Cycle to Work - the £1k limit. Down to a final 5.

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Cycle to Work - the £1k limit. Down to a final 5.

Postby mtyley » Mon Dec 17, 2012 16:37 pm

All - seen posts on here before, would appreciate some advice. Our work allows us to join the cycle to work scheme once a year which is now and I need to decide within a week.

I've been cycling for just three years on the sportive circuit but still a newbie - so far I've done it all on my Ridgeback Flight 01 hybrid with some upgraded Mavic wheels I bought last year (could not believe just how much a difference they made!). I'm 38, 5'10" and just over 13 stone so not a true cycling build!

We are with Halfords so I'm a little limited in my choice - I've discounted Tifosi, another brand Halfords like you to buy from as the reivews aren't as strong as for below. My choices are

1. Boardman Team
2. Dawes Sportif SL
3. Ribble Sportive Bianco
4. Cinelli Experience
5. Claud Butler Torino (2011 model)

I've read reviews on all and they are all good bikes from what I can work out. Two are carbon framed - 3 and 5 - the last one is stocked by a local bike shop in Chorlton, Manchester, that has some of those models and is a Tiagra groupset, the rest are 105 or equivalent Campag but I'm told that is less important than the frame. The killer is that I likely won't get to try any due to work this week.

I'm trying to find out if there's a reason why I wouldn't want to get the Boardman - I confess I'd like to get another brand - in the same way a Ford Focus is a great car when everyone has one, you kind of want something different but none of the reviews can fault it.

If I'd be made to get any of these and you have a view I'd really appreciate it.

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Postby bernithebiker » Mon Dec 17, 2012 17:14 pm

Personally, I'd go for the carbon frame, (Ribble) but it may well be down to something as simple as; which one do you like the look of best? That's the one you're likely to ride the most......!
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Postby Cogidubnus » Mon Dec 17, 2012 18:40 pm

I'd buy the Boardman

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Postby philbar72 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 18:41 pm

Boardman.

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Postby Charlie Potatoes » Mon Dec 17, 2012 18:45 pm

I would go Boardman too.
But I happen to think that they are a great looking bike and not as common as some other makes.
Where I ride anyway. :)
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Postby mtyley » Mon Dec 17, 2012 21:23 pm

Thanks guys - quite like the Boardman to be fair. Just wondered if there was a steal amongst the others.

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Postby ALIHISGREAT » Mon Dec 17, 2012 22:27 pm

Go and read all the reviews of the Boardman again.. that should make your mind up!

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Postby mtyley » Tue Dec 18, 2012 08:17 am

ALHISGREAT - How do you mean? I've not seen a bad one or am I missing something?

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Postby ianshotton » Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:16 am

My company's Cycle to Work scheme was through Halfords and when I phoned them (Halfords C2W) they said the Ribble was not one they could access. Check as it might make your decision slightly easier.

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Postby riggsy81 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:51 pm

Cinelli would get my vote, only because I have one and love it

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Postby rich164h » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:53 pm

ianshotton wrote:My company's Cycle to Work scheme was through Halfords and when I phoned them (Halfords C2W) they said the Ribble was not one they could access. Check as it might make your decision slightly easier.

Indeed, as far as I know you can only buy a Ribble bike direct from Ribble. No one else sells them, so Halfords are unlikely to be any different in this respect.

Shame as that's the one that i would have gone for in your position.

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Postby southdownswolf » Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:55 pm

mtyley wrote:ALHISGREAT - How do you mean? I've not seen a bad one or am I missing something?


Precisely what ALHISGREAT means, thre are no bad reviews. Everyone that I have met with a Team loves it.
I don't own a Boardman road bike, but I love my Hardtail Pro
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Postby okeydokey79 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 15:50 pm

i can also use the halfords c2w and if you look on the ribble website it states that they will not accept halfords c2w which is a shame because i have got my vouchers and just looking at getting a new bike aswell!!! was just ordering the forme longcliffe 1.0( 105 model) but just been informed that even though every1 sells at £999 its rrp is £1099 so using c2w vouchers you have pay rrp so maybe goin towards the boardman but more inclined towards the trek madone 2.1.but using british cycling discount makes the boardman bit better in price.

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Postby mtyley » Tue Dec 18, 2012 15:53 pm

I hadn't realised that about the Ribble - gutted, was becoming a real contender so thanks for the heads up.

Interesting to hear on the Cinelli - can you handle the dodgy colour schemes? :-)

southdowns wolf - take your point on Boardman.

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Postby mtyley » Tue Dec 18, 2012 16:16 pm

Thansk okeydokey79 - i spoke to someone at work who bought through this route last year and he said halfords were great at trying to source it cheaper - they'll match any store that sells it wihtin 20 miles of where you want to pick up your bike - Stockport for me - so you may just need to find somwhere that sells the Forme.

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Postby okeydokey79 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 20:48 pm

I will call the c2w number 2morrow see what they say , the shop where i was goin buy it from sell it at £999 but because they have give halfords a percentage with vouchers will only sell @rrp. Will let u know 2morrow what the oitcome is.

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Postby mtyley » Tue Dec 18, 2012 22:33 pm

Cheers

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Postby okeydokey79 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 09:14 am

Well just spoke to c2w and they can't do anything on price, even though bikes may be discounted you still have to pay full rrp only way get it bit cheaper is if shop will do it bit cheaper, but due to what bit they make through the scheme it is very unlikely.as the shop told me yesterday if he did it any cheaper he wouldnt be making any money, but he would alliw money be added where some shops dont.

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Postby mtyley » Wed Dec 19, 2012 09:45 am

Makes sense - I called one shop who were offering the Claud Butler at 900 but said 1000 on Halfords Scheme as Halfords charge them 15% - I haven't found one that will allow me to add money on. Will find some more local shops and phone around. Thanks for checking.

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Postby Dougall » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:14 am

I spoke to my LBS as my company C2W is through Halfords too & he said that regardless of who runs the scheme they all charge the shop an admin fee.
He said if my voucher says £1k I can get a bike up to £1k in value as ultimately he still gets the sale but with a samller margin. Shops passing on teh admin fee to you sounds like tehy're protecting their margins.

I'd rather go anywhere than Halfords & at least ehy now allow their vouchers to be accepted elsewhere.
If you give the helpline a call they'll give you details of LBS who accept the voucher.


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