Orbea Enol/Giant SCR2/Merida 901-24/LeMonde Etape Which one

Russell Smith
Russell Smith Posts: 229
edited October 2007 in Road beginners
All, Any to recommend any not to recommend, I have listed the Specs here any advice would be grateful....


Fork: CARBON/ALU 1 1/8.
Crankset: SHIMANO 2200.
Headset: ALU 1 1/8 SEMIINT.
Handlebar: ANATOMIC.
Stem: AHEAD BLACK 1 1/8.
Brake/Gear Levers: SHIMANO 2200.
Brakes: ALU.
Rear Derailleur: SHIMANO 2200.
Front Derailleur: SHIMANO 2200.
Chain: SHIMANO HG 50.
Front Hub: SHIMANO 2200.
Rear Hub: SHIMANO 2200.
Cogs: DNP 8S.
Tyres: 700x23 VITTORIA ZAFIRO.
Spokes: INOX.
Weight: 9.9kg.


SIZES 42, 46.5, 50, 55.5, 58.5cm
FRAME ALUXX aluminium, Fluid Formed, Compact Road Design
FORK T700 carbon composite, aluminium steerer
STEM GIANT A3 aluminium ahead
SEAT POST GIANT A5 aluminium
SADDLE Selle Royal Viper
PEDALS Wellgo road
SHIFTERS Shimano Tiagra 27 speed STI
FRONT MECH Shimano Tiagra
REAR MECH Shimano Tiagra
BRAKES Dual pivot long reach
BRAKE LEVER Shimano Tiagra STI
CASSETTE Shimano HG50 12-25
CHAIN Shimano HG73
CRANKS TruVativ Touro 3.2 30/39/50
RIMS Alex DA22
HUBS Formula
SPOKES Stainless steel
TYRES Michelin Dynamic 700x26mm



49cm Frame, 51cm Frame, 53cm Frame, 55cm Frame, 57cm Frame, 59cm Frame, 61cm Frame
Frame LeMond 6061 Performance Aluminum
Fork Bontrager Carbon
Headset Aheadset Sealed
Chainset Bontrager Sport 53/39(double), 52/42/30(triple)
Front Mech Shimano Sora
Rear Mech Shimano Tiagra
Shifters Shimano ST2200
Rims Alloy Hubs/Alex AT450 rims
Hubs Alloy Hubs/Alex AT450 rims
Cassette SRAM PG850 11-26, 8-speed
Tyres Bontrager Select 700x25c
Brake Calipers Alloy w/cartridge pads
Brake Levers Shimano ST2200
Handle Bar
Bontrager Sport
Stem Bontrager Select
Saddle Bontrager Race Lux
Seat Pin Bontrager Carbon

MERIDA Road 901-24

48cm, 50cm, 52.5cm, 55.5cm

A lighter aluminium frame than the Road 880,and the addition of a carbon fork helps to reduce the vibration form rough road surfaces.

Frame 6061 Aluminium Road Lite
Forks Advance Carbon
Rear Derailleur Shimano Sora 8 Spd 12-25
Front Derailleur Shimano Sora
Shifters Shimano Sora Sti
Chainset Shimano Sora,Triple 52/42/30
Chain Shimano
Freewheel Shimano
Front Brake Tektro Calliper
Rear Brake Tektro Calliper
Brake Levers Tektro
Rims Alex DA16
Front Hub Formula,Alloy
Rear Hub Formula,Alloy
Tyres Maxxis Xenith 23c,Kevlar


  • Brian B
    Brian B Posts: 2,071
    I have had a quick look at these bikes on the net. From what I have seen and the specs listed I would go for the Giant as that one gives you more for the cash but the rest are all good starting bikes.

    Specialised Allez and the Trek 1000 could be some others you may wish to consider in the same price range.
    Brian B.
  • topcattim
    topcattim Posts: 766
    I bought an Enol about three years ago, and was also considering an Etape. In the end, the thing that swung it for me was that one shop wouldn't let me test ride the Etape, but another would let me test ride the Enol. I've loved it, and have had no regrets, and see it as a great starter bike. It did me fine for 18 months and I've since upgraded to another Orbea (an Onix carbon fibre frame) , using the Enol as a winter trainer.

    I'm no expert, but I found the Enol really good up hills, nice and stiff. But of course, I notice how my Onix frame is that much stiffer and better set up (I had a bike-fit for it).

    My advice would be to ride each of them if you can, and see which one suits you best. I reckon you also need to consider which one you like the look of best as well. Whatever you get, I hope you enjoy!
  • sloxam
    sloxam Posts: 861
    i've just got the giant as a winter bike, and apart from crappy wheels, which i upgraded, bike seems vgfm
    i hate hills (cos i'm fat)

  • hothead
    hothead Posts: 123
    I bought the SCr in 2006 and great bike. Changed the wheels, but everything else is great.
  • I got the Orbea Enol at the start of the year and it's brought me nothing but joy ever since.

    I might upgrade to a carbon-frame at some point like the poster above, and like him I'll no doubt stick with Orbea, but in the meantime I'm really happy with it and putting in as many miles as I can!

    I'm sure you won't go wrong with whatever you choose if it feels right, they all look good!
  • mea00csf
    mea00csf Posts: 558
    sit on them.

    some will feel like your in a good comfortable position, some will not. Choose the one that feels comfortable. At this price point there's not a massive difference in specs as to make more of a difference than the fit of the bike.

    For instance, i went for a bikefit. My ideal setup indicated that the Giant SCR's and Lemonds were a near perfect fit, but the Treks would be impossible to setup for me
  • :D Just like to say thanks for your comments and advice, I will check the Specialized 1100, and my initial sway was to the Orbea, and also the Spec of the Giant.

    So I will take the advice and ride themfirst if I can, I have ridden the Lemond but the frame size is to large for me I think.

    Many Thanks