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CliveypCliveyp Posts: 173
edited September 2019 in Road buying advice
It's coming to that time of year when I retire the Ridley to the garage and give up on riding until March.....only this year I don't want to do that.

I'm looking for a suitable winter hack that I can fit full guards on with 25mm tyres at least. Something alloy would be sensible, and I would guess that discs would be too. All this is in a circa £500 budget, so obviously used it first choice.

Any recommendations on what to look out for? I've got an option of a Scott Speedster CX20 that i'm contemplating looking at tomorrow evening, but being a CX bike it's a bit heavier than I really wanted.....
2015 Ridley Fenix 105
2012 Cube Ltd SL
2011 Trek 1.2 - Sold
2001 Giant Boulder - Sold

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  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    If you are riding in the winder then an extra kilo or so on the bike isn't going to make much of a difference to your speed. Winder is slower anyway.

    Also, if you get a CX bike then you can have the joys of being a mobile chicane for much better riders at local CX races, just like me.

    Not sure of your sizing, but something like this would also be good: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Boardman-CX- ... Sw9h5ddk1o
    Mud - Genesis Vapour CCX
    Race - Fuji Norcom Straight
    Sun - Cervelo R3
    Winter / Commute - Dolan ADX
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,286
    How tall are you? Somebody on here is selling a 51cm racelight 4S disc frameset.
  • CliveypCliveyp Posts: 173
    51 will be too small. I'm circa 5'11", so a 54 is debatable.

    I've currently got three offers on the table including the Scott mentioned above..

    2017 Scott Speedster 20 CX - mechanical discs, full Tiagra, 10.7kg (ish) but less than £400.
    2018 Whyte Wessex One - hydro discs, SRAM Apex 1x11, 9.5kg ish £550 (seems cheap)
    20(??) Kinesis T2 - full Tiagra (probably 9sp), brand new old stock, rim brakes, 9.5kg, £500

    Ohh, this is hard!
    2015 Ridley Fenix 105
    2012 Cube Ltd SL
    2011 Trek 1.2 - Sold
    2001 Giant Boulder - Sold
  • A couple of things I would say...

    I really wouldn't worry about the weight, a winter bike is usually for riding in censored weather, you aren't going to be racing on it or doing anything where sacrificing a few seconds on a climb is important. Not everyone subscribes to this philosophy and ride nice bikes all the time, but most do.

    Avoid mechanical disc brakes, they are generally a pain to keep running well. Hydro are fine if you feel you need them.
  • arlowoodarlowood Posts: 2,416
    Cliveyp wrote:
    51 will be too small. I'm circa 5'11", so a 54 is debatable.

    I've currently got three offers on the table including the Scott mentioned above..

    2017 Scott Speedster 20 CX - mechanical discs, full Tiagra, 10.7kg (ish) but less than £400.
    2018 Whyte Wessex One - hydro discs, SRAM Apex 1x11, 9.5kg ish £550 (seems cheap)
    20(??) Kinesis T2 - full Tiagra (probably 9sp), brand new old stock, rim brakes, 9.5kg, £500

    Ohh, this is hard!

    Of the options listed - Whyte Wessex all day long. Equal in weight to the KIneses despite having hydro discs. The Apex 1 x also means lower maintenance and less to go wrong during the censored winter weather
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,462
    There's usually a couple of condor fratellos going on eBay. I've just got a 2015 model for £400 and it seems really good. Full mudguards, pannier bosses, steel frame.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
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