First road bike

11 messages
08/03/2012 at 23:49
I have been riding mountain bikes for years and now need to get a road bike - spend 500-750 - giant, specialised - any advice? Anyone know anything about the orbea range of bikes?
09/03/2012 at 11:58
Well that is slap bang in the entry level price band but you can get some decent bargains:

Giant Defy Compact: http://www.formbycycles.co.uk/product/1 ... _Bike_2012
8 speed
Specialized Allez Compact
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... e-ec030703
8 speed
Felt F95
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fel ... e-ec032705
Specialized Allez Sport
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... e-ec030705
9 speed
Felt Z95
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/fel ... 0#features
10 speed
Trek 1.2
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/tre ... e-ec030298
9 speed
Boardmans
http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... 65710#tab2
9 speed
Cube
http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/produ ... _Bike_2011
9 speed

My thoughts:
10 speed if you can get it, 9 speed minimum

I would go for a compact for a variety of reasons, one being flexibility; it will probably come as a 50/34 but can easily swap out to a 36 or 39 and you can even swap out the 50 to a 51 or 52

It seemed like a good idea at the time!!

Go Team Timmy
09/03/2012 at 22:14
That's really great, thanks for advice
12/03/2012 at 18:05
A word a warning with the Giant. It is a great bike but becarfull of the frame sizes. THey have an odd frame which mean the seat need to be a lot higher than on bikes like the trek. I got a large frame based ona genric frame sizes only to find out a year later that is meant for someone well over 6ft.


I own the trek 1.2 and it is perfect. The main things is getting the fit right.

Personnel i would get giant or Trek.

Dyslexic so apologies for the poor spelling on the posts
13/03/2012 at 23:18
Thanks for your advice - still trying to decide - so many bikes out there!
14/03/2012 at 22:42
Check out www.ribblecycles.co.uk ,they have an online bike builder so you can choose your frame and upgrade groupsets,wheels etc to the spec you want,i have a Ribble Evo Pro carbon on order
19/03/2012 at 20:51
Orbea are great, I've got two, and Mrs JB also has one.

If you want bikes made by faceless companies in the far east, then definitely go with giant or trek. If you want ones made in their apparent country of origin by workers who own part of the company then Orbea are the way to go (although they can be a bit manana when trying to order replacement bits). You also get something a bit different to what everyone else has. Makes it easier to find your own bike in transition.

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20/03/2012 at 01:11
Yep I have a Spanish road bike ( masi) and an Orbea Ordu TT

Sound advice JB

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Bud
22/03/2012 at 08:37
I think you should go for Trek, Specialized, Giant or Cannondale.These all are very good Road Bike brands and now choice is yours.

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23/03/2012 at 12:18
Just saying.



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23/03/2012 at 14:26
I've got an Orbea, nice bike, well looks really nice and every comments on it thinking it is a lot more expensive than it is
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