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which road bike is best

Old 09-20-14, 04:57 PM
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which road bike is best

hi I have been searching for a road bike a while now and have narrowed it down to 3,i have found them all in the sale they are.

cube peloton race 2014 £799.99
giant defy 1 2014 £699.99
felt f75 2014 £606.49 (comes in boxed 90% assembled It will require the front wheel and handlebars fiting and some fine tuning of the gears and brakes)

what are peoples thoughts on these bikes, which of these has the best frame and is best value for money??thanks
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I don't think you'd go wrong with any of these choices so I'd test ride them and see which one you like the best. Even if one has a slightly better price, if it doesn't fit, you won't ride it.

The Cube has gotten some good reviews. If I were throwing darts at a board, I'd aim for that one.
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thanks i went to cycle surgery and lbs and checked them all out they all fitted well in there own different way so know comes down to which is the best deal really? is the defy worth extra money over the felt. also noticed three carbon bikes whilst there and cycle surgery said they price match which were

giant defy composite 3 £849.99
giant defy composite 2 £998.93
cube agree gtc race £1099.00
the links are below



Giant Defy Composite 3 Compact Road Bike (2014) - Giant from Westbrook Cycles UK
https://www.cyclestore.co.uk/giant_....FRHLtAode0wAYA
https://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/cube-...e-id81169.html



seems giant defy composite 3 has tiagra instead of 105 and giant composite 2 has same spec as defy 1 and cube has slighty better spec is it worth paying extra money for carbon frame? and if so is it worth paying extra for cube over for the defy 1 or for defy 1 over defy 3 .thanks
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cube has ultegra and 105 mixed, composite 3 has tiagra and comp 2 has tiagra mixed with 105. Get the cube, nicer bike (if you can afford it).
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They are all nice bikes. Assuming that they all fit well than I would go with the Cube Agree, if it is in the budget. Of course asking anybody which bike is better is very subjective. It just depends on which one you like the most.
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I was in a similar position not too long ago. Felt f75 was also one of my shortlisted bikes. While you are at it, I'd also recommend taking the Cannondale 10 (Shimano 105) out for a spin to.
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I'd really not wanna ride on tiagra..
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I think my bike is the best.
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Originally Posted by Shuffleman
They are all nice bikes. Assuming that they all fit well than I would go with the Cube Agree, if it is in the budget. Of course asking anybody which bike is better is very subjective. It just depends on which one you like the most.
thanks for replies yeah I have budget for cube just wasn't sure if was worth paying the extra £400 over the giant defy 1 as have been told the defy 1 is top end alloy and any composite at that price range would be lower end carbon and wouldn't be much better, lighter or stiffer than the alloy if any is this true? thanks again
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The one you're riding.




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Originally Posted by markhughes80
thanks for replies yeah I have budget for cube just wasn't sure if was worth paying the extra £400 over the giant defy 1 as have been told the defy 1 is top end alloy and any composite at that price range would be lower end carbon and wouldn't be much better, lighter or stiffer than the alloy if any is this true? thanks again
If you have the budget than I personally would go with the Cube. It is coming equipped with Ultegra for most of the components vs Tiagra on the Giant. It is also a Carbon bike from a good mfgr. as opposed to aluminum. I have no problem with Aluminum but I do prefer Carbon. The Specs on the Cube are just that much better and to answer your question, yes the specs are worth the difference. The only downside to the Cube is that in America, they are not well known, so I would worry about the resale value. If you are overseas than that may not be a factor.
Again, they are all nice bikes but I really like the Cube Agree and its specs better.
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Originally Posted by Shuffleman
If you have the budget than I personally would go with the Cube. It is coming equipped with Ultegra for most of the components vs Tiagra on the Giant. It is also a Carbon bike from a good mfgr. as opposed to aluminum. I have no problem with Aluminum but I do prefer Carbon. The Specs on the Cube are just that much better and to answer your question, yes the specs are worth the difference. The only downside to the Cube is that in America, they are not well known, so I would worry about the resale value. If you are overseas than that may not be a factor.
Again, they are all nice bikes but I really like the Cube Agree and its specs better.

thanks I thought the giant defy 1 come with mostly 105 with tiagra cassette and tektro brakes or am I wrong? its just i use my bike now which is a mtb with thin slick tyres on for commute to work and back around 7 miles each way and at weekends for leisure at most do 15miles in one go and wanted to get a road bike for this so wasn't sure would get full benifit from carbon frame in such short journey?
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I went through the same process some 6 weeks ago. Wanted to lose weight and gain fitness. In my mid-fifties. Choice for me was between the Peloton Race, Giant Defy 1, Merida Ridelite 94, all around £1000 when I started looking and dropped by £200 by the time I bought one. Tried them all out and chose the Cube. It felt more solid and responsive. Its the first road bike I have ever had and only the second bike since childhood. Love it. Now, after 6 weeks am regularly doing over 60 miles, and averaging over 45 miles a day over a period of a week. It has 105 throughout and better wheels and tyres than the others. It was the best equipped I could find at its price. Even so, I would not have bought one if I didn't like the ride. Can't comment on the differences in use between Tiagra and 105 as I am not experienced enough to understand what the differences actually mean in use, but I am convinced I made the right choice and am now riding every day. Fastest yet is 45 mph down a short hill on a typical UK road. Felt very secure and the brakes worked very well when I reached a junction at the bottom of the hill. No complaints, its a great bike.

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