My next bike...

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Neil_aky
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My next bike...

Postby Neil_aky » Fri May 10, 2013 05:30 am

Last Summer I bought my first road bike in many years - Triban 3 - and am loving it and looking forward to a good Summer or riding...

My question is, I would like to keep riding it next Winter and then demote it to a 'winter bike' and buy myself a nice shiny new Summer bike next year; however, the bikes I am looking at by increasing my budget to £1000 don't look drastically better than my T3 unless I stick with Decathlon.

Do I lose so much value by going for a brand? I was looking to try carbon, something much lighter, etc.

In all honesty, the groupset on my T3 is good enough (gears change well enough) and a new set of wheels will bring it in under 10Kg.

How much should I look to spend to get a reasonable upgrade.

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Re: My next bike...

Postby MrBrightside » Fri May 10, 2013 06:03 am

I have a Claude butler roubaix which would be a similar entry level model to your triban. You can find as new or new a mavic aksium wheels for between £100-150, this is exactly what I have done and find them great. Coupled with lightweight tyres and latex tubes.

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Re: My next bike...

Postby antfly » Fri May 10, 2013 08:17 am

A grand could get you a very nice aluminium bike, maybe a Canyon if you want to buy online or a Cannondale CAAD 10 if you don't, for a bit more money.
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Re: My next bike...

Postby mackenziecockram » Fri May 10, 2013 08:35 am

A friend is in the same position, and I pointed him in the direction of the Canyon RoadLite 6 which looked to be a a very decent set up for the money.

Out of interest where can you get a CAAD10 for a grand or less? Cheapest I have seen is over £1200 so that's a reasonable difference in price?

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Re: My next bike...

Postby oxoman » Fri May 10, 2013 11:27 am

If your happy with Decathlon why not look at their FC5 and FC7 both Carbon with Shimano Tiagra or 105 and well received bikes. Lad at work has the FC7 with Sram Rival and loves it. Unfortunately there are loads of good bikes out there for that money and its hard to choose took me ages and numerous test rides and changing my mind before i chose my Modified Moda. If you look through a lot of the recent what bikes posts it might help you narrow it down a bit.
If you go from using shimano 2300 / Sora to Tiagra you notice its a lot smoother to change gears jump from Sora to 105 is even better. I couldn't believe the difference, As to T3's only thing people seam to upgrade is the wheels. If you read the reviews the Defy 1 takes some beating. Also look at speccing your own bike, again Ribble or Planet X as Stanley mentions are dam good bikes, nearly had one myself. Have fun choosing and let us know what you get in the end.
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Re: My next bike...

Postby Garry H » Fri May 10, 2013 11:58 am

mackenziecockram wrote:A friend is in the same position, and I pointed him in the direction of the Canyon RoadLite 6 which looked to be a a very decent set up for the money.

Out of interest where can you get a CAAD10 for a grand or less? Cheapest I have seen is over £1200 so that's a reasonable difference in price?


I don't think you can, which is what the bloke said.

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Re: My next bike...

Postby Neil_aky » Fri May 10, 2013 12:46 pm

Ribble was the other idea I had; nothing wrong with Decathlon and the options you outline are on my list but, for me, £1000 is a lot of money for a bike so I started looking at more recognised brands...

However, I am coming to the conclusion that you do pay for a brand name and I really want to concentrate on riding, not of collecting bikes / kit.

Going to enjoy the summer then have another think later in the year.

Thanks

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Re: My next bike...

Postby anthdci » Fri May 10, 2013 12:54 pm

I did a few test rides, read loads of reviews and the defy 1 soon became the best choice for under 1000 to me. Good luck finding one though, they are mostly sold out because they are so good!

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Re: My next bike...

Postby mackenziecockram » Fri May 10, 2013 15:30 pm

Garry H wrote:I don't think you can, which is what the bloke said.


Yeah I reread what he said after that. I must learn to read slower and actually take things in :roll:

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Re: My next bike...

Postby fsman » Fri May 10, 2013 17:34 pm

Take a serious look at Ribble.
I have a Triban 3 as my daily commute bike and a ribble gran fondo for weekend fun.
They are like chalk and cheese. You WILL notice the difference.

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Re: My next bike...

Postby frazered » Fri May 10, 2013 18:05 pm

Verenti insight 105 from wiggle looks pretty good also. In doing the same as your, have a t3 that has been good and want to move to the next level with a carbon lovely.

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Re: My next bike...

Postby dazzlers82 » Fri May 10, 2013 20:32 pm

I was in same position an just got my bike, and I went for a Scott speedster 20 it has 105 and I could not believe how much lighter it felt over my claud butler san remo, it was also under a £1000.
Scott speedster 20 compact 2013
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