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Beginner - Advice needed on 1st ever RoadBike

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Beginner - Advice needed on 1st ever RoadBike


I am looking to invest in my first Road Bike. I live in London and am looking to use it mainly for commuting. I only have experience on Mountain Bikes.

I am completely torn between this - https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/c...3/rp-prod91544



Would really appreciate your opinion and advice!

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The first bike has better components, e.g. shifters, derailleurs, etc., the Shimano 105.

The second one has a better recognized name frame, but not as nice components, Shimano Tiagra.

It looks to me either will be fine for your purpose and would ride similarly.
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I am not familiar with the 1st brand but it seems to be spec'd pretty well. The Felt is a nice entry level bike. I would not worry too much about the level of components. The 2013 version of Tiagra is a reliable, good quality road group. For your stated purpose, either bike would do quite nicely. Looking closer at the 2, there are some trade-offs. The Felt offers better brakes...I am completely unfamiliar with the brakes on the first bike. The cassette on the Felt is a tighter and higher gear ratio and may wind up being a bit too difficult to climb with (depending on your fitness levfel and ride route). The cassette can be swapped out after purchase for easier gearing. This is purely subjective. The first bike has, what is often called Shimano's "sweet spot" in their component group, and is a terrific performer. I have been using 105 since 2005 and have had little to no trouble with it. Both bikes offer entry level wheels and will likely be the first upgrade, should you choose to do so. SO, all in all, you will do well with either. Choose the one that fits best and have at it.
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Thank-you for your detailed and well thought out reply, it's exactly what I was looking for! Saying that, I am still torn between the two Aesthetically I prefer the Carretec, but on the other hand, the Felt is as equally as good and £40 cheaper!
Will be purchasing either online so no chance of a test ride.
Think I'll have to go with my gut feeling on this one and if worse comes to worst I can always return.
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For your first bike (as others say time and again) it is really best not to buy online. You probably wont know your exact size or even exactly what you want, and especially how to put it together. For ~$900 you can probably get a good 2013 at a LBS that will be sized and assembled/tuned professionally (a friend just got a 2013 caad8-6 for $900).

At the very least go to a LBS and get sized and take a test ride or 2. The last thing you want is to not enjoy cycling due to a poorly chosen bike
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Any of these two options would be great. I would lean more towards better components but I don't think you can go wrong either way.

If it's only for commuting maybe you would be more comfortable with a Hybrid?

I like the idea of road bike if you were going on longer rides.

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