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Getting back into cycling: Stick with old bike or buy a new one?

I have a 2014 Cube Agree with Ultegra Di2 that I've put 8k kms on over the year that I was riding it. Really enjoyed that bike when I was riding 300km a week back in 2014/2015. It was a good spec for the time (rim brakes, Di2 8070 kit, upgraded Dura-Ace 25mm wheels). However, the battery is probably dead by now and will need replacing. I will also definitely replace the brake pads, tyres and tubes too as they are 6 years old and probably hard as weetabix at this point.

Here's the rub: this bike is in storage at my parents' place in the Philippines (though it's ready to travel as I packed it in a bike bag the last time I was there).

I got quoted €800 ish to ship the Cube to Lisbon where I currently am and will probably spend another €300 to get the bike in a rideable condition. I will likely have to pay €500 in taxes and duties to import it as per the courier I'm talking to.

Now that I'm getting back into cycling, I'm wondering if it's worth it to have my trusty old Cube shipped over or if I should just get a "new" bike. A friend is selling me his year-old Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0 Disc with Ultegra Di2. It's in good nick, only done 3000 km and has the Giant power meter to boot but with wheels that aren't as nice as the original ones. I could get this bike off him for €2700 which is a bargain compared to the shop price of €4500 for a new one.

As I've been out of the game for a while, I'm wondering what benefits, if any, I'd get from riding a 2020 bike compared to a 2014 one. So far the factors I can think of are stronger brakes with discs vs rims, a bigger contact patch (23 mm vs 35mm tyres) and the Giant being maybe a kilo or so lighter than the Cube. Would there be any other difference in day-to-day riding feel and handling?

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