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Here's the bike I was looking at: http://www.wiggle.com.au/brand-x-road-bike-1/
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Tektro brakes aren't the best, had them on a previous bike and upgraded to Shimano and the difference was like night and day.
Don't forget to factor in the $200 freight so that brings the price up to ~$600, you may find a better specced second hand bike on Gumtree etc for around that sort of money. But obviously a second hand bike bought privately won't have warranty, though if you have a warranty issue with a bike from Wiggle you may have to ship it at your expense back to UK (which could cost 90% of the original cost of the bike)
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Others will talk down the Claris, but I did nearly 3000 km on my beginner bike with Claris gearset & Tektro brakes without issue.
Was enough to get me keen and then buy a better bike.
Spend a little more on these sites and improve again
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Bradeyy wrote:Thanks for the replies guys, after a bit more reading online I went with the Reid Osprey 2018 and I see you have linked that as well. Hopefully I can put it together okay haha
I bought an Osprey flat bar last year. The flat bar and drop bar are the same spec, except for the obvious differences, and the one you bought is a new frame for this year.
I'm pretty happy with mine. I bought it mainly for commuting, but I wanted a "fast" flat bar and I didn't want to spend too much money. I even do a bit of training on it while I'm commuting. I get some funny looks overtaking people at the crit track on a flatbar with bright red panniers. One guy asked me if I was training for a bike tour.
The Claris gears are pretty good. They are sturdy and reliable, but not as slick as the better groupsets. I read reviews about people not liking the Tektro brakes, but they seem OK to me because I think that the flat bar levers give better leverage.
I'm a heavyweight at around 105kg when I bought it and the rear wheel couldn't take that weight + rack and panniers so I had to replace it with something sturdier.
I notice that it now comes with 25mm tyres. Mine has 23mm Kendas and the ride is a bit harsh. I will upgrade to 25mm and something a bit more comfortable - but not until these ones wear out.
Apart form that, it's pretty much done everything that I've asked it, so I'm happy.
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