- Road bikes- which one/where to buy from? (good deals)
If I was buying again I would be looking for an oversize headtube and full carbon fork on the spec.
Modern bikes seem to allow for a wide range fitment, I have two road bikes different sizes but the bars, seat and pedals are in the same place on both.
Colour and styling is importnat to me I like a bike thats pleasing to look at.
Ride handling is a difficult one, I can usually discount a bike on a short test ride due to its angles or more likely because it has a short top tube(latest tricross for example).
The frame qualities I would look for are- a stiff non flexy bottom bracket and removal of that energy sapping road chatter you get at speed on bad road surfaces which is difficult to gauge on a short ride.
Also factor in for some new wheels(basic fulcrums or mavics) as the OE ones are invariably rubbish.
Having said all that the £999 giant defy alu sl was a the best bike for buck I spotted when doing the rounds recently.
Versatile too with well hidden mounts for racks and guards which you may not want now, but never say never.
A bit sportier is a the Allex sport also in aluminium(with some fancy welding) but with a full carbon fork and 105 for £1200 very light.
If you can beg borrow or steal a bit more cash then the new Cervellos look lovely but are around 2k.Posted 4 years agollamaMember
The trouble I had when I bought my first road bike was that I did not know what I wanted. You don’t really know about fit until you’ve ridden for a few long rides. All I had was MTB background so I ended up with a too long TT to which I had to fit a short stem. So buy cheep, work out what you like/don’t like, and then splash the cash.Posted 4 years agoYakSubscriber
One other thing, my mate is currently clocking up 50+ mile rides at 20+mph on a croix de fer built up with 29er parts and 35mm marathons.
Unless you need something competitive, get something comfy and rack-up the miles! Guess a cheapish steel frame (520/525 type stuff) is only going to add a pound or 2 or so over something plastic. Nothing really that the gained fitness of many miles on something comfy won’t overcome. Ribble, Genesis etc..Posted 4 years agomrblobbyMember
Doesn’t need to be fancy. My old Trek alu winter road bike brought from a mate for about 250 quid (was about 500 quid new) is still a much better proposition for big road miles than my flat bared run about that cost about a grand to build up.
Great to prove a point to people.
Can’t really see what point you’d be proving or who you’d be proving it to 🙂Posted 4 years agounovoloMember
Take a trip over to Decathlon in Stockport and have a go on some of the road bikes there.
At the top end of your budget there doing the Btwin Mach 720, full carbon frame/fork, Full Campy Centaur groupset & Khamsin wheels.Posted 4 years ago
in the tradition of recommending your own bike, how about a cube agree pro?
£979, full carbon, mix of shimano 105 and ultegra.Posted 4 years agotaxi25Member
Unless you need something competitive, get something comfy and rack-up the miles! Guess a cheapish steel frame (520/525 type stuff) is only going to add a pound or 2 or so over something plastic. Nothing really that the gained fitness of many miles on something comfy won’t overcome. Ribble, Genesis etc..
don’t know why this keeps getting trotted out, I’ve got a good steel bike and a carbon bike, the carbon probably has the edge on comfort, is stiffer, lighter. faster and the big one “more fun”.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Comfort is dictated by fit not material. Old steel bikes were comfortable. Modern carbon bikes are comfortable, but lighter and stiffer; hence more efficient.
hora, If you are uncomfortable, I suggest fit is the issue. Too much weight on the arms, for example.
I have or have owned steel, titanium, carbon and alloy. All have been comfortable when correctly fitted. They didn’t all start off that way.Posted 4 years agorascalMember
I haven’t followed the thread all the way through, but I recently bought this after having a pretty stiff alu Airborne Thunderbolt:
Bloody love it!Posted 4 years ago
I’m 6′ and the 58cm is bang-on. Short TT, mix of 105/Ultegra, Aksium wheels, Easton kit and a lovely ‘floaty’ carbon frame. Best of all was £470 to boot. No complaints whatsoever 🙂
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