Help me decide? Specialized or Boardman

by Gordymac   June 17, 2009  

Im looking for a starter road bike and have set a maximum budget of £800. I have narrowed my choice to either a 2010 Specialized Allez Elite with Shimano Tiagra or a Boardman Team with Sram Rival. Any thoughts much appreciated.

Gordymac

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i've not seen many bad reviews of the 09 boardmans and value for money wise they're pretty hard to beat. the Allez Elite is the £1k bike, the Sport is the one with Tiagra - Specialized finishing kit is fair enough, but the Ritchey stuff is better IMO. Rival vs Tiagra? Rival's 10spd and Tiagra's 9, whether you get on with double tap is a personal thing.

If it were my money I'd go for the Boardman. Next up in this thread: someone backing the Specialized. Smile

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posted by purplecup [232 posts]
17th June 2009 - 14:18

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I love my old Allez Elite, although it was kitted out with 105 back then. It was a fab starter bike and now is my winter trainer.

posted by SimpleSimon [109 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:26

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how about looking at the Giant sub £1000 road bikes, they always seem to be a good deal. Personally speaking if i had to choose between the Specialized or the Boardman, i would go for the Boardman. Or try to find the best frame you can for your cash and dont worry about the rest of the kit which you can upgrade later. .or get on a cycle scheme if you can and get a bike tax free..or squeeze another £200 from somewhere and go for a £1000 bike, which gives you a bit more scope etc.. any help? thought not!

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:27

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What do people think about the kiron scandium available from wiggle for about £900 now....it had good reviews a year or so ago

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:28

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I was just gonna recommend that one myself but could'nt see it on their website.. could it be they have sold out.. must be good.

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:31

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great minds eh'!

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:33

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Out of the specialized and the boardman Id go for the boardman due to the quality of the kit on it but dont limit yourselves to those two, there are some other bikes that are great value on websites such as jejames (google search)...they may be last years frames/components but they are also heavily discounted.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:34

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Hey Jon short notice and all that but ive got tomorrow morning off and was gonna head out on a "hills and coasts' ride, across the mendips, then back along through Weston, Clevedon and Portishead..fancy it?..

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:35

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re:fringe - I would but my girlfriend has had a little bit of an accident with her laptop and I have to wait in for the insurance guys to collect it. I would have come as well, any other time though just let me know.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:36

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Ah good getting somewhere. The 2010 Specialized Allez Elite now comes with Tiagra for £799, and the Sport with Sora for £599. Looks like they have downgraded the components to keep them in a price bracket!

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posted by Gordymac [7 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:36

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No worries, apologies to Gordymac for the deviation..

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:38

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How about some Italian bling, SRAM Rival 10 speed, all for £879..

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Battaglin_Stealth_Rival_2009/5360042852/

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
17th June 2009 - 15:53

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Thanks Fringe, another spanner in the works! That Battaglin is reeally nice, hmm the choices.

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posted by Gordymac [7 posts]
17th June 2009 - 16:35

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
17th June 2009 - 18:18

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Recently rode a Giant Defy 2 which retails at £675 with Tiagra level kit and was impressed - a nice ride. The Defy 1 is £975 but has 105 kit. These are retail so you might get something off in current climate.

Not ridden the other two but would consider a Giant if buying again.

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posted by Blackhound [436 posts]
17th June 2009 - 22:49

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We've got a Defy 2 in on test - I rode it in the Cotswold Spring Classic, a very impressive bike for the money. Giant and Specialized have had the benchmark bikes at this sort of price point for a good few years now. Although I would have to say that the Boardman does look exceptional value.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
17th June 2009 - 22:58

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Well after all the advice i have bought a Battaglin Stealth Rival, so i will give my feedback on it once i have a few rides on it.

Thanks again.

Gordymac

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posted by Gordymac [7 posts]
19th June 2009 - 22:06

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nice one - let us know what you think of it!

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posted by cactuscat [301 posts]
21st June 2009 - 22:19

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I just bought a Boardman - would have seriously thought about the Battaglin if they had any in stock! Was the only thing with similar spec for the price.

posted by poppa [16 posts]
31st July 2009 - 16:20

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Hey Gordymac hows the italian ride?

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
1st August 2009 - 13:37

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Late to the table here, but I like the anecdote overheard in a bike shop by my other half recently "to be honest, in that price range there's really not much between them to differentiate - just go for the one you like the look of"

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posted by G-bitch [302 posts]
6th August 2009 - 9:14

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