by Cyclist   June 8, 2014  

So this is not a best bike for a £1000 post, but a best (IYHO) £1000 frame set. I am happy to go + 50% but will try and stick to the grand if possible.

So far I have looked at every thing from Colnago to Raliegh.

My personal faves so far are:

Starley & kinesis Aithein, also the ribble aero frame has caught my eye, and for no other reason than I like the look.

Not interested in far sports china etc, and I have searched ebay for weeks... But 4 year old colnagos are going for the nearly new price on the odd occasions, which I find ridiculous.
So if anyone has had any good experiences with buying a brands frame set let me know.

I weigh 77kg, I like to ride my bike as fast as I can, and also just pootle in the sunshine without the numbers. I love hills so lightness is a factor.

Any and all objective comments welcome.


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Kinesis Gran Fondo ??

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [922 posts]
9th June 2014 - 9:50


Wilier GTR? I have the older GT and if the new frame is anything like it, it's a great frame for the money

posted by pirnie [221 posts]
9th June 2014 - 10:59


You're looking second hand as well as new?
I reckon I'd look at Canyon SLX or BMC team Machine, for no other reason than I like their aesthetics the most.

posted by bashthebox [764 posts]
9th June 2014 - 11:24


Canyon (yes, inevitably) ultimate CF SL for £989. Now sold out, apparently.

posted by surly_by_name [267 posts]
9th June 2014 - 11:56


Aeroroad CF frameset on £1,143.75 (bit over yoru budget but not much) but that appears to be sold out as well.

posted by surly_by_name [267 posts]
9th June 2014 - 12:23


Cinelli make some nice framesets – Experience £450 ish Aloy – Saette Radical plus £1230 ish Carbon – Strato Wired £1800 ish Carbon (sub kilo frame++) All Columbus tube sets – monocoque ect

posted by 60kg lean keen ... [71 posts]
9th June 2014 - 13:54


Kinesis gran fondo, and excellent do it all bike.
It's light, has mudguard and rack fittings.

It's fast and comfortable too + you can build it up with all your favorite parts

posted by GREGJONES [243 posts]
9th June 2014 - 14:14


Thanks for the suggestions, will take a look.

Yes, I am not adverse to going secondhand, as I have a couple of friends who got fantastic bikes/frame purchased from one summer wonders who moved on to the next big thing.

For some reason canyon don't push any buttons for me, my logic says they are a great bit of kit but my monkey doesn't find them sexy.

posted by Cyclist [307 posts]
9th June 2014 - 20:03