Road bike for £800 for all day rides.

mbailey Posts: 6
edited March 2010 in Road buying advice
I am looking for my first road bike. I will be looking mainly using the bike for fitness, longer cycle rides, sportives, etc. I am not looking for the fastest bike and lowest ride position, more something I can ride all day.

I am currently riding a hybrid (Kona Dew) for the past year, but now I feel I need to move into a proper road bike.

Luckily for me we have a CycleScheme at work, so with this in mind I have set a price of around £800 to £850 for the bike.

As far as I can tell, as this price range I am looking at the Tiagra groupset.

I went to my LBS at the weekend and they let me take the following 3 bikes for a ride.

Trek 1.5C
Scott Speedster
Giant Defy 2

Compared to riding my hybrid they all felt very different. Out of the 3 the Giant felt best, but that could of been as it was setup better for me than the other 2.

Since searching the web I have come up with some other alternatives:

Cannondale CAAD8 Tiagra
Ridley EOS
Pinnacle Sentinal 2.0

At the moment I am unsure if I want a Compact or Triple. I like the idea of the extra flexibility with the Triple, giving you that one extra option on the big hills. How ever the Defy 2 only comes in a Compact, and not in a triple.

Due to the fact different LBS only deal with a couple of manufactures, it appears to be hard work visiting lots of different LBS's and then its hard to get a real comparison of the bikes.

Are there and other bikes I should be looking at in this price range?

What I can't find is a clear description of which bikes are designed for which riding setups.

Any comments would be appreciated.


  • Squillinossett
    Squillinossett Posts: 1,678
    After using both, I prefer a compact! I have found I have NEVER used the granny ring, it makes me spin too fast, slows me down and tires me out more....

    and that just leaves me with a 39, I climb better with a 34 on larger hills.
  • Philby
    Philby Posts: 328
    Might be worth adding the following usual suspects:
    Specialized Allez
    Bianchi Via Nirone C2C

    The consensus on here will probably be the Cannondale, but buy the one you feel most comfortable on - at this price point there are very few dogs.

    Depending on where you live and your level of fitness a triple may be superfluous. A compact suits most needs - you could always change the cassette if you are taking in a particularly hilly ride.