Am I aiming too high with my budget??

by mmorgan150   May 20, 2013  

Hey all,

Looking for some advice, and direction.

I've been into cycling for just over 2 years now, and after getting an excellent starter bike in a Trek 1.2, I'm now looking for something a little better.

Got my eye on full carbon, but with a budget of just £1000, am I being unrealistic?

If so, can anyone recommend a top class bike, that is going to blow my mind for the budget? (Quite fancy something away from the norm!)

Thanks

Matthew

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Mekk poggio 105

posted by Cycle_Jim [280 posts]
20th May 2013 - 18:54

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Good darts that man! Great call, and a bike none of my mates ride or heard of.

Any more???!!!??

posted by mmorgan150 [10 posts]
20th May 2013 - 18:58

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Careers Virago. I speak from experience. Best full carbon bike for a grand that you will find this side of China... You will not be disappointed.

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posted by SpeshRider7287 [75 posts]
20th May 2013 - 19:15

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Keep an eye out as the season comes to a close. Some of the £1500-2000 range can be reduced down to as little as £1000. Ride to work scheme could knock that down to £600-800.

posted by Tmowbs [7 posts]
20th May 2013 - 19:17

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Just don't think I could bring myself to give my money to Halfords! #notabikeshop

posted by mmorgan150 [10 posts]
20th May 2013 - 19:19

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You can top up ride to work funding with your own cash if you like or as said wait until September and pick up a bargain as new models come into the shops

posted by crash144019 [47 posts]
20th May 2013 - 19:21

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Well if mmorgan150 hasn't heard of it...
What be your suggestions then morgan, you seem quite dismissive of everybody elses suggestions!

I ride one, my mate has just bought his 2nd.

It's a great bike think road.cc may have done a review on its bigger sister but not sure.

posted by Cycle_Jim [280 posts]
20th May 2013 - 19:32

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Jim, I wasn't been dismissive, I was saying how great it was!!!

I said in my thread I fancied something different, away from the norm, and you hit it on the head! I've been searching the best deal since!

Have you heard of the Planet-X? Any good?

Cheers. Matthew

posted by mmorgan150 [10 posts]
20th May 2013 - 19:37

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Ah I see, makes sense now!

I got mine 2012 model from wiggle for £840, think they are a little higher price now but I did see one on Edinburgh cycles recently.

Carbon maybe the dream machine but I was originally going to get a cannondale CAAD8 which always gets stellar reviews! I was only put off by the team colour paint job (though it looks quite nice)
Heard good things about planet-x, ribble might be worth checking out

posted by Cycle_Jim [280 posts]
20th May 2013 - 20:36

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Canyon always gets a shout too.

posted by Cycle_Jim [280 posts]
20th May 2013 - 20:36

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morgan, go on Edinburgh cycles, they have the bigger sister the potenza 3g for 1100

posted by Cycle_Jim [280 posts]
20th May 2013 - 20:44

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From what i've read, the Mekk is really going to take some beating!

There is a stockist near me, so I intend to go and have a look and take one for a spin.

Love the paint job on it too!

One of my cycling buddies got a ribble, and he wasnt too impressed, so I am a little reluctant.

The planet X is a nice bike, but the Mekk is going to take some beating at the moment!

I shall report back after the test drive!

posted by mmorgan150 [10 posts]
20th May 2013 - 20:44

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Cycle_Jim wrote:
morgan, go on Edinburgh cycles, they have the bigger sister the potenza 3g for 1100

TOP MAN!

posted by mmorgan150 [10 posts]
20th May 2013 - 20:45

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Glad to be of help!

...wonder if Mekk will pay me commission!

Let me know how you get on I'll subscribe to the thread so i'll get emails!

posted by Cycle_Jim [280 posts]
20th May 2013 - 21:26

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posted by Simon E [1742 posts]
20th May 2013 - 21:39

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I bought a carbon bike for £1k, but it's worth saying that my mates alu trek 1.9 rides better, I would say proceed with caution!

If I was buying now for £1k I would shortlist the Mekk, a CAAD, the new Giant TCR and the coming-soon Kinesis Athein - all but one are alu.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2551 posts]
20th May 2013 - 22:04

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Simon E wrote:
Giant Defy 1.

Not carbon, I know, but a superb frame and good spec.

http://road.cc/content/forum/51217-giant-defy-1-or-trek-23-or-boardman-team

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/road/product/review-giant-d...

Road.cc recently gave the alu TCR a big thumbs-up.

I love my Defy 1, not carbon, not the lightest in the world, but it does high mileage, and it certainly doesn't stop me flying past crabon hounds when I want to! Definitely worth a look at, and you could always upgrade with carbon wheels and lose most of the standard-issue heaviness.

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posted by YorkshireMike [53 posts]
21st May 2013 - 10:40

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I bought a Focus Cayo from Wiggle a couple of years ago for under £900.

I have seen a lot of people recommend Canyon on here.
Definitely worth a look.

posted by Marauder [234 posts]
21st May 2013 - 11:00

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Before seeing the Mekk the CAAD and Defy were the top choices, with a specialized squeezing in. I think i'd have been happy with the CAAD of the Defy so I don't think carbon is essential, both have had rave reviews on here and I think carbon is probably a bit of a misleading magic material!

posted by Cycle_Jim [280 posts]
21st May 2013 - 14:37

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The Ribble bike builder is excellent.

Choose from any number of really good frames (carbon or Alu) and choose your components.

They also do the cycle to work scheme as well. You will be surprised by the spec you get for £1000

posted by stepho [96 posts]
21st May 2013 - 15:28

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look at the second hand market, I just picked myself up a really good carbon bike for 800, with ultegra Big Grin

posted by billyman [122 posts]
21st May 2013 - 16:04

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billyman wrote:
look at the second hand market, I just picked myself up a really good carbon bike for 800, with ultegra Big Grin

I'm always cautious of second hand. Can be great, but can be risky!

posted by mmorgan150 [10 posts]
21st May 2013 - 17:13

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There is a Planet X bike with rival for only 1000 you can't go wrong with that, would e an amazing bike !!

posted by SammyG [286 posts]
21st May 2013 - 18:40

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Ive been looking at the Planet X and it does look a great machine!!
Great recommendations!

posted by mmorgan150 [10 posts]
21st May 2013 - 21:14

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Alu is "the taste", apparently.

Seriously, don't dismiss aluminium. with a carbon fork obviously. You'll get a better groupo, wheels etc for your money, and a solid frame.

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posted by PJ McNally [546 posts]
22nd May 2013 - 7:40

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