I'm now in the market for a new bike - but I want to buy without the wheels - I've got a wheelset built around a powertap. I was looking at Ribble ( wonder how many people stop reading here...) - but have looked around and there's a few decent bikes out there that don't break the bank. I don't race, more endurance - centuries, doubles, 24 hrs etc, so comfort is more important that flatout speed. If I were to build my own, I'd obviously need frameset, groupset, bars, stem, seat post / saddle / pedals.
If you had £1200 budget ( not much, granted ) what would you go for? I can get a Ribble Gran Fondo, which has the curved top bar which I like. Any ideas or is this too subjective?
I'm on an orbea aqua now - and the next step up, which has decent reviews, is the Onix 105. But I can't buy without buying the wheelset as well, and I don't want spares ( have them ) and don't really want to then ebay to try and get the money back.