Finally, as the world did catch up with what I want to get
Jumping at the bandwagon a year or 2 earlier (just not having the money).
A new road bike with disk brakes.
Had a look at a lot of models coming out, but would like to ask if there is anybody out there who rides something pretty close to my desired specs and could suggest any models. Is it worth building the bike myself budget-wise, I've got no experience with that, and could possibly ask my LBS to assemble it. Or let them get all parts I want up to the budget limit and build it for me?
Not going to list all the models with comments here, but rather give an idea of what I would like to have (and that's always a compromise as well).
So: rather relaxed, endurance geometry, bike will be used for long-ish distances, maybe some touring/holiday combo and also to ride sportives. Not afraid to ride in wet and really keen (and fun) to ride on snow, but here in London meh
So it will be a rather all year or all-round bike.
Quality mechanical disk brakes. Never had a disk bike before (just on a rented holiday bike). Are Avid BB7 the best? - not a must as long as I get good mechanical ones so I can learn and tweak them myself.
Clearance for 28' tyres as I prefer a more comfy ride and more grip (and will get puncture resistant tyres). I think almost all I looked at got clearance.
Eylets for rack and mudguards and through axles, I'm in no rush (and when need to, will never be) to change wheels with QR. And thru-axles are more stable!?!
No preference for frame, either steel or alu or carbon, depends on the budget and the feel of a test ride. But I assume its worth spending on a quality frame - to have a good base for any upgrades I might want to have in years to come.
Weight in general is not much of a concern, just want something lighter and faster as the hybrid (a cheap one) I got now.
Did I miss something?
The most important bit - the budget is up to £1500-1700.
Planning to get the bike early Sept when the deals start rolling in and not waiting till any wheel standards will be agreed to by the big ones.
Tried to keep this post short (well?? ), so just ask if you want to know something else.
Thanks in advance.