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I have only been cycling for the past 12 months! I bought a Hybrid using my works Cycle sceme. I did not think I was going to enjoy it as much as I have and now I have finished paying for the hybrid, it is time to upgrade!!

I commute 20 miles a day (all road), and try to do a longer ride on a Friday, maybe 30 miles. I have committed to do a coast to coast (170 miles in 2 days), 96km ride, and a 100 mile ride, all in the next 4 months so going from never owned a bike to all this I am planning on being busy!!

So anyway down to business!!

I have narrowed it down to two!

Either 2013 Giant Defy 0 - Great looks, tried and tested brand, good components, a great safe pick!
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-gb/bikes/model/2013.giant.defy.0/11833/...

or

Planet X RT58-S - Looks amazing imo, stylish, full carbon, good components but not much in the way of reviews ect..
http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/CBPXRT58FOR/planet_x_rt58_s_bike

My heat says Planet x and my head says Giant!

Thanks for reading and any comments, tips would be greatly appreciated!

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londonplayer [621 posts] 4 years ago
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Both are good bikes. I'm sure that either will reward you well.

Having said that, have you thought of buying a cheap road bike for the commute and buying a better bike for weekend use? The daily commute bike will inevitably take some abuse. I personally would be reluctant to commute on a carbon frame.

Also, have you looked in the Canyon Outlet?

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buckolfc [1 post] 4 years ago
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I understand what your saying about commuting but the roads are basically the same roads I would use at the weekend, plus I use the commute as part of my training and keeping fit, so its less commute and more exercise.

Also I cant use my cyclescheme voucher to get a Canyon! Top bikes though!

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londonplayer [621 posts] 4 years ago
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I guess I'd go for the Planet X then. Go Carbon if it's available over aluminium.

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Tha cabbage [1 post] 4 years ago
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Have you tried the sales. Lots of sites selling last years models atcut down prices, sizes maybe the issue, it all depends if your lucky or not.
Try this onehttp://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_...

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Kestevan [79 posts] 4 years ago
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I've got a planet X RT-57 and it's an absolutely stonking machine. If the RT58 is anywhere near as good, it too will make most of the "big brand" bikes look massively over-priced.

Oh, and Planet X themselves were a pleasure to deal with - unlike some of their competitors......