What Roadie out of this pair would you buy…?
Planning to get a new roadie next year and given Canyon’s waiting list I’m forced to make a call sooner rather than later. Anyhow, the 2 forerunners to this point are:
Plus points for the Canyon –
Its 550 quid cheaper than the £2500 focus
Its Lighter (not by much and only because of the wheels)
Its got much better wheels
Plus Points for the Focus –
I can sit on it in a shop
I don’t have to wait until mid april to get it
Frame is probably better
Intrest free..not a biggie but not having such a large hole appearing in my finances will be welcome!
One of the big concerns about the izalco is that it looks very ‘racy’…I’m no racer, it’ll be used for 40-50 mile training rides, plus the odd sportive. Will it be an absolute dog over anything other than super smooth tarmac, and will the ridiculously short head tube ruin me after about 20 miles…?
What do the STW masses think?Posted 4 years ago
Well I weighed the focus in the shop….with pedals, bell and reflectors in a size large it came in at about 7.5k
The thought of a wattbike is not an appealing one in the slightest I’m afraid, I’m never going to be fast, I just want to have a nice bling bike! Did consider ti but think going to stick with Carbon.
The bigger crankset option isn’t a bad idea actually meaning I could get it by end of month. I could pick up a replacement for about 140 quid and sell the new one most probably. Is there a difference between 10 and 11 speed crank sets?Posted 4 years agofanatic278Member
The bigger crankset option isn’t a bad idea actually meaning I could get it by end of month. I could pick up a replacement for about 140 quid and sell the new one most probably. Is there a difference between 10 and 11 speed crank sets?
Presumably your current bike has a compact crank on it. Why not just swap them over?Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Giant Defy Advanced 1. Nicer frame than both of your contenders, slightly more suitable geometry for longer training rides.
However…If it fits and is your size, the 2013 Defy Advanced SL is available from Rutland Cycles for £2099! 😯 The less well specced 2014 model is £3K and still a fantastic bike. The TCR Advanced SL$ can also be had for about £2K now as well.
That Focus is a lovely bike and a clubmate rides one, but it is a race bike. You’ll be adding plenty of spacers to get comfortable and a 73.5 degree headtube angle does not for relaxing make at the end of 100 miles.Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
Specialized have some good deals on Tarmac and Roubaix at the moment. I have a Roubaix SL4 and it is quite simply the most amazingly efficient yet comfortable bike I’ve ever owned; it has reawakened the lust for cycling that I experienced when I first started mountain biking 25 years ago.Posted 4 years agomrblobbySubscriber
Only a small Defy left at Rutland. Can’t argue the Defy is a good bike, but how do you know the frame is nicer than the Canyon or Focus ?
Not sure how you would quantify nicer. Even a pretty basic alu Defy is a lovely bike to ride though, and would be brilliant for training miles (though not fulfilling the bling requirement maybe.) Have you had a spin on either of the other two you are looking at?Posted 4 years ago
That budget gets you something quite bonkers from Rose bikes
http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/bike/rose-xeon-rs-310-di2-2014/aid:688968Posted 4 years ago
I swapped to a 39/53 this year, had been on a compact but found spinning to be less natural to me than cranking a harder gear at a slower cadence, since having the new bike i havent touched the one with a compact.
I admit to keeping an 11-28 cassette out back to help with the hills around here, wouldnt want to ride with a 23t or 25t max cassette.
I have just seen that Shimano are doing their Ultegra in a 36/52 version that they are referring to as the Goldilocks chainset, not too big, not too small, just right….seems intriguing and something i’ll probably look at speccing on my next road bike.
For people who want the top end of a 39/53 chainset but need some ‘get out of jail’ gears, you can fit a medium cage mech and run Shimano’s 11-32 cassette….you keep the speed of a 53-11 gear and also the climbing ratio of 39-32….they’re big gaps between the ratios but its swings and roundabouts, the perfect groupset probably deosnt exist for most people.Posted 4 years ago
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