If being serious for a second, I bought my first new bike in over 10 years this year, to see what all this electric gears and tubeless tyres fuss was all about. I love riding it, but I also now hate riding my TT. So depends what you want to do I guess.
Think the rules state that as you have considered a £3000+ bike, this is automatically the one you will end up buying. Also, you have considered buying an off road bike, therefore you will buy 2 bikes.
There’s a few three grand bikes that have my eye. I just don’t do much weekend riding. I will need a really nice wall mount so I can enjoy looking at it. At that price I think better wheels over electronic shifting. And who wants to charge their bike anyway.
On cycle to work you’re generally held to paying RRP for the bikes, so no sale discounts.
You’re not going to get much for £1500.
Tiagra if you’re lucky.
Or you’re looking at an aluminium steed with 105.
Also, on C2C you’re beholden to what brands are available to the supplier.
Most of the time, you’re better off just buying a bike in the sales. Then it’s 100% the bike you want.
FYI: My BMC was £2,850 RRP 5 years ago. Full Ultegra, but mechanical and rim brakes. No posh wheels either.
For a decent bike frame at £3k, I reckon you’ll be looking at the new 105. Wheels will also be crap (some Fulcrum OEM nonsense or basic Shimano RS11s)
I say this as you can often get full gruppos for £600-£800 from Merlin etc. and wheels are ten a penny (I paid £800 for my Zipp 404 Firecrest s/h and £900 for my Zipp 303S new )
So really, for a “decent” full bike, it’s now knocking on close to £4-5k
Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 Ultegra is £3,800
Although on sale at £3,200.
They come with OEM tyres and wheels
And Giant are cheap (I mean, in a good way!)
Although the cables around the bars are a total mess!!!
Just had a cursory Google and it appears that it’s 105 around the £3k price point
Although Di2 is available on some sale models
@joex - I’m not sure on your own C2C scheme, but they’re generally for a year, which would mean £250pcm gross salary reduction on £3k
Even the Canyon CF SL is now £3,099 for the base Ultegra model
What about using a 0% finance deal and getting something super nice … like this
Paid just over £1000 in March for my Canyon Endurance. 105, Alu, rim brakes, and it’s blue. It’s adequate. But now, yeah, wish I’d taken @mw22 's advice and spent £1600 for carbon, disc brakes and red.
However, am glad I went new not secondhand. Everything runs like clockwork and hasn’t been fettled with by some bodger like me.
edit: the trouble with this sort of thinking is that if I’d spent 1600 I’d now be thinking should have spent 2500 for Ultegra and nice wheels. But then I’d be thinking should have spent 4000 for Dura ace and DI2. And so on, until riding something like this
I’ve started looking at bikes again, if any of my bikes took 30 mm tyres I probably wouldn’t bother, discs would help my awful downhill prowess too and there’s more good than bad now with tubeless tyres especially if you go for non race type tyres apparently.
Unlike fruity I’ve always bought used then took it straight to someone who actually knows what there doing.
Replies vary from
“ this is a bargain “
“ did he ride this?”
“This is wrecked”
“ your a (unt”