- what road bike – £1000 ?
What does he want to do with it – aside from ride on the road? Defy 1 would also me my choice for a first Road bike. The Merida is superb value for money (they also make Boardmans), but the geometry is VERY race oriented, with a low front end. The Defy is a great all-rounder, in fact the alloy one can take a rack and mudguards.Posted 4 years ago
Cannondale CAAD 8 Tiagra
I can also recommend one of these, as Son 1 has one. Rides well, less aggressive geometry than the Merida with a higher front end. Will take mudguards but not a rack. Paintwork on the Tiagra is an acquired taste (unless you are 15 and want to be Peter Sagan 😉 ). The Defy and the CAAD8 are the two outstanding alloy frames at the price point. And they have the same groupsets too. Wheels on both are heavy, and tyres are dreadful, I upgraded to Ultremos, which made a world of difference.Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
The Merida is superb value for money (they also make Boardmans), but the geometry is VERY race oriented, with a low front end.
I used to have a Defy, I now have a Merida (although it’s the Carbon Scultura but the geometry is the same as the Race Lite). The Merida is a tiny bit racier, but it’s not as full on as you make out. The fact its got a less sloping top tube than the Giant makes it look racier, but there’s not an enormous amount in it. Defy does have more clearance for bigger tyres and guards though if that is important.Posted 4 years ago
it’s not as full on as you make out.
Fair point, the angles are broadly similar (Merida will have slightly quicker steering, but not much), but there is an inch difference in head tube height. Which largely comes down to whether you want spacers or not.
Merida geometry used to be the same as Boardman, and looked a lot like the Giant TCR. There is little difference between my TCR and my Defy.Posted 4 years ago
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