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Looking for my first road bike (sub 1300ish gbp)

Old 09-11-11, 04:29 PM
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Looking for my first road bike (sub 1300ish gbp)

Hi folks,

I am looking to buy my first road bike after spending loads of fun time with my Kona Dew Deluxe doing approx 20-30 miles a day and a long(er) ride on the weekend.

My current budget tops at 1300 gbp (and a bit less would be nice) and I guess I am looking for a road bike mainly for fitness and doing longer rides than what I am doing right now.

I have shortlisted the following bikes:

Trek Madone 3.1
Specialized Allez Sport
Bianchi Via Nirone 105
Scott CR1
Cannondale CAAD10

The unfortunate thing is that I only got to try the trek and thats only for a ride around the block which I doubt that tells all that much. the other bikes weren't available for a test ride.

I liked the trek when I rode it even for a few minutes. However, I absolutely adore the looks of the Bianchi. I am not looking to buy a bike and start thinking about upgrading stuff etc. Basically I am looking for a road bike that would be fun to ride and I won't think about upgrading components for a while.

I wish I could test ride the other bikes and I guess that then I wouldnt have to ask for your help but unfortunately this is not possible (and I guess i dont feel very comfortable splashing over a grand on some bike that I have never riden).

Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-12-11, 01:53 AM
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anyone?
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https://www.wiggle.co.uk/boardman-road-team-c-2011/

But I'm biased.
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Old 09-12-11, 01:04 PM
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I picked up the Felt Z-85 earlier this summer as my first nice/new shiny bike (previously been riding my dad's old '83 Univega Sportour... still love that thing). Anyway, the Felt was under $1300 USD, is a pretty well-made aluminum frame w/ carbon fork/seatpost, and has the full 105 gruppo. Couldn't get anything from Trek for near that price. I could not be happier w/ the Felt. For what I paid, it has given me everything I need and then some (just took it for 105 miles with 6900' of climb this weekend and it performed beautifully).

FWIW, I was also looking at the Bianchi Via Nirone.

Edit: the Felt Z line is more of an upright long-distance/touring stance. I flipped the stem but you're still not stretched out nearly as much as a crit bike.
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Originally Posted by ypdude View Post
Basically I am looking for a road bike that would be fun to ride and I won't think about upgrading components for a while.
LOL! Everybody says that until upgradeitus kicks in!
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I have an Allez, which I really like, but I really like the Bianchi for longer rides.
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Full 105, carbon frame. It looks like BikesDirect's replacement range for the Bottecchias.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/CONDOR-FLIGH...item2c5ec3f3fb
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