7 bikes: which one?

WetAndCold Posts: 14
edited December 2010 in Road buying advice
Hi, I'm looking for a bike with a budget of around £1000. I've narrowed it down to 7, which is alot, but it's so hard to decide, it seems impossible and I'm worried I'll buy one and then see another thats better. It sounds silly but £1000 is a hell of a lot for me and I don't want to get the wrong thing.

Now, In most cases the most expensive one will be the best obviously, however, if you could factor in 'being cheaper' as a big plus it would be good, as I would preferably spend under £800, it's not essential though (As I'll hopefully be keeping it for a good while. :D) In other words "Is it worth the extra £400 for the caad10 over the caad8?" etc. The colnago seems the worst value at £900 with Tiagra but it's italian :wink: (too much choice!!!!)

I'm upgrading from a £600 bike with sora.

Here's the 'line up':

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/can ... e-ec025302

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/sco ... e-ec025498

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fuj ... e-ec023561

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/col ... RRWidgetID

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/can ... e-ec025288

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bia ... e-ec025814

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... yId_165710)

Sorry about all the links and the long post, I appreciate any help. :D



  • FWIW, I was looking at a very similar list recently. I almost went for a Ribble Nero but ended up getting the Planet X SL Pro (with Sram Red components) based on overall kit for price. I was very strongly minded to get a CAAD 9 but with the 105 groupset it was £1300 and very hard to get hold of (now nigh impossible). The full carbon frame and overall spec of the PX, plus the fact that a few club members are very happy with their PX kit, swayed me.

    If you're tied to Evans for any reason, the BMC bikes are also very tempting.
  • arlowood
    arlowood Posts: 2,561

    Hate to say it but with a list that long you will inevitably get lots of responses from guys who already own one or other of the bikes you have listed. They will more than likely sing the praises of that particular model over the others or suggest something else to consider instead.

    From my point of view I would have put forward the Specialized Secteur Elite 2011 as an option to think about.
    http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/produc ... ?&id=14821

    But there is no substitute for getting along to an LBS or three and getting your leg over several different bikes and going for a test ride.

    What looks great on paper spec-wise may be a croc of sh*te for you personally when you ride it.

    As they say - Try before you buy
  • Bobbinogs
    Bobbinogs Posts: 4,841
    What he said ^^^ (including the bit about a Spesh Secteur Elite :wink: )
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
  • jonmack
    jonmack Posts: 522
    ShutUpLegs wrote:
  • batch78
    batch78 Posts: 1,320
    Too many choices, what do you want to use it for?

    CAAD10 is regarded as the 'best' aluminium frame by many but might not be what you want.

    I've got a Boardman, used it for long sportives, short TT's, casual club runs and fast training rides, but it is quite an aggressive geometry if your used to a more relaxed position.

    I love the look and heritage of the Italian bikes but, at this price point, they're not worth the money in my opinion.

    Give some a ride.
  • Bar Shaker
    Bar Shaker Posts: 2,313
    There are some great bikes there but some will fit you better than others. Buy the bikes that fits you best.
    Boardman Elite SLR 9.2S
    Boardman FS Pro
  • richa
    richa Posts: 1,631
    WetAndCold wrote:
    I'm upgrading from a £600 bike with sora.

    What is your current bike? You are looking not to spend too much, but is there a significant improvement from your current bike w/Sora to a Cannondale CAAD 8 w/Tiagra?

    Not sure this is worth the upgrade.

    For me the Boardman make the best sense as an upgrade.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Have a look at them all, try them out, decide which one you think may suit you best and you like the look of then buy a CAAD10.
  • Anyone any idea why evans are disounting the bianchi in this link. It's 2011 range but it's been reduced
  • Thanks for all the replies.

    I've definately narrowed it down to the Cannondale CAAD10 or......ummmmm..... well, one of the others :roll: :wink:

    It is very difficult, it's fun as well though so I can't complain :D

    The reason the bikes are on discount is because of some special christmas offer:
    10% off selected 2011 bikes.

    Oh, I would prefer race/"aggresive" geometry as I would like to race, hopefully next year. Is the CAAD9/10 race geometry? It's got some good reviews, sod's law its the most expensive :roll:
  • Mr Dog
    Mr Dog Posts: 643
    Non of the above... :?
    Why tidy the house when you can clean your bike?
  • My vote CAAD10 if you want a great frame.
    "Let not the sands of time get in your lunch"

    National Lampoon
  • dulldave
    dulldave Posts: 949
    At that price point all of the bikes will be quite good. Buy the one you think looks the best.
    Scottish and British...and a bit French
  • Some good bikes - and a great one. CAAD10.
    Cannondale Supersix / CAAD9 / Boardman 9.0 / Benotto 3000
  • northpole
    northpole Posts: 1,499
    I realise this isn't on your list but please do check out the ribble web site - something like their gran fondo model is excellent value for money. Why go aluminium with alternatives like this available...

  • TimoH
    TimoH Posts: 120
    What about this one:


    Canyon provides generally nearly unbeatable value for money. I personally don't have any experience about the Ultimate AL, but I'm really happy with the two Canyons that I have (Ultimate CF 8.0 and Nerve XC 6.0).

    Of the choices you mentioned, CAAD10 would probably make you happy as well.
  • Hmm that's a big question.

    CAAD 10 or Canyon Ultimate Al 9.0, or even 8.0.?

    hmm...... dribble etc.
  • juankerr
    juankerr Posts: 1,099
    CAAD10 or Boardman.