Full Carbon Road Bike for £700?

by andylul   January 29, 2013  

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3324525.htm#pdpFullProd...

OK, so it's Argos but it has Sora derailleurs and Shimano RS10 rims but that's the same price as a Spesh Allez Sport.

Anyone had any sight or experience of one of these?

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Ritchey alloy bars and stem??

http://youtu.be/pVe60_WkEFk

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posted by Gkam84 [9006 posts]
29th January 2013 - 16:59

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R500 wheels & new Sora levers (no thumb shift) according to that vid

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posted by andylul [413 posts]
29th January 2013 - 17:05

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Additional features:

Bell.

posted by bashthebox [647 posts]
29th January 2013 - 17:22

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I'd go with someone like Planet-X - spend a couple of hundred quid more if you can and you'd get a fine, fine bike.

posted by bashthebox [647 posts]
29th January 2013 - 17:23

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Oh shit - my R872 didn't come with a bell - who do I complain to?

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posted by andylul [413 posts]
29th January 2013 - 17:33

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bashthebox wrote:
I'd go with someone like Planet-X - spend a couple of hundred quid more if you can and you'd get a fine, fine bike.

I've seen others bigging up this £999 Planet-X so here is the link:

http://road.cc/content/news/74316-planet-x-launch-pro-carbon-sub-%C2%A31...

It seems the conclusion on the British Brands/imported carbon frames thread was that getting a know brand ensures build quality. And you get what you pay for.
But if £700 is what you have, perhaps some riders here might suggest other alloy frames over cheap carbon.



I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1389 posts]
29th January 2013 - 17:41

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That looks just like the Planet X pro carbon frame actually.

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posted by drmatthewhardy [382 posts]
29th January 2013 - 18:17

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And it's only 8.82kg. Bargain!

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posted by drmatthewhardy [382 posts]
29th January 2013 - 18:20

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I'd want to make sure it was all put together properly.

posted by Psycling [49 posts]
29th January 2013 - 18:37

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The only person I know who's bought a bike from Argos ended up riding into a skip because the brakes didn't work. Just sayin'....

posted by pirnie [197 posts]
29th January 2013 - 18:43

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As with most things from Argos a bit of self assembly required so the riding into a skip was self inflicted. Just saying Wink

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posted by cidermart [468 posts]
29th January 2013 - 18:52

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The Merlin in this thread is cheaper and comes with Tiagra.

Oh, and it's a MERLIN!

http://road.cc/content/forum/74345-merlin-malt-r

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3419 posts]
29th January 2013 - 19:23

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The merlin isn't full carbon though.

We aren't talking about someone buying this bike I don't think, its just a what do you think.

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posted by Gkam84 [9006 posts]
29th January 2013 - 19:59

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I know, but I'd still take the Merlin.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3419 posts]
29th January 2013 - 20:37

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comes in one (confusing) size:
"58cm / 21 inch frame size.
70cm / 27 inch wheel size.
Suitable for 67 to 75cm (24 to 29 inch) inside leg measurements."

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
29th January 2013 - 21:12

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I wondered if it was really worth the money - as it happens, I'm very happy with my winter/best bikes but it may be an option for someone who absolutely must have a carbon bike Smile

Also, if the frame's any good, then the upgrade options might make this into quite a bargain - BTwin Triban 3, springs to mind...

Any chance of the the Road.cc guys getting hold of one? Hmmm?

Smile

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posted by andylul [413 posts]
29th January 2013 - 21:52

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Yes - test it, please! Just make sure you get the forks the right way round Wink

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posted by PJ McNally [591 posts]
30th January 2013 - 8:32

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Could get a Ribble for not much more?

posted by Mostyn [407 posts]
30th January 2013 - 9:56

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It has rigid suspension too. Handy.

Was £1,399, so half price. At £1,400, there is a bit more choice.

Ah, but that was then

posted by Pitstone Peddler [104 posts]
30th January 2013 - 12:02

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Front end similar to a Planet X SL Pro but rear triangle is all wrong. Look at the thickness of those seatstays. So much for vertical compliance.

It also comes with carbon forks (?). I thought one fork would suffice for most bikes.

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posted by arrieredupeleton [563 posts]
30th January 2013 - 12:33

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I'll have two. Can't wait to get my ticket, sit on the brightly coloured plastic seat and be called be the ever so helpful shop assistant. I had a mate who had a temp job in Argos once - always check contents before leaving the shop Wink

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posted by arrieredupeleton [563 posts]
30th January 2013 - 12:36

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I see no difference between buying a cheap Chinese frame with a mass market groupset thrown on it from Argos to buying the same from a 'respected' online retailer!!! Thinking

Currently going slower than I'd like...

posted by stealth [198 posts]
13th March 2013 - 13:02

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I just bought one of these and all i can say is i'm impressed.
But bear in mind its my first ever road bike and i'm new to cycling Smile
Any questions just ask and i will try my best to answer

Ron

posted by Ronnie [1 posts]
16th May 2013 - 18:07

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