Giant or Ridley ......

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Giant or Ridley ......

Postby LycraVirgin » Fri Jan 04, 2013 13:08 pm

I’m about to purchase my first Road bike and I’m finding the choice of bike overwhelming and quite frustrating. The more research I do the more possible models crop up for me to consider. Any advice from people familiar with the models below would be appreciated.
I started off looking at a 2012 Giant TCR1 or Defy (Aluminium) and then leaned towards spending a little more and getting a Carbon 2012 Giant TRC2 or Defy. I have now come across the Ridley Orion on wiggle, full carbon for £810 with 50% off. Is this really a £1600 bike? I have found limited reviews about the Orion but seems positive, I found more info on the Giants and these all seem very positive.
Visually I think the Giant frames look much better than the Orion, I like the sloping geometry and oversized head tube. However this isn’t a fashion parade, I mean I’m expected to wear Lycra after all...... Ultimately the performance is the most important thing but I’m concerned the Ridley is just a cheap carbon frame that they can’t get rid of. If it really does perform well and is a bargain then I think I would feel better with a few hundred extra quid in my pocket. Any thought’s welcome. Thanks

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby jotko » Fri Jan 04, 2013 13:12 pm

I nearly bought the Ridley for more than £810, its a bargain at that price.

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby nochekmate » Fri Jan 04, 2013 13:22 pm

Ridley are a much underrated brand in my opinion - I've got a Damocles that I have built up and been riding for a few months and it is a fine bike. That Orion has been in the Wiggle sales now for some time but it is a bargain at £847.50 (is there further discount to bring it down to £810?) given that it has a Shimano 5700 groupset on it - that's £400 worth of groupset alone.

You'll not regret the Orion at that price if the sizes that are left are right - my Damocles is only a medium but seems to comes up on the large side (I am 6ft 1 and normally ride a large frame in many other brands.

Use the few hundred quid saved to kit yourself out with some decent clothing, bibs etc if you don't already have them.
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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby nochekmate » Fri Jan 04, 2013 13:23 pm

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Postby elderone » Fri Jan 04, 2013 13:36 pm

I just got a giant defy comp2 with a life time warentee.Not sure how it works ,but its piece of mind.Also giants ahave good reviews and seem a solid buy.Also the geometry on the defy is more GT than race which is what i wanted for sportive riding.
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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby LycraVirgin » Fri Jan 04, 2013 13:41 pm

Yes your right it’s going for £847.50 Ok thanks for your input, it’s kind of what I wanted to hear, unless of course you work for Wiggle or Ridley.... haha . I’m in Spain until March and Wiggle will ship it here for free which is a little bonus. Think I will pull the trigger on the Ridley. Digging my heels in on the Lycra though

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Postby nochekmate » Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:18 pm

LycraVirgin wrote:Yes your right it’s going for £847.50 Ok thanks for your input, it’s kind of what I wanted to hear, unless of course you work for Wiggle or Ridley.... haha . I’m in Spain until March and Wiggle will ship it here for free which is a little bonus. Think I will pull the trigger on the Ridley. Digging my heels in on the Lycra though


That's where your £200 saving should be going - decent lycra bibtights at this time of the year make riding an enjoyable experience! :lol:

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby solboy10 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:25 pm

Just get the Ridley before its too late! These are decent bikes and you will always get your money back if you decide to sell a bit later on - no brainer.

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby Daniel B » Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:31 pm

Full carbon and 105 for less than £850 - nice looking bike too, I see no downsides!
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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby The Fuggler » Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:38 pm

I love Giants, but that Ridley is an absolute bargain. Definitely worth a go!
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Postby solboy10 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:45 pm

I cant help thinking sometimes how good does a deal need to be and why cant people know a bargain when they see one? :roll: If i had not got my Cinelli from Wiggle when i did i would have missed out and would now need to pay £1K more for the same bike!

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby jotko » Fri Jan 04, 2013 16:58 pm

I bought a Cinelli Saetta 105 from Wiggle when they were £1k :)

It was between the Ridley and the Cinelli at the time, both specced pretty similar, I am sure both would have been fine for me.

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby smidsy » Fri Jan 04, 2013 17:12 pm

Anything thats not the Giant, they are getting to be the Ford Escort of the bike world.
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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby LycraVirgin » Fri Jan 04, 2013 19:42 pm

Many thanks for the comments, this forum has proved useful. You will be pleased to hear I ordered the Ridley tonight and it was £810 after all.
In answer to Solboy10 I was sceptical as to why the 50% reduction if it is a good bike AND why do they have discontinued stock in my size.... I also know nothing about Road Bikes hence posting in this forum. Ridley..... sounds a bit shoot really but then I suppose only a fool would buy a bike based on its name. Anyway thanks again, based on your comments I feel like I’m getting a bargain.

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby solboy10 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 19:54 pm

To be fair to you if you are new to all this you were right to be sceptical. You really dont need to worry as wiggle are usually very relaiable and Ridley bikes are great and have a decent race pedegree. You have bagged a bargain so you can sleep well now!

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby nochekmate » Fri Jan 04, 2013 21:26 pm

Enjoy the Ridley - it's worth every penny of that price and buying it new offers you warranty too - everyone's a winner!

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby gsk82 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 21:42 pm

LycraVirgin wrote:However this isn’t a fashion parade, I mean I’m expected to wear Lycra after all......


How wrong you are. Good choice with the Ridley though.
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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby Wobblehead » Fri Jan 04, 2013 22:21 pm

LycraVirgin wrote:Many thanks for the comments, this forum has proved useful. You will be pleased to hear I ordered the Ridley tonight and it was £810 after all.
In answer to Solboy10 I was sceptical as to why the 50% reduction if it is a good bike AND why do they have discontinued stock in my size.... I also know nothing about Road Bikes hence posting in this forum. Ridley..... sounds a bit shoot really but then I suppose only a fool would buy a bike based on its name. Anyway thanks again, based on your comments I feel like I’m getting a bargain.


Bargain, I've had one of these in Ultegra spec for the past 4 years, never missed a beat. Decent frame, like most bikes will stand better wheels though when you are ready.

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby Hf21 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 23:34 pm

hi all, good price for the ridley. im now looking at it myself as its at a good price. Is the bike an out and out racer or will it also be comfy for long rides? as im doing a 600 mole charity event soon so need a good long distance bike. thanks.

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Re: Giant or Ridley ......

Postby Weeman1973 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 00:41 am

I too have pulled the trigger on the Orion. Was at £932 when I went for it but payment didn't go through so order was cancelled. Reordered yesterday at £847.50 which is a result. Can't see it at £810 although I only checked the size I bought (XS) so it may be different for Med or whatever.

Looked at many others but decided on the Ridley as the £300 I am saving can go on some decent wheels & bits. Having researched a bit further it appears Ridley have a good name on the circuit, particularly Cyclocross and I believe provide bikes for the Lotto Bellisol team.


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