Bike Up to GBP 3,000

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Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby 100years » Tue Jul 02, 2013 22:54 pm

Hi,

I'm looking at spending up to GBP 3,000 on a bike - primary use will be for long distance rides (>100 miles). Looking for something light, comfortable, good on hills and with a decent turn of pace.

Think I have narrowed it down to either the Focus Izalco Pro (1.0 or 2.0) or the Ridley Helium. Very hard to get a decent test ride on either (or find stockist who do both).

Any thoughts?

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby Imposter » Tue Jul 02, 2013 23:01 pm

100years wrote: Looking for something light, comfortable, good on hills and with a decent turn of pace.


light - most bikes at that price will be light
comfortable - depends on setup and tyre choice
good on hills - depends on you
decent turn of pace - depends on you

You must have dismissed a lot of good bikes to get down to the Focus and the Ridley. Why are those two top of the list?

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby 100years » Tue Jul 02, 2013 23:22 pm

Imposter wrote:
100years wrote: Looking for something light, comfortable, good on hills and with a decent turn of pace.


light - most bikes at that price will be light
comfortable - depends on setup and tyre choice
good on hills - depends on you
decent turn of pace - depends on you

You must have dismissed a lot of good bikes to get down to the Focus and the Ridley. Why are those two top of the list?


Yes - I do realise at that price this particular human buying the bike is a limiting factor to performance!!

How did I arrive at those two?

Nothing too scientific - Both are favourites of two of my LBS (but neither knows much about both bikes) - Focus seems to have great reviews, very well equipped, and is German built which usually is not a bad thing. Ridley has a very good rep amongst my club. Neither seem to be a plenty on the roads of London (which appeals to me, although it may be a sign of something else).

Always open to other suggestions though....

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby hulla the hulla » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:10 pm

for that kind of money I'd be looking to Canyon but then I'm biased, if they still have any left that is....
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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby cougie » Wed Jul 03, 2013 15:05 pm

At that kind of price bracket - you cant buy a bad bike - but you could buy one that didn't fit.
I'd go for a bike fit and make sure you're 100% set on your position and transfer that to a suitable bike.

What do you ride at the moment ?

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby Lifeboy123 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 19:27 pm

Madone 5.2 or Domane 5 series ?

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby 100years » Wed Jul 03, 2013 20:34 pm

cougie wrote:At that kind of price bracket - you cant buy a bad bike - but you could buy one that didn't fit.
I'd go for a bike fit and make sure you're 100% set on your position and transfer that to a suitable bike.

What do you ride at the moment ?


I have an Felt Z85 which I want to keep for my commute with the new bike for my club rides and sportives. I've had a Retul fit so have the measurements for the ideal fit for me.

Canyon look great, but I'm not keep on ordering a bike direct.

Trek is an definitely a good option.

http://www.swiftcycles.co.uk/projects/focus-izalco-team-3 This looks a strong possibility...

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby Option Click » Thu Jul 04, 2013 08:55 am

I'd be going Italian - Wilier specifically.

Stretch the budget ever so slightly to get a 2013 Cento Uno, or track down one of the old shape ones from last season and fall well within budget.

Both types are really good all-round bikes.
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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby mrushton » Thu Jul 04, 2013 09:16 am

100 miles +? Those arent bikes you'll see ridden in audaxes where they are riding 100 > 400 miles regularly and at some speed as well. I'd be thinking about mudguard facility as well as comfort and prob. say the Domane ticks the boxes there. But most of the criteria you have set is actually governed by you. £3k gets you a lot of choice and carbon may not be best. A Ti,steel or a mix of Ti/carbon, steel/carbon may be better. Aren't Rapha-JLT on steel Condors this year?

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby spasypaddy » Thu Jul 04, 2013 09:20 am

go and have a word with engima, i recommended them to a clubmate recently and they have bought one for £3k from them

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby uberkraaft » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:57 am

http://www.swiftcycles.co.uk/projects/focus-izalco-team-3 This looks a strong possibility...[/quote]

I bought this a couple of months ago - it's an incredible ride. But you can't really go wrong at £3000 ;)

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby Camcycle1974 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 15:25 pm

Both those bikes are designed for racing. For your specified usage I would be looking at a premium frame with more relaxed geometry. Giant Defy Advanced SL or Scott CR1 Pro/Premium.Of course depends on age/flexibility etc but personally would not want to ride either of those for 100+ miles.

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby cougie » Thu Jul 04, 2013 15:56 pm

I'd be keeping that 3 grand in the back pocket until I knew exactly what it was I wanted to buy. Half of the fun in buying a new bike is mulling over the endless possibilities you have.

When you've actually bought it - then that part is ended. (and I find it hard to tell one bike from another anyway).

Have fun shopping.

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby symo » Thu Jul 04, 2013 16:39 pm

Talk to enigma. UK made to your exact
needs.
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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby Camcycle1974 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 17:33 pm

symo wrote:Talk to enigma. UK made to your exact
needs.


Can you get custom for £3000 though? Off the peg maybe, custom not so sure.

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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby symo » Thu Jul 04, 2013 17:39 pm

Camcycle1974 wrote:
symo wrote:Talk to enigma. UK made to your exact
needs.


Can you get custom for £3000 though? Off the peg maybe, custom not so sure.


Better than a bike that is over in ten years though.
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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby Galatzo » Thu Jul 04, 2013 18:28 pm

What size are you after ?
Try a scott cr1 pro frame from westbrook at £499 then you have £2500 for a top groupset wheels and finishing kit.
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Re: Bike Up to GBP 3,000

Postby 100years » Thu Jul 04, 2013 19:37 pm

Thanks for all the advice - I knew that my choice of two would turn into a choice of a dozen :)

My Felt is a 56" frame. I'm 5'11 and weigh 73kgs.

I'm not the most felxible, but i would hope with my Retul data any bike I buy would be sure to be able to fit my specs - and if that's so does frame geometry really matter?

Many thanks again all!!

M.


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