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

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26/08/2009 at 15:47
As some of you may remember gobsh*tes broke in and nicked my spare road bike and bmx (nothing like a 36 year old on a kids bike!).
Anyway just found out today, after pestering the insurance company every-second-day-for-3-weeks that they're paying out the full amount. Yay!
Unfortunately they're not just handing me a cheque - it needs to be made out to a bike shop, so no eBay bargains.

So... with the sales starting. Is there anything you've seen that stands out?
I'm probably looking for a TT bike, size small (I'm 5'7").
Carbon is always good.
Campagnolo would also be handy, as I could swap wheels (Zondas) with my road bike for training.
I know the first thing many will say is Planet X Stealth but... there's just too many of them around!

I should add...
WillTri posted an Orbea Ora up a while ago that has me drooling!
If I didn't already have a road bike then the Focus Cayo Ultegra or the Planet X SL Pro would already have my cash.
Edited: 26/08/2009 at 16:51
26/08/2009 at 15:52
ring tri uk mate they have so many well priced bikes its untrue.

They have some 08 models, that as far as i can tell are same as 09 models with up to 500 quid off in some cases.

Highworth 2008-400,20,5(1.29.05)
Dorchester tri 09-400,23,6(1.30.08)
Weymouth Sprint 09-750,20,5, 2009(1.43.10)
Crewkerne super sprint 09-(43.57)
Highworth Tri 09-400,20,5(1.26.19)
26/08/2009 at 15:59
WillTri posted an Orbea Ora up a while ago that has me drooling!


I wish i'd never seen that bike - it driving me mad, tormenting me I tell you !!

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26/08/2009 at 16:08
Has anyone tested those PLANETX bikes. The price is very decent on their website.

I am on the hunt now for TT bike. They sound great but would like to hear some personal experiences if any.. Been testing the Argon e112 with 105components. bit pricey though here in Ireland. Could do it better if i ordered parts and built myself. The planetx bikes are well spec'd though and decent $$$.

Anyone?
IK

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Ironman Switzerland 2010 13:39
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26/08/2009 at 16:13
ironkav wrote:
Has anyone tested those PLANETX bikes. The price is very decent on their website.

I am on the hunt now for TT bike. They sound great but would like to hear some personal experiences if any.. Been testing the Argon e112 with 105components. bit pricey though here in Ireland. Could do it better if i ordered parts and built myself. The planetx bikes are well spec'd though and decent $$$.

Anyone?
IK


Oy! Hijacker!
Review here http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... arbon-8859
Have a look in any transition, there will be dozens of them. Which pretty much speaks for itself.
26/08/2009 at 16:16
thanks gun.. being v lazy on research today.. but someone always has the answer quicky here.

Thanks
IK

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Ironman Switzerland 2010 13:39
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26/08/2009 at 16:52
Orbea Ora for me drool drool ... was the previous Ordu but simply renamed it when the new Ordu (ridden by a well known contributor to this forum - can't remember his name now )

But then as has been said Planet X are a plenty so they must be doing something right.

Sorry that's not really helped you decide has it?

It seemed like a good idea at the time!!

Go Team Timmy
26/08/2009 at 17:16
Jelly legs wrote:
ring tri uk mate they have so many well priced bikes its untrue.

They have some 08 models, that as far as i can tell are same as 09 models with up to 500 quid off in some cases.


This looks pretty good: Kuota K-Factor with Campag Centaur Group Set. £1400
http://triuk.com/web/index.php/Kuota-Tr ... e.tpl.html

Off to find a review...
md6
26/08/2009 at 17:17
If you're looking for a tri bike then this looked ok... a bit above the budget but

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/trek/equinox-95-ttx-2007-triathlon-bike-ec014982

Run hard, run fast, don't die...

26/08/2009 at 18:02
Carrera Virago TT (then £500 on wheels), Boardman, Ribble? Royles also have some nice bikes on sale at the mo.
Good luck in your hunt. Pics please when you get it!
26/08/2009 at 19:45
yeah whats RIBBLES story. The bikes look great. would love a 220 review on it.. Their site is a bit of a disaster. Very misleading images.

IK

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Ironman Switzerland 2010 13:39
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26/08/2009 at 19:54
Bad customer service from what I've read, complete opposite to Planet X...

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md6
26/08/2009 at 20:08
ironkav wrote:
yeah whats RIBBLES story. The bikes look great. would love a 220 review on it.. Their site is a bit of a disaster. Very misleading images.

IK


Kav this months 220 has a review of the rible - overall it got 7/10. Apparently very aggessive and a bit twitchy ...should be on the website - have a search?

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26/08/2009 at 20:42
not sure about ribbles, for the prices they are something has to give and i have a sneaky suspicion that it might be the frame. might be wrong though, i'm a cynical sod though and so anything too good to be true must have a catch!

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26/08/2009 at 22:11
Thanks everyone.
My problem seems to be that the majority of TT bikes in the sales are Mediums. I need a small. The Orbea Ora WilTri was dribbling at is a Medium.

Royles have a Argon 18 E80 SRAM Rival.
http://www.royles.biz/product/4958/Argo ... val_Custom
[img:1v81vor5]http://www.royles.biz/images/prod_4958.jpg[/img:1v81vor5]
Looks the dogs, and has that rare factor (Trek, Giant and Specialised just don't do it for me.)
Can't find a review though.
26/08/2009 at 22:48
Oooh - looks nice!

As you say the rarity factor, looks the business but I can't find a review on it.

Bit more info here:
http://www.argon18bike.com/main.cfm?l=e ... &item=E-80

It seemed like a good idea at the time!!

Go Team Timmy
26/08/2009 at 23:01
this months you say.. I subscribed last month for the year.. still waiting on my first mag (sept) thru the front door.. The newsagents has it already.. will have a read once i get it..

IK

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Ironman Switzerland 2010 13:39
Triathy Olympic 2010 2:39
27/08/2009 at 18:16
The list is getting smaller - mainly due to the few Small frames out there...

Quinta Roo Seduza (bit more than I wanted to spend and the Alex 220 wheels don't get good reviews)
Felt B16 - who's got one?
Argon 18 E80 (SRAM Rival) - frame isn't all carbon.
Planet X Stealth (yeah, I know what I said before...)
Scott Plasma CS1 2008 - Bridgetown Cycles have the frame, left a message asking how much built up.

WilTri - that Orbea Ora at Cliff Pratts was sold last week. So put it out your mind, mate.
Epic Cycles have one but he's not doing a 'deal'. Wants £1900.
30/08/2009 at 12:58
Many thanks to Conehead for PM'ing and offering his opinions and helping whittle down and amend the shortlist.
The new list looks like this:

Felt B12 2009 - £1799 Sale. It was to be a B16 but Conehead has suggested 'selling a child' to get the F12!
Great frame, Ultegra, own wheels. Shame about the paintjob. Yuk. :roll:

Orbea Ora Tri4 2009 - found one! £1499 Sale. Excellent frame. Good wheels, basic components. Gorgeous though!

Scott Plasma CR1 2008 frame. I've contacted Bridgtown Cycles regarding getting this built up. Just waiting for a price. Hopefully about £1500 - £1600.

Those seem to be the most bang-per-buck full carbon bikes available around the £1500 mark in the UK in a small frame. It's worth remembering that they are all £2000+ bikes prior to sale.

As these bikes are all over the country I'm just not going to get a chance to try them. Seriously, I could probably count on 1 hand how many small TT bikes are available in the UK just now.

Aaaargghhhh!!!!
I am so-o-o-o confused! I'm getting sleepless nights over this!

The Felt B12 is the intellectual choice due to the components and wheels, Ultergra, own-brand wheels, but why did they change to that cheap looking paintjob? Reminds me of a Ribble Aero. Yuk. Need to sell a child...
[img:ujx1dphd]http://www.bikesportmichigan.com/reviews/FeltB12-2009/SM/b1209-230.jpg[/img:ujx1dphd]

The Orbea Ora looks lovely! Lacks the components of the Felt possibly, mix of 105 and Ultegra but the Mavic Cosmic Elite wheels make up for this. Same frame as the more expensive Ordu, albeit the 2007 frame (same as a Mr Conehead's!).
[img:ujx1dphd]http://www.epic-cycles.co.uk/images/orbea%20ora%20tri4.jpg[/img:ujx1dphd]

The 2008 Scott Plasma is a bit of an unknown as it seems Scott have changed the Plasma range in 2009, so I'm unsure where the CS1 sits. Have yet to see what Bridgtown suggest in the build.
[img:ujx1dphd]http://www.btownbikes.com/smsimg/26/921-3608-main-scott_pro_plasma_cr1-26.jpg[/img:ujx1dphd]

I've dismissed the Argon E80, Qunitana Roo, and anything in a Trek or Giant.

Will keep you posted...
31/08/2009 at 17:35
I was at Bridgetown picking up my new bike and that Scott Frame kept jumping out a me. It looks simply sexy.

An absolute bargain in terms of price as you know Gun.... very tempting for you I'm sure. Keep us up to speed - always nice to hear about someones decision and the result.

Best of luck

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