I've lurked on road.cc for some time, but only now have registered. I hope that my first post, a call for help no less, isn't too jarring!
I've been riding the same bike for over 16 years, and since this year I turned the big 'five zero' I thought I'd treat myself to a new bike. It's either that or completely replace the chain set in the old one since some of the teeth are barely recognisable!
Thinking of the type of riding that I do (mostly cycle tracks but some off-road gravel) I was thinking of a carbon frame endurance bike and narrowed it down to the BMC GrandFondo GF01 Disc (Ultegra Di2) or the Colnago CX Zero Disc (either Ultegra or Ultegra Di2). The GF02 as an alu frame is still a rank outsider.
Both seem nice bikes, with decent reviews. But has anyone here ridden them both and can comment? Of course, the best thing would be for me to test ride them both, and there's a BMC dealer just up the road. But there's no Colnago dealer within reasonable striking distance (although I can make unreasonable striking distance if it comes down to it). Overall, the Colnago looks the better deal (as an Ultegra build it's slightly more expensive than the GF02 but full carbon not alu, as an Ultegra Di2 build it's slightly cheaper than the GF01), and it's easier on the eye.
I weigh in at slightly the wrong side of 100kg, although aim to bring that down to slightly the wrong side of 90kg! Would that be too much for these bikes? (the kink in the seat stays of the GF02 has me a little concerned)
Thanks for any help you might be able to offer!