Winter bike

canoas Posts: 307
edited November 2010 in Road buying advice
I'm tired of using my carbon bike over winter, I just don't like the idea again.... using my best carbon bike over winter. I have a cyclocross bike I use for the odd comp and commuting to work, but I find the canter lever brakes are not the best on the road especially if doing a training session at my club run or mates run on Sunday.

I want to use the cycle scheme and pay the rest, anything from £1-2K. Any suggestions, I was thinking of venturing into a steel bike like Colnago Master. Something that's tough during winter, will leave the carbon compact 12-17 for summer and Europe.

Steel, Alu ??? or carbon winter styled bike.


  • Condor Fratello 2011
  • silverpigeon
    silverpigeon Posts: 327
    edited November 2010
    For me, something in Alu and no need to spend that much on a winter hack. Steel is more likely to suffer in the wet and salt. Carbon would be fine but I would only use low end groupsets during the winter and most carbon frames are 105 (or equivalent) at least

    My choice was a Willier Xenon Escape which are around £700-800. Absolutely superb bike, was out on it today in rain and gale force winds. Didn't put a foot wrong. Weight is about 9.5kgs so no lightweight, but that's what you need in the wind. Besides it's so stiff you don't notice the weight anyway.
    Basso Astra
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  • I fancy the frattelo as want to do a non mountain euro tour next year and think it could be the all round bike for me, and I like the whole condor 'thing' :D
    Either that or Van Nick Mistral
  • Garry H
    Garry H Posts: 6,639
    You're too scared to use a carbon bike, but considering buying a Colnago Master :shock: Made of thin steel, quite expensive and probably no tougher than carbon.

    I'm considering buying one (The X Lite) but it would be a Sunday best.
  • MichaelW
    MichaelW Posts: 2,164
    You should consider mudgaurd eyelets and tyre clearance for a winter bike (up to 28mm tyres ?). You may as well get seatstay rack fittings so you can carry a useful commuting/light-touring load. This will radically expand the usefulness of the bike without any downside.
    Kinesis Racelight is a good example.
  • try upgarding your break pads m8, my X-Cross works fine with Swiss pads.
  • twotyred
    twotyred Posts: 822
    What MichaelW said. You need one of these
  • canoas
    canoas Posts: 307
    I must say the Colango Master is £1,500 for the frame only, so forget that!

    Will check that condor model out and Racelight. I already have winter tryes & mudguards, I just want a bike, I don't have to worry about...don't have to clean as much.....take care of it after every ride...worry about expensive components etc.
  • 2alexcoo
    2alexcoo Posts: 251
    The Genesis Equilibrium is very nice, and will take proper mudguards: