A little advice...

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Shaun67
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A little advice...

Postby Shaun67 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:38 am

After getting into road riding at the begining of 2012 and really enjoying it, I purchased a 2013 Specialized Tarmac Sport compact in mid November. I purchased it from my local Evanscycles, saw the bike, liked it very much but didn't really look at any thing else. We had our garage broken into in December and it was stolen, I received my insurance pay out on Saturday so now I'm looking for a replacement.

This morning I've been down to another local bike shop and have looked at the folowing 2013 model year bikes:

1. Foucs Cayo Evo 5.0
2. Cube Agree GTC Race
3. Willier Lzoard XP with Campag. (2012)

My questiion is, which one ? or do I just get another Specialized Tarmac Sport. All four bikes felt good and appeared to fit me quite well. The problem I have is that I just don't now enough as yet about road bikes so before I part with my £1500 or so I would love a little advice.

Many thanks for any advice you can offer.

Shaun.

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Re: A little advice...

Postby g00se » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:53 am

If they all fit and feel good, the best choice will be the one that you lust after the most. They're all great bikes.

If it came down to lust value - for me it would be the Wilier.

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Re: A little advice...

Postby Shaun67 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 14:22 pm

Thanks for that g00se, all four bikes are very nice and I lust after them all :D

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Re: A little advice...

Postby passout » Tue Jan 08, 2013 14:41 pm

I'm not so keen on campag so not the last one. Otherwise fine, I might go specialized though in this case though - nice frame. Also look at Planet X bikes, if you'd buy on line.
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Re: A little advice...

Postby Wacky Racer » Tue Jan 08, 2013 15:00 pm

passout wrote:I'm not so keen on campag so not the last one.


I am soooo keen on Campag, so DEFINITELY the last one. Cue the Shimano/Campag debate....
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Re: A little advice...

Postby passout » Tue Jan 08, 2013 18:13 pm

Wacky Racer wrote:
passout wrote:I'm not so keen on campag so not the last one.


I am soooo keen on Campag, so DEFINITELY the last one. Cue the Shimano/Campag debate....


I know, I know you are right....although in fairness SRAM would be top choice. Enough to bias my decision...don't Boardman bikes use SRAM?...
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Re: A little advice...

Postby Kangarouge » Tue Jan 08, 2013 18:33 pm

Definitely the Focus. I saw one out today and it looked really nice. The guy riding it was certainly making it move as well.

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Re: A little advice...

Postby Shaun67 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 18:39 pm

The problem is, as with most things in life today, too much choice.....

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Re: A little advice...

Postby Calpol » Tue Jan 08, 2013 19:31 pm

As has been said - they are all great. Just buy one and enjoy riding the wheels off it. Personally I am a Wilier man. Italian > German when it comes to bike racing.

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Re: A little advice...

Postby g00se » Tue Jan 08, 2013 21:37 pm

As it's come down to the 'sexiness' - what are the colour options you have?

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Re: A little advice...

Postby SmoggySteve » Tue Jan 08, 2013 21:47 pm

FOCUS - Brilliant bikes. See them all over the place in Germany
Cube - The agree has a poor rep here as some sizes get nasty road vibration.
Willier - Its Italian. Nuff said.

Go with your head = Focus
Go with Heart = Willier

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Re: A little advice...

Postby ricky1980 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 23:28 pm

buy a chinese carbon frame and build one :) it will probably be around £1k with the same setup as the bikes you have chosen.

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the above bike is awesome!

tho i do like the look of italian bikes...beautiful things
Road - Cannondale CAAD 8 - 7.8kg
Road - Chinese Carbon Diablo - 6.4kg

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Re: A little advice...

Postby Shaun67 » Thu Jan 10, 2013 14:15 pm

Thanks for all the comments. This lunch I went over to Evans Cycles and have seen a Eddy Merckx EMX-1
Veloce SE that caught my eye, whats the thinking on these, a 2012 down in price to £1499 and the chap
I spoke to tells me if its not on a credit card I may get a bit more off ???

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Re: A little advice...

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Re: A little advice...

Postby passout » Thu Jan 10, 2013 15:45 pm

Shaun67 wrote:Thanks for all the comments. This lunch I went over to Evans Cycles and have seen a Eddy Merckx EMX-1
Veloce SE that caught my eye, whats the thinking on these, a 2012 down in price to £1499 and the chap
I spoke to tells me if its not on a credit card I may get a bit more off ???


I like Merckz bikes a lot, but that Basso does look nice for the money I must say.
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Re: A little advice...

Postby Shaun67 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:00 pm

Yes I agree the Basso does look very, very nice, I'm not too sure about buying a bike mail order !!!!

Has any one else purchased a bike by mail order ? did you have any problems ?

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Re: A little advice...

Postby awsm » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:27 pm

Of course, people buy mail order all the time. I've bought 2 Canyon's from Germany and considering purchasing a 3rd this year. No problems at all.

But for a first road bike especially if your unsure of your sizing then going and test riding a few makes/models from your local bike stores would be a better option.

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Re: A little advice...

Postby nochekmate » Fri Jan 11, 2013 13:07 pm

I'va had a Basso Astra in the past - lovely looking bikes. Good ride. Wiggle price is excellent and they operate a returns policy if things not quite right I believe.

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Re: A little advice...

Postby passout » Fri Jan 11, 2013 13:36 pm

Shaun67 wrote:Yes I agree the Basso does look very, very nice, I'm not too sure about buying a bike mail order !!!!

Has any one else purchased a bike by mail order ? did you have any problems ?



No problems but often some basic self assembly required , a few times I fit the brakes myself & set up gears etc. However I've heard that with Wiggle any self assembly is minimal - handlebars, stem, seatpost & pedals. Also wiggle are very good in terms of returns & customer service.

The main issue is buying blind & getting the right size. Do some research and ask on here re sizing. Will it fit? If so, then no problem that can't be sorted.
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Re: A little advice...

Postby Shaun67 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 19:47 pm

Had a look at the Basso Astra on the Wiggle site this morning and yes I do like that. I've had a few hours out looking around some LBS and when I got home I went back onto the Wiggle site and the Basso Astra had gone up £300 ???

While I one just a quick one, what is a Shimano 563 chrank ? is it Shimano 105 ?


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