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I’ve just bought one of these as a winter Bike..
Entry level groupset that works fine, disc brakes, and cheap as chips.
I’ve changed the bars,stem/seatpost, down to personal preference, but hey.
Spotty Dog IMHO.
YMMV.Posted 4 months agoprawnyMember
I think almost any modern £1000-2000 bike would be strong enough to carry your weight and more than likely geared to get up anything.
A few years ago standard bottom gear was 34/25 now its normally 34/30 I don’t think you can really go wrong these days unless you buy a proper BSO.
I spent £400 on my Saracen commuter, it rides as well if not better than the Boardman road bike I bought 5 or 6 years before than got amazing reviews.
If I was leaving it in majorca I probably wouldn’t worry too much about disc brakes or mudguards 😉Posted 4 months agodickyhepburnSubscriber
Great deals on ex-hire bikes right now in Alcudia… seriously do try some of the hire companies as they often get rid of bikes after one year as many people want to hire this years bike not last years…Posted 4 months ago
Was out there a few weeks ago and was tempted by an ex-hire Cervello with Di2 and discs for €900HTTP404Member
It’s now semi-compact. 52/36 out front and a 11/28 or 11/30 out back.Posted 4 months ago
Gives a better range than a full-compact.
Shimano 105 is where the groupset really starts to pick-up in the Shimano range. 11-speed and a fair bit lighter in weight than the Tiagra offering below and not a great deal costlier either.
Above this – you have Ultegra and Dura-Ace. Of course – you could also be looking at SRAM or Campagnolo too.
Wheels tend to be the main thing manufacturers save money on – and assume you will want to budget for your own after-market wheels at some stage.
If you haven’t been on a road bike in a while – perhaps look for more of a sportive or endurance geometry. That’s basically a slightly more upright ride and a more compliant frame. Other than that – pretty difficult to buy a dog of a bike these days.
Great deals on ex-hire bikes right now in Alcudia.
Interesting, as I don’t particularly want to carry it out there!
I’ve just bought one of these as a winter Bike..
Thanks Tee, but do you think that being a bit competitive 😳 I might soon want something a bit quicker? I noticed a lot of swanky looking bikes out there last week and I wouldn’t want people pointing and laughing as they ride past me! 🙂Posted 4 months ago
Why not? Living in Spain I use Spanish shops all the time… some are better, some are worse: same as anywhere else.
You may well be right, but in Mallorca its a bit smaller with less choice, less competition and compared with online UK companies, just not the same amount of options.
Happy to be put right though with any evidence. Sounds like Dicky will know more?Posted 4 months agojonnyboiSubscriber
buy a bike from decathlon whilst you are out there. Loads of decent stuff at all prices.
Best value/component spec for me is the ultra 900afPosted 4 months agotonyg2003Subscriber
At 6ft 4inches and 220lbs I’d probably suggest a 50/34 and a 28 or 30 max sprocket at the back. There are some longish and/or steeper climbs that you might want to ride from PP. Also if you are out there soon you might be able to pick up a end of season hire bike from one of the many shops out there. I’d expect that they might have the odd XL that they would like to shift.Posted 4 months ago
I’ve never embraced the dark side and have been faithful to mtb since virtually giving up running 10 years ago. However, I am looking to buy a holiday home in the Roadie paradise that is Puerto Pollensa and as such will enjoy road riding out there. It seems buying a bike out there isn’t a very good idea, so will buy one here and take it out there.
However, I don’t really know much about road bikes, so hoping for some advice in picking up a sale bike that will suit my needs. My needs are: decent quality, but not OTT, I’m 6′ 4″, 220lbs and want something that will get me up the big ascents and back down again without trying to break any records.
Your ideas/thoughts would be welcome.Posted 4 months agon0b0dy0ftheg0atMember
Depends on your budget and whether you think it might get closer to the £900 I paid for last years model back in May, in a similar promo code sale…
https://www.rutlandcycling.com/bikes/road-bikes/cube-attain-gtc-pro-disc-2017-carbon-road-bike-grey_373882 £1150 with current SAVE100 promo code, plus check if you can do Topcashback (I couldn’t, but then mine was a steal).
Mine is a 58cm, with ~389mm reach and 610mm stack. For someone 5’10”, I have the torso of someone more typically ~6’1″ and stumpy ~32.5″ cycling inseam legs.
~9Kg bike, nice comfy riding position that doesn’t aggravate my lower back, nice robust carbon frame. Easily takes 28mm tyres, allegedly can take up to 31s, but haven’t got any that size to try.
Depending upon your proportions, you would probably want the 60cm or 62cm version.Posted 4 months ago
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