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Worth upgrading from 2014 CAADX 105 to Topstone 105 2020?

Old 01-07-20, 01:19 PM
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Worth upgrading from 2014 CAADX 105 to Topstone 105 2020?

I am just wondering what peoples thoughts are re. upgrading from my CAADX 105 (2014) to a Topstone 105.

I have just started a new job with a cycle to work scheme and I have had my eye on the Topstone. Took one for a ride and really liked it.

But I'm struggling to take the plunge with my CAADX (which I would give to my girlfriend) still around.

Basically, I have been telling myself that upgrading to flat mount, hydraulic, 11-speed bike will future proof me. The topstone is a bit more of a relaxed geometry which I like and for the money I would spend upgrading my CAADX (I also need new wheels) down the line maybe I should just get something new.

I would be using the bike for commuting, weekend gravel and road rides.

Thanks

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Originally Posted by knoxy26 View Post
I am just wondering what peoples thoughts are re. upgrading from my CAADX 105 (2014) to a Topstone 105.

I have just started a new job with a cycle to work scheme and I have had my eye on the Topstone. Took one for a ride and really liked it.

But I'm struggling to take the plunge with my CAADX (which I would give to my girlfriend) still around.

Basically, I have been telling myself that upgrading to flat mount, hydraulic, 11-speed bike will future proof me. The topstone is a bit more of a relaxed geometry which I like and for the money I would spend upgrading my CAADX (I also need new wheels) down the line maybe I should just get something new.

I would be using the bike for commuting, weekend gravel and road rides.

Thanks

M
Topstone carbon or alloy?
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The CAADX is a fine commuter and gravel bike as is. So future proofing it is unnecessary if its adequate for what you want it to do now. If you really want hydraulic sure, but post mount to flat mount isn't really an upgrade except for aesthetics and TA vs QR isn't necessary either.
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Topstone carbon or alloy?
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Originally Posted by knoxy26 View Post
Basically, I have been telling myself that upgrading to flat mount, hydraulic, 11-speed bike will future proof me.
This is you lying to yourself to justify a new bike. Simple as that. There are good reasons to get a new gravel bike but for commuting when you already have a nice commuter is not one of them.
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Originally Posted by knoxy26 View Post
I am just wondering what peoples thoughts are re. upgrading from my CAADX 105 (2014) to a Topstone 105.

I have just started a new job with a cycle to work scheme and I have had my eye on the Topstone. Took one for a ride and really liked it.

But I'm struggling to take the plunge with my CAADX (which I would give to my girlfriend) still around.

Basically, I have been telling myself that upgrading to flat mount, hydraulic, 11-speed bike will future proof me. The topstone is a bit more of a relaxed geometry which I like and for the money I would spend upgrading my CAADX (I also need new wheels) down the line maybe I should just get something new.

I would be using the bike for commuting, weekend gravel and road rides.

Thanks

M
It's really going to be about, do you want a geometry change? if yes then get the Topstone.

of course there is also the new bike "itch". if you're not buying on credit, then do it.
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It's really going to be about, do you want a geometry change? if yes then get the Topstone.

of course there is also the new bike "itch". if you're not buying on credit, then do it.
a large part of it is the geometry change. But I have another niggle that maybe the two bikes are too similar and I could achieve close to what I want from the topstone on my CAADX.
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Originally Posted by knoxy26 View Post
I have just started a new job with a cycle to work scheme and I have had my eye on the Topstone.
Is your job going to give you credit for a new bike which you do not get otherwise? If so, then I'd say do it.
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Originally Posted by katsup View Post
Is your job going to give you credit for a new bike which you do not get otherwise? If so, then I'd say do it.
yeah, in the uk there is a scheme where essentially your work buys the bike out right and you pay them back monthly. But the money comes out of your wages before tax. So you make a significant tax saving. With the Topstone, I was would save £500 over the year. So in total the bike would cost me £1000 for a 105 Topstone (list price is £1500).
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Originally Posted by knoxy26 View Post
Basically, I have been telling myself that upgrading to flat mount, hydraulic, 11-speed bike will future proof me. The topstone is a bit more of a relaxed geometry which I like and for the money I would spend upgrading my CAADX (I also need new wheels) down the line maybe I should just get something new.
There is no such thing as future proof bike. It's likely than in 4-5 years a mechanically shifted 11sp Topstone will feel dated, given that things seem to be moving to electronic shifting 12 speed already.
That's not a reason to dismiss getting a new bike, just worth noting that the next big thing is always coming in the bike industry. I also wouldn't expect 10sp 105 to 11sp 105, post mount to flat mount, mechanical disc to hydro to feel like a major upgrade.

I upgraded my 2012 CAADX 105 a few years ago to SRAM Force 1x 11sp. It's nice stuff and works a lot better for me, dropped some weight from the bike too. I wouldn't say it was a major upgrade, but it definitely made my old bike feel awesome again, and pushed off a new bike purchase for a few more years. My big thing I'm facing is that my bike has cantilever brakes, so I feel like if I could get a thru-axle disc frame I'd be "future proof". I've actually debated buying a thru-axle disc frame and moving my current parts over, but I'd have to buy new hydro shifters/brakes and new wheels. Plus, unless I get another BB30 frame, I'd need a new BB and crankset. At that point, the only thing I'd really be carrying over is a 2 year old rear derailleur, a 7 year old handlebar/stem/saddle.

So yeah... my current plan is to buy a new bike and convert my old CAADX into a single speed CX race bike.
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