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I have been researching high and low on the forum, on the net and in the shops on what bike to buy.
I have narrowed my search down to 3 bikes that I like
Bianchi C2C cento strade with Campy Veloce http://www.shopwiki.co.uk/_Bianchi+Cent ... &s=333446&
Trek 2.5 with Ultegra http://www.trekbikes.com/au/en/bikes/road/2_series/25u/
Scott CR1 Contessa with Ultegra http://www.scottusa.com/us_en/product/8 ... sa_cr1_pro
I'm a bit worried that I like the Bianchi, well, because it's Bianchi (looks pretty bloody good) but that the Veloce components are not as good as the Ultregra
Can anyone please give me their opinion on what is the best bike? I have ridden all of them and can't decide, i know that everyone says it boils down to what they personally like, but i personally - like them all!! help me...
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chill wrote:Well personally I would always go with the best frame. You can always upgrade parts later on.
One of the three must be lingering in your thoughts a little more than others, if it's the Italian, go for it.
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"Veloce components are not as good as the Ultregra"?
I think Veloce is the same level as Ultregra, but only not as good as Ultregra SL. This is because you have to consider the fact that Campy can rebuild, Shimano cannot!
My old Titanium Record still running smooth until today after 7-8 years, most Shimano group set will not last more than two seasons of club level trainning and racing.
Bianchi and Trek build good frame. I currently own two Bianchi as I do not ride carbon bikes and they are the only few brand name still offer top of the range (HoC) alloy race bike. Trek also very nice but their carbon frame seems got some warranty problem. I got no experience of Scott, but it has a good reputation and I do believe many people may have that experience.
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Shimano shifting is also quieter. Personally, I prefer Campag shifting, but feel that shimano is more affordable and convenient for commuting.
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The Trek is a nice bike - my mate's had his 1.9 for 2 years now, and it's been a flawless bike.
The Scotts are apparently for feather weights from what I've been told by a bloke in my LBS.
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I've wrestled with a similar dilema recently (Pinarello vs Giant) and the heritage of the Italian (but really made in Taiwan) sold me on the PInarello.
If as you say the bikes all feel good, choose the one you like the look of the most.
Or, choose the one whos LBS guys were the most helpful to you.
I would choose the Scott due to that awful lairy colour scheme
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Chaderotti wrote:If you're a carbon poser, then rule out the trek as thats aluminium.
Mostly Aluminium. I have last year's 2.5 and it has a carbon fork and seat stay as standard. My drivetrain is a bit of a mongrel (Ultegra, Ultegra SL, SRAM etc.), so can't comment on the performance of the stock set up. Overall I'm really happy with the bike, it suits my level of riding well.
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If you like the ride of all, then go with the one YOU think is the best looking. I ride a Scott CR1 - fell in love with one I saw so ordered mine the next day. Didn't even know if it would fit. 3 years on the gearing, bars, and wheels have been upgraded and I still think it is the best looking bike I've seen for under $10k. In my opinion.
I don't like the look of any Treks - for some reason they don't appeal to me. In saying that, I have a Trek MTB which I hate (I hate all MTBs so don't panic) and I don't know whether this swayed me away from the brand originally. I did like the red paint job on the linked one though. I'm a carbon freak too (ask anyone) so wouldn't get alloy ever.
I'm also not a huge fan of Bianchi's. I hate the colour, but with the newer ranges coming out in white and red/black, I'm taking more notice.
The comfort of the shifters should come into it. Not only the positions of the uppy-downy levers (sorry ), but the shape of the hoods. Many people with smaller hands prefer Campy hoods. I prefer the shape and shifting of Shimano. Its a personal thing and maybe a 30 minute test ride on each is required. Each is a good frame from a reputable manufacturer.
So...sorry, but I feel I've just added another personal opinion to the mix
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