I'm looking to buy a new flat bar road bike on the cyclescheme in September as an upgrade to my Scott sub 10 but can't make my mind up! I've looked at the Scott speedster s30, cube sl cross race, marin mill valley ....any suggestions?!
All of those are pretty good, also worth checking out the Specialized Sirrus range, the Ridgeback Flyte's and Trek FX, Kona's Dew series is also good. As with any other bike the things to look for are the best mix of componentry and lightness for the money. Oh, and above all one that fits you and which has a riding position that you are comfortable with - some flat bar road backs have quite an aggresively sporty position while others are a tad more upright. Oh, and if you are going to ride all year, and in Britain there's no real reason not to - then make sure it's a bike you can easily fit mudguards to.
Hope that helps.
I like my Cotic Roadrat though I have had my head turned by a Trek singlespeed beltdrive thing. Some of the fixie inc stuff makes me think bad thoughts too.
richcc is right the Roadrat is one of the best bikes I've ridden since we set up road.cc, you certainly wouldn't go wrong there.
Cheers guys, given me a few more to consider, be sad to see my Scott sub go but need something more nimble!
don't forget the Boardman Hybrid range - ignore the Halfords on the top of the receipt and love the crazy, crazy value.
I like my roadrat - last week I did a loaded tour of Ireland with 38mm tyres, but here with lighter wheels.