Opinions please

postman
postman Posts: 120
edited April 2010 in Road buying advice
I am going to see a 61cm Specialized Secteur Elite .Very soon .I am 60 and 6' -4" tall .I ride a Dawes Galaxy .Which is really comfortable 50-60 without no problems .

Will this Spesh with it's more relaxed upright position be a good choice .

I don't want a race bike .Just something more sportier .

Comments

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    You are doing the right thing by going to see it! Although I suspect it will be ideal...
  • lfcquin
    lfcquin Posts: 470
    Looks like a good choice for long rides. I used to have an Allez Comp 60cm that was great to ride and felt really comfortable on ling rides and i'm 1/2 an inch shorter than you, so I'd expect it to be close to right for you.

    If you are buying new then see if the LBS will do a bike fit for you as part of the deal, that way you can be sure. If you are buying 2nd hand then be prepare to do some tweaking to get the right position once it is in your posession.
  • This was one of the choices I looked at before buying and it was very comfortable and very relaxed position wise. Whilst not cycling to anywhere near race standard I wanted something slightly more 'racey' and opted for the Boardman Carbon, which I felt better for me.
    You will always be told on here to test ride the bike before parting with your cash, and that is invaluable advice. Get as long as you can on the bike and see how it rides and whether it suits your needs and expectations. IIRC the Secteur Elite was quite well specced - 105?so will not need any upgrading unless you want to save a few grammes, but doesn't sound likely.

    Good luck and let us know what you think.
    Limited Edition Boardman Team Carbon No. 448
    Boardman MTB Team
  • Paul E
    Paul E Posts: 2,052
    I have one and love it, I am 5' 10" and have a 56cm frame which fits my slightly longer legs and arms compared to my body length, all the rides I have done on it I have never felt less than comfy.

    Yeah it does have 105 and about the only thing I am going to change soon is the wheels for something lighter as far as it not being as racey, I think that depends on the rider more than the bike and the slightly more relaxed geometry is not going to slow me down one bit..
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Paul E wrote:
    I have one and love it, I am 5' 10" and have a 56cm frame which fits my slightly longer legs and arms compared to my body length, all the rides I have done on it I have never felt less than comfy.

    Yeah it does have 105 and about the only thing I am going to change soon is the wheels for something lighter as far as it not being as racey, I think that depends on the rider more than the bike and the slightly more relaxed geometry is not going to slow me down one bit..

    I thought that when I raced on my more relaxed geometry road bike...

    Soon changed my mind when I did the next race on my actual race bike :shock: ;)
  • postman
    postman Posts: 120
    Thank you all

    I am going to a Specialized Concept store in Harrogate .as soon as i get the phonecall back telling me the bike is in to look at .


    I fancy looking at this BIG FIT programme they have .
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    postman wrote:
    Thank you all

    I am going to a Specialized Concept store in Harrogate .as soon as i get the phonecall back telling me the bike is in to look at .


    I fancy looking at this BIG FIT programme they have .

    I think you get some of the cost reimbursed if you buy a bike. Well worth doing before you buy...