Yawn! another which bike issue

Dancing Bear
Dancing Bear Posts: 185
edited October 2010 in Road buying advice
I have narrowed the choice down to the final two:
a Ridley ISP full Ultegra kit (couldnt get Campag)


of a Sram kitted out Wilier Gran Turismo


has anyone out there got experience of either of these two?


  • glasgowbhoy
    glasgowbhoy Posts: 1,341
    no, but that Ridley is feckin beautiful! :shock:
  • danowat
    danowat Posts: 2,877
    no, but that Ridley is feckin beautiful! :shock:

    Amen to that :)
  • mroli
    mroli Posts: 3,622
    +1 - I'd go with a SRAM equipped bike normally, but that Ridley does look like something else.

    There should be a little jealous green emoticon for here!
  • Chip \'oyler
    Chip \'oyler Posts: 2,323
    Funny. I prefer the Wilier. The Ridley looks like it's been shunted!
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  • Mr Dog
    Mr Dog Posts: 643
    Wilier for me. Less bling, looks class. 8)
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  • the Wilier is £2600 and the Ridley £3100

    £500 is a big difference
  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    the Wilier is £2600 and the Ridley £3100

    £500 is a big difference

    Yeah, but I'm a about to take a saw to my right arm for the Ridley!
  • mfin
    mfin Posts: 6,729
    Think on looks alone that the Ridley is awful, looks like it will 'date' really quickly too in design terms, just doesn't look balanced to my eye at all.

    Thats just on looks though, and Im sure they're both great bikes, and we've all got different taste in what looks good anyway.
  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    They both look amazing, I think someone on here has the Wilier as I saw it in the your road bikes part of the forum

    I saw that too, it was the same colour scheme and wheelset. Looked awesome in his photos.
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  • Scrumple
    Scrumple Posts: 2,665
    One is tasteful, and classic, and will age gracefully.

    The other is not my cup of tea.

    Wilier all the way.

    (I have an ISP and while they are fantastic for comfort, and ride quality, they can play havoc with transportation. Big frame?? Think bike box and fitting it in a car!)
    And spend the £500 on Wilier branded kit which is Castelli and superb.
  • buy both - why not - then you can be a Super MAMIL !
  • I think the Ridley is vulgar. I class it in the same boat as Mitsubishi Evos and Subaru Imprezzas.

    The Wilier looks stunning though, a lot classier.
  • Supergoose
    Supergoose Posts: 1,089
    davelakers wrote:
    I think the Ridley is vulgar. I class it in the same boat as Mitsubishi Evos and Subaru Imprezzas.

    The Wilier looks stunning though, a lot classier.

    Agreed, Im no fan of these integrated seat masts though. Wilier for me.
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  • galatzo
    galatzo Posts: 1,295
    Willier, although I'm not mad about those long seat tubes.
    You'll see a few of them Williers about next year I reckon..
    Surprised nobody's suggested anything else yet so here's a suggestion.


    Frame is approx £1000 leaving you plenty to spec it how you like.
    They also do complete bikes with campag, Sram or Shimano.
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  • thel33ter
    thel33ter Posts: 2,684
    Wilier, only expensive road bike I would consider at the moment, it really looks that good IMHO.
    And now you know, and knowing is half the battle
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  • wow the ridley is stunning mate i have ult/DA on my trek is good and will stick with it go for the ridley
  • mfin
    mfin Posts: 6,729
    Car analogy came up earlier.... reckon that Ridley's like when the Ford Sierra came out, load of people liked it, load of people hated it, but didnt take long before everybody thought it looked awful and dated.

    Prefer bikes to have a little bit of balance to the eye, each to their own, a lot of bikes look like theyve melted next to a radiator nowadays.

    (oh, and the Ridleys got Shimano on it ....no contest for me)
  • StillGoing
    StillGoing Posts: 5,211
    the Wilier is £2600 and the Ridley £3100

    £500 is a big difference

    Where the heck have you got a deal of £2600 for the SRAM Willier GT? I've been quoted £2800 just for the Athena. Anyway, I guess you can see where my vote lies.
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  • +1 for the Wilier......the Ridley looks like it would shake your teeth out on a long ride.....don't like integrated seatposts either (limits your upgrade/position choices).

    I ride Sram Force and it is pretty good for the money, as an alternative to Shimano (which I have ridden for many years).
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  • andyoh
    andyoh Posts: 115
    the Wilier is £2600 and the Ridley £3100

    £500 is a big difference

    I was also going to ask where you got a deal of £2,600 on a SRAM GT when rrp is £3,999??