I'm looking to buy a new bike whithin cycle to work scheme budget limit. But the question raised by my better half, when she got informed about the price of the bike was: are the cheaper bikes really that bad?
So here I am asking you if someone has actually ridden an endurance/road bike bought for max £500 and upgraded to a £1k+ one and can tell the difference?
I know the difference in specs and this is what concerns me. With cheaper bike you get Shimano Clarissa or Sora, which in my opinion are not durable enough. I have already made my choice. Or let's say I'm debating between four bikes buy all are on Shimano 105 with carbon forks and hydraulic disc brakes. But maybe I should really buy a cheaper one first?
I believe that cheaper bike might be ok for few rides but it long term I might regret it.
At the moment I do 30 miles on Saturday or Sunday on my hybrid bike (Schwinn Searcher) which comes not that comfortable for longer rides and the plan is to go over 100 miles on a single ride next summer.