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London424

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5,081 posts

58 months

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As some of you might have seen my bike was stolen and rather than mope I want to get a new bike sorted.

I popped to the LBS today and they were very helpful. They suggested the Bianchi Impulso which is approx £1200. This would include 1st year service, a bike fit, inner tubes, bottle and cage etc.

My question would be if you had £1200 to spend what would you be looking at or would that be a good bike?

Thanks.

pablo

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there are better bikes out there for the money but if you like the bianchi buy it. you can over analyse these things imho. However, if you did want an alternatve, i'd be looking at the Cannondale CAAD8 with 105 here:
http://www.epic-cycles.co.uk/Cannondale_CAAD8.html

Markp13

422 posts

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I'd add 400 bucks to the budget and get a cannondale supersix.

LighthouseTrait

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Markp13 said:
I'd add 400 bucks to the budget and get a cannondale supersix.
It's available for £1350 from a few places... wink
http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m7b...

nammynake

1,577 posts

56 months

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If you don't mInd buying direct, I would wait a week until Canyon announce their 2013 pricing. Best value bikes without any doubt.
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Markp13

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LighthouseTrait said:
It's available for £1350 from a few places... wink
http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m7b...
Good spot, my brother is after a 58cm supersix which they don't have.

Where else has them at that price?

LighthouseTrait

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Markp13 said:
Good spot, my brother is after a 58cm supersix which they don't have.

Where else has them at that price?
I just googled to find that, and also found this in Cycling Active..

http://www.wheelbase.co.uk/products/cannondale-sup...

Unfortunately, no 58cm bikes listed.

Dizeee

12,918 posts

89 months

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London424 said:
As some of you might have seen my bike was stolen and rather than mope I want to get a new bike sorted.

I popped to the LBS today and they were very helpful. They suggested the Bianchi Impulso which is approx £1200. This would include 1st year service, a bike fit, inner tubes, bottle and cage etc.

My question would be if you had £1200 to spend what would you be looking at or would that be a good bike?

Thanks.
Hi again, I presume you went to Pure Motion? I have an Impulso and have been there a few times for things, they are fab. If you want to have a look or a ride of the Impulso let me know as you are more than welcome, I am based in Pirbright. It's a fantastic bike and I highly recommend it.

London424

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Thanks for all suggestions so far.

After looking at the Bianchi I popped over to Giant in Guildford and looked at the 2013 Defy 1. I guess it's a pretty populist choice but it gets great reviews, 105 groupset all for £1,000. Also included is lifetime warranty on the frame and Giant do 10% of the value of the bike in free accessories. They also include a bike fit of some sort.

I'm leaning in that direction at the moment.

Dixie

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PedalOn have cannondale supersixs at £1250 for the apex equipped one and £1400 for the 105.
Good service from them as well. also do 12 month interest free.

I love mine. Very light and the SRAM kit is very good.

Dizeee

12,918 posts

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I paid £999 for my Impulso 105, no reason why you should pay more.

London424

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Dizeee said:
I paid £999 for my Impulso 105, no reason why you should pay more.
Was that for a 2013? If so I'm crap at haggling!

ChrisMCoupe

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I got my Supersix from Pauls Cycles, was in 58cm and I don't think they had any showing when I bought mine either, worth ringing them maybe?

No experience of Bianchi's, but Dizzee, didn't you find out that your wheels were made of cheese and you had a nightmare getting replacement spokes etc? I would say for £1000 - £1200 you could find much better. Does it have to be carbon? If not, look at a Canyon or a CAAD 10

London424

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ChrisMCoupe said:
I got my Supersix from Pauls Cycles, was in 58cm and I don't think they had any showing when I bought mine either, worth ringing them maybe?

No experience of Bianchi's, but Dizzee, didn't you find out that your wheels were made of cheese and you had a nightmare getting replacement spokes etc? I would say for £1000 - £1200 you could find much better. Does it have to be carbon? If not, look at a Canyon or a CAAD 10
Nope, doesn't have to be carbon, that's why I'm leaning towards the Defy 1 now. I've looked at Canyon etc and everywhere is out of stock.

Anyone had any experience with Giant?

Thanks for all the suggestions so far everyone.

ChrisMCoupe

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Friend has a Giant TCR Composite 3 and likes it a lot, from all reviews I've seen they come out pretty well.

If you are looking at a Giant with your budget, I'd look at something like...

http://paulscycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m7b0s6p...

Gizmoish

17,835 posts

92 months

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ChrisMCoupe said:
I got my Supersix from Pauls Cycles, was in 58cm and I don't think they had any showing when I bought mine either, worth ringing them maybe?

No experience of Bianchi's, but Dizzee, didn't you find out that your wheels were made of cheese and you had a nightmare getting replacement spokes etc? I would say for £1000 - £1200 you could find much better. Does it have to be carbon? If not, look at a Canyon or a CAAD 10
I as going to mention that.

For £1200 I'd be finding a CAAD10 with 105 or Supersix with Apex.

Or a Cube of some description, they're gorgeous.

shouldbworking

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£1200 and they'll even include inner tubes? never seen such value.

You could pick up a sub 9kg carbon frame with 105 for less than a grand new.

Dizeee

12,918 posts

89 months

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ChrisMCoupe said:
I got my Supersix from Pauls Cycles, was in 58cm and I don't think they had any showing when I bought mine either, worth ringing them maybe?

No experience of Bianchi's, but Dizzee, didn't you find out that your wheels were made of cheese and you had a nightmare getting replacement spokes etc? I would say for £1000 - £1200 you could find much better. Does it have to be carbon? If not, look at a Canyon or a CAAD 10
Its a 2012.

Yes, have had some issues with my spokes, but it has been Evans slowness that has taken the time to resolve that, and having done some research and had my wheels looked at by my LBS, I understand that they are actually not that bad in the great scheme of things. They are the sane wheels they use on their £2k Carbon bike, so they can't be that bad. I think I have just been unlucky with my rear wheel and hopefully, touch wood, the issues have stopped now.

okgo

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Don't believe for a minute that because they use the same wheels on an expensive bike that it makes them decent, you have to spend thousands and thousands with the mainstream bike brands to get a set of wheels that are worth more than £200 on their own. Terrible.


Dizeee

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okgo said:
Don't believe for a minute that because they use the same wheels on an expensive bike that it makes them decent, you have to spend thousands and thousands with the mainstream bike brands to get a set of wheels that are worth more than £200 on their own. Terrible.
Maybe, but the RC wheels are apparently not as bad as other OEM wheels. Bianchi apparently are quite good with their out the box componentry compared to some other brands, so although they may not be Zipps they should be ample for most needs.
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