (excellent frame, slightly more aggressive, not overly harsh, stiff in the BB)…
You can spec any of these with full 105 at around your budget, but I’d put a bit more in to get better wheels and tyres.
TBH, you’re shopping in the most competitive price bracket due to C2W scheme, so in terms of VFM, you’re spoilt for choice.
People don’t seem to recommend Boardman any more, not sure why. Excellent frame and great value…Posted 5 years ago
Freeagent, great choice! I’d still get an alu defy on that budget. Properly sorted frame, comfy for long rides, you could happily race on it, it’s got guard mounts for winter training. And is easily a good enough frame to benefit from some quality wheels and componentry upgrades if you really get into it. And Giant are excellent at sorting out any problems too.
All too easy to be swayed by a cheap carbon frame and an upgraded groupset from one of the mail order lot though.Posted 5 years ago
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