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JamLala
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New race bike

Postby JamLala » Fri Jul 20, 2018 06:49 am

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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Imposter
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Re: New race bike

Postby Imposter » Fri Jul 20, 2018 08:21 am

JamLala wrote:What would YOU do?!


I'd post in 'road buying advice'..

Martin bikeradar
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Re: New race bike

Postby Martin bikeradar » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:20 am

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.

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Re: New race bike

Postby Fenix » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:44 am

"dont race what you can't replace"

Matthewfalle
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Re: New race bike

Postby Matthewfalle » Fri Jul 20, 2018 16:13 pm

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.

Matthewfalle
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Re: New race bike

Postby Matthewfalle » Sun Jul 22, 2018 14:24 pm

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.

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Singleton
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Re: New race bike

Postby Singleton » Tue Jul 24, 2018 16:34 pm

Agree with either a CAAD or a bowman palace.

Matthewfalle
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Re: New race bike

Postby Matthewfalle » Tue Jul 24, 2018 17:08 pm

nicosanchez1926 wrote: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.

bobmcstuff
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Re: New race bike

Postby bobmcstuff » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:53 am

Specialized Allez Sprint?

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

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Re: New race bike

Postby Matthewfalle » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:35 am

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.

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Re: New race bike

Postby bobmcstuff » Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:17 pm

Matthewfalle wrote:
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.

Matthewfalle
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Re: New race bike

Postby Matthewfalle » Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:49 pm

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.

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Re: New race bike

Postby bobmcstuff » Wed Aug 01, 2018 13:35 pm

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.

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Re: New race bike

Postby Beatmaker » Wed Aug 01, 2018 16:21 pm

Matthewfalle 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 bugger.


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Re: New race bike

Postby Vino'sGhost » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:09 am

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)

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Re: New race bike

Postby Matthewfalle » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:12 am

Beatmaker wrote:
Matthewfalle 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 bugger.


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.

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Re: New race bike

Postby bobmcstuff » Fri Aug 03, 2018 07:57 am

This is the zebra print one built up:

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Another couple of red Hook Crit special editions:

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This was actually available in the UK for a while:

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

Image

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.

Matthewfalle
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Re: New race bike

Postby Matthewfalle » Fri Aug 03, 2018 15:15 pm

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.

Matthewfalle
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Re: New race bike

Postby Matthewfalle » Fri Aug 03, 2018 15:26 pm

bobmcstuff wrote:This is the zebra print one built up:

Image

Another couple of red Hook Crit special editions:

Image

Image

This was actually available in the UK for a while:

Image

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

Image

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.


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