New poster but long term lurker, finally got round to registering!
I will be buying myself a new bike this year, I'm due a payout from the insurance for having my bike written off last year, my winter bike is currently doing sterling service but I'm starting to get the new bike itch.
Where do I start?
I want a bike that will be universally admired, one that will float up hills, hammer the descents and be almost self-propelled on the flat.
I want the classic lines of steel, the magic of titanium and the lightweight of carbon.
Not much to ask for is it?
I entered a couple of sportives last year and joined a cycling club as well. I’ve been using a Cotic Roadrat for commuting and getting out on the weekends.
I would like some advice on buying my first “proper” road bike for some more events/training. Does anyone have any recommendations?
1. Available for test ride and on cyclescheme/0 % finance
2. Less than £900
3. Fairly relaxed geometry so it’s easy on my back/shoulders
4. Triple chainset to help with starting hill training
5. Paddle shifters which can be reached from the drops
I am still looking for a new bike (work on house meant money allocated last year had to go else where) and I keep getting drawn back to the Orbea Orca Bronze. Anyone out there have any experience of it? It would be used for fitness/sportives. I only ask as I cannot find much out there on it except the Bikeradar review. That stated it was good apart from some components, but as I can get it from my one of the LBSs for less that rrp that is less of an issue, as the money saved can go towards new wheels and tyres.
Right, sorry in advance for ramble, but there is a reason. Due to issues with my back and my flexibility (long-standing, and yes I do stretching exercises), I have a fairly relaxed setup on my bike; the stack height is 550mm, plus headset (10mm) and 45mm of spacers(!!), giving an effective total stack height to the stem of 605mm. Reach is 407mm + 110mm stem.
So I was in the LBS the other day just to get a couple of bits, and did a double-take at the Cervelo stand, and the price reductions. Now I've not really considered a Cervelo before, but that's down to price I suppose.
Im looking at upgrading my bike in the next few months and I know a lot of people will ask the same question ‘What bike should I go for?’. Im just looking to see if anyone has experience of these bikes and any feedback.
so, the time has come to step up a level in the road bike world for me. Im after a better spec bike and ive got a budget of £1500.
Ive seen the Cube agree 2012 model with the ultegra groupset and im very, very interested.
Im not sure what to go for, the triple or compact. It may be time for me to step up a level in terms of bike spec, BUT, what do i actually need?
I’m looking at upgrading my Planet-X SLPro soon and have a shortlist. I’ve entered a few sportives & triathlons this year, and quite like the idea of maybe doing some time trials.
Canyon Aeroad CF8.0
Love the looks & spec of the Canyon and have read some good reviews, but not able to ride before buying.
Scott Foil 20
The Scott seems to fit the bill well, but have read can be a very harsh ride?
Kuota Kharma Ultegra
Righty then, you probably get a lot of first posts like this but I am in need of some advice, or at least some wild opinions partially based on fact.
I've had a slightly knackered Specialized hybrid for the last 2 years, it's been absolutely fine, gets me to and from work every day and I've done a couple of longer (200-ish miles) trips on it. But I think the time has finally come to invest a little more (£800-£1000) on a 'nicer' bike.
After a lot of research and a few test rides I've narrowed things down to a choice between the Specialized Secteur Elite or the Verenti Kilmeston.