What do it all road bike?
I know next to nothing about road bikes, but I’m thinking of getting one to improve fitness.
I definitely wont be racing/doing any sort of competition on it, but I guess I would use it for any other cycling on the road, including the occasional commute to work (~15 miles each way).
So where should I start looking? and would I notice a significant difference if I spent £1k versus £500.
The planet x bikes appear ( to the untrained eye) to be decent looking value.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
GO cheap as you may not like it /use it
IMHO there is not as much difference in performance [ at the cheaper end] with road bikes v MTB as the weight savings are less real for a MTB
That s whatever road bike you get it will seem light and fast compared to a MTB
this got excellent reviews even when compared to £1`k bike and now £50 cheaperPosted 4 years ago
An excellent starter bike IMHOmartymacSubscriber
i would want full guards if i was doing a 15 mile commute, so make sure your chosen bike can take them.
imo you will notice the difference between a 0.5k and 1k bike, the 1k one will be lighter, probably have a better ride and be fitted with more durable parts.
would you consider a cyclo cross bike? they are very adaptable.
edited for spelling.Posted 4 years agoMary HingeMember
The cheaper Defy with the carbon fork, I think maybe the 3 or 3.5 is a great buy at £500 ish.
Plenty of others in the £500 ish bracket too.
If you want a bit of do it all! Look for a frame that can take mudguards.
I have 3 Planet X bikes and they are great for the money. The most versatile is my Uncle John CX bike with discs, carbon fork and mudguards. Can also fit a rack for commuting with panniers.
Those Decathlon ones are pretty good too if you want to keep the cost down.Posted 4 years agobokononMember
I got a defy 2 in November as “my first road bike”, it’s done 600km, 6000m of climbing so far, I absolutely don’t regret getting mud guards from the off, and think it’s a really comfy easy to ride bike. The only complaint so far has been the tyres seem a bit weak, a few punctures here and there, but nothing major.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks all, when I said road bike,I guess I meant not mountain bike. A cyclo cross bike looks like a road bike to me, so yep, A cx is definitely a possibility.
Regarding budget, not looking to spend loads, so If I could get away with £500 (or less) then that’d great, but I dont want to end up riding the road bike equivalent of an ASDA BSO.
Hadnt considered mudguards, but thats a good point, They would probably be pretty useful.
Cheers all.Posted 4 years agooldgitMember
Defy’s are a great ‘road’ bike. I’d not bother with a cross bike, if you ain’t going to take a mountainbike off road in this weather are you really going to take a CX bike off road?Posted 4 years ago
Defy’s take mudguards, but don’t look gash without them.
Cross bike + 23C’s + mudguards = GOPPING.
It’ll have road tyres fitted.
It has hidden rack eyes if you want to carry luggage.
Properly designed for the road.
Kind of almost built for what you want really.
Go like hot cakes second hand if you don’t like it.
I don’t have one, but for the money I really think I might get a basic one for when it’s foul out.
Defy 5 £499 full retail.jwabMember
I’ve just got a pinnacle dolomite from Evans and it is a great basic road bike. Initially wanted a cx bike but like a light road bike so hot this as it has decent clearance 28 tyres at least. Not sure if you would have to go to the 600 odd quid one with tiagra shifting or where sora would be good enough?Posted 4 years agodrewdSubscriber
I bought a Decathlon Triban 3 around 6 months ago and have to agree that for the money (it was a bargain at £300, it’s a steal at 250) it is great value. It will take mudguards or 25c tires (limited clearance for both), and the shifters are not as good as better groupsets but they are reliable and the guarantee from Decathlon is excellent. I have changed the saddle, brake pads, stem and fitted full length guards and it is comfortable and quick enough round the potholed lanes of Lancs. None of those changes were essential.
It’s not the best bike but it is great for the cash, and the triban 5 has a better groupset and is only £429. They hold their value fairly well and are easy to sell on too. If you have a Decathlon near you it’s worth taking a look.Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
Giant Defy is a great option, but in a similar vein (but with long drop calipers to fit proper guards), check out the Forme Longcliffe models. Great VFM and if you hunt around, sometimes you can pick up a bargain. Where are you based?
The new 2014 Raleigh Revenio range is very nice too for the money, nice design, decent specs, good reviews. Or if you’re pushing the budget up to £1k then consider a Kinesis T2 perhaps…Posted 4 years agomonkeypSubscriber
I have just gone for Cannondale Synapse disk 105 which is a great do-it-all bike. Previously had Genesis Croix de Fer, but its use was biased more to road. The ‘Dale is much nicer on road, but due to the disks will actually take cx tyres at a push.
Will take guards as well (neat concealed bosses) and seems ideal for my 25 mile commute.Posted 4 years agomonkeychildMember
On my 2010 Defy, I tried road racers mk2 thought they were rubbish (150 miles a week), defy guards fell to bits at the stays. Got SKS bluemels on and they are ok. They need adjusting every now and again and rattle a bit. The defy is a pain for guards especially with certain 25mm tyres (I use 23mm).Posted 4 years ago
After all the advice (gratefully received – thanks) – I bought a Cube Agree GTC compact.
Hopefully it wont kill me.
Look out for me riding it with urge enduro helmet , baggy shorts, flat pedals and camel bak.Posted 4 years agoTurnerGuyMember
The Cannondale Synapse does ride nice, and their is this equilibrium in the classifieds that seems quite decent:
(not mine nor do I know the seller…)Posted 4 years agomrmoMember
depends on what you define as occasional commute, i am doing 17ish each way and it does wear things out! You don’t need to spend a fortune, but be aware that better shifters are a bit more durable. The more you can spend the better.
But your the only person who can say how much you will use itPosted 4 years agoheadpotdogMember
I got a Giant Defy 1 back in October and have been shocked about how much I’ve used it since. The mountain bike has hardly been out of the garage!
For me paying the extra money for the 1 is worth it. The 105 groupset works so well and is very crisp, the brakes are excellent and it just rides so well. Comfy, confidence inspiring handling and plenty quick enough for me. Sure, the wheels could be lighter, but its a great first road bike for me & that’s the only upgrade I can think of that could be worthwhile.Posted 4 years ago
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