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2 Entry Level Carbon frames best all rounder for beginner ?

kmcd21kmcd21 Posts: 105
edited December 2010 in Road beginners
Hi,

Trek Madone 4.5 or Planet X SL Pro carbon with Sram red.

I can get these bikes for exactly the same price. I am drawn to the PX as it is lighter

A closer inspection and test ride should reveal the best choice.. As I have little experience of road riding, a more knowledgable road rider may have good advice ?

Bst Rgds
kmcd
Enduro- YT Capra AL1- 2016
Road- Boardman Team Carbon- 2010
XC- Gary Fisher Marlin- 2002

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  • John.TJohn.T Posts: 3,698
    It would depend on what type of rider you are. The PX is a race orientated frame with a short head tube giving a lower bar position. The Trek has a longer head tube giving a more relaxed one. Both frames will be stiff but the Trek will be more biased towards a comfortable ride. You really do have to try to get a test ride on both, at least 5 miles with a hill (both up and down), to get any sort of idea. I tested my Madone for 65 miles but ordered one straight away on my return. A good shop will have, or can get, demo bikes.
  • kmcd21kmcd21 Posts: 105
    Thanks for your comments on the Trek.
    As you say best to try.. I read the review on this site for the trek and it didn't give a glowing review, which concerned me.
    The px and boardman are for same money as the trek and they get reviews which found
    minimal faults.
    Enduro- YT Capra AL1- 2016
    Road- Boardman Team Carbon- 2010
    XC- Gary Fisher Marlin- 2002
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