Uber bike

amochrie
amochrie Posts: 73
edited February 2010 in Road buying advice
Im thinking of getting a top end bike. Need to do all the research first but my instincts are pointing to a Prince simply because err it looks class, or perhaps a top end Colnago.

I ride a very nice CR1 Pro at the minute and love it. My question is, by spending a shed load on a top whack bike like the Prince, what difference will I notice? How do these bikes justify the £3.5k just for the frame price tag? If I go for it I want to get it right ...

Finally, if you had £5-6k to spend, what would you get?
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  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,788
    If you need to ask...........................
    Seriously you'll love it 'cos you do and no one can tell you why it's better. I don't think it'll ride a world better.
  • DanEvs
    DanEvs Posts: 640
    amochrie wrote:
    Finally, if you had £5-6k to spend, what would you get?

    More than one bike. :wink:

    (sorry, no help at all but that's what I'd do/I've done.) :)
  • id be on the Trek website making my own custom madone with all the bells, whistles and crazy paint job
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  • DanEvs
    DanEvs Posts: 640
    stokepa31 wrote:
    id be on the Trek website making my own custom madone with all the bells, whistles and crazy paint job

    But that'd just be a Trek... :?
  • APIII
    APIII Posts: 2,010
    I pretty much agree with Inseine. I've got the Prince, and it's a lovely frame, but I also ride a cheap alu Kinesis in the winter which is also a lot of fun. If you love it, you love it. Just don't try and justify it :wink:
  • Bear77
    Bear77 Posts: 60
    http://vanillabicycles.com/

    five year waiting list :shock:
    The revolution will not be televised
  • Yeah thats pretty much what I thought! Im just going to have to forget about justifying it and go with the flow!
  • Whoa Vanilla Bikes.....how confident are these guys..."its impossible to say how much the bike will cost, final price sill be subject to change"!

    Classic. :D
  • Bear77
    Bear77 Posts: 60
    yeah that road bike is a work of art.

    6 -8 weeks for the paint to dry, its insane. :)
    The revolution will not be televised
  • EKIMIKE
    EKIMIKE Posts: 2,232
    Bear77 wrote:
    http://vanillabicycles.com/

    five year waiting list :shock:

    Amazing how much you can add to the price of a well photographed bike. Still, I bet they're nice but they will never look as good as in the photographs. Baums seem to be extremely well photographed, i've not seen anyone post a bog standard photo of one yet. Makes me drool when I see the photo's.
  • bristolpete
    bristolpete Posts: 2,255
    Me, I would take a Cervelo S3 with Dura Ace all over it and a nice set of bars and saddle.

    Would do me just lovely and hope to get one, one day....

    Nothing I want more at the moment.
  • My aim in life is to get a Delta 7 Ascend. The frame is $6000, if the pound to dollar improved, you could probably manage it! But you could build it up with Shimano Sora if cash got a bit tight after the cost of the frame :P
  • incog24
    incog24 Posts: 549
    At the moment I lusting after a Giant TCR advanced SL in white and blue, matched with Zipp Zedtech wheels with blue decals and hubs, and gold nipples...mmmm. Although a viner would be nice too...With Edge 1.68 rims built up stupidly light...Ah well, one day!
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Cervelo S2
    Sram Red
    Zipps
  • jp1985
    jp1985 Posts: 434
    I'd get this

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    or this

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  • Scrumple
    Scrumple Posts: 2,665
    A tricycle with a bell on it.

    And some stickers to make it go faster.
  • Scrumple
    Scrumple Posts: 2,665
    Isotruss bike for me.

    Great if you like riding electricity pylons...
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,756
    Custom Viner surely?
  • stuaff
    stuaff Posts: 1,736
    amochrie wrote:
    Im thinking of getting a top end bike. Need to do all the research first but my instincts are pointing to a Prince simply because err it looks class, or perhaps a top end Colnago.

    I ride a very nice CR1 Pro at the minute and love it. My question is, by spending a shed load on a top whack bike like the Prince, what difference will I notice? How do these bikes justify the £3.5k just for the frame price tag? If I go for it I want to get it right ...

    Finally, if you had £5-6k to spend, what would you get?

    +1 for the Viner. Maxima (Marcel Wüst's view: 'the best bike I've ever tested') comes in at £3200 for the frameset, the Maxima RS £4k (20% stiffer and a touch lighter), the RS Plus (custom rear triangle) £4450. All three are truly custom- Viner can adjust the carbon lay-up to alter the ride characteristics according to the rider's weight, geometry and ride preferences. Custom paint at no extra cost if you want it, integrated seat tube if you want it. Couple of owners on here, they can't stop raving about them...Kind of decided I'll be joining them sooner or later!
    That said, I know a Prince owner as well, that's a real beauty. But he's pining for a Dogma now ;) Plenty of great bikes at that kind of money....(there should be of course).
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  • nmcgann
    nmcgann Posts: 1,780
    Bear77 wrote:
    http://vanillabicycles.com/

    five year waiting list :shock:

    That's an amusing site. More of the Rapha aspirational lifestyle guff, but even more inflated.
    --
    "Because the cycling is pain. The cycling is soul crushing pain."
  • Much as I think the Baum Correto is the most beautiful bike out there...if I was slapping down the family inheritance, I'd be writing the cheque in favour of Time (at least for an off the rack bike!).

    Not that fussed on some of the graphics they use, but the bikes are just plain lush to ride.
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  • Lig
    Lig Posts: 178
    Hi chaps,

    I went for a Cervelo R3SL and I love it!!

    I considered a Pinarello as they do look sexier, but the main put off was that they only came with 2 years warranty, I dont know if this has changed, but it doesn't say a lot about their confidence in quality does it????

    Lig..
  • Custom Parlee for me, or Viner, but for that money would have to be bespoke!
  • rollin
    rollin Posts: 26
    Custom Ti probably a Baum, pair of Lightweight tubs with powertap hub, Dura Ace Di2, Cinelli Ram bars. Not that i've ever really thought about it :wink:
  • dodgy
    dodgy Posts: 2,890
    Isotruss bike for me.

    +1
  • Yep Viner from me too. If it's going to be top end, get it made for you for you, tubing based on your style of riding along with your own paint job.

    ( :oops: oops, I realise I'm one of those ravers )

    Edit: OK off the peg suggestions: Colnago EPS or Time RXR ULTeam.
  • Custom Viner surely?

    +1
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  • stokepa31 wrote:
    id be on the Trek website making my own custom madone with all the bells, whistles and crazy paint job

    It'll still be a Trek though. Just one where you spent a fortune trying to pimp it up :-D
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  • If I did have 6k to spend on a bike, I'd go for a Pinarello Dogma, with Campag Super Record on it, rather than Shimano...
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