which £1000 carbon road bike?
Going to treat myself to a pre Christmas gift and have decided to upgrade my aluminium Specialised Allez Sport to something carbon.
Don’t want to spend the earth so have been looking at Ribble and Planet-X.
The Ribble I like is the R872 but the bikes on the Planet-X site are confusing me….
…I like the R57 but fear it may be too stiff and as harsh as my current aluminium bike, the Pro Carbon looks a more comfortable bike but is it getting long in the tooth now, a bit heavy, a bit too flexy etc?
Anybody tried either?Posted 4 years ago
I don’t race but at the same time I don’t want a commuter type road bike that I then have to change again if I do start racing.
Will the Pro Carbon be enough bike to grow with me as my road riding improves or is it for comfort only?moomanMember
I bought a Ribble R872 couple months ago and it has been superb. No issues with it being too harsh or too flexy … its just one of those bikes that feels really comfortable to ride. Really love mine. Only expected to keep it until the new 2014 Canyons came out .. but decided its well good enough to not need upgrading.
Posted 4 years agoporlusMember
I have the R872 (Badge stealth as it was before Shimano told them they cant use Stealth) bought as frame only. Built up with existing parts, new groupset and wheels. Ride compared to my previous bike (first gen Kuota Kharma) is nicer. Feels more stable and responsive. Kuota on a fast descent by me got twitch. The Ribble feels safe. Can be built as a pretty light bike. Mine comes in at just over 16lbs, with Campag Chorus and Shamal wheelset.Posted 4 years ago
Mate of mine has the RT58. Was telling me the other day that to him the ride feels a bit dead. But hes not sure if thats due to the carbon or other issues.hungry monkeyMember
Why set on carbon? Ime 1k alu bikes are better than carbon equivalents – just cos it’s carbon it doesn’t make it magically better ! The best 1200 quid bike I’ve ridden had an alu frame (giant TCR). Alu frames are cheaper to make and therefore you’ll get more bike for your money when comparing alu to carbon.
IMO/IMEPosted 4 years agodeviantMember
Hungry Monkey….i’m open to all ideas, just that i’d heard carbon mutes more of the annoying high frequency road buzz and some of the jarring that aluminium frames transmit to the rider….more often than not at the moment i cut a ride short not due to fitness issues but the terrible state of the roads and the battering my body has taken on the ride.
LardLover….i’ve been looking at Steel and Titanium too for the reasons above, i think i probably need to try before i buy.Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
If you’re buying cash rather than Credit or B2W, definitely consider 2nd hand. Road bikes tend to be a lot better looked after than Mountain Bikes on the whole, and £1k will get you a LOT of 2nd hand road bike.
For instance, selling my 10 month old Merida Scultura Comp 904, with full Ultegra upgrade right now. Bike was £1500, upgrade to Ultegra pushed the cost to about £1800 all in new. Done about 1500 miles on it, it’ll come fully serviced with new brake pads and I’d like £900 for it. It’s a M/L size (equivalent to a 56cm) if you were interested… But certainly, even if not interested in my bike, there’s a number of very nice 2nd hand bikes out there right now!Posted 4 years agoThrustyjustMember
You ‘can’ buy a decent carbon bike for a grand now. Look at the Dolan L’Etape bike. Terry Dolan doesn’t sell tat bikes and that’s a grand well spent if you did. People scare others about bikes, not riding nice without any proof on what they say. I have a Cube alloy frame and a carbon road bike and the carbon frame is leagues ahead in all ways. Most frames are made in the far east nowadays.Posted 4 years agoplus oneMember
I love my carbon too.. Have a carbon tcr sl which is very stiff but not overly harsh quite comfy in my book.. (if that makes sense) equally I have a 2003 tcr alloy sl and it is very comfy too 🙂
The new tcr sl alloy is silly light too just over 1000g apparently !!! Lighter than a few carbon framesPosted 4 years agotaxi25Member
You ‘can’ buy a decent carbon bike for a grand now. Look at the Dolan L’Etape bike. Terry Dolan doesn’t sell tat bikes and that’s a grand well spent if you did. People scare others about bikes, not riding nice without any proof on what they say. I have a Cube alloy frame and a carbon road bike and the carbon frame is leagues ahead in all ways. Most frames are made in the far east nowadays.
Agree with this, nothing wrong with a good Alloy bike but cheaper carbon can be good as well. If you fancy carbon I can’t see any reason to change your mind because of advise on here.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve seen moomans R872 and for the price its stunning, hard to fault really. Worth going up to £1180 and specing it with 105 IMHO.hungry monkeyMember
I’ve ridden a few 1-1.5k bikes, alu and carbon. Of the bunch the TCR has been far and away the best. Yet to find a carbon one in that range which was as nice to ride as the giant (not forgetting it’s 1150g frame weight).Posted 4 years ago
In not saying that a Carbon bike of that price will be shit just that you almost definitely will get more from your money from an alu bike.thisisnotaspoonMember
At what point do people consider carbon worthwhile then?
About £4k when its not possible to spend any more on an alu framed bike?
In all seriousness you probably can get good carbon framed bikes for £1k, but the parts hung off it will be at least one tier below on everything, and the frame probably wont be better, just more expensive to make.Posted 4 years agoDashaMember
I’ve just bought a Giant composite defy 3 2014 as my good bike has been put to bed for winter. I only paid a grand and I can’t believe how good it is for the money. I was expecting it to be awful considering I’m comparing it to a full Dura Ace spec’ed super bike and it just isn’t. The thing to note too is at its heart is a quality frame, so upgrading components down the line is always going to improve the investment.Posted 4 years agocycleofaddictionMember
just bought a couple of SL Pro’s with full 2×10 Ultegra on mine and 3×10 on the missus bike which also came with a womens Prologo saddle that retails for £120 and fsa carbon bar & stem and is everything that we’ll ever need from a road bike unless we take up racing professionally any time soon…Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Have a 2007 alloy Giant TCR (bought used for £400) and a new Giant Defy Advanced SL (10x more!). They are set up to have the same contact points (Arione saddle, KEO pedals and carbon bars with fizik microtape) and dimensions. The carbon frame is nicer to ride and perhaps a little smoother, but the alloy TCR is a truly fantastic frame, and the newer one is even lighter. The older Ultegra shifts better too. The bikes share wheels (Kysirium Elite and Giant PSLR Aero). The TCR was upgraded with a full monocoque carbon Ritchey fork and bars. It has a carbon seatpost. It is not a harsh ride in the slightest. It weighs 450g more than the bling bike (which is Giant’s lightest production frame).
Personally, though, I’d find a Defy Composite with Tiagra components if I was looking at the OP’s budget. The wheels are heavy, but is is an excellent bike. At at that price point there are some very nice alloy options too.Posted 4 years agoedward2000Member
But then again, I brought this http://www.rutlandcycling.com/108684/products/giant-tcr-sl-1-2013-road-bike.aspx and it’s brilliant!Posted 4 years ago
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