Which bike? £1000 budget

ibiza86
ibiza86 Posts: 6
edited June 2011 in Road buying advice
Hi

Currently riding a Claud Butler San Remo. I do around 150 miles a week and recently took part in a cross county event covering 300 miles in 48 hours.

The Remo was my 1st road bike and I want to upgrade with a budget of 1000GBP

Not sure about specs etc, and my opinion is only good enough to judge the paint job. Not sure what I'm looking for when it comes to the technical side but I know I want to go lighter. I will try the bikes out, but want you guys opinion too.

So- Cube Attempt, Boardman Team or save up for a Carbon? Would like to get the best bike under a grand for the cycle2work scheme.

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

http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/produc ... ?&id=15397

Opinions appreciated

Thanks

Comments

  • Steedy
    Steedy Posts: 25
    Hi,

    I’ve had a similar dilemma over the last couple of weeks as to which bike to choose. I changed my mind on numerous occasions based on more and more research / bikes testing etc. I finally decided/bought the Cube Attempt, but as yet i have not received it. Due to collect in 2/3 weeks so unable to comment on my experiences. The test ride was excellent and helped me make the decision. Plus it looked great.

    One thing you should be aware of is the size. I’m a size 56 but needed to go for a larger one 58. Apparently they are built for the European market and therefore sizes are on the small side.

    Also, if you want a compact stock is getting very low. On Sunday, after i’d ordered mine there was only one compact, size 58 left in the country via Leisure Lakes Bikes. Triples are more available.
  • e999sam
    e999sam Posts: 426
    I'd buy a carbon frame from China, 105 groupset, Fulcrum 7 wheelset pluss finishing kit and build it myself you should be able to do it for just over £1000.
  • chiark
    chiark Posts: 335
    e999sam wrote:
    I'd buy a carbon frame from China, 105 groupset, Fulcrum 7 wheelset pluss finishing kit and build it myself you should be able to do it for just over £1000.
    Not trying to be a smart alec, but how would you do that with the cycle 2 work scheme?

    Also, if using cycle2work a lot of places are not allowing you to top up with cash any more, as, strictly speaking, it's not your bike to put money towards... The scheme auditors are getting quite strict on this, apparently?

    (Out of those two, I'd have the Cube)
    Synapse Alloy 105 / Rock Lobster Tig Team Sl
  • e999sam
    e999sam Posts: 426
    Clearly I didn't read post correctly. No You you couldn't buy a frame from China.
    I think it would be worth looking at Ribble Cycles Bike Builder you could get a 105 equiped carbon bike from them for round £1000.
  • simon_e
    simon_e Posts: 1,706
    Steedy wrote:
    I finally decided/bought the Cube Attempt, but as yet i have not received it. Due to collect in 2/3 weeks so unable to comment on my experiences. The test ride was excellent and helped me make the decision. Plus it looked great.

    One thing you should be aware of is the size.
    Three very good reasons why you shouldn't let a bunch of forum posters choose your bike for you: sizing, feel and aesthetics.

    Wheels, chainsets, even STIs can all wear out or be easily upgraded so shouldn't be the most important elements of the decision.
    Aspire not to have more, but to be more.