What upgrades to buy for my 2012 Cube Agree?

Rowe
Rowe Posts: 4
edited November 2012 in Road buying advice
I bought my Cube (Cube Agree GTC, carbon base model with 105 group set) last year on the cycle to work scheme and I plan to get another voucher this year to use on various upgrades and kit etc.

This effectively means I have about £1,000 to spend on my bike!

I need some help in deciding what I should put on my list?

For context I have already got an upgraded set of wheels (the old ones got damaged) and new brakes (mine weren't cutting it in poor weather).

Any suggestions appreciated

Comments

  • andyk19
    andyk19 Posts: 170
    bike parts or clothing, lights, other accessories etc?

    Frankly if you've got 105 and a new set of wheels any further upgrades to the bike itself would be for the sake of making them rather than for performance as 105 is very similar to ultegra/dura-ace in terms of everything bar weight. Unless of course you want ultegra Di2.
  • mhj999
    mhj999 Posts: 122
    i think you need to buy complete bikes on C2W - might be wrong though...
    Sensa Giulia 105
  • p1tse
    p1tse Posts: 694
    How did you buy that on the Cycle to work scheme as its over £1k bike?
    Wanted: Cube Streamer/Agree GTC Compact / Pro/ Race : 53cm
  • ItSt
    ItSt Posts: 1
    I'd just bin the Cube and buy an Italian.
  • Rowe
    Rowe Posts: 4
    You can top up your C2W voucher, hence being able to get the Cube, it effectively works as store credit on whatever you want.

    I can't afford an Italian with the same spec unfortunately and as I've only had it a year I don't think it's time for an upgrade yet.

    Looks like I'll be buying a lot of accessories rather than anything serious going by these comments
  • I'd have to disagree with andy there on the 105 group. I think that 105 is a fair bit below Ultegra, and you can't really compare 105 and Dura Ace. I think Ultegra and Dura Ace are fairly evenly matched, except the weight. Don't go for Dura Ace unless the weight savings are important to you.

    I've just upgraded my 105 5600 to Ultegra 6700 and the difference is night and day. Shifting is crisper, more reliable and the brakes are a huge improvement. Didn't save much on weight (I think about 50g at the most), but the improvement on performance makes it more than worthwhile.

    You could easily buy a new groupset for around £600, and have £400 left for some clothing/accessories etc. See if you can have a shot on another bike with the parts you might like to buy to see if you notice a difference.
  • Spend money on wheels, all the way. Get something stiff and light, maybe one of the lovely mavic sets, kysriums or something similar. The feel is night and day when you put on a good set of wheels, both rolling and stiffness for response. Maybe use the remainder of your cash to get an ultegra lever and derailler set....
  • Rowe
    Rowe Posts: 4
    Last two posts are very helpful, thanks

    I'll try and get a ride out on another bike with Ultegra, check out the difference before I buy
  • gaanrowl
    gaanrowl Posts: 326
    I've just upgraded my 105 5600 to Ultegra 6700 and the difference is night and day. Shifting is crisper, more reliable and the brakes are a huge improvement. Didn't save much on weight (I think about 50g at the most), but the improvement on performance makes it more than worthwhile.
    +1 i have just done the same, ultegra came n my new bike, and the difference is massive, i was surprised.
  • pkripper
    pkripper Posts: 652
    I ride both the latest 105 and Ultegra and functionally can't tell the difference. My race bike has 105 on because I settled for that to get the better frame.

    As for the cycletowork voucher being spent on anything but a complete bike, that's well out of the bounds of the scheme - some shops will do it, but they risk having their access to the scheme revoked, and it's certainly not as intended.

    But, if you can, wheels are the best bet. The eastons that come on the cube (my mrs has one) are heavy and unresponsive, so get some lighter factory wheels and some decent tyres on there. Other than that, I reckon you're throwing good money after bad, the frame is ok, the components do a job that the only real benefit of an upgrade may be to carbon seatpost or bars (but I won't use carbon bars) - you're best off upgrading your cycling wardrobe or buying a turbo trainer to put some winter bike time in.
  • Chris James
    Chris James Posts: 1,040
    I have to say that i have ridden 105 5600 and the old' and (often called the best performing) Ultegra - 6600.

    I couldn't tell the difference betwen the two.

    I think careful cable routing on assembling the bike probably makes more difference than the shifters and mechs themselves.