Hi guys me again.
Man this choosing a new bike lark is complicated!
With so many options between £1800 and £2500 I can barely decide.
The thing that is troubling me at the moment is group set choice, now I know that the variations between manufacturers are personal but the variances between group prices are not. Now I want a bike that should not cost too much in upgrades over the coming five years, that as I improve which I will ,does not feel like it also needs to improve.
Would I be better off fronting for an Ultegra equipped bike now? (Probably between the carbon ult Synapse or a Canyon slx/sl) Or go for a 105 equipped bike probably from the plethora of choices from the bike of the year (synapse, Cervelo R3, BMC etc) which all sit at around the £2000 mark
Naturally getting Ultegra carries a price penalty for any of the bikes other than the Canyons which are still better value regardless. But I am the type of person who, when doing sportives in a few months or trying my hand at racing, will always be itching for the 'better' group. Perhaps because I ride Campag Centaur at the moment (on an allu Specialized Allez) and 105 feels like the on par option as apposed to an upgrade (and why else do we spend a fortune on new bikes)
Obviously I know the biggest immediate difference will be in the wheels ( where once again the Canyons win) but if you guys think that prompting for 105, getting a more mainstreamed frame and saving £500 is the better choice I would be delighted to hear the reasoning.
In case it's relevant
Interests: sportives this year, racing next year
Canyon ultimate sl-Ultegra-£1900
Canyon ultimate SLX (in the sales)- ultegra-£2100
Cannondale synapse -ultegra- £2500
Various 105 bike of the year options-£2000
If anyone has any experience with these bikes too also helpful.
Sorry for the long post.