Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

In the "Reviewing Options" Stage

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

In the "Reviewing Options" Stage

Old 12-02-16, 09:50 PM
  #1  
BISCUT
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 39
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
In the "Reviewing Options" Stage

I'm new to the site and just as new to road bikes. All mt bike history for me. I picked up a CX (Santa Crux Stigmata) for training and now I'm liking the road enough to be in the market for a dedicated road bike. My first pick is Trek Domane 6. I'd go Emonda Disc as well. It's a hefty price tag. I'm familiar with Trek and while I do not enjoy the price tag, I do enjoy the quality. I have 2 Trek mtb's I built up (1 al and 1 CF). I also trust the Bontrager line.

I do see a Domane frame offered in AL but it's not disc. A few items I am pretty much set on is disc brakes (blame the mtb for that) and Shimano Ultegra or SRAM Red or Force 1 groupset. Checking out comparable Cannondale and Specialized I see what looks to be some really good bikes BUT I don't have that same trust in the OE parts. Price wise same boat situation.

I find the Domane really intriguing and compare it to the Roubaix. Not sure if I trust the head shock on it. I also see a lot of them for sale online and fewer Domane's for sale. I don't mean to put it down as I don't know it. Just my observations.

I have some time before I'll choose. What else should I be looking at? Specs I'd like:

Disc Brakes
Thru Axles
CF preferred but good quality AL can be a ok as well.
Shimano Ultegra or SRAM Red or Force 1.
I'd like to have room for wider than 28 tires as well.

Looking forward to hearing your advice. And of course, test ride and fir it essential.
BISCUT is offline  
Old 12-02-16, 10:24 PM
  #2  
Xherion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 367
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 57 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Have you just considered buying a pair of new rims and tires dedicated for the road for your CX bike? I have a CF gravel bike with thru-axles and discs and honestly if I could go back in time, I wouldn't even bother with a dedicated road bike. Instead I'd just buy a second pair of rims and tires for the road.
Xherion is offline  
Old 12-02-16, 10:46 PM
  #3  
BISCUT
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 39
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Xherion View Post
Have you just considered buying a pair of new rims and tires dedicated for the road for your CX bike? I have a CF gravel bike with thru-axles and discs and honestly if I could go back in time, I wouldn't even bother with a dedicated road bike. Instead I'd just buy a second pair of rims and tires for the road.
Yes I have. That was my first thoughts. Geometry of the Stigmata is a limiting factor along with the 11 x 1 arrangement.
BISCUT is offline  
Old 12-02-16, 11:04 PM
  #4  
TimothyH
- Soli Deo Gloria -
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Georgia
Posts: 14,783

Bikes: 2018 Rodriguez Custom Fixed Gear, 2017 Niner RLT 9 RDO, 2015 Bianchi Pista, 2002 Fuji Robaix

Mentioned: 235 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6837 Post(s)
Liked 700 Times in 445 Posts
Bontrager is nothing special. You can do worse but you can certainly do better.

I understand brand loyalty but you will always be limited.
TimothyH is offline  
Old 12-03-16, 05:58 AM
  #5  
Maelochs
Senior Member
 
Maelochs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 12,734

Bikes: 2015 Workswell 066, 2014 Dawes Sheila, 1983 Cannondale 500, 1984 Raleigh Olympian, 2007 Cannondale Rize 4, 2017 Fuji Sportif 1 LE

Mentioned: 142 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6114 Post(s)
Liked 999 Times in 566 Posts
If you can afford any bike you want---and it seems you can---you should probably not make a choice based on a build list, but rather on test rides. You have no idea what bike might suddenly sing to you, or which might have all the right parts numbers but just not fit You as a whole.

Also ... at any given price point, most bikes have equivalent components. Bontrager is just Trek's house brand ... no better or worse than any other brand at a given price point.

If I were you i'd look up every bike within my price range, see which offered what geometry, try a few out to find out what I really liked---racy or relaxed or in between---and then narrow my search to bikes that seemed to fit ... but it all comes down to riding (else why buy a bike?) so I'd ride whatever I saw that looked good, just to see.

After all, if you are sincerely interested in buying a fairly expensive bike if it fits you ... you need to find the one that best fits you. Stores shouldn't mind so long as you are sincerely planning to buy the Right Bike when you find it ... and if they do mind, screw them and shop somewhere else. You deserve a decent bike for the money. Go find it and bring it home and ride it.
Maelochs is offline  
Old 12-03-16, 07:53 AM
  #6  
RNAV
Flyin' under the radar
 
RNAV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: O'Fallon, IL
Posts: 789

Bikes: '15 LeMond Washoe custom painted, '06 LeMond Croix de fer custom painted, '90 Trek 420 converted to FG

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 147 Post(s)
Liked 24 Times in 10 Posts
Originally Posted by BISCUT View Post
I'm new to the site and just as new to road bikes. All mt bike history for me. I picked up a CX (Santa Crux Stigmata) for training and now I'm liking the road enough to be in the market for a dedicated road bike. My first pick is Trek Domane 6. I'd go Emonda Disc as well. It's a hefty price tag. I'm familiar with Trek and while I do not enjoy the price tag, I do enjoy the quality. I have 2 Trek mtb's I built up (1 al and 1 CF). I also trust the Bontrager line.

I do see a Domane frame offered in AL but it's not disc. A few items I am pretty much set on is disc brakes (blame the mtb for that) and Shimano Ultegra or SRAM Red or Force 1 groupset. Checking out comparable Cannondale and Specialized I see what looks to be some really good bikes BUT I don't have that same trust in the OE parts. Price wise same boat situation.

I find the Domane really intriguing and compare it to the Roubaix. Not sure if I trust the head shock on it. I also see a lot of them for sale online and fewer Domane's for sale. I don't mean to put it down as I don't know it. Just my observations.

I have some time before I'll choose. What else should I be looking at? Specs I'd like:

Disc Brakes
Thru Axles
CF preferred but good quality AL can be a ok as well.
Shimano Ultegra or SRAM Red or Force 1.
I'd like to have room for wider than 28 tires as well.

Looking forward to hearing your advice. And of course, test ride and fir it essential.

First things first, understand that Trek HATES Sram and is trying to force Shimano down everyone's throats. So you'll find that Red eTap is the only Sram group that Trek offers, and only on it's top-end bikes, and only because eTap is the best group out there. So you're not going to get a Sram disc group of any variety from Trek, unless you do a Project One Domane SLR Disc build.


Second, the Domane ALR4 Disc is an aluminum frame disc model, it just has 10-speed Tiagra, and you can't buy just the frameset.


Third, there isn't a disc offering in the Emonda lineup.


Lastly, you have the following choices from Trek:


1. Domane SLR6 Disc
2. Domane SL6 Disc
3. Domane S6 Disc


All three are Ultegra builds. Simply pick your carbon frame of choice.


It's a real shame that Trek doesn't offer other Sram groups. You'd think that, being an American company, they'd want to offer another American company's products. But that's not the case.
RNAV is offline  
Old 12-03-16, 08:08 AM
  #7  
StanSeven
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Delaware shore
Posts: 13,411

Bikes: Cervelo C5, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 872 Post(s)
Liked 795 Times in 580 Posts
I ended up buying a Cervelo C3, advertised as an endurance bike suitable for gravel. It has Ultegra, disc, through axel, 28 tires with room for 32. My intent was using it for gravel and dirt trails but I now ride it almost completely as a road bike. It's comfortable on the road with the endurance geometry, good for gravel, and doesn't lose much over a road bike on fast riding.

Pretty much all the bike manufacturers make similar bikes to choose from.
StanSeven is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
shafter
Road Cycling
27
08-03-16 07:47 AM
Ai52487963
Road Cycling
26
08-22-15 01:05 PM
Meritage51
Road Cycling
16
07-29-15 01:19 PM
mtalinm
Road Cycling
19
08-12-12 06:08 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.