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      07-05-2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Can anyone recommend me a decent road bike for under 1000?

Having been used 6 days a week since January my 1980s Raleigh Scorpio is starting to show it's age and is going to be retired/become a winter bike shortly.

With this in mind I've started to look for a replacement that I can use when the weather is good and for weekend rides.

I haven't a clue where to begin looking if I'm honest and this shows as all I'm considering currently is a Boardman from Halfords.

Can anyone make any recommendations as to anything else to consider?

I have found a full carbon bike for under a thousand pound but to me it seems too cheap to be any good.

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      07-05-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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http://www.wiggle.co.uk/moser-bikes-speed-sora-2013/
Saw this advertised earlier today, looks ok for the money (but Im no expert!)
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      07-05-2013, 04:13 PM   #3
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Carbon road bikes have come down in price at lot, most frames are now mass produced in China/Taiwan where a few years ago frames were made in the US/Europe, hence the drop in price.

SRAM has also started making really good groupsets (the running gear) which use to be all Shimano stuff.

This is all good for us/consumer, so hence a 1k bike is probably as good as a2-3k bike from a few years ago.

Halfords do some really nice road bikes, as do Planet X and Decathlon.

You pay abit more for bigger brand names, 'Trek, Giant, Specialised', but for 1K you get more for your money by going with the less well know/unbranded stuff.

http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/
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Check out if your employer takes part in the "Cycle to Work" scheme, if so you can save a fair chunk on a 1k bike.

My mate has just bought a Trek full suspension from Bicycle Chain in Bridgwater for about a grand
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Im not in the UK, but here in the states, it seems Felt has about the best group and I really like their frames. Good quality bikes, worth a look if you have a dealer nearby. I have an F60 and love it. It is not full carbon, just the seat stays and of course the fork.

Paid $1,000 usd has Ultegra 10sp, I like the tripple chain rings, the compact twins are tough on all the hills I have near my house.

Good luck, let us know what you decide.

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Carbon road bikes have come down in price at lot, most frames are now mass produced in China/Taiwan where a few years ago frames were made in the US/Europe, hence the drop in price.

SRAM has also started making really good groupsets (the running gear) which use to be all Shimano stuff.

This is all good for us/consumer, so hence a 1k bike is probably as good as a2-3k bike from a few years ago.

Halfords do some really nice road bikes, as do Planet X and Decathlon.

You pay abit more for bigger brand names, 'Trek, Giant, Specialised', but for 1K you get more for your money by going with the less well know/unbranded stuff.

http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/
I've been lookng at hybrid or mountain bikes and the value for money has fallen through the floor at the lower range.

The price of metal is high and bikes are awful in terms of value to 5+ years ago.

Maybe carbon frames are cheaper, but so will the rest of the bike.
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      07-05-2013, 09:41 PM   #8
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Road bikes from 2013 are certainly not as well specced as bikes from 2011/12 but a bike for Planet X with a full carbon frame and SRAM Rival group set is hardly a bad bike.

I borrowed a 2005 Trek 5500 with full DuraAce group set (£2.5k at time) for a recent LEJOG ride and now have a 2011 Trek 3.1 with mix of Ultegra/105 and DuraAce wheels (bought 2nd hand for £1.1k).

Though the older Trek was a bit lighter riding wise the 3.1 is every bit as nice as the 5500, and infact the frame is a lot stiffer. You need to spend £1.7k-2k before you start getting full ultegra groupset compared to 105 but certainly for people who aren't racing I'm not sure the extra £500-1k for a Ultegra group set is worth it over 105.

Yes the finishing kit on £1k bikes isn't amazing but again handlebars/saddles/seat posts don't really make massive differences to how the bike rides and all quote easy/cheap to upgrade.
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I should add if it was my money I would buy used every time. Much like cars you pay a premium for having a 'brand new' bike.
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      07-06-2013, 02:40 AM   #10
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When do 2014 bikes come out?

You used to get heavy discounts (25-35%) on the previous years models to clear them.

Does this still happen?
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      07-06-2013, 03:58 AM   #11
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New bikes usually come out Sep/Oct time with sales starting soon but as mentioned due to inflation you cannot guarantee the newer spec models will be better equipped than previous years, given the same price.

But at the same time there's a constant 'trickle down' of feature and technology from the top end group sets/frame design into the rest of the range.

Essential £1k will get u a nice unbranded bike with either carbon or good aluminium frame, and will have either Shimano 105 groupset or SRAM rival/apex. Wait for the sales and you might pick up a branded bike with same spec for around the same price. Either way your get a bike which is more than good enough for general use, and I can guarantee its your own fitness that will be the limiting factor not the bike

Having said that if you want the best gear you can easily spend £5k on just the frame and groupset, add in a decent wheelset and finishing kit you can wave good bye to £7k
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Get a used one and get a corker!

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Thank you all for the suggestions/guidance.

Im not clued up enough to go 2nd hand as I dont know what to look out for unfortunately.

Currently looking at a carbon Boardman for around 1000. Aesthetically it looks alright and the reviews seem promising.
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I got myself a Forme bike a little while ago. It was last years model of Brute, but didnt matter for what I wanted it for. Was about 250 I think. For what I needed it for, was a great bike for the money. UK made from what I can tell too.
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Suzuki bandit 1000cc can't go wrong
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Thank you all for the suggestions/guidance.

Im not clued up enough to go 2nd hand as I dont know what to look out for unfortunately.

Currently looking at a carbon Boardman for around 1000. Aesthetically it looks alright and the reviews seem promising.
Boardman are decent bikes, get one and make the most of the summer whilst its here

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I got myself a Forme bike a little while ago. It was last years model of Brute, but didnt matter for what I wanted it for. Was about 250 I think. For what I needed it for, was a great bike for the money. UK made from what I can tell too.
Don't know much about Forme bikes but I'll be amazed if any of part of it is made in the UK, it might be put together here in the UK (i.e.: bits screwed together) but virtually all bike frames these days comes from China/Taiwan. This is true even for bikes costing 1-2K, 250 doesn't get you much labour or materials here in the UK.
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Just get the Boardman. Without a lot of hassle and a load of searching you are unlikely to get anything better.
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I bought a specialised tricross... even ridden it twice now

Still not sure how the gears work - but it was last yrs model and saved 100 - and in black which is nicer to me then the current blue in the range.
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I like Trek. It's what I have and I can't fault it. That said, the more I watch TDF and listen to Boardman speaking about aerodynamics, especially this year, the more I think I would like one of his bikes. Nice looking bits of kit & good spec.
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Boardman are decent bikes, get one and make the most of the summer whilst its here



Don't know much about Forme bikes but I'll be amazed if any of part of it is made in the UK, it might be put together here in the UK (i.e.: bits screwed together) but virtually all bike frames these days comes from China/Taiwan. This is true even for bikes costing 1-2K, 250 doesn't get you much labour or materials here in the UK.
You are right. I think they are actually UK designed, and maybe assembled, but are far east made. It is a british brand however, if that counts for anything. And the price I got it for was not the normal sales price, but a special offer.
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Well,

Over the past 2 weeks the faithful Raleigh has tried to throw its back wheel off and the chain snapped so the other half said it was going

Went into my local bike shop and ended up spending a bit more than id planned but am now the proud owner of a Specialized Tarmac Comp.

And in short, it's fantastic!
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Very nice must be a massive change going from a old knackered bike to a bike with tour wining history .... Need some pictures up!
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