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Old 23.08.2012, 22:27
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Recommendations new road bike?

I am looking to get a new road bike and would appreciate any advice from the resident cyclists

My company will assist with a large portion of the cost so price is not a big deal although I'm not going to spend big for the sake of it.

I'm looking for a carbon fibre bike, with decent gears and chain set etc...

As far as brands I quite like the look of some of the felt / cube and giant bikes

Other than this, I really have no clue where to start, there is so much choice and so many brands, I would really like a good bike that is good value for its cost

I'm also not sure when the 2013 models are out so would be willing to wait if it's not far off.

Thanks in advance
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Old 23.08.2012, 23:24
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I am looking to get a new road bike and would appreciate any advice from the resident cyclists

I'm looking for a carbon fibre bike, with decent gears and chain set etc...

As far as brands I quite like the look of some of the felt / cube and giant bikes

Other than this, I really have no clue where to start, there is so much choice and so many brands, I would really like a good bike that is good value for its cost
Well I'm not (and never have been, never will be) well up on the latest, greatest thing, and I'm more than happy with my late-80s, updated to late-90s levels 531 steel-framed Mercian.

So bear that in mind when I say: why have you decided you want a CF bike? Sounds like you're looking more for a fashion accessory than a bike.

More importantly, what sort of cycling do you do? How much, how fast, how heavily-laden? There are all sorts of different machines that could be called 'road bikes', so you first need to identify what it is you're looking for.

Sounds like you think you want a racing bike, but honestly, unless you're doing racing or race-type riding with a club, that would most likely be a very poor choice for you. And why would you want to wait until the new year models are out? In general you'll get much better VFM with last year's model, not next year's.

As for 'decent gears' etc. - there's absolutely no need to go for much more than entry-level road kit. It works perfectly well, and unless you're doing thousands of miles a year or racing will be just as reliable as the high-end stuff. Weight is an often-overestimated consideration, and ultra-light components that may shave a few grams off the total weight are largely useless for us mere mortals, so really not worth paying sometimes two or three times the price for.

Sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear, but I've always viewed bikes as utility objects, not fashion statements. YMMV
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Re: Recommendations new road bike?

I wouldn't worry about the 2012/13 models, it's just a paint job generally (obviously not always)

Bikes can be rather expensive (I bought my cervelo tt bike from Germany over the internet for about half the price of a similar bike in CH). Canyon do some good bikes, focus too, though not sure re dealers. Shimano ultegra is probably the best value components.

However, really, most important is a bike that fits you, and that you like the look of. There isnt really that much of a difference in performance. Its all about the engine

Get measured properly, chat to some good bike shops - not sure where you are but if ZRH then tempo, backyard, veloatelier, thomus etc and speak to the guys, maybe get a proper fitting (pay for it) and narrow the choice down that way. And make sure you have a indoor trainer for the winter
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