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New Road Bike Approx £1500

nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
edited March 2017 in Road buying advice
Hi

I am looking to buy a new road bike, and have a budget of around £1500. Can anyone suggest what sort of makes/models I should be looking at?

Ideally available from Evans, as I can then get the first £1000 from my work's Cyclescheme. I could probably stretch to £1700ish if necessary, as I will be contributing the extra myself.

So far I think I have established that I can get a carbon frame and 105 groupset for this budget. Am I on the right lines? Anything else to consider? I'm not too fussed about disc brakes but could be convinced either way.

Any advice or suggestions much appreciated.
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  • ryan_w-2ryan_w-2 Posts: 1,162
    Cannondale CAAD12 disc
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  • nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
    Ryan_W wrote:
    Cannondale CAAD12 disc

    Thanks, looks like a nice bike. Notice it's an alloy frame though, should I not be looking for carbon at this price?
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Not neccessarily. Top end alu can be better than low end carbon. Cannondale have been making CAADs for quite a while; they are clearly doing something right.

    If it's from Evans you should be able to arrange a test ride or two.
  • ryan_w-2ryan_w-2 Posts: 1,162
    Nibbsy wrote:
    Ryan_W wrote:
    Cannondale CAAD12 disc

    Thanks, looks like a nice bike. Notice it's an alloy frame though, should I not be looking for carbon at this price?

    It won bike of the year 2016... It's a fantastic bike. Just make sure to change out the 2kg wheelset. Transforms the bike.
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  • nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
    keef66 wrote:
    Not neccessarily. Top end alu can be better than low end carbon. Cannondale have been making CAADs for quite a while; they are clearly doing something right.

    If it's from Evans you should be able to arrange a test ride or two.

    Ok thanks, I just assumed carbon = better. I will definitely see if I can test ride it.
    Ryan_W wrote:
    It won bike of the year 2016... It's a fantastic bike. Just make sure to change out the 2kg wheelset. Transforms the bike.

    How much would it cost to improve the wheelset? I could probably squeeze another couple of hundred for some new wheels but wouldn't want to spend much more, would that be a significant improvement?
  • Take a look at this http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/item/Focus/ ... -2016/9TCG It's my summer ride.
    http://www.qsl.net/g4gvb
    Ridley Fenix SL Ultegra Di2 - 2020 (Summer Bike)
    Carrera Virtuoso - 2015 (Winter Bike)
    Carrera Zelos - (Turbo Bike)
    ex Focus Cayo Ultegra Di2 - 2016
    ex Giant Defy 1 - 2015
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,451
    Cycle scheme isn't always the best option. Have a look at 0% deals and last year's models. A couple of links enclosed to confuse as to what's available out there.
    https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s6p0/ ... oad-Racing
    https://www.rutlandcycling.com/1148/roa ... asDAW3tw==
    For some reason the filter included mega expensive handlebars.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • ryan_w-2ryan_w-2 Posts: 1,162
    Nibbsy wrote:
    Ryan_W wrote:
    It won bike of the year 2016... It's a fantastic bike. Just make sure to change out the 2kg wheelset. Transforms the bike.

    How much would it cost to improve the wheelset? I could probably squeeze another couple of hundred for some new wheels but wouldn't want to spend much more, would that be a significant improvement?


    I'd look at Hunts offerings. Can get a decent set (Mason x Hunt) for £369 I believe. They're a great all year wheel, or you can get their Aeros for £469 which are 1430g I think.
    Specialized Allez Sprint Disc --- Specialized S-Works SL7

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  • singletonsingleton Posts: 2,173
    Ryan_W wrote:
    I'd look at Hunts offerings. Can get a decent set (Mason x Hunt) for £369 I believe. They're a great all year wheel, or you can get their Aeros for £469 which are 1430g I think.

    I've got both the hunt 4 season aero wheels and race aero wide wheels and for all year round use the newer v2 wide all seasons with 25mm tubeless tyres take some beating.

    You can get a CAAD12 105 for as low as £1100. These wheels and tyres will cost £450 but you can probably get £100 - £150 back for the Mavic Aksium's if you take them off and sell them as new. Total cost about £1400 - £1450 and an awesome ride for that price.
  • nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
    Take a look at this http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/item/Focus/ ... -2016/9TCG It's my summer ride.

    Thanks, looks nice but says out of stock?
    oxoman wrote:

    Cheers. Not really sure what I'm looking at though? Are those all their clearance bikes? Ideally I'd like to find last year's model discounted and buy through cycle scheme to get the extra saving. Am I hoping for too much??
  • nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
    Singleton wrote:
    Ryan_W wrote:
    I'd look at Hunts offerings. Can get a decent set (Mason x Hunt) for £369 I believe. They're a great all year wheel, or you can get their Aeros for £469 which are 1430g I think.

    I've got both the hunt 4 season aero wheels and race aero wide wheels and for all year round use the newer v2 wide all seasons with 25mm tubeless tyres take some beating.

    You can get a CAAD12 105 for as low as £1100. These wheels and tyres will cost £450 but you can probably get £100 - £150 back for the Mavic Aksium's if you take them off and sell them as new. Total cost about £1400 - £1450 and an awesome ride for that price.

    Sounds like a good plan. I'd probably just put up with the Mavics for a few months and save up for the new ones. Struggling to find a CAAD12 105 for £1100 though, do you have a link?
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,451
    How about the following
    https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b65s6p6 ... TEGRA-2016
    In budget but only 54s left
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • Boardman Outlet have the Endurance 9.4 SLR (Lovely carbon frame C10) Ultegra mech for £1664.00, Sunset Cycles based in Cardiff have a 2016 CAAD 12 for sale at £950, 105 groupset.
  • bmxboy10bmxboy10 Posts: 1,917
    oxoman wrote:
    How about the following
    https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b65s6p6 ... TEGRA-2016
    In budget but only 54s left
    Try Edinbugh Bike Coop. You need to call them for the price as they don't advertise the price on the website but its worth a try as they had Caads going very cheap a few weeks ago when I called them.
  • Giant TCR 2 and Trek Emondas can be found in that price range, but you'll be paying more for the frames rather than the kit, so you'll want to upgrade the wheels at some point.

    If you want disk brakes and the best components then the Caad12 is probably your best bet- it'll be a cracking ride for sure- although you'll definitely want to swap out those wheels to get the best out of it!
  • wotnoshoesehwotnoshoeseh Posts: 525
    edited February 2017
    Take a look at this http://www.sigmasport.co.uk/item/Focus/ ... -2016/9TCG It's my summer ride.

    If I were in the market for a new best bike, this is the type of bike that I'd be looking for. Although I just noticed that they appear to be sold out....

    Cannondales too, but more likely a SuperSix....

    The GIANT TCR's too are good value from Paul's. There was an Ultegra, 2016 one for £1200
    https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s6p6982/GIANT-TCR-ADVANCED-1-2016
    Available in S, M, and M/L.

    Also from Paul's SS EVO 105 available for £1200...
    https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s6p6620/CANNONDALE-SUPERSIX-EVO-105-2016
    Available in 50,54,56,58, & 60.

    I'd be keeping the £300 for other goodies.... Garmin, and other stuff?
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,724
    Nibbsy wrote:
    Singleton wrote:
    Ryan_W wrote:
    I'd look at Hunts offerings. Can get a decent set (Mason x Hunt) for £369 I believe. They're a great all year wheel, or you can get their Aeros for £469 which are 1430g I think.

    I've got both the hunt 4 season aero wheels and race aero wide wheels and for all year round use the newer v2 wide all seasons with 25mm tubeless tyres take some beating.

    You can get a CAAD12 105 for as low as £1100. These wheels and tyres will cost £450 but you can probably get £100 - £150 back for the Mavic Aksium's if you take them off and sell them as new. Total cost about £1400 - £1450 and an awesome ride for that price.

    Sounds like a good plan. I'd probably just put up with the Mavics for a few months and save up for the new ones. Struggling to find a CAAD12 105 for £1100 though, do you have a link?

    Just remember though that if you plan on selling the Mavics then the best time is when they're unused!

    If you do use them for a while then you may as well keep them for winter and bad weather duties once you get the new ones.
  • Nibbsy wrote:
    I'm not too fussed about disc brakes but could be convinced either way.

    Certainly agree with that. I really don't see the need....

    You don't need to be getting discs - calliper and rim brakes should be sufficient.
  • singletonsingleton Posts: 2,173
    Nibbsy wrote:
    Sounds like a good plan. I'd probably just put up with the Mavics for a few months and save up for the new ones. Struggling to find a CAAD12 105 for £1100 though, do you have a link?

    https://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/6169/ ... Gwod_n4PRg
    Size 56 as available.

    http://www.sunsetmtb.co.uk/shop/index.p ... ory_id=149
    Size 52 available

    I bought my CAAD12 from these people as well - as they had Black which wasn't available in the UK at the time - and had no problems at all.

    http://www.bunnyhop.de/en/bikes/road/ca ... -prm-20168
    http://www.bunnyhop.de/en/bikes/road/ca ... -rep-20168
    About 1210 euros with shipping costs which is about £1,025.
  • nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
    Thanks for all the tips and suggestions everyone, certainly given me a lot to think about...

    What are the main differences between for example the Giant TCR Advanced and the CAAD 12? What sort of things should I be looking out for when I'm test riding them?

    Quite a few links to Pauls Bikes - is that because they generally have good deals? The thing is it looks like they're in Norfol, so not very convenient for test rides...

    I think I'm going to go to Evans and get properly measured up, and then order a few in for some test rides - maybe a CAAD 12 and a full carbon, e.g. Supersix. See which one I like the feel of and then try and find a good deal on last year's model in my size.

    Sound like a good plan? Any other tips or suggestions?
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 3,724
    Nibbsy wrote:
    Thanks for all the tips and suggestions everyone, certainly given me a lot to think about...

    What are the main differences between for example the Giant TCR Advanced and the CAAD 12? What sort of things should I be looking out for when I'm test riding them?

    Quite a few links to Pauls Bikes - is that because they generally have good deals? The thing is it looks like they're in Norfol, so not very convenient for test rides...

    I think I'm going to go to Evans and get properly measured up, and then order a few in for some test rides - maybe a CAAD 12 and a full carbon, e.g. Supersix. See which one I like the feel of and then try and find a good deal on last year's model in my size.

    Sound like a good plan? Any other tips or suggestions?

    Sounds like a plan.
  • nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
    So I popped into Evans yesterday and got measured up etc. They thought I'd be a 52 on the CAAD 12, and 54 in other makes. Does that sound right?

    So I ordered a CAAD 12 for a test ride which I'll hopefully be doing this evening. I might order a Supersix Evo while I'm there to test later in the week, so I can feel the difference between carbon and alloy. It's quite annoying that they will only allow me to order one at a time, but understandable I guess.

    Any others I should consider?
  • nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
    This one looks pretty good for my price range?

    https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s6p66 ... TEGRA-2016
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,451
    That's alot of bike for the money go for it, you won't go wrong with that. You don't need disc brakes for biking, we managed for years without them. That said my new bike has disc brakes but that was my choice.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
    There's also this Giant TCR at around the same price - https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s6p69 ... PRO-2-2016

    How does that compare to the Supersix?
  • nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
    This Cube looks good too - https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s6p66 ... -RACE-2016

    Seems like there are so many options and I'm struggling to narrow them down!
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,451
    Out of the 3 you've linked the supersix would be my first choice on reputation and spec alone followed by the TCR even though the spec isn't as good as the Cube. To be fair they are all good bikes the TCR and the Supersix are bikes that i see upgraded regularly but the cubes that mates have tend to be kept as original and eventually banished to winter bikes when they pick something up nicer. I nearly brought a carbon Cube attain but went for a Defy Advanced in the end just looked nicer and not as boxy as the cube.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • nibbsynibbsy Posts: 41
    oxoman wrote:
    Out of the 3 you've linked the supersix would be my first choice on reputation and spec alone followed by the TCR even though the spec isn't as good as the Cube. To be fair they are all good bikes the TCR and the Supersix are bikes that i see upgraded regularly but the cubes that mates have tend to be kept as original and eventually banished to winter bikes when they pick something up nicer. I nearly brought a carbon Cube attain but went for a Defy Advanced in the end just looked nicer and not as boxy as the cube.

    Thanks very much. I guess you have to expect a bike called Cube to be a bit boxy :wink:

    What makes the spec on the Cube better than the TCR? The Cube is quite a lot cheaper...
  • jme4jme4 Posts: 20
    Nibbsy wrote:
    This Cube looks good too - https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s6p66 ... -RACE-2016

    Seems like there are so many options and I'm struggling to narrow them down!

    I've got this it's a different riding position to the Caad 12s you are looking at. I tried both and for me the more relaxed geometry suited my needs better. If you want Cannondale maybe look at the Synapse.
  • ryan_w-2ryan_w-2 Posts: 1,162
    CAAD12 (disc or caliper)
    Supersix
    TCR

    In that order.

    The CAADs frame is just awesome, hence why it won bike of the year 2016.

    I'm a 56 in all bikes and had a 56 CAAD. Fitted me perfectly.
    Specialized Allez Sprint Disc --- Specialized S-Works SL7

    IG: RhinosWorkshop
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