I'm going to be doing my cycle to work scheme. And am happy to use the full £1000 for a bike. This will be my second bike, the first being a £110 muddy fox from sports direct. It got me for A too B without any issues. But I have really enjoyed using it and enjoyed cycling around. So I am going to try and get the most bike I can for the £1000. I've been into my local shop, and read a few reviews and currently looking at the Whyte Dorset. Reviews seem pretty good, and it seems perfect for the everyday commuter to work and back, even in bad weather and occasionally maybe a longer ride. So my question is, is this a decent choice for the £1000 mark, or am I missing a trick, and there's a much better option for the same price. I've spoken to a few friends that know their stuff and they've said that it's the better choice when comparing it too the Cube Peloton Race Road, and the HOY Sa Calobra .003 2014.
I understand a little about bikes, and can see the two others come with the shimano 105, but even so my friends said the whyte would be the better option. And the guys in the shop said the Whyte would probably be the bette option over the HOY.
On paper, they seem extremely similar. There the same price point. Similar frames. Similar forks. Just the Whyte comes with disks, which could be a benefit for the wet weather in England.
Any opinions or help? Would the Whyte be a sensible choice? I wouldn't be wasting money or loosing out lots?
Hopefully someone can help. I've been reading a lot, but there aren't many similar questions or comparisons. Hopefully someone can see the specs and reassure me the Whyte is just as good, and a sensible option.