Best bike deals for £1500? It is sale time!

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13/09/2009 at 13:36
md6 wrote:
If you're looking for a tri bike then this looked ok... a bit above the budget but

Have you bought from these guys before, Im just a bit worried about paying so much for bikle online and it not comming:)

Its nice to be important but more inportant to be nice :)
13/09/2009 at 14:03
Well they are a large group:

If you use your credit card as well that will give additional protection, in fact I bought something myself off them, I think it was a turbo trainer - some time back.

Problem buying from a distance is sizing so if you know which size you want and the bike you want to buy is a good deal (shop around you will be surprised by the price variations) then go for it.

It seemed like a good idea at the time!!

Go Team Timmy
13/09/2009 at 19:24
Evans are all over the country. anything online can be ordered instore.
14/09/2009 at 09:46
I've just purchased a road bike through Cyclescheme (eagerly anticipating picking up!!) and whilst looking around at the various websites for models/prices I noticed that prices have gone up for 2010 but specs have gone down, certainly for Wilier bikes anyway.

Its been mentioned on the forum before about sterling being weaker and one of the main contributing reasons for the price hike for 2010 bikes so a 2009 sale bike would make more sense and probably leave some cash leftover for upgardes/accessories.
02/11/2009 at 13:34
...been a while since I updated this post and the decision has been made. I'll be unveiling my bike in a couple of weeks.

Thank you to everyone that threw in their suggestions. BIG thanks to Conehead who bounced PMs back and forth, brilliant.
Well it was between an Orbea Orca (Epic Cycles) and a Scott Plasma frame (Bridgestone).
The Orbea tugged at my heart strings for a long time - the frame was beautiful but the wheels and cockpit let it down.
The Scott Plasma 07 frame was dismissed as it would need to be bought sight unseen, and it's now the base frame in the Scott range, so fully built 2009 models were more competitive price wise.
The Felt B12 snuck in as the new favourite, as my local dealer (Sigma Sport) could get them and I get club discount.
Turned out they misheard and looked to get in a 2009 B2. A fantastic bike but £2200 even on sale.
I had a £1700 insurance cheque that HAD to be spent with a shop! It's a hard life.

Enter my Tri club. They had an ex-Team 2008 Pinarello FT1.
My head was turned and decision made. I took it home for a test ride and spent a week with it on the Turbo trying and failing to dial it in. I had to admit defeat though - it was just too small. Sigma confirmed that there was no way that frame was going to fit. No!!!!

...and then, IT appeared... it's the end of the season and my club is selling it's 2009 team bikes:
fully carbon. carbon cockpit. mavic carbone sl wheels, BUT even secondhand a clear £1000 more than I wanted to spend. Many sleepless nights followed, hours on the internet researching, hours of justifing it to myself and the WAT - the main justification being I could pay up the balance over the year.

Ladies and Gentlepersons, I am soon to be the proud, nervous and grossly untalented owner of a 2009 Ceepo Venom (just as soon as it's present owner brings it back from IM 70.3 Florida)!
Yes, it's a lot of bike.
Yes, I'm not good enough... but if anything is going to spur me on over the winter it's the thought of turning up to race in 2010 and not being able to deliver the goods! I'd be that guy: All the gear and no idea!
Photos to be posted in the Bike Porn section when IT (sex to be determined) arrives. Space has already been made in the spare room, and baby wipes purchased for cleaning purposes.

So, 3 months ago I had a plan and budget of around £1600. 3 months later the plan is dead and I'm £1000 over budget. Damn?!
02/11/2009 at 23:55
bad, bad person - now look what you've done - made me look at ceepo site and they've got gorgeous girlie bikes - dread to think how much but its pink so must be good:D

would probably fall straight off

I can do this as long as chocolate is involved
03/11/2009 at 07:28
moonshine wrote:

would probably fall straight off

if youre going to fall off - makes sure the bike is worth falling off
03/11/2009 at 12:18
gunforhire wrote: wipes purchased for cleaning purposes.

That's some preparation for the over excitement on delivery day?

2010: White Horse Challenge, Dragon Ride, RoW Sprint, IM UK 70.3, Eastnor Castle Middle Distance, IM UK: All boxes ticked
2011: Now to go faster. Then IronMan Wales came along, so the speedwork can wait until 2012
03/11/2009 at 12:37
Ha I need to ask Conehead what brand of baby wipes to use and if I should go scented or unscented.

Not bad for completely blowing a budget is it?!
I'm selling myself on the fact that it's such a mind-boggling-carbon-everything-spec that I'll never have to buy anything for it, barring pedals and bottle cages.
I've had to change our Home Contents Insurance in advance of the delivery.
Plus the spare room is getting an overall just so it can be mounted on the Turbo trainer for the winter. I should mention that I haven't done anything more than carpet and change light bulbs in that room since we moved in 4 years ago!
03/11/2009 at 15:43
Bloody hell, Gun, what a choice!! Can't wait to see the pictures.

Some of the best things in life may be free, but the very best comes as three.

London Duathlon (Short Course) - 1hr 15m 45sec
03/11/2009 at 15:58
moonshine wrote:
bad, bad person - now look what you've done - made me look at ceepo site and they've got gorgeous girlie bikes - dread to think how much but its pink so must be good:D

TFN have the 2009 Ceepo Vixen in pink - saw a girl with one last week. Very nice. ... tpost.html
...and it's on sale! Go on, moonshine, you know you want to!


This could be you!
Edited: 04/11/2009 at 17:31
03/11/2009 at 20:38
I also saw a Pink Ceepo at the Nottingham Tri - the rider was going fast !

It seemed like a good idea at the time!!

Go Team Timmy
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