I'm searching for my first road bike and my requirements are carbon + 105 groupset.
My high-end choices are GIANT Avail Advance2, Ridley or Colnago CLD, all around the £2K mark.
Then there are some cheaper options, which I'm strongly considering as this is my first road bike - Ribble and Norco Valence C3 Forma. I do like their frame colour and their geometry does fit me.
Norco does not have the full 105 kit, which I can get with Ribble, but Ridley are currently out of stock for my frame size...
My main question - is the carbon specification of these cheaper bikes much worse than the more expensive ones?
Ribble = 'mix of Toray T700/T800 carbon fibre'
Norco = '24T Mid-Modulus Carbon'
I am not sure which of those two is better, does anyone know? I've also noticed that Ridley's spec is 24t HM Unidirectional carbon - would HM (high modulus?) be much better than Mid-Modulus?
Any big issues anyone sees with Norco that I'm missing? If I like the frame I'm guessing I can always upgrade the breaks and other non-105 parts in the future? Will I regret going for a Norco versus these high-end bikes?
Thanks so much!