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Been reading road.cc articles for a few years now, but never looked at the forum before. So hi  9

Anyway, i'm on the hunt in the winter sales for a carbon bike, on a budget of a thousand pounds. I had my heart set on either a Cube Agree 105 or a Focus Cayo 3.0. But neither of them seems to come down in price yet, while i see other nice bikes appearing and getting sold out. Anyone got an idea why these two bikes are not getting reduced (yet)? Or what else to get in my budget? Few limitations: i'm a Shimano man so no Campa or SRAM, and good as they may be i'll pass on Boardmans.

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dans [13 posts] 4 years ago
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Cannondale supersix 105 is always good, usually go to about £1300 this time of year

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Raleigh [1667 posts] 4 years ago
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You're wrong.

The carbon bike you should be looking for is in fact Aluminium.

It is called a Cervelo S1.

I don't know how many time I have had
this argument.

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Also.

SRAM.

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Dutchie [74 posts] 4 years ago
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Breaking the budget by 30% and over 50% respectively, you guys must be civil servants?  1

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paulfg42 [393 posts] 4 years ago
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Cube usually sell out, from what I've been told.

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MrBLH [26 posts] 4 years ago
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Just keep an eye on wiggle/merlin etc.
The Sensa bikes on merlin look good value.

Seems that people are putting prices up/down like the stock market to clear certain models.
I got a felt F5 back in October under £1K (45% off) from wiggle, price has crept up to £1300(20% off) now.

Close to Christmas doesn't seem the best time of year to buy.

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bashthebox [751 posts] 4 years ago
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Second hand second hand second hand second hand

Have a look in february ish, when people are beginning to get their new summer bikes ready and will be selling off last year's model.

I bought a Dura Ace planet-X for under 900 quid last year. This year, whilst looking for a winter bike, I bought a Trek 5200 OCLV carbon Ultegra bike for 500 quid.

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Steven_L [45 posts] 4 years ago
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Dutchie wrote:

Breaking the budget by 30% and over 50% respectively, you guys must be civil servants?  1

PMSL - the private sector Project Manager's dream  1

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Simon E [2851 posts] 4 years ago
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I saw a promo at VeloUK for Dolan Mythos with Campag Veloce for £750. While not as big a bargain, the Shimano & SRAM versions start at about £900:

http://www.dolan-bikes.com/road-bikes/Carbon/Shimano%20Op/Mythos%20Rd
http://www.dolan-bikes.com/road-bikes/Carbon/Sram%20Op/Mythos%20Road%20Bike

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Stumps [3414 posts] 4 years ago
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Many people slag them off but i know a few people who ride Ribble bikes and they love them. Carbon Frame for well under a grand.

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Dutchie [74 posts] 4 years ago
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Thanks for the input guys. The Cube seems indeed sold out by now, never been on sale. Some interesting alternatives mentioned there! But hanging on till after christmas might also be a good idea.

I have a few bargain second hand bikes in my shed, but this time i do want new. As for Ribble: one of my mates has a carbon Ribble and he is happy with it. But my winter bike came from Ribble and i had a few issues with them over that... i will never buy so much as a inner tube from them again.

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Ben Burns [60 posts] 4 years ago
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stumps wrote:

Many people slag them off but i know a few people who ride Ribble bikes and they love them. Carbon Frame for well under a grand.

Same on the Planet X front, I know a few people who ride them and love them! Again prices can fluctuate so best to keep checking in the new year...

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gazer117 [26 posts] 4 years ago
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Have you thought about a chinease carbon bike perhaps ? you could easily build one up for the 1K mark, and then have it built exactly as you want ?

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Eg3ftp1 [67 posts] 4 years ago
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Good suggestion. I've just got hold of a FM066 from Hongfu, £450 for the frame, fork, headset seatpost, stem and handlebars, and based on the 50miles I've done so far it's fantastic. Very stiff and responsive and surprisingly smooth over the bumps. 1070g frame weight for the 60cm full T1000 carbon frame. You could easily build that up with Shimano 105 and have enough left over for a pair of fulcrum 5s. You might even be able to stretch to a set of carbon clinchers from china too.

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londonplayer [620 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm hoping to buy a Canyon in the near future. Just trying to work out whether to buy their standard carbon frame or throw the extra money at their Super Bike frame. Apparently the weight difference is tiny - even for weight weenies.

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bicicleta [3 posts] 4 years ago
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Hi Dutchie,

Maybe you could try to go to Cadence Performance for FREE advice and even ride with them.

Cadence Cycling Performance Centre - South London's best cycling community

0208 676 8825
www.cadenceperformance.com
@cadenceperform

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Super Domestique [1609 posts] 4 years ago
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bicicleta wrote:

Hi Dutchie,

Maybe you could try to go to Cadence Performance for FREE advice and even ride with them.

Cadence Cycling Performance Centre - South London's best cycling community

0208 676 8825
www.cadenceperformance.com
@cadenceperform

Just watched your you tube vid. Looks really interesting. Any plans for opening more centres? I can see one going down well in Surrey, etc.

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Stumps [3414 posts] 4 years ago
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Ben Burns wrote:
stumps wrote:

Many people slag them off but i know a few people who ride Ribble bikes and they love them. Carbon Frame for well under a grand.

Same on the Planet X front, I know a few people who ride them and love them! Again prices can fluctuate so best to keep checking in the new year...

My bro has a Planet X frame and forks, built the rest up himself. Very light, impressed.

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Super Domestique [1609 posts] 4 years ago
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Oh and just so I keep on topic, for the OP I have a mate with a Cayo 105 and he loves it. Keep hunting for what you really want IMHO. You'll end up regretting it otherwise. Trust me, I have been there in the past.

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Chuck [568 posts] 4 years ago
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Dutchie wrote:

The Cube seems indeed sold out by now, never been on sale.

It's maybe stating the obvious, but retailers will only sell things at a reduced price that they can't sell at full price. Why would they do otherwise?

So if you want something very popular, don't be surprised if it's not heavily discounted.

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HarveyMorcombe [42 posts] 4 years ago
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There's always the brilliant canyon bikes  39

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Bryin [37 posts] 4 years ago
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You might try the used market, ebay ect.. There are many guys that try out the sport and decide it is not for them and they sell their stuff super cheap. Also ebay has more and more new bikes at good prices. Or try Pedal Force, some good deals there.

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Adam Buckland_ASD [26 posts] 3 years ago
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I'd keep an eye out for a Giant TCR Composite (Hopefully they'll get down to your budget). Although 'composite' is Giant's entry level carbon grade it is a fantastic frame, far better than some other brands higher spec offerings.

If you can look past carbon and are willing to venture down the aluminium route it's so hard to fault Canondales's Cad10 - amazing bike and if there are any left can be had for about a grand!!

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Timbo13 [264 posts] 3 years ago
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+1 for the Dolan Mythos

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AWP [109 posts] 3 years ago
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I've just bought a Planet X SL Pro with flatbars to use as commuter/winter bike; really light, comfortable and quick. The drop bar versions are £999. You can't wrong as far as I'm concerned.

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robcrow [53 posts] 3 years ago
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worth checking the ridley outlet shop online,its updated all the time,you can often pick up some great bargains.

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TheHatter [770 posts] 3 years ago
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CRC have an Ultegra beone ex demo for £1049 if you fit a 56. I've got the same frame and its very nice.

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Dutchie [74 posts] 3 years ago
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Sorry guys, not been online much lately. More good ideas there but: the Giant TCR Composite 2. This is the bike i rode in summer and the bike that won the argument for getting a carbon bike for me. It fitted me like a glove and with prices dropping to 1099 it became my preferred option. But stocks seem to be going fast, so i ordered one before Crimbo to not miss out. Now just to wait for spring to ride it  20

If you're bargain hunting and are after something specific: a lot of bikes seem to be selling fast. Maybe it's the great uptake in cycling over the past few years? Good luck with the hunt!

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Municipal Waste [241 posts] 3 years ago
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Frankly for £1000 I wouldn't be looking at a carbon fibre bike, it simply isn't enough money to get a decent bike, especially if you're after a 105 groupset as well.

Cannondale CAAD8 would be where my money went and it WILL be a better bike to ride than anything you can get in 'carbon' at this price in terms of comfort and performance.

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Littlesox [78 posts] 3 years ago
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Municipal Waste wrote:

Frankly for £1000 I wouldn't be looking at a carbon fibre bike, it simply isn't enough money to get a decent bike, especially if you're after a 105 groupset as well.

Wiggle have got Ridley Orion 1105B in Small and Medium for £999

Seems to fit the bill.

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Municipal Waste [241 posts] 3 years ago
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 39 Interesting... A carbon fibre road bike with full 105 that's on sale for 45% off when nearly every major bike manufacturer has sold out of their stock months ago, must be a cracker  10

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