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Which disc bike?

mstrmind5mstrmind5 Posts: 45
edited July 2016 in Road buying advice
Looking for a disc and/or cyclo-cross bike to use mainly for commuting. My shortlist so far consists of the following-

Eastway balun C2 2016 £640
Giant Defy disc 2 2016 £680 ... _84151.htm
Giant TCX SLR 2 2016 £800 ... _84055.htm
Cannondale CaadX Tiagra 2016 £765 ... _79895.htm

Advice/feedback welcome.



  • N0bodyOfTheGoatN0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 5,784
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  • alan_shermanalan_sherman Posts: 1,157
    Arkose 4 is currently only £100 over the cycle to work scheme too (on sale at £1100)
  • bendertherobotbendertherobot Posts: 11,684
    They're all a bit different so it's hard to properly advise. The Defy is more road and would take a track. The CAADX is more track and is still excellent on road though very high compared to the Defy. If you're only commuting I'd stick with the Defy Disc 2. It's properly good value.
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  • iron-cloveriron-clover Posts: 737
    As above, it depends what you're going to be using it for. If you want to do some cyclocross on it then the CaadX Tiagra is a great shout (although be prepared to keep fiddling with the BB!!) although the rack mounting is more fiddly with their old school rear disk mounted outside the seatstay.

    If you have no intention of ever riding cyclocross (it really is great fun- everyone should try it!) or taking it 'properly' off road, then as above the Pinnacles would probably be the best bet with their proper hydraulic brakes (if you can cope with the new hood design) and easy rack and guard mounting.
    The Defy 2 is also a great shout for lighter commuting, although it looks like fitting a sturdy pannier will be more tricky.

    Good luck!
  • Defy One Disc, superior to the Defy Two in your list. Mine just came three days ago. I used Rutland. Try that. Its a sweet bike. I thoroughly enjoyed mine. I even done stuff you're not supposed to do on road bikes like ride it on grass and hopping on/off curbs! The only thing I don't like is the cassette, 32 teeth on the first gear is too big for me. I'm gonna change it one day and put in a 25-12 cassette. I use 23 teeth to climb most steep hills, I rarely use 25.

    Only problem with Rutland is they use a cardboard box that is nearly big enough to match your door frame. I couldn't believe how big the damn box is. My Defy is only a small size for god sake!

    You can also consider Vitus Zenium from Chain Reactions but they have no mounts for mudguards.
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