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New bike – suggestions needed

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:20 am
by Champ5000
Hi all

I am in the market for a new road bike for 2019 and I have therefore initiated the screening process.

The bike will be purchased during the coming winter months.

I ride twice a week 3 hrs. each time in my local cycling club - with an average speed of 35km/h

I will attend 3-5 races during the race season.

The bike will be used on mainly flat to hilly roads (no mountains).

I see that the industry is leaning towards disc brakes for the future, wherefore this would be preferred, if I spend more than EUR 3.300 on the bike.

I prefer a classic look for the frame geo, 40-50mm. rims, minimum Shimano Ultegra level - preferably DI2 if possible within the budget and thru axle front and rear is mandatory if disc is chosen.
Budget is roughly EUR 4.000.
If find the below bikes interesting.

- Cannondale Caad12, full Ultegra and rim brakes, Zipp 302 wheels, new saddle and new cockpit - 7.3kg. = EUR 3.300
- Canyon CF SL 8.0 full Ultegra and disc brakes, Mavic Cosmic Carbon Pro wheels - 7.8kg. = EUR 3.900
- Canyon CF SL 8.0 full Ultegra DI2 and disc brakes, DT Swiss PR1400 wheels - 7.3 kg. EUR= 4.100
- Focus Izalco Max, full Ultegra DI2 and disc brakes, Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels - 7.3 kg. = EUR 4.300
- Cervelo R3, full Ultegra DI2 and disc brakes, Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels - 7.3 kg. = EUR 4.300

I have converted my local currency to EUR. All prices are based on a discount on the new bike is applied (not the Canyon bikes)

Comments on the above and alternative suggestions are more than welcome.

Thanks

Christian

Re: New bike – suggestions needed

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:29 am
by jlok
I'd vote for Izalco Max as that's the top level frame among the choices.

Re: New bike – suggestions needed

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:29 am
by Weenie

Re: New bike – suggestions needed

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:40 pm
by moldman
Disc brake all the way for me!
Canyon is probably the most cost effective, but the Cervelo and Focus will be better with a good set of wheels.
I'm building my new R3 disc with Ultegra di2 and Mavic Ksyrium pro carbon SL wheels, by the way...

Re: New bike – suggestions needed

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:46 am
by Champ5000
Thank you both for your comments - I will look further into the Focus and the Cervelo.

I beleive that a new Focus Izalco . gen 3 is around the corner - shall be interesting to see who is looks.

Re: New bike – suggestions needed

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:49 am
by jlok
You prolly mean this new Izalco Max
https://weightweenies.starbike.com/foru ... 0#p1423969

Re: New bike – suggestions needed

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:49 am
by Weenie

Re: New bike – suggestions needed

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:09 am
by Squashednuts
I really like my 2016 Focus Izalco
Very light frame with a classic look
Comfortable
Also a fan of discs...only have one bike and discs mean I can brake effectively on rainy days...and race
If I were buying a new bike I'd think about Focus, Scott Addict viewtopic.php?f=10&t=149332 or BMC (the clean lines of https://weightweenies.starbike.com/foru ... 0&t=153070 but probably well over your price limit)

The RAT axle on the Focus gets bad press on WW for being heavy...I think Cervelo's have recently started using them

I see you currently ride an R3, why are thinking about moving away from Cervelo?