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Old 05-11-21, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by RachaelP View Post
I am finding not many places have much stock. Hopefully I can at least test a few different bikes for feel and then go from there.

I dont think the canondale is a great option after speaking to a fellow cyclist as its quite heavy. Ive so for ruled out more than I've ruled in. Cannondale Synapse, Canyon, cube attain all seem to have downfalls on either speed or groupset or aluminium against carbon. My list of requirements is getting better but with that comes price £££££
The synapse is too heavy? We are talking a pound/.45kg vs the average for endurance road bikes at your price point. They will probably all fall within 1# of the avg.


As for buying components and building a frame- it's all I do and have gobs of bikes, so clearly I am all for this approach...if you have the tools and components to make it happen.
That's a cost investment and doesn't even address the shortage of some components right now.

Your first bike- get something that fits and is in good riding condition. Use it a bunch. You won't be faster or slower on a bike due to 1# of difference between the average.
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Old 05-12-21, 04:32 AM
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I suggest you find a place that rents road bikes where you can demo/rent road bikes and let them help you decide on sizing and model. Then you can spend a couple of hours test riding to see how different road bikes feel on longer rides. If you find a place that rents different models you can then try different make/models and sizes and see how they feel, or find a different shop with different offerings to rent. The money spend on the rental will be well spent if it helps direct you to the right bike. By the way, my Cannondale Synapse Carbon Ultegra is definitely not heavy as it weighs about 18lbs with pedals.
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Old 05-12-21, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by RachaelP View Post
What about buying the components separately and building the bike? I know someone who has built many bikes so this is another avenue I am exploring
Probably not your best plan at this stage. There aren't going to be any significant differences in component spec across the major brands at any given price level. Fit is going to be the most important factor in choosing between them. So I would stick with your plan of visiting the MK bike shops, especially Corleys. Try to arrange some demo bikes to try if possible and consider your budget. Fortunately there are large diminishing returns on spending extra for higher level components. A 105 spec Synapse will ride pretty much the same as a full Dura-Ace version costing nearly 3x as much. Plus you can always upgrade components down the line as they wear out or buy a second set of "Sunday best" wheels etc.
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Old 05-12-21, 11:46 AM
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If I had to make a short-list based on your endurance preference, in no particular order:-

Cannondale Synapse
Liv Avail
Trek Domane/Emonda
Specialized Roubaix

There are several other brands you could buy direct (e.g. Canyon) but then you would be guessing more on fit. That's where the reputable local bike shop really comes into play.
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Old 05-12-21, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by PeteHski View Post
Probably not your best plan at this stage. There aren't going to be any significant differences in component spec across the major brands at any given price level. Fit is going to be the most important factor in choosing between them. So I would stick with your plan of visiting the MK bike shops, especially Corleys. Try to arrange some demo bikes to try if possible and consider your budget. Fortunately there are large diminishing returns on spending extra for higher level components. A 105 spec Synapse will ride pretty much the same as a full Dura-Ace version costing nearly 3x as much. Plus you can always upgrade components down the line as they wear out or buy a second set of "Sunday best" wheels etc.
Thanks, I'm also looking ay a trek emonda SL5. Hubby thinks I should just buy a frame and the components and get one built. Im thinking of going for the cheaper bike and then seeing how many miles I do and upgrading next year. I dont think there is anhuge difference in carbon and aluminium at this level!
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Before you waste a lot pf time traveling from shop to shop, find out from the first shop what frame size is optimal for you. Then use the phone to call ahead and find out if any of the shops you are considering visiting have any bikes in that size in stock for you to test ride. It's also worth asking the shops to contact you when they have a bike in the right size coming in. It's obvious you have a pretty good wad of cash for the bikes since the last one you mentioned sells for US$3,000. If you access the Trek website they will tell you if that bike is available in your size near where you live. A box located to the right and below the pictures of the bike says it is unavailable where I live.
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Old 05-12-21, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
Before you waste a lot pf time traveling from shop to shop, find out from the first shop what frame size is optimal for you. Then use the phone to call ahead and find out if any of the shops you are considering visiting have any bikes in that size in stock for you to test ride. It's also worth asking the shops to contact you when they have a bike in the right size coming in. It's obvious you have a pretty good wad of cash for the bikes since the last one you mentioned sells for US$3,000. If you access the Trek website they will tell you if that bike is available in your size near where you live. A box located to the right and below the pictures of the bike says it is unavailable where I live.
I am in the UK and itncosts £2500 which really is oit of my price range......I need to rein myself in!!! Originally I didn't want to spend more than £1500. I only need a start up decent bike not a tour de France candidate!!
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Old 05-13-21, 09:08 AM
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spend a little extra and you could have this full Ultegra?
https://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-g...21-200932.html
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Old 05-13-21, 11:09 AM
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You let someone nix the Cannondale because they implied it was too heavy? It's likely a 20 to 21 pound bike. But is that too heavy? No not in my opinion for someone new to the sport and on a budget.

20 to 21 pounds is a couple pound lighter than my two previous bikes that I rode for quite a while. The bike I have now is lighter, but I paid well out of your budget for that.

Don't get too hung up on weight if you are on a budget. But if you find multiple bikes in your budget, then consider which is the lighter of them as well as which has the better components and which is a prettier color. No joke, color matters sometimes. If it attracts you, you'll ride more.
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When considering an endurance bike, comfort trumps weight every time. Plus all these bikes you are considering will be within half a kg in weight anyway. Double your budget and you might save 1 kg, lol.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski View Post
When considering an endurance bike, comfort trumps weight every time. Plus all these bikes you are considering will be within half a kg in weight anyway. Double your budget and you might save 1 kg, lol.
I am now looking on ebay and have seen some lovely bikes well within budget. Just a case of looking at them and bidding
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