Up to £1400 to spend.

golfergmc
golfergmc Posts: 426
edited March 2010 in Road buying advice
I have a budget of up to £1400 to spend on a road bike and i`m looking for the bets spec and value for money that I can find, I will be buying from a local bike shop and can choose from the following makes, in no order of preference,
Cannondale
Cube
Giant
Trek
Specilazed
Willier
Merida
Can someone tell the the best out of these makes, the only one i`m not fussed on is the Willier only because I don`t like the shifters.
I`m not one for upgrading at a later date so would rather spend the money now to get the best spec I can.
I have a 57.5cm Trek 7.6fx hybrid at the minute so can someone also tell me the size I should be getting as i`ve been told buy shops to go anything from a 54 to a 61, i`m 6`2" with and inside leg of 32", thanks for any replies.
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Comments

  • Splottboy
    Splottboy Posts: 3,695
    Got me a Giant TCR 2, Carbon/Ultegra. Except my nearly 53yr old legs are hanging off, only things I've changed are: Tyres, Contis to Kendas, coz they're red!
    Will need to go to a compact or triple in next few years, but, I've had over 30 bikes, and it's the Best Road Bike I've ever ridden.

    I've had Airborne Ti Zeppelin, Raleigh Team Alu/Carbon, Sintesi Alu, 853 and 531 steels.

    I don't race but used to.Wish I'd had it "back in the day" or night, for that matter!
    Might do some Du/Tris later this year.

    Nice smooth but firm ride, excellent geometry for N.Wales mountains, groupset as good as it gets for the money. Retail was around £1,800 in 2008, but I won it in a Giant compo.
    I'll never sell it, just keep replacing/upgrading stuff. Great bike, great ride too.
  • RonB
    RonB Posts: 3,984
    That sort of cash should get you a quality bike so good luck to you. Good to hear your heading for your local bike shop too, they should help with fitting etc. though I would guess at a frame size closer to 58/ 60 than 54 that's for sure!

    You mention the shifters on the Willier, but these are likely to be to be from one of 3 main suppliers: Shimano, Campagnolo or SRAM. If you have a preference here its worth sorting that one out early on as these will appear on other bikes too.

    Cannondale does vwell in the latest group test/ bike of the year contest in C+. It might be worth getting a copy. In the end it comes down to what you want to do (i.e. comfort vs. all out racer, and your personal taste. All the best, Ron.
  • golfergmc
    golfergmc Posts: 426
    Thanks for the replies, I can get a trek 2.5 for £1270, a trek tcr alliance for £1300, cannondale caad8 sora for £999, cube ??? for £999 or can someone suggest another or the best from the above.
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    Specialized Rockhopper Comp SL 2010
    Kona Tanuki Supreme
  • chris281192
    chris281192 Posts: 189
    you could get a caad9 tiagra for £999, from evans i think.
    It's not the will to win that matters...everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters.
  • nikstar1
    nikstar1 Posts: 103
    I agree with RonB and the Cannondale. These are superb bikes and I have had my Cannondale CAAD9 6 (triple) since 2008 and have loved riding around on it.

    If I am honest you will need to update certain parts to get the best spec and obviously over time you will want to change parts to suit your own style of riding. For your budget you should shop around as you an get a great bike for that amount of money! But I agree with buying the best spec for your money now so that you don't need to change anything staright away!

    Good luck!
  • golfergmc
    golfergmc Posts: 426
    Have just found a shop that sells fuji, what about them
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  • symo
    symo Posts: 1,743
    Err, Cervelo S1 frame, groupset from merlin and a set of rs10 from similar, that is a great bike.
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  • Rich Hcp
    Rich Hcp Posts: 1,355
    First rule is to get a bike that fits properly, otherwise you've wasted your cash
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  • golfergmc
    golfergmc Posts: 426
    Finally decided and went for a cube streamer 2010 with ultegra groupset for £950, do you think it was a good deal?
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=44405
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    Scott Addict R2 2010
    Specialized Rockhopper Comp SL 2010
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  • Rich Hcp
    Rich Hcp Posts: 1,355
    Looks like a good deal for under a grand

    Nice looking bike too 8)
    Richard

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