That difficult second album !

by Paultheagle   April 28, 2014  

Hi - I'm looking for advice/recommendations on my second bike, currently have a ridgeback world voyage which is fine but I find quite heavy and sluggish, my requirements are:

commuting, light tourer, fast Sunday runs, leading to audax, relaxed geometry,somewhere between racer & tourer. Must be able to run 28mm tyres & have ability to have rear rack & mudguards fitted. price between £1.5k to £2-£2.5k - whole bike must be 9.5kg max
Any frame material - Ideally disc brakes.
Rear spacer 135mm, double crank fine (50/34 ?), 32 spoke rear otherwise lightest, strongest wheels for the bucks, tyres good puncture resistance and decent road speed, shimano 105 or above equivalent group set

Off the peg would be pref but not adverse to getting frame and getting it built by LBS (so recommendations of parts would be appropriated if that your advice).

Currently thinking:

Obera avant M30d
Hewitt alpine carbon
Kimesis tripster atr
Jamis quest
Genesis equalibrium

Please help !

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Reading through that, I would say something from Kinesis would be right up your street.

The ATR is £1500 just for the need to think about wheels and a groupset after that to keep you in budget and under weight.

So wheels might be Kinesis Crosslight CXDisc £300
Ultegra 6800 still at £500
Carbon seat post from Kinesis £75

Then you just need bars and saddle....oh and pedals.

OR you could get a full build for £2350, but you can't have as much control over custom spec.

Another Kinesis bike that might fit your spec would be the Pro 6, at £1400.

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posted by Gkam84 [9362 posts]
28th April 2014 - 0:36

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There's a whole crop of disc/cross/utility bikes out there that would probably fit the bill but the ones you've identified are a decent list. The Genesis is nice if a bit weighty, Whyte also do some good multi-purpose bikes. Norco, Moda, Ridley, Pinnacle, Boardman, Salsa... long list!

Planet X do the Kaffenback and Kinesis do an aluminium Tripster if you want to save a bit of cash and like Gkam says, their Crosslight might also be a good choice.

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posted by joemmo [1112 posts]
28th April 2014 - 13:24


thanks for the above advice guys - i will look into your recommendations Smile

i have hit a snag with my budget as boiler looks like its about to pack up so i would think the most i can raise now on a new bike would be around £1200 so would that change any of your recommendations ?

cheers again....

posted by Paultheagle [11 posts]
28th April 2014 - 17:19


You should be able to get something very decent in that budget and could probably build your own with some canny purchasing but may not save a lot in the process. There's a bit of a spectrum within the road-cross bike market though, ranging from touring/utility to the more racing/sporty end so you might want to decide where to pitch your cash to narrow down the choice.

The rear spacing, by the way, depends on whether its a disc brake or rim brake frame - 135mm for discs, 130mm for rim calipers.

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posted by joemmo [1112 posts]
28th April 2014 - 22:15


Can't advise on exact bike to choose, once you have chosen then you may need to change the stock tyres if you want: 'good puncture resistance and decent road speed' - my advice here is Continental GP 4 Seasons - they do a 28mm version.

posted by daddyELVIS [661 posts]
28th April 2014 - 23:05

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Are you ok building it up yourself?

For £1200, it would be quite easy to get a self build into your spec.

But if you are not ok with building from scratch, stick to the Pro 6 at £1400 or go second hand.

If you want more advice about self building, get in touch, I could throw something together within your budget and spec

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posted by Gkam84 [9362 posts]
28th April 2014 - 23:28