help with new road bike

by nutty driver   June 10, 2013  


I've no doubt this has been posted before but I am looking at getting my first road bike. I've got a budget of about £850 which is a little flexible but need pedals, shoes etc.

I've test ridden a few but they all seem similar in feel but managed to get down to 2 options :-

Felt F85 2013 £800
Trek 1.5 C H2 2013 £850

To add to this I've also seen an offer on Janis Ventura Race at £850!

Any thoughts on which to go for? Or any others I can look at. Im thinking id prefer Tiagra gearing as a minimum.

Look forward to your advices

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Giant defy 2 at £800

I've a carbon one and its lovely

posted by Stratman [68 posts]
10th June 2013 - 21:40

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Tried the giant today before the trek & the trek felt more comfortable for me

posted by nutty driver [4 posts]
10th June 2013 - 21:46


Fair enough - good luck and enjoy whichever you buy

posted by Stratman [68 posts]
10th June 2013 - 21:51


If you can hang on til the TdF starts, that's often when the offers really start kicking in.

posted by Benway [75 posts]
10th June 2013 - 22:14

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Buy a Specialized.

What? It's not like you weren't all expecting me to say it!

posted by Super Domestique [1697 posts]
11th June 2013 - 14:04


Must admit did like the specialized allez elite when I rode it but it's stretching the budget

posted by nutty driver [4 posts]
11th June 2013 - 15:44


posted by Super Domestique [1697 posts]
11th June 2013 - 16:12


Hello. Nutty driver
I am not sure what bikes you have tested but I have heard from 2 ex racers Trek is a good brand and the better one out of the group above . Not sure of your size but the is a

Ribble Sportive Bianco 52cm, Campag Athena 11spd compact - £695. Second hand for sale - astonishing value bike
the same preson selling a Boardman Team Carbon Large - £695.- with a class-leading specification and a ride to match

Other bikes to try

Mekk A1 Pinerolo AL 1.0 – avergage bike for money

Ribble Winter Trainer - Quite simply the best value sub £750 bike on the market

Cannondale Caad 8 - great all-around

BMC Streetracer SR01 - a value packed bike

posted by Ashleyhoaken [37 posts]
11th June 2013 - 20:24

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Thanks for that info, I'm leaning towards the trek. I've used a trek mountain bike previously so know the quality. Heard great things about the CAAD 8 & BMC but stretching the budget.

I like the sound of the Boardman Uve seen - where was that?

posted by nutty driver [4 posts]
11th June 2013 - 21:07


I Have seen it on a social utility group, I think he is in Devon but unsure, he also has a mobile number. I could PM you with the Moble Number of the person if you would like.

posted by Ashleyhoaken [37 posts]
11th June 2013 - 21:34

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I got my first roadie a few months back and it is excellent. i opted for the Cannondale CAAD8. It only has sora but I think you could get the spec up with the rest of your money. I got it for £700 that included £50 free kit from Evans.

"When my legs hurt, I say: Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!"

- Jens Voigt

posted by lball9 [12 posts]
11th June 2013 - 22:09