What parts of the bike that you should spend as much as you can on, and what parts you shouldn't?
Specifically, I am going to buy a Canyon frame or may be a complete bike since I'm in the UK and I like their color / design. Probably the Ultimate AL or CF. They come decently equipped and have new reduced price to boot. They also get good reviews around the internet for a value bike, and known for good comfort+stiffness ratio so that's ones less thing to worry about.
I am asking this so that I can sell of and upgrade some parts that should improve the feel of the bike than what come with stock e.g. wheels, or allocate proper budget should I opt to get just frameset and build the rest.
My budget for the whole bike, bar pedals, fitting, (and computer; not even sure if I should get one since iPhone+Strava seems to be pretty good) will not exceed £1500, lower if possible.
Cielo by Chris King Cross Racer
I'll leave the frame out of this, as frame/fork geometry is like 90% of the bike, I'm certain I won't have to tell you that the right frame is more important than the best frame... Oops, guess I just told you anyway
The frame is the most important, as you can't really replace it. Well you can...that's called getting a new bike . Everything else (wheels, components etc) can be upgraded onto an existing frame.
At your budget range, the best bang for buck upgrade is a wheelset. Most bikes in that price range come with wheelsets that are roughly 1800-1900 grams with fairly ordinary hubs.
I was looking at a bike in a similar price range (about $3,000 AUD) and I decided that $1,000 on wheels, $1,000 on groupset and $1,000 on a frame would give you a pretty good bike. I had a weight budget of 1,500 grams for the frameset, 1,500 grams for the wheelset and about 2,200 grams for the components.
This is a good example of a 'cheap' but well put-together bike that is just over 7 kgs.
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With an upgrade to carbon rims it is < 6.8 kgs.
Roughly ranked, as I see it.
Edit: 2015: darn near won the best South Island series (got second in age
-group)..woo hoo Racy Theremery is back!!
The Canyon frame should be more than enough for my needs (daily exercise and some long ride for the weekend, and probably a college level race), according to most reviews around that's why I'm not going to worry about the comfort and stiffness of the Canyon frame.
KB wrote:To the OP. The price of Canyon's in the UK are very good and they got a very good write-up some time ago in Cycling Plus magazine.
The price is so good that it's a lot more expensive to build the bike exactly like their spec if you opt for frameset only.
You can build better spec'd and cheaper bike if you get just frame with other brands, than their own completed bike which usually come with cheapo house-branded saddle, cockpit etc.
The Canyon AL 8.0 (the one that I want) will comes with;
- Full Athena group, not sure what crank it comes with, probably AL but that's more than enough stiffness i'm sure.
- Mavic Ksyrium equippe ( might sell these for something else, gotta try first).
- Ritchey WCS cockpit
- Selle Italia Race SE saddle
I will get a Shimano 105 pedal, and try the shoes at the store, then get a cleat+ bike fit. Handlebar will be changed out if proved uncomfortable. Gotta spare some cash for good bibs too i guess.
Price is £1200ish
Buying a frame and Athena group myself will cost almost as much as the complete bike.
One suggestion. Keep the Ksyriums and save for a better wheelset. You'll want the Ks for nasty weather and trainer sessions. Shod them with Conti Gatorskins and they will do your dirty work for years.
Cielo by Chris King Cross Racer
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