comfortable road bike for £1200?

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sirlylos
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comfortable road bike for £1200?

Postby sirlylos » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:24 pm

I know, I know, it's probably been asked million times but I'm looking for some help with a new bike.

I currently have a 2009 Giant Defy 3 which I've been riding for 3 years and it was my first introduction to road cycling. I've been riding frequently ever since and it's now time for an upgrade. However, I could do with some help with finding the right bike for me. Some info below:

-I am 16 stone (getting lighter)
-I get back pain after approximately 20 miles, probably due to being overweight but could be because the bike isn't right for me.
-I have a budget of £1200
-I currently have a triple cassette and here compact cassettes make it harder to climb

I like the look of the Felt F5 and some of the bikes online but I read everywhere that I should try before I buy in case it isn't for me. However, I wonder how I can do this when all the LBS's only stock Specialized or Giant?

I'd really like some help from you guys on what options you think I should look at.

Thanks,

SL
1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
1997 - Specialized Hardrock
2003 - Specialized FSR XC
2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
2009 - Giant Defy 3
2010 - Voodoo Wanga
2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105

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Re: comfortable road bike for £1200?

Postby BigLights » Wed Oct 03, 2012 13:15 pm

Highly recommend you take a look at the Ribble Gran Fondo or Ribble Sportive. I have a Gran Fondo and it's supremely comfortable. The Specialized Roubaix is similarly relaxed geometry but very much more pricey for similar kit I think. I had the same issue. Also make sure you get a professional bike fit...this will revolutionise your experience. I can happily sit on my Ribble all day in total comfort.

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Re: comfortable road bike for £1200?

Postby The Fuggler » Wed Oct 03, 2012 14:16 pm

On paper, the Defy should be good for you. Might it be worth having a bike fit first and then working out whether the Defy can be altered to fit better. My immediate though when I was the thread was 'Defy 0', so the investment in a bike fit, might save you quite a bit of cash.
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Re: comfortable road bike for £1200?

Postby sirlylos » Wed Oct 03, 2012 14:49 pm

Guys thanks so much for the reply's.
BigLights wrote:Highly recommend you take a look at the Ribble Gran Fondo or Ribble Sportive.


I'll check out the Ribble's, I'm on their site now and there's some beautiful bikes on there. They look a bit like a Merlin cycles to me i.e. make their own bikes?

The Fuggler wrote:On paper, the Defy should be good for you.


I was hoping for an upgrade as my company has just signed up to the bikescheme so was hoping to go Carbon with some better components.
1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
1997 - Specialized Hardrock
2003 - Specialized FSR XC
2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
2009 - Giant Defy 3
2010 - Voodoo Wanga
2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105

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Re: comfortable road bike for £1200?

Postby arlowood » Wed Oct 03, 2012 15:00 pm

You're not forced to have a compact if you would prefer to stick with a triple.

For your budget (well £50 more) you could have a Cube Agree GTC Triple

http://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/p/9364 ... -bike-2013

Well regarded and available from quite a few suppliers so you should be able to find an outlet reasonalbly close to home for a test ride.

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Re: comfortable road bike for £1200?

Postby The Fuggler » Wed Oct 03, 2012 15:05 pm

At the risk of flogging a dead horse, Defy Composite if you want carbon? Felt and Ribble do some great stuff, but you're the first person I've heard of who has trouble with a Defy in terms of fit and back ache, so I'd be worried that you'll have the same problem with any bike unless you get someone to take a look at you on the Defy first.
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sirlylos
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Re: comfortable road bike for £1200?

Postby sirlylos » Wed Oct 03, 2012 15:06 pm

arlowood wrote:You're not forced to have a compact if you would prefer to stick with a triple.


It has probably been discussed at length but why do people choose to go with a compact over a triple? doesn't it just make climbing that bit harder?
1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
1997 - Specialized Hardrock
2003 - Specialized FSR XC
2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
2009 - Giant Defy 3
2010 - Voodoo Wanga
2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105

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Re: comfortable road bike for £1200?

Postby meesterbond » Wed Oct 03, 2012 15:32 pm

Better chainline, lower Q, lighter weight and to be honest, on a lightweight road bike you can get up almost anything with a 34/27 combination.
For a fully-laden touring bike, a 30 tooth granny ring may well be useful, but on a road bike it's not really necessary.

Btw - back ache is probably a symptom of poor fit. I'd get a decent bike fit done first and let them tell you what the problem is.

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Re: comfortable road bike for £1200?

Postby sirlylos » Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:22 pm

Guys, big thanks for your responses.

I'm going to get a good bike fit, I totally agree that is the best way forward.

I'll look at getting that in and then follow up with a new bike. Cheers!
1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
1997 - Specialized Hardrock
2003 - Specialized FSR XC
2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
2009 - Giant Defy 3
2010 - Voodoo Wanga
2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105


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