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Winter frame/bike

Hi

I posted in the workshop abut my aluminium Giant Defy (https://forum.bikeradar.com/discussion/13110243/paint-bubbling-corrosion#latest). Its about 7 years old now and use now is pretty much October-March when the roads are grimey.
I took it in to a mechanic who confirmed alu forks were suffering from corrosion. He said the cost of sourcing replacement forks or repairing current forks wasn't worth it for this bike. He advised ride til they fail and then buy a new frame; he said cracks would appear before forks break.

The spec on the bike isn't bad; Zonda wheels, 10spd ultegra chainset, ultegra front/rear mech and brakes (105 shifters are apparantly showing their age).

So question is, what frames should I be looking at? I've been looking second hand but not seen loads on fleabay. Weight not a massive factor as it's for winter. Mud guard compatibility preferable.
Is it easier looking for full bike?
Thanks

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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,455
    Have a look on planet x website or Paul Milne cycles on eBay. Kinesis or Dolan frames are worth looking at. Moda bolero is another worth thinking about.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • yellowv2yellowv2 Posts: 248
    De Rosa Milanino training is excellent, takes full guards and 25mm tyres, if you can find one second hand. I’m not sure if they are still making them.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 7,795
    I'd look for a new fork - or a new bike - I'm not convinced it's worth swopping over a load of worn 10 speed Shimano. I'm sure the assembled wisdom on this forum could recommend a suitable fork.
    [Castle Donington Ladies FC - going up in '22]
  • dj58dj58 Posts: 2,193
    Go to a Giant dealer and ask them to order you a Contend SL standard Over Drive rim brake compatible fork, it is a full carbon fork now and should fit your Defy. Have you removed the paint from your Defy fork crown to see how bad the corrosion is?
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 3,144
    I wouldn't run a fork until it failed. That sounds like incredibly dumb advice, since there's a good chance you won't know it's failed until you have road rash on your face
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • jimmocratesjimmocrates Posts: 131
    gsk82 said:

    I wouldn't run a fork until it failed. That sounds like incredibly dumb advice, since there's a good chance you won't know it's failed until you have road rash on your face

    I've passed stranded people on sportives with clean snapped forks, but they have generally looked carbon. I'm not too weighty and I generally thought alloy were more robust, so I have been out on it today, 60+kph downhill, but felt ok.
    I've been looking at new frames on ebay; seen a Fous Cayo go for £70 yesterday which seemed alright. Switching to my summer bike soon, so will give me the next 6 months to sort the winter frame/fork before next Autumn.
  • js14js14 Posts: 197
    Someone at work has a Decathlon gravel bike, which can take mudguards and makes a good commuting bike. I think they go for around £700 in the UK, so I don't know if you budget will stretch to that.
  • jimmocratesjimmocrates Posts: 131
    js14 said:

    Someone at work has a Decathlon gravel bike, which can take mudguards and makes a good commuting bike. I think they go for around £700 in the UK, so I don't know if you budget will stretch to that.

    Thanks, but I've seen quite a few 2nd hand bikes for a lot less that would do the job of seeing me through the winter months. Have quite a while now to keep my eye out before it comes out again in the Autumn.
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