Frustration!

ted-on-tour
ted-on-tour Posts: 225
edited August 2013 in Road buying advice
Right, this is winding me up no end!

I've been on the look out for a new bike for a while now. With the intension of riding it on the commute/weekends/training/everything, but I just cannot for the life of me figure out which bike is for me.

Mudguard clearance is desirable, but not essential, no need for rack mount.
Light...ish,
Decent spec,
Fairly upright/'Sportive' riding position
Sub £1000

Any advice? If I had any hair, I'd be pulling it out. :cry:
Pain is a momentary lapse of character.

Comments

  • Just slightly over £1000, pretty much the same bike I use.... I ride it all year round, very comfortable on long rides, light & fast. IMO the best value bike you can buy and very versatile, with 23mm tyres, you can fit crud catcher mud guards for winter protection.
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Kinesis Racelight Tk3.
  • Which bike is that you're on about Matt?

    Keef, The racelight has already made it onto the shortlist, along with Dolan Profissio, I looked at the Moda Bolero too, but the finishing kit just didn't do it for me, for the money anyway.

    Just thinking something else, like a sportive type machine, that I can strap mudguards onto.
    Pain is a momentary lapse of character.
  • Giant Defy 1
  • Sorry buddy, I thought I'd put a link in my post, obviously not!!!

    http://www.canyon.com/_en/roadbikes/bike.html?b=3076

    ...It's pretty much exactly the same bike I ride, contrary to what many think, the aluminium frame is not a harsh ride, I've ridden nearly 6000 miles on mine in the last year, it's a superb all year round bike and it's fast.
  • I have a few friends that also ride Giant Defy's (as others have recommended)..... They seem very happy with them.
  • Camcycle1974
    Camcycle1974 Posts: 1,356
    Right, this is winding me up no end!

    I've been on the look out for a new bike for a while now. With the intension of riding it on the commute/weekends/training/everything, but I just cannot for the life of me figure out which bike is for me.

    Mudguard clearance is desirable, but not essential, no need for rack mount.
    Light...ish,
    Decent spec,
    Fairly upright/'Sportive' riding position
    Sub £1000

    Any advice? If I had any hair, I'd be pulling it out. :cry:

    Ted, sounds like the bike I have which I will soon be moving on (Via Ebay in all likelihood). It's a Giant Defy 0 M/L (so Ultegra kit etc)which fits all the above criteria. Had it 5 months and it's mint. Only selling as I was sold the wrong size by my muppet LBS. PM me if you want any more info.
  • cattytown
    cattytown Posts: 647
    Giant Defy - if you have the gear go for a 1, if you need other bits like helmet/shorts go for a 2.
    If you fancy carbon a Tiagra equipped Ribble sportive Bianco or Gran Fondo,
    Trek Domane 2.0

    Are the sorts of things I'd be looking at.

    Paul.
    Giant Defy 2
    Large bloke getting smaller :-)
  • springtide9
    springtide9 Posts: 1,731
    I usually recommend the PX Pro Carbon for that money (and still do), but for a change what about one of the Ribble Sportive bikes?

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sed/road- ... =conf_SERC

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sed/road- ... =conf_SERC
    Simon
  • Sorry Camcycle, it'd be a 0% Finance jobby, so a straight up purchase would be out of the question, also I have had a few second hand bikes, and they have all been excellent machines, but I want to experience that 'NEW bike' feeling. Taking the wrapper off so to speak.

    That Canyon looks the nice Matt, very nice indeed.

    I know I should be looking at PX and ribble, but they, again, just don't do it for me. I'm being difficult I know, and your suggestions are really appreciated.

    However the Genesis Volant 20 has caught my eye, and a quick Google shopping search has sniffed out what seems to be a bargain!

    What do you think? All?
    Pain is a momentary lapse of character.
  • springtide9
    springtide9 Posts: 1,731
    However the Genesis Volant 20 has caught my eye, and a quick Google shopping search has sniffed out what seems to be a bargain!

    What do you think? All?

    I have a real soft spot for Genesis bikes, and the Volant is no exception. But if I was swinging this way, I'd probably want one of their steel bikes:

    http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Genesis-Equilib ... _57509.htm
    http://www.tredz.co.uk/.Genesis-Equilib ... _57510.htm
    Simon
  • I know what you're saying, they do have a certain appeal, but that Volant looks mmmmmmmm good!

    And for 766?...Ish.
    Pain is a momentary lapse of character.
  • cattytown
    cattytown Posts: 647
    Again if I was looking at genesis a Steelie would be tempting. Totally with you on a bike having to have appeal other than the purely practical.

    P.
    Giant Defy 2
    Large bloke getting smaller :-)