£500 Road bike

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£500 Road bike

Postby Carbonator » Tue Feb 26, 2013 19:21 pm

Have just started looking for a friend and have so far got 2.
The Boardman sport and Triban 5. Get 10% off the Boardman with British Cycling which makes it £450.

Any opinions which to go for out of these and maybe suggest a third option.
Simpler to stick to £500 max, and rule out used and anything complicated.
Saw a nice Raleigh (heavily discounted offer) on wiggle with Tiagra (nearly bought it myself) but you had to grab it quick.

Thanks if you can help me, er, help him :wink:

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby snowjho » Tue Feb 26, 2013 20:59 pm

Going on spec triban 5 wins. Carbon fork (& seatstays?)and sora. The triban 3 is more similar to the Boardman but only 299 however triban 3 beats it by having carbon fork.

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby wongataa » Tue Feb 26, 2013 21:21 pm

Merlin Cycles have some own brand bikes at that price.

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby nochekmate » Tue Feb 26, 2013 21:39 pm

Go secondhand @ £500.

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby Carbonator » Tue Feb 26, 2013 22:15 pm

Thanks guys. The Triban is my fave at the mo. I like the spec and it will be easy for him to buy.
Not sure there is any advantage in the Merlins/Sensa's and Mail order is a complication.
I would go secondhand if it were me, or wait for a big discount to pop up, but I would have a better idea of what I wanted and could pounce on something.

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby Carbonator » Wed Feb 27, 2013 14:49 pm

If the budget was upped to £600. Would a Boardman Race (£669 with 10% BC Discount = £603) be a much better option than the Triban 5?
£100 would get better Wheels/finishing kit, its almost a kg/10% lighter, has good reviews and brand/looks/resale advantage.
Am I missing something?

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby goonz » Wed Feb 27, 2013 14:51 pm

Isn't the Specialized Allez available for close to £500?
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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby Carbonator » Wed Feb 27, 2013 15:00 pm

goonz wrote:Isn't the Specialized Allez available for close to £500?


Looks to be £50 less but a fair bit lower spec.

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby zx6man » Wed Feb 27, 2013 15:01 pm

new tribans due out too

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby Carbonator » Wed Feb 27, 2013 15:03 pm

Yes, good point.
Not sure of details though but might be worth a look :wink:

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby prawny » Wed Feb 27, 2013 15:43 pm

Triban 3 and some proper wheels.
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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby Carbonator » Wed Feb 27, 2013 16:07 pm

prawny wrote:Triban 3 and some proper wheels.


Thinking outside the box eh :wink:

My thoughts were to get components up to Sora and I think the concept of buying two sets of wheels would fry his brain at this point :lol:

I will run just getting the Triban 3 past him again though. I was only looking at the Boardman as an alternative to the Triban 5. As the Boardman is twice the cost of the 3 it's probably worth re-concidering the Triban 3 now though :wink:

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby prawny » Wed Feb 27, 2013 16:11 pm

I don't think sora would be much of an upgrade to be fair, you need to be aiming for tiagra to get the improved levers.

Has he got much kit? £200 won't go that far in the shorts/jerseys/helmet/shoe buying area.
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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby j.higson » Wed Feb 27, 2013 16:34 pm

Carbonator wrote:
goonz wrote:Isn't the Specialized Allez available for close to £500?


Looks to be £50 less but a fair bit lower spec.


The Allez 2013 is 550 at Evans cycles. http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/allez-compact-2013-road-bike-ec040963 I have one and its a brilliant budget bike! it'll hold its value well when i come to resell it on when the tour de france comes round an people want to ride a bike for two weeks.
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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby Carbonator » Wed Feb 27, 2013 17:36 pm

j.higson wrote:
Carbonator wrote:
goonz wrote:Isn't the Specialized Allez available for close to £500?


Looks to be £50 less but a fair bit lower spec.


The Allez 2013 is 550 at Evans cycles. http://www.evanscycles.com/products/specialized/allez-compact-2013-road-bike-ec040963 I have one and its a brilliant budget bike! it'll hold its value well when i come to resell it on when the tour de france comes round an people want to ride a bike for two weeks.


Your selling it! What will you get when you sell it on then :wink:

There are lots of great bikes but I just think the Boardman is worth the extra £56. It becomes personal taste looks/colour etc when they are that close I guess.

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby Carbonator » Wed Feb 27, 2013 17:49 pm

prawny wrote:I don't think sora would be much of an upgrade to be fair, you need to be aiming for tiagra to get the improved levers.

Has he got much kit? £200 won't go that far in the shorts/jerseys/helmet/shoe buying area.


I would go 105 if it were me but I'm pushing the brief as it is. Sora is 18 as opposed to 16 speed and there must be some other benifits.
I am not familiar with what is below Sora, but it reminds me of those bikes you see in car accessory shops that say 'Shimano gearing'. I am sure its fine (apart from the 8 cogs), but you have to aim somewhere.

I am only helping with the bike. I dont want to get involved with another mans lycra :lol:

I will check out the Shimano gearing pecking order before I offend anyone :oops:

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby ♠ChumBucket♠ » Wed Feb 27, 2013 17:55 pm

In approx 2 weeks the triban 5 will be replaced with a new version. The new version will have 2013 sora- so no little thumb shifters, carbon forks & will retail for £100 less than the current model. However, it wont have carbon seat stays. It does look better than the current version though IMO.
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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby Carbonator » Wed Feb 27, 2013 18:23 pm

Thanks. Sounds good. Have a link?
Guess its a triple. Suppose the Boardman may be old Sora?

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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby ♠ChumBucket♠ » Wed Feb 27, 2013 20:24 pm

These are the 2013 bikes (if link works) :wink:

http://www.btwin.com/blog/wp-content/up ... r-2013.pdf
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Re: £500 Road bike

Postby Carbonator » Wed Feb 27, 2013 20:47 pm

:wink: for the link.


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