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£1000 ish bike

straasstraas Posts: 338
edited June 2016 in Road buying advice
Hi all,

Looking for a bit of input on the following (or any alternative suggestions in the price range)

Dolan L'etape - Not 100% on the styling, and the wheels would need upgrading when funds allow but the frame gets good reviews.

Ribble Evo - Not sure I like either the styling or the frame geometry but can't argue with the price

Ribble R872 - Love the frame but is the price worth it over the Dolan? and some slightly iffy reviews about handling

As I'd be looking to do these through a scheme the final cost to me would be:

Dolan £800
Ribble Evo £849
Ribble R872 £1050

My heart says the R872 but it's a good bit more and I'm not sure I can justify it over the Dolan which looks like a decent bike? The Ribble evo looks a bit naff to me personally.

I've also looked at the Planet X pro carbon but was put off by the numerous reviews re: the twitchy front end.
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  • durhamwaspdurhamwasp Posts: 1,247
    Have a look at Rose bikes. - Reports on Cingles du Mont Ventoux, Alpe D'Huez, Galibier, Izoard, Tourmalet, Paris-Roubaix Sportive & Tour of Flanders Sportive, Amstel Gold Xperience, Vosges, C2C, WOTR routes....
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 11,725
    Probably the rose given that you may have to pay a fee to ribble for cycle scheme.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • arlowoodarlowood Posts: 2,561
    straas wrote:

    I've also looked at the Planet X pro carbon but was put off by the numerous reviews re: the twitchy front end.

    The alternative option from Planet X might be the RT-80 - recently achieved a 9/10 review from Cycling Weekly. Don't think it would have scored that level if the reviewers had found the front end "twitchy." 105 option is within your budget and the Rival 11-speed is just a tad above ... -road-bike ... -road-bike

    I have to add my comments tho' in defence of the Pro Carbon. Built up a frame with 105 5800 earlier this year and I can't fault it. Certainly no complaints about its handling and no twitchiness from the front end. Mind you I've got some Cycleclinic handbuilts on there with Archetype rims and Miche Promato hubs (28F/32R) = so plenty stiff enough in the wheel department. Maybe the twitchy reviews were related in some part to a bit of flex in the front wheel.

    Any road have a think about the RT-80
  • diamonddogdiamonddog Posts: 3,426
    As above no twitchy front end on my Pro Carbon, four years old and used as much as the other bike.
  • balb0wabalb0wa Posts: 32
    Pro carbon with full ultegra, a great bike, ive had one.

    Ive only seen one person mention the twitchy front end, and nobody else.

    The front end is fine!
  • straasstraas Posts: 338
    Possibly older reviews, but they were the only ones I could find.

    The pro carbon looks good, but the R872 really looks nice, its a £200 difference though....
    FCN: 6
  • balb0wabalb0wa Posts: 32
    They have sold thousands of these pro carbons, the fact its not changed much over the years says it all.

    The reviews of it on planet x are pretty good as well.

    The brother in law had one after he saw mine, he loves it , prefers it to his colnago with chorus groupset.
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