Winter Bike Project - Good Aluminium Frame

by Gman59c   July 14, 2013  

Due to a few upgrades I've done this year I've got a few reasonable components lying about gathering dust. I was thinking I could put together a cheapish winter bike. I had been look at the Kinesis TK2, however I've been looking around and saw that the Dolan Preffissio is well priced which would allow me to upgrade from tiagra to 105 for the group set. The Ribble 7005 Ultralite seems ok too.

So the question is, does anybody have any experience of either of these framesets? Or are there any other good framesets out there at a similar price point?

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A friend built up a Planet X Team Alu frame when he cracked his carbon winter bike. From a weight perspective, it came out pretty light though he had an Ultegra groupset and an RS80 C24 wheelset.
He's a powerful rider and hasn't reported any undue flex, reckons it's fairly comfortable and, all round, seems fairly happy with it...can't speak first hand though.

posted by Al'76 [126 posts]
15th July 2013 - 9:13

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TK3 ... lovely ride, well made - love mine to bits Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [768 posts]
15th July 2013 - 9:17

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Yeah, I looked at the TK3, its a bit out of my price range though.

posted by Gman59c [80 posts]
15th July 2013 - 19:07

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I have a Preffisio built up as my winter bike and I have to say that if I had to give up all but one of my bikes, the Preffisio would be the keeper. Rides nicely for a "cheap" aluminium frame and handles brilliantly.

Only (possible) downsides are it is quite racy with a short head tube and a long top tube, and it can only take 23mm tyres with mudgaurds and 25mm without. That does mean you don't need long drop brake calipers, though.

As far as I know, the Ribble Audax is the same frame but cheaper still.

I'd love to Try a TK2 or TK3 as Kinesis make great bikes and they're a little less compromising.

Rob

posted by robert.brady [146 posts]
15th July 2013 - 21:34

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I had a similar dilemma but rules out the preffisio on the basis is was too racey as I wanted to do some light touring on it to. Not sure it has rear rack mounts.

I got the T2 last winter (discounted 2012 model) and I am really impressed with it. So much so that the summer bike stayed in the garage longer than intended this spring. I was also impressed with the newer Tiagra groupset.

arrieredupeleton

posted by arrieredupeleton [566 posts]
16th July 2013 - 9:08

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arrieredupeleton wrote:
I had a similar dilemma but rules out the preffisio on the basis is was too racey as I wanted to do some light touring on it to. Not sure it has rear rack mounts.

I got the T2 last winter (discounted 2012 model) and I am really impressed with it. So much so that the summer bike stayed in the garage longer than intended this spring. I was also impressed with the newer Tiagra groupset.

For me, that sums up what I like so much about my Preffisio; it is racy but that means it doesn't give much away to my carbon good bike other than a bit more weight. It's truly a bike you can use year round.

It does have rack mounts, by the way.

Rob

posted by robert.brady [146 posts]
16th July 2013 - 20:24

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I have a Tk which is now 6 years old. Closest I've ever found to a year round road bike which is still an engaging ride. 105 triple chainset, 25mm Conti 4 Seasons, Shimano long drop brakes and full SKS Chromoplstic mudguards. It has upper rack mounts on the seatstays too, so it would do for light touring. See if you can find someone selling one on Ebay??

posted by keef66 [32 posts]
17th July 2013 - 13:05

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Already scoured eBay couldnt find anything.

Think I'm leaning towards the Kinesis, with 105 groupset. just need to raise some funds on eBay myself now.

BTW is the carbon fork worth the extra??

posted by Gman59c [80 posts]
17th July 2013 - 15:04

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Cervelo S1

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
17th July 2013 - 16:36

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Like literally.

Just.

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
17th July 2013 - 16:36

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Pro-Lite Bella £220 down from £500 on Chain Reaction http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=28790

posted by SammyG [295 posts]
17th July 2013 - 18:26

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Gman59c wrote:
Already scoured eBay couldnt find anything.

Think I'm leaning towards the Kinesis, with 105 groupset. just need to raise some funds on eBay myself now.

BTW is the carbon fork worth the extra??

Speaking from experience - yes. It rides like a slightly heavy carbon bike in terms of comfort. They've done a good job with the rear triangle too. With some reasonably wide tyres it's a very comfortable ride.

arrieredupeleton

posted by arrieredupeleton [566 posts]
18th July 2013 - 9:12

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My mate went for a dolan prefissio and was pretty pleased with it!

posted by Cycle_Jim [282 posts]
18th July 2013 - 16:36

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