Best Road Bike in and around the £2000 mark

mcstaycfc
mcstaycfc Posts: 28
edited February 2011 in Road buying advice
Just recentally made the jump up to category 2 and looking my first carbon race bike to celebrate any ideas? Months of trawling through the www has turned my head to mush :?

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  • Garry H
    Garry H Posts: 6,639
    Go to your local bike shop and see what they can do for you
  • cornerblock
    cornerblock Posts: 3,228
    mcstaycfc wrote:
    Just recentally made the jump up to category 2 and looking my first carbon race bike to celebrate any ideas? Months of trawling through the www has turned my head to mush :?

    And you think asking on here will make your head clearer! :) Narrow your choice down to a few and try and test ride them. Then change your mind again! And test ride a few more. Seriously though for £2000 you will end up with a lovely bike. Good luck in deciding.
  • Thanks lads totally new to this forum business had a quick flick through and realised a lot of people are asking these type of questions back to the drawing board oh the joys haha
  • cornerblock
    cornerblock Posts: 3,228
    Oh, and welcome.
  • Cat 2 licence eh? How about something to help you get around a flat circuit with a load of well built lads?
  • A moped?
  • Tell us what the nearest decent shop stocks...
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  • Karl2010
    Karl2010 Posts: 511
    Check Ebay aswell. You could pick up a bargain.
  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    One thing a lot of bikes in that price range can skimp on are the wheels. You can get anything from a 1500g set to 2kg and having just upgraded from 2kg -> 1.5 it makes a massive difference. Look at the wheelset and google the weight so you know what you're getting.

    If I was spending that sort of cash and buying from a bike shop I'd expect a bike fit from someone that knows what they're doing too.
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  • kfinlay
    kfinlay Posts: 763
    If your comfortable with your fit then you can consider a Canyon or Rose direct from Germany - very good spec for the money. Ribble and PlanetX also offer good VFM and many also like the Cube Agree GTC Race or SL. Too many options really but I agree about the wheels some have wheels like Fulcrum 7 and Askiums whereas others have Ksyrium Elites - massive difference. But I agree with others , if your not sure about fit etc then get to a good bike shop and have a test ride, an lbs offered me 10% of a Cube Agree GTC Race or SL and that was on my first visit to that shop so some deals to be had. Dealers may have a few 2010 models left over too especially if you need a very large or small sized frame. Good luck choosing and let us know how you get on
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  • maddog 2
    maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    there have been plenty of threads along these lines recently, so have a search

    Some ideas are
    Cube Agree GTC Race
    Colnago Ace
    Willier Mortirolo
    Cannondale Super6

    So, as said, try to get a ride on some.

    I'd be tempted to do a custom build around a Look 566 with 105 kit and mid-level wheels. Should come in around 2k with some cunning buying.
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  • If you are looking at Canyon, their UK rep can organise a test ride (if you can get to Essex)
  • My local bike shop stocks Cervelo De Rosa Bianchi and Mercx all of which are lovely bikes granted but im not sure im gettin the most bike for my buck. I have also noticed about the whole wheel situation I was very interested in Sintesi (still am) but their model I was looking at is speced with Fulcrum racing 5s at the minute I ride Mavic open pros with ultegra hubs old and heavey I no but great wheels none the less, i dont want to spend 2000 queens heads and still not have the bike i want. In terms of grouppo I was thinking SRAM force or shimano ultegra. Are my sights a little too high? Should I be lookin at 105?
  • Phate
    Phate Posts: 121
    For 2k I'd be looking at the last of the 2010 bargains!

    Had a quick look on evans and you can get

    a 2010 Spesh Roubaix Expert SL with Ultegra down from 2.5k to 2k

    a 2011 Spesh Tarmac Comp SL2 for 2k and they will give you £200 to spend on equipment

    Cannondale CAAD10 Ultegra for 1.9k

    Or depending on your size there is always the Litespeed Archon C3 2010 road bike with £950 off coming in at £1799

    Lots of choices and a lot specced with Ultegra!
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  • Mr Dog
    Mr Dog Posts: 643
    Just make sure its red, white and blue, with Coke-a-Cola in the drinks bottle. :wink:
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  • mfin
    mfin Posts: 6,729
    Id be considering one of these, in Team (mostly white) colour

    http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=2114
  • Have you thought about spending your £2k on just a frame and transferring your current equipment across?

    The frame is the heart and soul of a bike - the better the frame the better the ride.
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  • Had a look at Canyon they look like great bikes and are certainly in my list of options. Spending £2000 on a frame alone unfortunately isnt an option for me as the components I currently use are old and outdated. Does anyone have any experience with a recent version of 105?
  • mcstaycfc wrote:
    Had a look at Canyon they look like great bikes and are certainly in my list of options. Spending £2000 on a frame alone unfortunately isnt an option for me as the components I currently use are old and outdated. Does anyone have any experience with a recent version of 105?

    They reviewed it in the latest copy cycling plus along with Apex and Centaur. They mentioned it weighing about half a kilo more than the others. Weight isn't everything but I'd personally aim at Ultegra should funds stretch.
  • edhornby
    edhornby Posts: 1,780
    my road bike has 105 the 5600 version (not the newest set with the hidden shifter cable routing) and I think it's fine, not superlight but good shifting - at the 2k mark I bet you could get ultegra

    have you looked at planet X ? they do their hi-mod nanolight with some nice specs, only thing you have to remember is they have own brand wheels (which are pretty good...) and sometimes a budgety crankset
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  • something like this canyon with chorus 11 for £2k is not bad at all ... one of the good points with canyon is their spec is very good. there's no crap wheels thrown to cut corners.

    http://www.canyon.com/_uk/roadbikes/bike.html?b=2114
  • something like this canyon with chorus 11 for £2k is not bad at all ... one of the good points with canyon is their spec is very good. there's no crap wheels thrown to cut corners.

    http://www.canyon.com/_uk/roadbikes/bike.html?b=2114

    That is a lot of bike for the money. As a Chorus user I'd would say go for it
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  • Mr Dog
    Mr Dog Posts: 643
    Have last years 105 and its good. The 2011 version gets rave reviews. Spend on the frame... the rest wears out anyway.
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