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That new upgrade of N+1

Old 05-18-12, 08:38 AM
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That new upgrade of N+1

It's that time of year when many of us are coming back into riding- or are looking at n+1 or replacing that Older bike that has seen better days. The choice of bikes will normally be from the brand that your LBS carries and I was up for N+1 a few months ago. Don't get me wrong-I have a couple of bikes that I am completely happy with but they were a bit on the expensive side and I was looking for a cheaper bike for the shorter rides and possibly as a shopping bike and one that does not have to be kept in top condition to get the best out of it.

The larger manufacturers make good bikes that are well sorted on parts and are virtually the same as every other manufacturer. Yes there are a few ride differences down to material- geometry and possible quality of parts but the choice of bike does not stop with Trek-Giant-Specialised- Cannondale etc. BMC- Cervello-Orbea- Pinarrelo and a lot of the smaller manufacturers that are "Normally" associated with racing bikes also make a good bike that may be within your style and price range. Test rides are the only way to check out any bike and I did my testing last year. I did look at Giants as that is the dealership of my LBS but also tried a few other makes and types of bike. I like Aluminium but did not dismiss C.F but still felt that Aluminium was the choice for me. Almost settled on a Cyclo Cross but still an open mind as to final choice.

Good job I had tried several makes of bike as when it came to ordering the Giant CX that I wanted it was not available. Giants had a supply problem at that time and other choices within the Giant range were not available either. But there are other makes and two I had tested stood out in a big way.One was a Cervello and the other a Pinarrelo. Both associated with top end bikes and High spec and price. These bikes were good and should have been higher on the wish list but I just thought them a bit "Poserish" for a 65 year old rider that rides slower than he should. As the other bikes were not available and no delivery date given- I re-looked at them. The Cervello was not at my LBS but they could get the Pinnie I wanted. Took a bit of delving into to get size right- and price and I went for the Cheapest in the range- the FP UNO. Aluminium but race geometry and fairly lightweight frame. Groupset was one below what I would normally go for but the LBS told me that with the improvements over the years- 2012 Tiagra would be as good as my 6 year old Ultegra/105 mix I have on the other bikes. They were not wrong.

So I bought a "Posers" bike that is a bit heavier than my other bikes and a groupset lower than I would have liked. It was also more expensive than an equivalent on paper bike from the main manufacturers. Or is it? Tiagra groupset is not bad and up to my riding standard. Wheels (Shimano 500's) are not top knotch but they are better than the OM wheels supplied on the other bikes. Tyres I got rid of quickly as they never felt right and plenty of punctures through the thin tread area. Other components are right- bars are compact and as I am a small bloke on a small bike are perfect. But that frame-That is where the "Extra" cost of this bike is. The rest is not bad but that frame- the heart of any bike- is superb. I will have to change a few items in the near future but they are not major items that will affect the purchase. Changed the tyres already and back on my favourite of PR series. Cassette will have to be changed for our hills so the discussions on gearing has opened a few avenues to explore. Saddle may have to go but it is improving but the white Bar tape has to go. About the same as I would have done on any new bike except the wheels are staying for the use this bike will have.

So look at some of these bikes from the smaller manufacturers. They may seem a bit expensive but the quality is there- May be hidden at an initial glance but it is there. Just a pity I bought the wrong colour as there is a lot of WHITE on it.
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Old 05-18-12, 08:44 AM
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Congrads. The new ten speed Tiagra should provide very good performance. What Crankset does it come with?

This is the bike, right? https://m.bikeradar.com/gear/category...p-uno-12-45956
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Old 05-18-12, 08:53 AM
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Congrads. The new ten speed Tiagra should provide very good performance. What Crankset does it come with?

This is the bike, right? https://m.bikeradar.com/gear/category...p-uno-12-45956
Thats the bike and they make the same observations as I do. On paper it is not a cheap bike and that Aluminium frame rides well.

Groupset is complete Tiagra except for the Brifters. They are upgraded to 105 and maybe why it seems to perform better than my older Ultegra/105 mix on the other bikes
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