Other than this, I would keep pointing out that, while these posts have the best intentions, they could actually lead to poor decisions for the OP.TobinHatesYou wrote: ↑Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:35 amLewn777 wrote: ↑Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:19 amCannondale SuperSix vs Canyon Ultimate vs Giant TCR vs Trek Emonda vs Cervelo R5 vs Focus Izalco vs...
Holy hell, you'd need to be a cycling journo to have ridden all those!
My opnion is weak as I haven't ridden all those bikes but IMHO would opt for the Emonda or SuperSix.
Ridden:I really like the Emonda for climbing and it's good on descents. Fuji SL is a nice too framset too and worth considering.
Reputation: I rented a CAAD12 and loved it so a Supersix would obviously be on my list, and the TCR and Canyon get rave reviews as well. Rented two S-Works SL5s, felt a bit dead and stiff but very capable, SL6 could be much better. I rented a Cervelo R3 and I didn't really get on with the handling on corners and at high speeds, but the R5 could also be better.
Riding all of those is as simple as having local shops that stock them...minus the Canyon of course. It’s odd that you are incredulous over the prospect of trying six bikes, yet moments later rattle off the names of five models you’ve ridden.
I mean, trying a bike once, or even worse renting it, is not a good way to assess its performance.
What size tires were on? What pressure? How worn were they? What about the wheels, how deep? Was the tire much wider than the rim forming a lightbulb shape, thus affecting cornering stability? What about stem length, too long or too short would affect handling? And the saddle, was it a good model for the rider? And, were all bikes tested wearing the same bibshorts? Handlebars, were they alloy on all bikes? Same width?
I could continue I guess.. But I think it's clear that bike feeling is already tremendously subjective, if then the bike is only tested once, the impression can be next to meaningless.