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First Geared bike for commuting?

Old 11-17-12, 11:13 AM
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First Geared bike for commuting?

Hey everyone,

I'm very new to the world of (geared) biking so I'll apologise in advance if I ask seemingly obvious questions!

I currently ride a Specialized Langster 2011 version single gear (https://www.evanscycles.com/products/...24961#features) to work about 3 times a week which is a 14 mile round trip, but I hope with the right bike I can make it 4/5 days a week.

I currently make each leg in about 22-24 minutes. Not sure if that's good or not, but it beats driving so I'm happy

Anyway, there are sections of the journey where I spin out and I end up just coasting because I'd have to go mental on the leg work for almost no gain in speed, so I've decided to get a nice geared road bike which I won't have to modify as it'll be good right out of the box.

Initially I started looking at the Specialized Allez https://www.evanscycles.com/products/...40963#features because I like the brand and I tend to stick to stuff I know, but then I thought I'd get something with a better component set as I was reading that the quality of the 2300 group wasn't great.

So I started looking at the Sport and Elite versions, and thought they were quite nice, but looked at last year's version to see if I could make a saving. Turns out last year's model is more expensive than this years! I thought it was a mistake but apparently Specialized are just releasing models with lower quality components. So that kind of annoyed me as a consumer and so at this point, I thought that if I was going to spend 850 upwards, I might as well get the best value for money in the 850-1500 price bracket.

When I went into a store I got talking to an assistant who showed me a few Cube bikes, (who I'd never heard of before) and I was impressed with the groupsets they provide at the pricing they set. I was pretty much sold on the Cube Peleton Pro/Race by the time I left the shop, but wanted to go home and do more research on it. What I disliked about the Pro, was the fact that cables come out of the shifters as they're Tiagra whereas the Race has internal as it's 105. Small thing I know, but I don't like the look of it so I'd prefer internal.

Anyway, I found out that Cube do a Pelaton SL version https://www.cube.eu/en/road/road-race/peloton-sl/ which I have my heart pretty much set on now.

They tell me it'll be a special order as they don't stock it. Which means about a month's wait time. I asked why they don't stock and apparently it's because at that price point, most people just go for the one up the range, the Agree https://www.cube.eu/en/road/road-race/agree-gtc/ which is Carbon. Having looked at the two, the Peloton has the better groupset AND is lighter(?!) So I'm confused a little about this.

The shop assistant also advised against going above Tiagra for commuting as the lighter/better components aren't made for the daily grind..

I realise I've written quite a lot , so to summarise - I'd like to hear your opinions on;

1. Whether the Pelaton SL is a bike suitable for someone at my level for commute/recreational weekend use (if not why not please)

2. Is it correct that higher level groupsets are too fragile for commuting?

3. Does the Cube Agree have some advantages over the Peloton SL that I'm not seeing?

4. Any other pointers you think would be relevant

Many thanks in advance for your help and sorry for the life story

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Old 11-18-12, 12:29 PM
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any help appreciated!
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Lost you at "had to go mental on the legwork."


1. Yes
2. Total BS
3. Don't know
4. Yes
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Old 11-18-12, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Looigi
Lost you at "had to go mental on the legwork."


1. Yes
2. Total BS
3. Don't know
4. Yes
Agreed. I've commuted in all conditions for years. My primary commuter has Rival and my backup has Ultegra. Any decent group can handle anything you throw at it though of course replacing parts will be more.

My most expensive bike is my commuter. Why wouldn't you spend your money where the miles and time are spent. Get the bike you love and never look back. You won't regret it.
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I would personally recommend either the Jamis Satellite Comp or the Cannondale CAAD8 6/Tiagra...
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