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Advice on new bike



  • Registered Users Posts: 838 ✭✭✭ byrnem31

    I went from a very good aluminium cube to a carbon giant. The difference in ride quality is immediately noticeable. I then went from stock aluminium wheels to carbon wheels and the difference is again noticeable.

    Do i need it, probably not. Do i feel better on it and enjoy it more when im on the defy, of course i do. My advice is, get the best, shinest bike now that will do you for a few years. A looked after well made carbon bike like giant will last you 10 years. Thats what a bike fitter/nechanic told me.

    If you get something now that you're in two minds about, you will have a niggle that you should have got bettter. There is nothing worse than a niggle. Buy better, buy expensive without reason of course.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭ dancinpants

    Best advice you will get is in here - no matter what you buy, look after it. Wash it after every wet ride, or just leave it behind and take an older bike out in the muck. Get the right cleaning products and keep the drive chain smooth. A well looked after entry level bike will perform better than an uncared for expensive one, and an uncared for bike will cost you a fortune in repairs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,948 ✭✭✭ MojoMaker

    Not disagreeing but I do question the general perception about 'better'. Cube don't have a particularly good aluminium bike in their range, they are a low-cost small-volume manufacturer. Their range is designed to appeal to beginning cyclists and those on a budget. It's somewhat of a fallacy to think that any carbon bike is automatically 'better' than any aluminium bike, although marketers absolutely want you to think exactly that or the whole ecosystem breaks down.

    Wheels aside - a high quality aluminium bike, decked out with mid-to high-end components represents a better overall purchase than the equivalent spend on a low-grade carbon composite with middling components just to satisfy an industry-implanted perception.

    If weight is the driver let's be honest for a moment, bike weight has f-all to do with it. Rider weight is the single largest contributing factor to performance. 1kg on the frame vs 10-20kgs on the pilot? 😀

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,609 ✭✭✭ dancinpants

    Bang on. Apples and oranges comparison. Cube, like most manufacturers, don't put any money into their aluminium frame engineering, design or R and D. Cannondale, Specialised and a small number of other manufacturers do, and they produce high quality aluminium bikes which would give most low to mid range carbon bikes a run for their money.

    The all carbon is better than aluminium argument doesn't hold much water. That being said, high end carbon is going to outperform everything, but is hardly worth the silly money involved.

    This is a very interesting piece on the matter:

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  • Registered Users Posts: 838 ✭✭✭ byrnem31

    Fair enough but i never said "any" carbon bike is better than an aluminium bike. I was comparing a cube to a giant defy advanced 2 2020. Giant make really good carbon frames with a lifetime warranty that they stand over. Their frames would not be considered low end. Even base models like mine are as good as some of the pro models frame wise. The difference being better wheels and some other minor parts that are upgraded on the pro models. The sl models have upgraded carbon frames.

    I had a ride on a cube attain gtc sl with ultegra and i wasn't mad about it. My giant felt much better to ride. It had more of that wow factor despite being 105. Plus cube dont offer a lifetime warranty on their frames.

    Id definitely consider a carbon tcr or defy in 105.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,990 ✭✭✭ billyhead

    OP. Just go with the bike you feel you will ride more. If you can take a test ride on a high end Aluminium and low end carbon bike and compare how it feels and go with your instinct.