If you have been given £1200 to spend on a bike...

Gabbo
Gabbo Posts: 864
edited August 2012 in Road buying advice
If you could purchase any bike up to £1200, what bike would it be and why?

EDIT: Road bike only! :D

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  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    A 29r MTB as I already have my £1200 road bike.
  • I don't known much about lots of the different makes and models, but I bought a Trek Madone 3.1 from my LBS down from £1600 to £1200 and I am really pleased with it. The 2012 version also gets a really good write up in the bike magazines and my LBS also currently has them on sale for a similar price.

    The Trek has a full carbon frame and forks and a good selection of Shimano 105 components.
  • Strith
    Strith Posts: 541
    Cannondale Caad10. Best vfm proper road bike you can race on IMHO.
    That's providing it fits you to start with. Which mine does nicely.
  • Gabbo
    Gabbo Posts: 864
    Strith wrote:
    Cannondale Caad10. Best vfm proper road bike you can race on IMHO.
    That's providing it fits you to start with. Which mine does nicely.

    Where did you get this bike? I can't seem to purchase it anywhere in a 58

    It does say it'll take 14 days for delivery though: "The item is in stock at one of our stores - it will be recalled from the store to warehouse and then dispatched." Translation: This bike is currently at one of our stores and is currently on display. This bike is effectively used as a demo, as hundreds of customers each week will decide to test ride it, put their grubby hands all over the white handles, and then have the opportunity to purchase it for the full price.

    This is off putting. Where else can I purchase this beast? I'll be shopping around, no doubt!

    But as you're here, tell me more about the CAAD10. Is it responsive? Controls well? Stiff?
  • Strith
    Strith Posts: 541
    I think you can generally pick them up for a grand for the 105 equipt model this time of year. I'm not sure about where but a quick google search comes up with a few.

    Ridewise it's nice and stiff and responsive to me. More than most of the other bikes I've ridden, including some decent carbon, I notice the way it feels as you put the power down is incredibly direct. The rs10 wheels are a bit meh, but why I would expect for a grand. Handling is neutral to me, for a proper road bike. Much less twitchy than my previous steel race bike. Stock tyres are a little draggy too.

    All in all it's a good base. 105 kit is solid as is the frame. I like it anyway.

    Above all, make sure it fits you properly.
  • Gabbo
    Gabbo Posts: 864
    Strith wrote:
    I think you can generally pick them up for a grand for the 105 equipt model this time of year. I'm not sure about where but a quick google search comes up with a few.

    Ridewise it's nice and stiff and responsive to me. More than most of the other bikes I've ridden, including some decent carbon, I notice the way it feels as you put the power down is incredibly direct. The rs10 wheels are a bit meh, but why I would expect for a grand. Handling is neutral to me, for a proper road bike. Much less twitchy than my previous steel race bike. Stock tyres are a little draggy too.

    All in all it's a good base. 105 kit is solid as is the frame. I like it anyway.

    Above all, make sure it fits you properly.

    Thank you. I suppose a correct fit is first and foremost. A 60 would be too large and a 56 probably just too small. I'm about 187cm (converts into 6"1 1/2 approximately) so the 58 I hope will be fine. I sat on a Specialized Tarmac 58 and it felt about right (didn't test ride it though). Not sure how the CAAD10 frame compares.
  • jimmm
    jimmm Posts: 202
    I'm 6 foot 1 and I have the 58 frame for the CAAD10, after being fitted by the LBS.

    As for the comment above about it being on display etc - I don't see that as a problem - unless of course it has been test ridden outside. My bike was on display when I went into the LBS. Had one little dirt mark on the bar tape - which is always going to happen with white tape!

    Shop around though - there are some good deals to be had on the CAAD10 at present.
  • Gabbo
    Gabbo Posts: 864
    jimmm wrote:
    I'm 6 foot 1 and I have the 58 frame for the CAAD10, after being fitted by the LBS.

    As for the comment above about it being on display etc - I don't see that as a problem - unless of course it has been test ridden outside. My bike was on display when I went into the LBS. Had one little dirt mark on the bar tape - which is always going to happen with white tape!

    Shop around though - there are some good deals to be had on the CAAD10 at present.

    Yes, all display bikes are effectively demo bikes at Evans. Saw one CAAD10 yesterday with a nasty dent in the frame. They are test ridden outside and therefore the chances of them becoming grubby are quite high.

    Anyway, I made an enquiry about their stock this morning. Evanscycles have discontinued the CAAD10 in a 58 frame so unfortunately for me I have to opt for a different bike or search elsewhere. Everything seems to be discontinued nowadays. Should have purchased in June...
  • Gabbo
    Gabbo Posts: 864
    jimmm wrote:
    I'm 6 foot 1 and I have the 58 frame for the CAAD10, after being fitted by the LBS.

    As for the comment above about it being on display etc - I don't see that as a problem - unless of course it has been test ridden outside. My bike was on display when I went into the LBS. Had one little dirt mark on the bar tape - which is always going to happen with white tape!

    Shop around though - there are some good deals to be had on the CAAD10 at present.

    Yes, all display bikes are effectively demo bikes at Evans. Saw one CAAD10 yesterday with a nasty dent in the frame. They are test ridden outside and therefore the chances of them becoming grubby are quite high.

    Anyway, I made an enquiry about their stock this morning. Evanscycles have discontinued the CAAD10 in a 58 frame so unfortunately for me I have to opt for a different bike or search elsewhere. Everything seems to be discontinued nowadays. Should have purchased in June...
  • jimmm
    jimmm Posts: 202
    They have it in 58 here - http://www.westbrookcycles.co.uk/bikes-c5/road-bikes-c18/cannondale-caad-10-105-team-replica-road-bike-2012-p199751 for £999.99. Only downside is that if your not local to the store you won't be able to get fitted to it - but if you're confident in fitting yourself then it's a bargain!
  • Gabbo
    Gabbo Posts: 864
    jimmm wrote:
    They have it in 58 here - http://www.westbrookcycles.co.uk/bikes-c5/road-bikes-c18/cannondale-caad-10-105-team-replica-road-bike-2012-p199751 for £999.99. Only downside is that if your not local to the store you won't be able to get fitted to it - but if you're confident in fitting yourself then it's a bargain!

    That's a good find, thanks.

    To be honest, most salesman just have you seated on a bike and have you reaching over. Would be nice if they could conduct a more in-depth anaylsis
  • edhornby
    edhornby Posts: 1,780
    planet X do a full carbon bike with Force and decent wheels for 1100
    "I get paid to make other people suffer on my wheel, how good is that"
    --Jens Voight
  • Gabbo
    Gabbo Posts: 864
    edhornby wrote:
    planet X do a full carbon bike with Force and decent wheels for 1100

    Would I get laughed at? I'm sure it's a very good bike. Just doesn't sound too reputable
  • olza23
    olza23 Posts: 20
    No planet X bikes are very good! Why would anyone laugh?
  • Gabbo
    Gabbo Posts: 864
    Olza23 wrote:
    No planet X bikes are very good! Why would anyone laugh?

    I'm mainly talking about fellow road riders whilst cruising on their Specializeds and so on.
  • white91
    white91 Posts: 431
    http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/FBP ... _bike_2012

    Then spend £200 on good tyres, tubes and a nice saddle.

    Anyone who laughs at Planet X bikes clearly has no idea, but feel free to dismiss them and pay for some brand name stickers
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    I have a Ribble Gran Fondo that cost £1200 - so another carbon option along with Planet X.

    Oddly enough, I have no more derogatory comments/laughs when I ride the Ribble than I do when I ride my Look which was almost 3 times the price (ie no derogatory comments at all).

    No one riding a Specialized has any valid reason to laugh at a Planet X.
    Faster than a tent.......