Bike suggestions needed

jteighty Posts: 120
edited May 2009 in Road beginners
I ride an MTB however, i would like to replace it with a road bike seeing as i live in london. I want a bike to use everyday and i want it to last for a long time. I want it to be light, comfortable and have good specs. I don't know where to look or what to look for. I'm also doing a 200 mile ride soon and so i would like it to be fitting for that too. My budget is upto £650. If i could get a deal on a 2008 bike that would be ideal. Please feel free to give suggestions. (I'm around 1.75-1.8m)

Thanks alot


P.S. Is the Saracen Tour 3 2008 Road Bike £499, a good deal? Would it last long? And how long would the Shimano Sora gears last for?


  • ShaunL
    ShaunL Posts: 91 ... 360037598/

    I like Focus bikes and this would be good for a commuter.

    Hav e alok on the Bike radar reviews in the 500-750 range there are loads of ideas, Giants, Treks and Specialised amongst others.
  • jteighty
    jteighty Posts: 120
    Thanks for the suggestion. However, i would prefer a slightly cheaper bike as i am on a budget. What about the saracen (see above)? Also what should i be looking out for? What makes one bike better than the other if they have the same materials and gears?


  • jteighty
    jteighty Posts: 120
    I read a review about the boardman comp 08 however, the 09 model is the only one avilable. It's £650. ... 65710#dtab

    The specs look better than most bikes in that price range for exapmle the gears are shimano tiagra and 105.

    Would you suggest this bike?

    Thanks a lot

  • peanut1978
    peanut1978 Posts: 1,031
    Trek 1.2 is not a bad bike
  • 2tired2ride
    2tired2ride Posts: 285
    jteighty wrote:
    I read a review about the boardman comp 08 however, the 09 model is the only one avilable. It's £650.

    The spec is really good for the money. I would definatly recommend it as I have the team 09. Boardmans are great bikes for the money.

    "If we all had hardtails we'd all go down the hill, just slower"
    Nick Larsen

    Voodoo D-Jab Ti
    Boardman Road Team 09
    Boardman Urban Team 08
    Falcon 3 Speed
  • peanut1978
    peanut1978 Posts: 1,031
    looks like they only have 53cm left