Currently ride an Arkose 3, looking to get a more road orientated bike to hammer around the roads around kent. Like the idea of doing more long distance rides but realistically I don't have the time, so normally whatever I can fit into 3-4hours on a Sunday. Maybe the odd long ride a few times a year.
Budget is 3k, ideal spec would be:
- Discs (hydraulic)
- Ultegra (although new 105 looks almost as good?)
- Proper Mudguards
- Nice colour
I know the Strael and Definition are not exactly whippets in terms of weight, but they tick all the other boxes and look real nice. Rave reviews too seemingly. The mason definition seems to edge it in terms of weight, and I think I prefer the look a little. I also get the feeling that the definition might feel a little more sprightly from what I've read.
Other bikes I've been looking at are:
CAAD12 Disc Ultegra - Obviously a lot cheaper, is it as good?
Reilly Spectre - Can only afford 105, seemingly unreviewed, don't think it would be lighter than the Strael of Def.
Canyon Endurace CF SL 8.0 - Never ridden a CF bike, would I need to take extra care (I can be a bit clumsy).
Ribble Endurance SL Disc - Seems v similar to the Canyon