I'm looking for my first road bike after spending the last 4 or 5 years swearing frequently at a Carrera Subway hybrid from Halfords. I'm mainly a runner and have been using the Carrera as infequent cross-training or more frequently when injured. As I now seem to have long term achilles issues in both feet I'm looking to get a decent road bike as it may be several months before I can even attempt to run again. After then I'm hoping to split my efforts more 50/50 between running and cycling to try to reduce the injury scenarios...
So, that's the background. The two bikes I always seem to keep coming back to as options to buy are the BTwin Triban 540 (well reviewed and bike of the year under £1000 etc etc) at £650 or the more expensive BTwin Ultra 900AF at £799. The 900AF has full Shimano 105 as opposed to partial on the 540 but I'm wondering whether people thing the Ultra 900AF is worth the extra £150 ?
On chatting to a guy at Decathlon the other day he said that the Ultra was a bit more race geometry than the 540 but I shouln't have a problem with either. I honestly don't know if I would or not. As this is a bike I'm looking to keep for a good few years I'm just not sure if one is better than the other or they are both so close as to just picking one.
Thoughts would be welcome. I really can't find a lot online about the Ultra 900AF although the frame is the same as a few other of the Ultra models that seem to get decent reviews.
I'm not looking to do any competitive cycling. It'll either be solo rides of anything between 1-3 hours top or possibly joining the local cycling club for more social rides.