Which road bike ~£1000 from Evans Cycles (Must be Evans!)

t84
t84 Posts: 119
edited May 2010 in Road beginners
Hi,

I currently ride a Rockhopper to work and I've recently found out I can get another bike on the Ride2Work scheme (Evans Cycles only)

What would you suggest at around the £1000 mark? The CAAD 9?

There's also the option of the £850 Felt Z85 (Which looks lovely) and £150 worth of gear...
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  • Ricey77
    Ricey77 Posts: 92
    Yep, CAAD9 :D
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    Should I go for Triple or Compact?

    Also, an unrelated question, what are 'hoods' and 'drops'? Going up a hill and down a hill, at a guess?
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    It's to do with where your hands are on drop handlebars.
    The hoods are the rubbery bits of the shifter / brake lever body. The drops are the ends of the bars and hence lower down
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    Hoods are what cover the brake levers, drops are the dropped part of the handlebars.
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    Ah ok, thanks, I'm new to this :)
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    So definatley CAAD 9 for £1000 from Evans Cycles? Any other options? Or is the CAAD 9 /that/ good?

    Thanks.
  • sherbs
    sherbs Posts: 37
    I went for a FUJI Roubaix 2.0 from Evans and im loving it, service was a bit on the poor side but might not affect you! Good luck with your purchase whatever you decide

    Sherbs
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    Thanks, I'll take a look :)
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    now this is weird, Evans say they are not stocking the
    caad 9 with tiagra anymore so im stuck, any suggestions for a bike from Evans? Secteur any good?
  • ALaPlage
    ALaPlage Posts: 732
    Try these

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/tre ... e-ec022918

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/edd ... e-ec021989

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/tre ... e-ec020781

    Personnaly the Trek Pilot is a lot of bike for the money and comes with 105 groupset which is one up the range from Tiagra. Avoid Sora if you can as although it is okay for 90% of riding if you are on the drops you cannot change gear without changing hand position to the hoods due to the thumbswitch changer - Tiagra, 105, Ultegra all have lever change up and down which is easier to operate.

    The Eddy Merckyx bike is something a little different with a race pedigree although I still would go for the Trek.
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  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    Thanks, theyre definately not getting any more CAAD 9's in :(
  • Just had a quick look at Evans website, all Cannondale's are either in stock or "product no longer available". Looks like Evan's and Cannondale have parted company.

    As for OP and choice, ride a few, choose the one you like the best.
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    I had a look at the Specialized Secteur, there's a Fuji Roubaix there for £899, and a Trek 2.1 Pilot that looks ok (It's a triple though, does that matter?)
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    That Eddy Merckx looks nice!
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    Too small for me :(

    What's this like?

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fuj ... e-ec022173

    I don't need offroad capabilities, I have a Rockhopper, if I had this as a road bike only would it be as fast/easy to ride as a full on roadbike?

    (Don't really understand what Cyclo Cross is?)
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    bumpage :)
  • CiB
    CiB Posts: 6,098
    Evans are great, in some respects. Go in with an idea of what you want, take a look at each to see which you fancy in the flesh and ask for a ride on any that you fancy. Not just round the shop; take it out for a proper ride. You'll soon get a sense of which suit you better doing that.

    BMC are a decent make of bike. When I bought my BMC SLX01 last year I tried a couple of others first, but this won hands down. You can be confident of getting a nice machine if you go forsomething from the BMC range.
  • rich164h
    rich164h Posts: 433
    I like them and was going to buy one earlier in the year until they were all sold out before my company could get it's act together with respect to the R2W scheme. I noticed that they were back yesterday so I guess they've sourced some more stock. Bizarely the prices are higher than earlier in the year. They were all for sale at £999 now they've gone up by £200!

    The looks are not for everyone. What you can't see from the pics is that the top tube is a sort of "T" shape in cross section rather than being round, so it's a bit unconventional. I'd imagine that it's very stiff though and the geometry is pretty racey so if all day rides are your thing it's probably not one to go for. For all out speed though I bet it's very quick.
  • CiB
    CiB Posts: 6,098
    edited May 2010
    rich164h wrote:
    The looks are not for everyone. What you can't see from the pics is that the top tube is a sort of "T" shape in cross section rather than being round, so it's a bit unconventional. I'd imagine that it's very stiff though and the geometry is pretty racey so if all day rides are your thing it's probably not one to go for. For all out speed though I bet it's very quick.

    Top tube is flat when seen from the saddle; it's different, but nothing to bother with. I hardly notice it tbh, and when I do it's a + not a -.

    The models higher up the range are marketed with stiffness as their USP. They are too, noticeably so. Also extremely comfortable due to the mix of materials; alloy for the downtube, seat tube + chainstays, carbon for steerer, forks, tob tube, seat post + rear forks.
  • rich164h
    rich164h Posts: 433
    Top tube is flat when seen from the saddle; it's different, but nothing to bother with
    Absolutely. As I said, I like it but I can understand that not everyone would.
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    Dammit!

    They've sold out of the £999 bikes but have the £1200 ones in... Argh!

    This is my current shortlist:

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/tre ... e-ec020781
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fuj ... e-ec022170
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fuj ... e-ec022173
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bia ... e-ec021255

    But I'm clueless as to what I need :) I will be riding 5 miles to work and 5 miles back with that increasing to about 11 miles there and 11 miles back in the future, so just a commuter really!
  • rich164h
    rich164h Posts: 433
    Out of those I'd go for the Bianchi but you should go and try a few to see what suits you.
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    I will do, its such a PITA being restricted by Evans though :)
  • Agree with CiB - Evans are good in many ways. It is the only shop I know where you can leave your card in the till and test ride just about every massed produced bike on the market - which are often keenly priced. The staff are really hit and miss - some very good, some Saturday boys who haven't got a clue about anything without 26" wheels.
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  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    Thanks, I like the look of that Bianchi.
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    Bike bought, mission accomplished!

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  • gareth2134
    gareth2134 Posts: 198
    Agree with CiB - Evans are good in many ways. It is the only shop I know where you can leave your card in the till and test ride just about every massed produced bike on the market - which are often keenly priced. The staff are really hit and miss - some very good, some Saturday boys who haven't got a clue about anything without 26" wheels.

    Bianchi looks great and agree that it's a great place to test ride any bike.

    Also couldn't agree more about the staff they are very hit and miss you can go one day to find someone very knowledgable and the next to find someone trying to bluff his way through a sale.
    Also most of the staff at evens these days seem to know much more about MTB and lack on road bike knowledge. Some still very good though.
  • t84
    t84 Posts: 119
    Thanks, they did a campag one for 1089 but I didn't like the colour and they don't have any in.

    Only thing is I have a high mount bike rack and I caught the saddle on an overhanging shard of metal at the local NCP that had no low ceiling warning :(

    so now I have a gouge in the saddle of the bike before I've even ridden it!

    The guy chucked in a 35 quid set of pedals too which match the bike nicely!
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    Nice bike. I think the blue on the Via Nirone is lovely.

    Have fun!
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