Bike purchase - need info!

by frankdoylezw   August 12, 2013  

Calling on the knowledge of the community : I have a budget of approximately £1600 to spend on a road bike, with more of a sportive flavour than out and out race. I don't currently do any road riding but have done in the past, if that is any bearing on anything.

I like the look of the Scott CR1 Comp and the associated geometry but really am completely unaware of what else similar is out there. Can anyone recommend an equivalent that I can consider?

I like the look of the Cube and Focus ranges and would be looking for a full carbon and (hopefully) 105 spec with passable wheels.

Anyone want to spend my money for me?

Thanks in advance.

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Have you had a look at

I have the R872 with Campag Athena but you can spec any one of their frames in either Shimano, SRAM or Campag

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posted by andylul [415 posts]
12th August 2013 - 13:23


specialized Roubaix for me - shop around and pick up a bargain this time of year. Comfortable for longer distance rides and on questionable road surfaces. very happy with mine and if you live near a store it is useful for after sales service. I originally bought mine from a well known retailer and when the frame got totalled by a car that didn't want to stop at a roundabout, it was a specialized store that got me back on the road again (after several weeks of being messed around by the previous retailer). Just a thought.

posted by arfa [542 posts]
12th August 2013 - 13:28


Have a look at Canyon - - their bikes are outstanding value for money and among the best there are around. At your price the Ultimate AL would be a sensible purchase - outstanding modern frame (Bike if the Year 2012) and you will get a full group set and quality wheels. The ultimate AL 9.0 with full Ultegra and Ksyrium Elite wheels is currently £1569, for example. You could get with Ultegra Di2 for just £1743.

Or shop around: eg I saw the Cube Agree GTC at Cycle Surgery yesterday with a partial Ultegra group (cheap cranks, FD, brakes) for £1,599 on special.

The problem with your Giants or your Spesh bikes is you'll only get a partial groupset and cheap wheels at this price range.

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posted by drmatthewhardy [417 posts]
12th August 2013 - 15:07


If you're not racing, Boardman CX Pro with 25mm or 28mm slicks on. That is all.

posted by Jaltham [67 posts]
12th August 2013 - 16:18


Me too, , looking at the same things.trek domane 4.3, ridley fenix, focus cayo, scott cr1 seem to be my front runners.just waiting for some reduction to the 2013 prices

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posted by pedalor [18 posts]
12th August 2013 - 18:22


A little over budget but possibly worth a thought? Wiggle currently have 25% off the Colnage CLX3 and if you go though you get another 3% cashback (£50+ pounds).

I bought 1 last year at a big discount and I absolutely love it (just be careful of size, I'm normally 52cm and am 45cm in the Colnago CLX3). I find it extremely comfy on long rides as the geometry is slightly more relaxed and its also stable at speed and a bit of a mountain goat on the climbs Smile

As with all of us on here, we all love our own bikes and would recommend them, so I am sure you will get many different suggests.

If you want slightly more relaxed ride I would also recommend the Specialized Roubaix.

Good luck on the searching and I am sure which ever you decide to buy you will love. There will some big discounts coming up soon if you are prepared to go for 2013 models rather than the latest 2014 on offer.

posted by Tinternet_tim [86 posts]
12th August 2013 - 21:13


Eddy Merckx EMX-1.

High performance chassis, ofering the right amount of comfort. Aero bladed fork, Large diameter down-tube and oversized bottom bracket. comfortable bike for endurance riding. surefooted and stable a pro-level race machine. carbon construction for the frame, fork, and seat post also full 105 and the Merckx also come with a limited lifetime warranty.All under £1600. It can also take a beating haveing crashed

posted by Ashleyhoaken [37 posts]
13th August 2013 - 7:00


Many thanks for all the replies - plenty of food for thought there and a few bikes that I'd not seen or considered - so exactly what I was after!

posted by frankdoylezw [5 posts]
13th August 2013 - 8:57


the roubaix is the perfect bike for a new cyclist, second hand one though, the canyon are lovely bikes, and prob about 20% better value than most others.

1.6k send a bit high to spend on first bike, plus your buying late in the summer suggesting you will ride it through bad weather over the next six months so look for a bike that can have mudguards attached 105 groupset will do you for a couple of years before you start itching for an upgrade.

highly recommend spending on a bike fit, it will save you much pain in the future, costs in the region of 60 quid, if you buy your bike from a local bike shop try to get them to include that in the deal.

posted by billyman [129 posts]
13th August 2013 - 10:19


For £1699 you can get a KTM Strada 4000, with Shimano 105 all around and a Ultegra rear derailleur. (Example: they also do a Strada 3500 with all 105 for one hundred less..

Here's the BikeRadar review of the 2012 model:

I have the Strada 5000 with Ultegra Triple, it's fantastic, with Cyclosport magazine (French) gave it top marks.

Aside from that, Merida, Focus and Canyon are making top-notch bicycles as well, without your paying for the brand name.

If it's your first bike, decide what you want to do, then swing your leg over / test as many bicycles as you can before making your choice...

posted by Hector Ch [52 posts]
13th August 2013 - 10:52


You could get an Ultegra or SRAM force Planet X with decent wheels for that money.

But I'd get the Ultegra Canyon Al if I were in your shoes.

posted by DrJDog [182 posts]
13th August 2013 - 13:23


Not sure of size etc - but I have an Eddy Merckx AMX 2 for sale on this forum - hardly used - looking for offers circa £1100 Campagnolo Centaur carbon group set - lovely bike...

posted by lizzybrcc [8 posts]
13th August 2013 - 19:05


posted by lizzybrcc [8 posts]
13th August 2013 - 19:08


This must be the cheapest bike ever with a full 2014 Ultegra 11-speed 6800 groupset:

Sounds pretty good stuff for £1,129.

Meanwhile the Di2-equipped Ultimate AL 9.0 is now discounted to £1,735:

It's a good time of year to be looking for a new bike!

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posted by drmatthewhardy [417 posts]
14th August 2013 - 18:42


Those Canyons look fantastic for the price. The kit spec is so much better than bikes cost £300 + more.

I don't know anything about the brand, however. Are they well respected?

Also - how does aluminium compare to carbon more generally? Is one of carbon's strengths not supposed to be its compliance and ability to soak up the bumps. Would this be noticeably harsher on an Al bike?

Thank you again to you all for all your help - much appreciated.

posted by frankdoylezw [5 posts]
14th August 2013 - 22:45


No one so far has said Defy Composite. Won lots of awards, certainly comfy. I've the Advanced version, which I got last October, reduced as last year's model. Worth a look.

posted by Stratman [40 posts]
15th August 2013 - 10:06


That Canyon looks a lot of bike for the money and they are a very reputable make...

posted by SlowSPDRider [22 posts]
15th August 2013 - 13:21


The problem with canyon you have to buy online. if you do not like it than you would have to send it back and repeat the process . Go to the LBS and try for yourself. we can only give you what we know and everyone is different.
There is a couple of things you need to consider:

The bike is right for your type of riding ?
Does your Riding position suit your physical proportions ?
Dose anything hurt when riding (other than legs)?
How stable dose the bike feel?

Aluminium vs carbon. Rider preference.

posted by Ashleyhoaken [37 posts]
16th August 2013 - 8:40

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Sorry to revive an old thread, but having been ill (unfortunately) I never managed to purchase my bike. Is anyone aware of any particular good deals on any of the models mentioned above? I'd be looking at a 56 or 58cm, I believe (being 6'2" and 34" inseam).

Any help appreciated (again!)



posted by frankdoylezw [5 posts]
20th November 2013 - 16:36

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Canyon are great, I'm biased I have one, ultimate al SRAM force, carbon canyon are race machines and very stiff maybe too stiff for sportives, al canyons are great. They do a roadlite for very reasonable money, full 105 group set, aksium wheels, GP 4000s tyres, 8.3kg £950 delivered.

Used bike are great value for the right ones try bikeradar or eBay. Especially if you may not like road biking and end up selling it in x months, you will loose a lot if you sell a new bike, not so much if you re sell a used one.

Have fun.

posted by Charles_Hunter [88 posts]
21st November 2013 - 14:24

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Loads of deals around currently - there was a buyer's guide to the sales on here a week or so ago.

Another option would be Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105. The 2013 models currently available for around £1300 - if you're the right size! The 2013 is a bit more upright than the Scott CR1 though, about 20mm more on the head tube for a similar size and slightly shorter top tube but not as exagerated as the Specialized Roubaix.

posted by Nixster [108 posts]
21st November 2013 - 14:29

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