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Old 06-04-14, 02:29 AM
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Need advice on choosing a new bike!

Hello! Been lurking around these forums for quite some time, and now I've finally manned up enough to actually make a post in here.

I'm in the process of looking into my new bike, which I'll pick up in september. I've narrowed down my choices quite a bit, but now I'd like some assistance from the community in choosing which bike that suits my needs best. I'm using it to commute to work (15 km's) a couple of times a week and for longer weekend rides (50-80 km's). Also, I plan to ride some 100/150 km races with it. Allthough I always want to be faster, I'm equally interested in having a bike that is comfortable during the longer stints, and since I'm not a part of a club, I've decided against some bikes that despite their good specs, doesn't have that "X-factor". In short, I don't get any tingling sensation anywhere from looking at the bike or from the brand itself (Scott/Giant, for instance). When choosing my new bike, I think that comfort and speed is just as important as the looks of the bike and history of the brand. Also, it's nice to have a store where I live (Stockholm) that sells these bikes and I can get some proper support should anything go wrong. I know it may sound a bit silly to rank looks and brandhistory so high, but since I'll never be a new Coppi or Merckx, I think that's a luxury I can afford. Also, 200-300 grams one way or the other is not too important for me.

Anyway, I'm looking at bikes just below 2000, and I don't want a mailorder bike, so the Planet-X carbon for 1000 is a no-go, allthough the specs are fantastic. Anyway, the bikes I'm currently choosing between are the following:

KTM Revelator 3500
KTM Revelator 3500 road bike review | road.cc
Pros: Great looking bike, love the brand, and the colors and it's not a very common bike on the roads here in Sweden.
Cons: Only seen one review of the bike (linked above). Not sure how comfortable it is over longer hauls, allthough intels suggest that it's a good bike for longer rides.

Bianchi Intenso Ultegra
Bianchi Intenso review - BikeRadar
Pros: Love the celeste. Positive reviews all around. Local Bianchistore in Stockholm. Lots of Bianchiassociated gear available.
Cons: Lots of Bianchiriders in Sweden. Probably not a bad thing, though. Never ridden a Bianchi before, so not sure what to expect.

Specialized Roubaix Sport compact:
Specialized Roubaix Sport Compact review - BikeRadar
Pros: Specialized has a concept store in Stockholm = big ups. Good looks.
Cons: The Tiagra chainset. Never ridden one before, so I'm not sure how much of a downgrade it is from say 105 and Ultegra.

Specialized Tarmac Elite
Specialized Tarmac Elite SL4 review - BikeRadar
Pros: Same as above, a real looker. Love the paintscheme. Read nothing but positive reviews.
Cons: Not quite sure. Probably topping the charts along with the KTM at the moment.

So, what do you think? Also, if you any other suggestions, don't hesitate to throw them out there.
And to round things off, sorry for the long post...

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Old 06-04-14, 05:10 AM
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Welcome to Bike Forums, Grobbelaar!

Your case is a very easy one, indeed!

The first thing that I'd suggest that you do, is go test ride all of the bikes that you've mentioned above. Once you've done that, determine which one felt the most comfortable and performed the best in terms of speed and smooth shifting. In other words, decide upon which bike was the easiest to ride...

*Since Shimano uses the trickle down theory, your Tiagra today, was most likely 105 a few years ago. Therefore, Tiagra is a pretty good gruppo!

That's it!

Good Luck!
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Old 06-04-14, 05:40 AM
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If you are looking to buy in September, would be discount all the above, and look forward to a 2015 bike, they will just be starting to appear then, and if looking at a big brand, you should be able to get something with 5800 11 speed 105.

Any reason for September? The summer is over and you are just at the end of the 2014 season, with 2015 bike announced. Any reason for discounting mail order? If you can do the setup yourself, there are some good deals to be had out there.
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Old 06-04-14, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
If you are looking to buy in September, would be discount all the above, and look forward to a 2015 bike, they will just be starting to appear then, and if looking at a big brand, you should be able to get something with 5800 11 speed 105.

Any reason for September? The summer is over and you are just at the end of the 2014 season, with 2015 bike announced. Any reason for discounting mail order? If you can do the setup yourself, there are some good deals to be had out there.
Yeah, I'm turning 30 in early september. Looking to make a new ride my birthday gift (cunning, I know).

As for the mailorder bit, I'd want to feel the bike out before splashing the cash on it. If it's a bike I've tested, I wouldn't mind buying it through mailorder, if the price drop would be big enough to justify it.

Anyway, the purpose of this thread was also to know if any of you guys had experiences with the bikes I mentioned above, and what you thought of it. After all, there's no bike test better than the ones by the people who use them everyday.
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Originally Posted by Grobbelaar View Post
After all, there's no bike test better than the ones by the people who use them everyday.
I strenuously disagree!

There is at least one bike test better than the ones taken by daily riders, and that one belongs to you!

PS.

Others might forewarn you about the various weaknesses a particular bike may have. However, insofar as the feeling of comfort and the perception of performance that one perceives from the test ride afterwards, is solely your own...

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Old 06-04-14, 09:40 AM
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You're probably right. I'll probably get round to my LBS's after the summer hols and start testing them. First I'm going to say a proper farewell with my 12.5 kilo Viking Roma with my first 150 km race on sunday, though!
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