Upgrading - Sub £900 bikes

by Ogg   July 16, 2012  

I'm looking to upgrade my 2004 Trek 1200 and have so far come across:

2012 Trek 2.1 - discounted to £900 from my LBS
2011 Cannondale CAAD 8 105 - £815
2012 Focus Variado 2.0 - £694

I'd probably cope with Tiagra (thats what's on my current bike) but most of the Tiagra spec bikes don't seem much cheaper.

Main reasons for upgrade are: existing bike is a 58cm and is a bit too long for me (TT is 575mm and I have to slide the saddle all the way forward) and everything on it is getting a bit shabby. (it was bought SH off Ebay in 2008)

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Take a look at the Rose Pro 2000

http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/rose-pro-2000-compact/aid:557772

Great bike and has full 105 unlike the Trek and Cannondale.

It's also fully customisable. Every component including it's size/width/length can be chosen so the bike fits you perfectly.

posted by FatCycleRider [20 posts]
16th July 2012 - 14:15

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Ribble obvs.

Also, Apex anyday over Tiagra

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
16th July 2012 - 18:08

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Planet-X are good value too. Canyon - do they do anything in that price range?

Anyhoo, unless it's on ride-2-work, I'd suggest going second hand. You'll get a carbon frame and Ultegra or better for that money.

posted by bashthebox [647 posts]
16th July 2012 - 19:49

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Rose looks good, Canyon do a Roadlite for £799 http://www.canyon.com/_uk/roadbikes/bike.html?b=2502 ,
Ribbles go from £840 upwards with 105

Planet-X start at £999 (also seem to have very different geometry - long TT short seat tube?)

I've been trawling ebay for a few weeks now with no success - guess I'll have to bite the bullet and buy a new one!

posted by Ogg [8 posts]
17th July 2012 - 21:29

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