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Been wanting a new bike for a while (last one I got was almost 10 years ago) but just unsure which one would be best.
The massive range offered from so many different places is a little overwhelming.
All I know is that the 105 groupset is highly recommended and to avoid Reid bikes.
So with that, I've found the Giant Contend SL 1 Disc looks like a decent choice. https://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/contend-sl-1-disc
Any other options of similar bikes? Strict max price of $2000, lower would be better.
I'll be using it as a fitness/hobby riding bike, so not after a super racing bike, but something a bit better than a stock standard bike would be great. A good looking bike would be ideal so when I look at it, it inspires me to go for a ride, as weird as that may sound haha
Any help and suggestions would be great.
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That said, the Giant would make a good choice. Your local dealer should let you test one.
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koshari wrote:Dunno where the reid critisism comes from. Like all vendors they have different specced bikes. A full 105 falco elite for example would prolly be well overkill for someone that is never gonna race. And at 700 bucks is a very good deal.
Agreed, Reid are nailing it for spec at the moment. But nothing larger than a small available for Falcos at the moment, and they're not properly small in terms of length. The Vantage Comp looks awesome in my opinion.
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gummyworms wrote:Any help and suggestions would be great.
Is this your first road bike? If it is then I'd get something cheaper until you're sure of your sizing. This may take some time to get your fit right if you are trying to work it out yourself. My latest bike is now pretty sorted, but it took a lot of fiddling and testing over a long time to get it that way. Bike shops are a lottery as to whether the frame size will even be correct. You may have been steered away from Reid for the frame sizing reason. Nothing really wrong with Reid (or Cell, etc) otherwise. You really have to know definitely what frame size you are before you walk into the shop if you want to be assured of a good outcome. I buy my frames online, but then I have a spreadsheet to work out the geometry charts of different frames to give a reach output at a certain stack height. Getting the right frame size and fit isn't really easy with road bikes.
As for the Giant Contend SL 1 Disc. There are at least a couple of reasons why I wouldn't buy it other than you may end up with the wrong size:
- It has a D-Fuse seatpost which locks you in to their seatpost. That's fine if it works well for you and your particular fit, saddle choice, etc. But if not, you're usually locked in. Sell it and get something else.
- It has a press fit bottom bracket. They can give trouble in time by getting noisy, creaking etc.
- I don't know what "semi-hydraulic" brakes mean. Not enough detail. Are they like TRP Hy-Rd and therefore cable to the caliper, or something else?
I have an old Giant and used to like them. But these days they are becoming too proprietory for my liking. Plenty of other brands out there, but a few others a going more proprietory. Specialized comes to mind.
If you buy something more expensive, make sure you keep and take a photo of your receipt. These framesets usually have "lifetime" warranties for the first owner. But they also don't usually last forever, so you may need the receipt in the future if you ride it enough.
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gummyworms wrote:...the Giant Contend SL 1 Disc looks like a decent choice...
I bought the Contend SL1 Disc as my first ever road bike and am totally in love with it. After only ever having ridden mountain bikes for fun and commuting/fitness, a road bike has been a revelation.
That said, $2000 is a pretty good budget. Any of the main brands will serve you well so it comes down to what you like the look of, and of course what (to you) rides well and fits well. You'd be splitting hairs on similar models for any well known brand. At the different price points they tend to all have the same running gear eg 105 (which I love btw).
They'll all be alloy frame with carbon forks and mostly 105 for around $2000. It's the wrong time of the year for it, but you can sometimes get a good discount on the "old" model that the bike shops need to clear out before they can stock the latest models. You might ge tlucky and score something with Ultegra or better wheels etc.
Nobody wrote: I don't know what "semi-hydraulic" brakes mean. Not enough detail. Are they like TRP Hy-Rd and therefore cable to the caliper, or something else?
The brake/shifter levers are normal cable operated units, not the bulkier hydraulic levers. These attach into a master cylinder which then pumps hydraulic fluid to the discs. I doubt it'll catch on, Giant call it "Conduct."
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If you havent really ridden road bikes before, it may pay to look at some thing with geometry suited to endurance rides. They will be more upright than a race bike therefore more comfortable, and you can make them racier/sportier with some small upgrades.
Personally I ride a Giant Defy Composite 2. If I was in the market today I would look at the Giant Defy Advanced 2 or 3.
The only difference I can see is that the 3 has Shimano Tiagra gears and the 2 has 105. To be honest I doubt there would be much of a difference in either gearset, especially for a beginner.
They use disc brakes which I like for wet weather, and are a model that has been around for years.
As far as looks goes, that is always subjective but I quite like their looks, that would be your call in the end
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