Planet X

by Harryb2996   March 16, 2014  

HI all,

does anyone own planet X bikes??

what do you think of them??

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I had an SL pro carbon, nice and light, cheap and cheerful, a bit vague steering at speed and a bit flexy around the bottom bracket, but a great first carbon bike at a price that's hard to beat.

posted by drmatthewhardy [303 posts]
16th March 2014 - 23:00

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+1 with the comments above. Really good value starter. Love mine and can not get around to retiring it for the second time. Much prefer the SL Pro to the RT-57.

posted by Yorkshie Whippet [289 posts]
17th March 2014 - 11:32

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I've got an SL Pro too. About to be demoted to second/winter bike, but it's pretty ace. Found it a lot more precise than my old Condor Baracchi, and it's definitely better than my Trek 5400. Agree that there might be a bit of flex in and around the BB, but overall for the price it's great.

posted by bashthebox [638 posts]
17th March 2014 - 13:57

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I am in the process of building an RT58 with Campagnolo chorus, will weigh around 7.2 kg once complete.
This obviously does not help in terms of riding quality I know, but build quality is fantastic and I have friends who love their SL pro's and on ones.
I am sure I will do some sort of a review when I have been able to get out on it when its finished!
If your looking at buying one, I say go for it, I don't think you will be disappointed

posted by Gareth W-R [24 posts]
17th March 2014 - 20:42

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had a nanolight ... absolutely ace Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [698 posts]
17th March 2014 - 20:56

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Gareth W-R wrote:
I am in the process of building an RT58 with Campagnolo chorus, will weigh around 7.2 kg once complete.
This obviously does not help in terms of riding quality I know, but build quality is fantastic and I have friends who love their SL pro's and on ones.
I am sure I will do some sort of a review when I have been able to get out on it when its finished!
If your looking at buying one, I say go for it, I don't think you will be disappointed

Cheers! i haven't found a bad review about planet X bikes yet! i'm looking at the RT-58 with its full 11spd Ultegra group set. Wheels aren't too bad either (FSA Team 30 Wheelset) for the money (£1399).
The best thing about it is the matt black paint job - so simple, but yet so effective.
Will have to order me one V.soon i think.
Will have a noticeable difference from my current bike! can't wait!!! Big Grin Big Grin

posted by Harryb2996 [20 posts]
17th March 2014 - 21:08

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I have an On-One Pompetamine Alfine - It's a great commuter but it didn't arrive set up very well.
It was fitted with deep rims but the inner tubes only had standard length valves - lord knows how they inflated the tyres before they despatched it.
I specced a KMZ single speed chain that should come with a link that you can separate to let you take the wheel out but when they fitted the chain they removed the split link and fitted the wheel at the inner limit of the drop outs so you couldn't fit mudguards. I ended up having to buy another chain.

Nothing major but very annoying at the time!

posted by gmac101 [25 posts]
17th March 2014 - 22:57

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I had a Ti Sportive SRAM Force Build, PX Model C wheels. A really lovely bike which I still miss.

It arrived well set up and I got good service from them in the shop (I went to have a test ride and a basic fitting).

I've also had a Kaffenback which I built up myself. Nice frame if a little on the heavy side.

I would buy from them again.

posted by Pauldmorgan [173 posts]
17th March 2014 - 23:33

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Just ordered my Pro Carbon Ultegra yesterday, should arrive by the end of next week, so I'll let you know then...
I couldn't find a truly negative review though, and on paper a full carbon frame with FSA Team 30 wheels and most of an Ultegra groupset for a cool grand is a whole lot of value as far as road bikes go!

posted by Cantab [59 posts]
18th March 2014 - 10:04

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I have a pro carbon SRAM rival, with force brakes. It's stiff, but not as stiff as some much more expensive bikes, a little on the harsh side in terms of ride, but not unpleasant. Very light and the upgraded brakes are fantastic, it handles like a dream IMO

posted by pdows47 [103 posts]
18th March 2014 - 10:22

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Yep, got a Pro Carbon SRAM Rival build. Super!

Firstly, I'm not the best bike reviewer in the world - not had that many bikes. So, feel free to add a pinch or two of salt to this...

It's not as stiff and sharp handling as the Cannondale R2000Si I had previously. But, then, I could only ride that for about 2 hours before I was in so much agony I would have rather been stabbed slowly in the eye with a rusty spoon! The Pro Carbon has seen me to the end of 6 or 7 hour rides with hardly any discomfort at all. It's like an armchair after jumping off my fixie.

It's light enough for me - climbs OK. It's well built. I've only had it two years, but nothing has gone wrong or started to annoy me.

It could probably do with a wheel upgrade. But, with Fortezza Superlites (my only change to the out-of-the-box spec), I have had no handling issues, even when accidentally slinging it into a corner on the insane side of way too fast.

My suggestion? Buy one

posted by Jimbonic [107 posts]
18th March 2014 - 14:52

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I have the rt58 in black and planet x were great as when I ordered my bike the ultegra group went out of stock and when it came back in a week late there was an issue with the crank. They then upgraded the crank to the sl-k EVO carbon as an apology for the delay.

The bike rides and handles beautifully and has knocked 10 minutes off my 18 mile commute to work. Thinking of upgrading the wheels at some point but otherwise it was a bargain and looks great in the matt black with the very subtle logos which does get you a second look when passing people as they aren't too sure what you are riding. Can't recommend them enough even if there supply chain can be a bit slow at times.

posted by BigAl68 [33 posts]
6th April 2014 - 10:57

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I had a N2A which was superb, now have the cross bike, XLS. Great bike, amazing value, arrived when they said it would, perfectly set up.They can be a bit slow sometime responding to queries etc but the bikes are great

Argon18 E-112 - Scott Spark 910 - Boardman Team Carbon - Planet X XLS

posted by colinth [183 posts]
6th April 2014 - 16:27

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I have had a couple of their Ti bikes, and they are great value. One of them was my first road bike and has done 10s of thousands of miles. It still looks great and anyone who rides it agrees it is pretty awesome. They don't use the same frame builder anymore but their latest versions still look pretty tidy and last time I looked they were super cheap.

posted by ilovemytinbred [164 posts]
6th April 2014 - 17:21

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Harryb2996 wrote:
Gareth W-R wrote:
I am in the process of building an RT58 with Campagnolo chorus, will weigh around 7.2 kg once complete.
This obviously does not help in terms of riding quality I know, but build quality is fantastic and I have friends who love their SL pro's and on ones.
I am sure I will do some sort of a review when I have been able to get out on it when its finished!
If your looking at buying one, I say go for it, I don't think you will be disappointed

Cheers! i haven't found a bad review about planet X bikes yet! i'm looking at the RT-58 with its full 11spd Ultegra group set. Wheels aren't too bad either (FSA Team 30 Wheelset) for the money (£1399).
The best thing about it is the matt black paint job - so simple, but yet so effective.
Will have to order me one V.soon i think.
Will have a noticeable difference from my current bike! can't wait!!! Big Grin Big Grin

Do it, I literally finished the build today, will upload a PIC to readers rides in a moment, matt black is awesome but seems to get dirty dead easy! Going to take her out on weds will let you know what its like. Its dead light though, 7kg dead on with pedals!

posted by Gareth W-R [24 posts]
6th April 2014 - 17:59

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Would love to see the finished bike. I agree the matt black gets dirty quickly but it cleans up a treat and no need to polish it. Mine got a clean today as neglected it since Friday but looking great and I am sure it will be covered again after tomorrows 20 miles to work

posted by BigAl68 [33 posts]
6th April 2014 - 18:22

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I bottled it at the last minute and forked out for a Boardman Pro Carbon SLR which set me back a lil' bit more however is better specced and has a better frame. Also has Ultegra wheels and hubs which you don't often see.
Not too shabby. Will upload a picture in the near future.

posted by Harryb2996 [20 posts]
6th April 2014 - 19:28

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Enjoy your bike.

posted by BigAl68 [33 posts]
6th April 2014 - 21:13

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I recently sold my bianchi and bought a pro carbon, it is fab. the country road on my commute, is a bit naff, but this makes the ride nicer.
it's a really nice platform to start on, especially if you can get it on the cycle to work scheme. mine was ex-demo, so I got it cheaper, and there was a nice upgrade to ultegra chainset and callipers. now that I've sold my 29er mtb. I plan on some nice carbon bars, and decent wheels. Party

posted by evilsovereign [1 posts]
8th April 2014 - 19:08

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