New race bike

JamLalaJamLala Posts: 372
edited October 2018 in Amateur race
Hi all, I'm sure there are many answers to this question out there but I'm looking for a new race bike, mainly for circuit races. I have a budget of approx £1500 - £2000, should I go cheap and cheerful from Planet X/Ribble, should I hang out for a Specialized Tarmac in a sales somewhere (hard to find), or even go for second hand? What would YOU do?!
Cannondale Supersix 105 2013- summer bike - love it!
Cannondale CAAD12 - racing fun!
Trek Crockett 5 - CX bike, muddy fun!
Scott Scale 940 MTB XC racer.
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  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 10,668
    JamLala wrote:
    What would YOU do?!

    I'd post in 'road buying advice'..
  • For crit racing? I'd bear in mind you might crash it now and then.

    Personally, with that budget, I'd look for a great second-hand deal that might get you a great set of racing wheels and smooth groupset.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 4,731
    "dont race what you can't replace"
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    CAAD
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    bowman palace. gorgeous and 600 pound uter bargain.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • singletonsingleton Posts: 1,459
    Agree with either a CAAD or a bowman palace.
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    I vote for a second-hand, it's not bad, you can save many dollars. $$$ :D

    You can also spend many more $$$ if it needs a new chain, cassette, rings, pads, cables, or has been raced as crashed and mneeds mech hanger, mech etc etc.

    False economy does not save the $$$ :(
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,719
    Specialized Allez Sprint?

    More expensive than the CAAD or Bowman but I like the way they look...
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    bobmcstuff wrote:
    Specialized Allez Sprint?

    More expensive than the CAAD or Bowman but I like the way they look...

    Not as good as either and not as good looking.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,719
    bobmcstuff wrote:
    Specialized Allez Sprint?

    More expensive than the CAAD or Bowman but I like the way they look...

    Not as good as either and not as good looking.
    I think it is better looking :(

    Each to his own I suppose.
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    Tell you what though, this is freakn' cool.

    https://www.sigmasports.com/item/Specia ... meset/J49E
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,719
    Yeah, they have some really lairy colour schemes. There was one with zebra print forks last year.

    Thing is by the time you've forked out for the frameset and built it up you could have a decent carbon frame. The built up Sprints come in at a pretty competitive price.
  • BeatmakerBeatmaker Posts: 1,092
    Tell you what though, this is freakn' cool.

    https://www.sigmasports.com/item/Specia ... meset/J49E

    One of the lads I ride with has just got that frame for his birthday, lucky censored .
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    caad 12 bargains to be had on ebay at the mo. get second hand and spend the rest on a power meter or training camp.

    the 12 is a better bike than the Evo btw. The high mod is a different matter (but seriously expensive)
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    Beatmaker wrote:
    Tell you what though, this is freakn' cool.

    https://www.sigmasports.com/item/Specia ... meset/J49E

    One of the lads I ride with has just got that frame for his birthday, lucky censored .

    Sweeeeeet isn't it? Jammy git!

    Can you get some piccies of it? Intrigued to see what it's like once built up.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,719
    This is the zebra print one built up:

    VOK0FOB.jpg

    Another couple of red Hook Crit special editions:

    421188178-allez-sprint.jpg

    DJbVR3hX0AAnyCk.jpg

    This was actually available in the UK for a while:

    Sprint-X2-Frame-e1455060407621.jpg

    Finally one of the actual Red Hook Crit special bikes (probably a bit much for most people!):

    RHC_Barcelona_StoryHero.jpg

    Clearly an alu aero crit bike isn't going to be to everyone's tastes, but I think they look quite good, a bit different to most others, and the standard builds are available for reasonable money. You couldn't get a decent carbon aero road bike for anything like that much. Apparently the aero performance is about the same as the original Venge.
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    Thank you very much indeed - those Red Hook ones are soooo cool!

    Hmmmm - it won’t be the aero frameset I was looking for but would replace the Soloist - and cheap as well. Different enough from current ali crit bike though?

    Any idea where to find plain black frame Sets?
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    bobmcstuff wrote:
    This is the zebra print one built up:

    VOK0FOB.jpg

    Another couple of red Hook Crit special editions:

    421188178-allez-sprint.jpg

    DJbVR3hX0AAnyCk.jpg

    This was actually available in the UK for a while:

    Sprint-X2-Frame-e1455060407621.jpg

    Finally one of the actual Red Hook Crit special bikes (probably a bit much for most people!):

    RHC_Barcelona_StoryHero.jpg

    Clearly an alu aero crit bike isn't going to be to everyone's tastes, but I think they look quite good, a bit different to most others, and the standard builds are available for reasonable money. You couldn't get a decent carbon aero road bike for anything like that much. Apparently the aero performance is about the same as the original Venge.

    That purple is lovely. :D
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,719
    There was this one available for a while https://www.specializedconceptstore.co. ... d-edition/ , probably the closest to all black, if you shop around there might still be one or two. Might have to wait for the 2019 ones to come out as the 2018 ones seem to be sold out.

    They bring out Red Hook specials in limited runs, you need to keep an eye on the Specialized website for them. Only thing that puts me off is it's £1300 for the frames but you can still find fully built up 2017 ones for less than that (stock colours then were anodised green or orange).
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    red Hook paintjob
    Deda Zero matt black bars and stem
    black seat and tape
    big phat deep rim carbon tubulars
    Force groupset


    phhhhwwwwwwwwwwoooooaaaaaarrrrrrrr

    agree the price is a tad salty though.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • What did you end up getting?
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    bobmcstuff wrote:
    This is the zebra print one built up:

    VOK0FOB.jpg

    Another couple of red Hook Crit special editions:

    421188178-allez-sprint.jpg

    DJbVR3hX0AAnyCk.jpg

    This was actually available in the UK for a while:

    Sprint-X2-Frame-e1455060407621.jpg



    Finally one of the actual Red Hook Crit special bikes (probably a bit much for most people!):

    RHC_Barcelona_StoryHero.jpg


    Clearly an alu aero crit bike isn't going to be to everyone's tastes, but I think they look quite good, a bit different to most others, and the standard builds are available for reasonable money. You couldn't get a decent carbon aero road bike for anything like that much. Apparently the aero performance is about the same as the original Venge.

    That purple is lovely. :D

    i want a road version of the bottom one - lovely.
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    the hideous paint jobs make them somehow more appealing.
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