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Old 02-20-18, 07:43 PM
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Advice requested: new endurance bike

Hello everyone,
I am new to the forum and have bicycled throughout my life, now 50. I am planning to do more than just recreational cycling this year. Wanting to ride a few non-competitive longer rides from 40-60 miles this spring and maybe a century in late summer or fall. I have done these type of rides before but years ago. My current bike is Cannondale Six 13 5 that has been a great bike but I am looking for something with better gear ratios for my age and weight, current 205lb hoping to trim down using the bike. I have my choices down to Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 and Trek Domane SL6 disc, also considered Specialized Roubaix. Rode Domane 2017 SL6 Disc and Giant Defy today. Domane was probably the wrong size frame for me, 58cm as I am 6'0" tall but the reach felt a little long. Giant Defy I rode was lower model, Advanced 1 but load great and was correct size, reach felt good and right feel out of the saddle.

Any advice about this type of bike? I have a good Trek and Giant dealer in town, Trek dealer is more established with multiple locations.
Thanks for any advice.
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Old 02-20-18, 09:07 PM
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They are both nice bikes. I have the Domane and I am sure you will be able to get the same fit on it as the Giant if you get the correct size frame.
The Trek will also take a bigger tyre which isn't too important if the roads are reasonable, but if they are poor or even unsealed it could be important.
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Old 02-20-18, 09:29 PM
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I've got a Domane SL5 Gravel and, though I haven't had enough time on it, my impression is very positive... but I've gotta say that the SLR1 wheelset on the Giant makes for a pretty impressive build for the money.
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The SL6 is an expensive bike compared to the Defy and road bikes by Giant are not cheap. If price is no object... If I was buying right now, I'd go for the Trek.
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Old 02-20-18, 09:59 PM
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The SL6 is an expensive bike compared to the Defy and road bikes by Giant are not cheap. If price is no object... If I was buying right now, I'd go for the Trek.
They're both ~$3500.
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Old 02-21-18, 06:45 AM
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I am going to ride a couple more bikes next week, the Giant shop is getting the Defy Advanced Pro 1 in stock in my size and the Domane again, only in 56cm frame next time. I'll post some pics here when I go. Thanks for the advice.
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I'm no expert, but I'd say that for that amount of money, pretty much any bike (especially from major brands) is going to be good. Go with the one that feels best and that your heart wants.
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I have a '17 Domane SL6 in 58 at 5'10"...buy the one that feels right. Test rode the Roubaix Expert...also a nice bike, but $1000 more and the bike shop 30 miles further away, so nod to the Domane. Really soaks up the annoying vibrations.
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Bunch of new Roubaix in my bike club, at least 6, now. All Di2 and disc brakes. A good friend just went from a 2 year old Domane to a '18 Roubaix Expert, and says the difference is like night and day, in favor of the Roubaix. He kept the Domane as a backup, best of both worlds. I have an old '07 Roubaix, but haven't ridden a new one yet. Afraid to.

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The Felt Z series would be a great choice.
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test ride a Giant TCR
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I would recommend the Felt VR series. But the Defy is also one I would check out myself.
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