Kragg on the forum has just started a thread about Getting older. I am just about to retire and I can see that Retirement is going to give me a new lease of life. I already have a couple of Road bikes but I wanted a new bike. Wanted- not needed. My intention was to stay Giant but the bikes were not available. Luckily I had tried the FP1 last Autumn and I was struck by it. Aluminium which I like- Tiagra was not a bad groupset but that bike really suited me. I dismissed it as I thought I would be posing with a Pinarello- even if it was a cheap one.
I have been around bikes long enough to know what is worth having. They have to be a reputable make- The groupset has to be up to standard and wheels have to be of a "Certain" quality. So why was I looking at Giant bikes for my N+1? Trek- Cannondale- Specialised- and Giant all make good bikes- but by buying elsewhere you can get better. I found this out with My Boreas and definitely the Pinnie. Others like Colnago- BMC and Willier may not have the Big Name and they may be a bit expensive but you pay for quality.
Price comparison will not work from úto$ as bikes are not cheap over here but This FpUno is the cheapest road bike I have bought. It was not that cheap but With 105 groupset being the standard and Every one wanting C.F.--Would you even contemplate an aluminium frame with Tiagra groupset?
I did and I have not been proved wrong so far. The Ally frame is triple butted and The geometry suits me. Frame size was carefully sussed out and the bike fits me perfectly. The lowly Tiagra Groupset works as well as my 5 year old mix of 105/Ultegra on the other bikes. The wheels are shimano R 501's and Although not top quality- are better than inhouse wheels supplied on other bikes. And I hate to say it- that colour has grown on me.
I like this bike a lot. It will see me through for a few years and I have no regrets. If Pinarello's cheapest offering rides as good as this- then I am glad I did not try the Dogma. I could not afford one.