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New Bike Advise

kennygalbraithkennygalbraith Posts: 101
edited February 2014 in Commuting general
Hi all

( sorry if your getting this twice, i've put it in the road buying section)

I hope your not sick of the "what bike questions" cos now its my turn! :P

Currently a use a specialized crosstrail sport for my daily commute of 8.5 miles each way, fairly flat road, light traffic.

I really enjoy cycling and want a road bike with disc brakes that I can use daily but also strip off the mudguards etc for a nice weekend run.

I've been looking at the ridgeback/advance-7 and the ... e-ec053264

I'd really appreciate any advice, the main thing I'm looking for are disc brakes, decent groupset. Priced around £800, £900 Max...


  • InitialisedInitialised Posts: 3,047
    The Fuji is better specced but the Ridgeback looks better, also consider the Specialized Secteur Disc 2013 for £800 it's a bargain: ... e-ec042263 I have one and fine it really nice to ride.
    I used to just ride my bike to work but now I find myself going out looking for bigger and bigger hills.
  • I wanted the specialised secteur originally but they only have a 52" left :-( One other thing that put me off was parts, to replace a wheel hub isn't easy, I ended up buying a new wheel with shimano on the crosstail sport. I'm going for a trail on the fuji tonight and they don't have the ridgeback in the store...
  • zx6manzx6man Posts: 1,092
    Looking to get fuji myself now, so would be good to hear your views.
  • I tested the fugu sportif 1.3 at Evans, I went out for around 20mins I found it to be nice and light, easy to accelerate even with toe clips. It took a few minutes to get used to the gears as I've never ridden a road bike before after that I was flying along. Gears where easy to change up/down etc, comfortable ride etc. I had concerns over a press fit bottom bracket but I've been told it's a more durable bearing than square taper. It has shimano tiagra gears, one up from the sora. I bought the road buyers bike today and compared price versus components and it comes out well there's not that many disc road bikes out there but it's my favourite so far.
  • andygoandygo Posts: 39
    I've been pleased with my Genesis Croix de Fer....
    get it from Epic cycles for £1050 - I think they'll let you pay the extra £50 so you can buy it on the cycle to work scheme
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