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Hi Time to start cycling again and my 6 yo hybrid aint it. Attracted to 2014 model 11 speed Specilaized Roubaix Elite (or maybe Giant Defy or Trek Domane) as they might be forgiving on my not so young body - happy to spend $3k or so. Can you guys help - do any dealers readily give discounts to BNA members ? If I wait till Jan are there always 10% sales on ? Any other suggestions re getting a discount and what size discounts are offered ? I am based in Sydney.
LOL never ever heard of a BNA discount.
Basically the best place to start looking is Bike Exchange.
Is 3k your total budget? or just your bike budget? You'll likely want to buy a fair bit of gear as well. Most bikes in this price range do not come with peddles, and then you need to buy bike shoes if you buy clip in peddles. It's easy to spend another $500 to $1000 depending on how good and how many accessories you buy. Nicks (or bib nicks - more comfortable) and Jersey. Floor pump for home, CO2 canisters and fitting or bike pump for pumping new tyres, and tyre levers, if you get a puncture on the road. Lights if you're going to ride at night, or find yourself riding at dusk, and there's more. You pay for quality.
The discounts on 2013 stock have started now as 2014 stock is already hitting the stores. 2014 stock is unlikely to be discounted until August/September next year, or at least next years Tour de France. Typically the longer you leave it, the cheaper 2013 bikes become, running in to Christmas, but the fewer there are around especially in the more popular sizes. There are some 2012 models around as well, with bigger discounts.
You can ask some stores if they can discount the bike further. The worst they can say is no. Quite often, they won't/can't discount the bike, but they'll offer 10% discounts on all accessories bought in store.
Also after you've had a look what is available in your price range, it's worth reading some reviews online on the bikes you like.
Once you have a short list, test ride the bikes, and buy the bike you feel most comfortable on. When you go for a test ride, ask the bike shop for a quick bike fit. It's no good going for a test ride, if the bike isn't set up for you.
Depending on which state you're in, and what size bike you ride, there are some good bargains out there. But I'll preface this by saying, it's not a bargain if it's not the bike you feel most comfortable on. Again, test ride all the bikes on your short list.
The biggest upgrade you can do on any bike is the wheels. It is possible to bargain with LBS to upgrade wheels, usually paying the cost difference with what comes stock standard on the bike and what you want to upgrade to. If they're willing.
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102298712
http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... 9-11-42513
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102269969
http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/cate ... 5-13-47027
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http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/ ... 0-13-47225
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** http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102155041 **
Only thing with the Giants, is that I would ask if the chain could be upgraded to Ultegra as well so you have the full group set on the bike.
Last edited by briztoon on Sat Sep 14, 2013 6:49 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Find a bike that fits. The Giants are considerably longer in the top tube than many other brands for example. I fit the Giant but not much else. You can pay a big difference for the same spec in different brands too. Giant is cheaper than some brands, also more expensive than a few.
Buy a bike you like! If you like it you will ride it more. If it is cheap but you don't like it, will you get as much joy from riding it. It can be as simple as a colour scheme you like, or some nostalgia to a particular brand.
Buy a known brand with a good reputation and good warranty. Carbon frames are more prone to failure IMHO if not well designed and built.
All that said, I bought a Giant. Good value, lifetime warranty on the frame, good reputation for build quality. But I wish I had bought a red one
I bought a Specialized Tarmac SL2 (and now a Scott CR1 n+1 ) the model I bought was red. I'm so glad my LBS had a black frame of the same model hanging on the wall, and they were happy to build it up for me. I loathed that red frame.
Guys - Hi - thanks for the replies.
Fortunatley my budget is flexible, $4k++ for bike alone if really warranted. I have most of the accessories, etc but of course always ready to succumb to buying more !
I imagine I will be test riding for a while.
Then these would be the two bikes I would test ride first and mark all others against them.
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102203214
http://www.bikeexchange.com.au/bicycles ... /102152357
Got some time on your hands, Briztoon? How's your recovery going?
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