Choices Choices Choices

deepblue12 Posts: 17
edited July 2014 in Road buying advice
After a new steed but not sure in which direction to go.
Looking for a more relaxed sportive type bike not an out and out race machine due to lower back issues. Also the lower gearing the better as I'm a tad on the large size!
My dilemma is, do I go for an established brand higher spec frame and lower spec groupset or slightly cheaper frame and higher spec groupset. Example Giant Defy Advanced 2 with 105 = £1899. Ribble Sportive Azzurro with Ultegra my spec £1750. Likewise I can get a Dolan L'Equipe with Ultegra for the same price as the Giant.
The Ribble frameset is £499 and the L'Equipe £399.
Any advice welcome.


"Love life, love a lard"


  • dnwhite88
    dnwhite88 Posts: 285
    I would buy the best frameset you can afford, the rest can be upgraded.
    "It never gets easier, you just go faster"
  • Miles253
    Miles253 Posts: 535
    Yes, go with the best frame. With new 105 the gap between drivetrain levels is reduced further, with weight Being the only penalty between DA-105 ( unless someone can tell me otherwise), so it's worth saving a few pennies
    Canyon Roadlite AL-Shamal Wheels-Centaur/Veloce Group
    Canyon Ult CF SL- Spin Koppenberg-Ultegra group
  • deepblue12
    deepblue12 Posts: 17
    Thanks for the replies
    "Love life, love a lard"