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Charles Winthorpe III
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5474 posts since 29/7/05

posted 3 Jan 2014 14:36, edited 3 Jan 2014 14:36
it does for a grand.. find a better bike component and frame wise for 1k. its a difficult price point up to 1500.
although bike aficionados wont masturbate over planet x, they're not as bad as road snobs make out.
swede
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8844 posts since 21/3/09

3 Jan 2014 14:41
ghutson wrote: Don't want to piss on anyone's parade but two of those reviews are from people new to road cycling. These are not regarded as good frames by anyone who knows about bikes who I have met. I think flex is the main issue.

You should take a look at Canyon.

i know they aren't regarded as "good frames" by the highly snobbish road cycling community, but they really arent that bad at all. as i have said, you can't find a carbon frameset with that good a groupy for that price - it just doesnt happen.

although i do agree, and am a big fan of canyons - i would go for an alu canyon with a similar level groupset for that money
ghutson
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217 posts since 1/12/09

3 Jan 2014 14:46
JustinCredible wrote: A grand wouldn't even buy you a carbon frame from Canyon (they are however excellent bikes).

You can go round in circles (no pun) looking at road bikes but for a grand this is as good as it gets. Any talk of the frame being poor is nonsense, by the time you add up the cost of the other components on this bike you're effectively paying about £250 for a carbon fibre frame from a highly reputable (albeit low end) company. Is it going to be as stiff as a £1000+ frame? Off course not but it's not going to be shit and I doubt Best is planning on entering any road races any time soon

I realise what you're saying but that's my point really. You're paying £250 for a frame. That's the most important part of the bike. Get a good frame and you can upgrade the other components as and when they wear out but get a mediocre or poor from and it will always be just that. And who knows where cycling might take Best? He might well want to race when he gets into it.

I would always go for the best frame first, but I understand everyone has their own opinion.
JustinCredible
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2610 posts since 11/6/08

3 Jan 2014 15:02
All true and valid points but just to make it absolutely clear, planet x frames are decent and £250 for a decent carbon frame is a good price. Inevitably they're not as good as the more expensive ones (which applies to most things in life) but unless you're getting into racing etc. it's a fantastic first carbon road bike (for a grand).

Swede makes a fair point about aluminium frames - there's not much between them and carbon and they are significantly cheaper (Canyon is a great shout and Cannondale CAADxx are very good).
myyra
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45 posts since 26/10/11

3 Jan 2014 19:19

Fitted full fenders, couldn't be happier with the setup.
Hanto
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2253 posts since 30/11/09

3 Jan 2014 23:09
Can anyone recommend me a good stem/bar upgrade? Mainly do trail/xc style riding. Been looking at Enve/Easton/Renthal but am slightly stuck.
Jesus
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5996 posts since 7/10/08

posted 4 Jan 2014 08:44, edited 4 Jan 2014 08:44
ive got Enve/Enve on my Tallboy and Moots/Thomson Ti on my Krampus - both great setups, can i tell the difference between ti and carbon? don't think i can

tweeks have 20% off the flat and riser Enve bars at the moment

http://www.tweekscycles.com/components/mtb-flat-bars/enve-carbon-sweep-handlebar

http://www.tweekscycles.com/components/mtb-riser-bars/enve-carbon-riser-handlebar

probably because they are releasing a 40mm wider set shortly

enve stuff is quite strong

http://reviews.mtbr.com/video-enve-dh-minnaarbar-impact-test

Renthal have some new carbon bars they just released

you could go Thomson/Thomson as they now do a range of aluminium/carbon and ti bars
Hanto
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2253 posts since 30/11/09

4 Jan 2014 15:52
Cheers Jesus. Would you have any recommendations on bar width?
vip
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3970 posts since 27/3/06

4 Jan 2014 18:52
Recommendations please for someone who hasn't cycled for about 10 years (the last bike I owned was a GT arrowhead - front suspension only mountain bike)

I need something mostly for road use, I've never owned or used a road bike previously.

Main use for a 2 mile commute to and from work and the occasional venture out.

Would like to spend as little as possible.

Should I go mountain, road, hybrid, something else?

Thanks all
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

4 Jan 2014 19:26
Triban 3 & 5 from Decathlon are excellent budget road bikes
Jesus
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5996 posts since 7/10/08

4 Jan 2014 20:54
Hanto wrote: Cheers Jesus. Would you have any recommendations on bar width?

ive got 700mm Enve and 730mm Thomson,

its like this much in real life

they feel the same
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

5 Jan 2014 14:10
Out on the bike this morning for a first proper ride since I got it in November. Felt good Cool

swede
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8844 posts since 21/3/09

5 Jan 2014 14:42
vip wrote: Recommendations please for someone who hasn't cycled for about 10 years (the last bike I owned was a GT arrowhead - front suspension only mountain bike)

I need something mostly for road use, I've never owned or used a road bike previously.

Main use for a 2 mile commute to and from work and the occasional venture out.

Would like to spend as little as possible.

Should I go mountain, road, hybrid, something else?

Thanks all

get a SAWEET fixed gear. unless you have a lot of hills on that 2 mile commute. easier to maintain, more simple etc
Matt_payne202
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221 posts since 16/4/12

8 Jan 2014 20:43

Finished my njs uni commute bike, but feel like stretching (student finance/part time job) for dura ace njs hubs and silver spokes, for about £235, should I do it?
darko
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980 posts since 4/10/12

8 Jan 2014 21:24
Cool
Hanto
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2253 posts since 30/11/09

9 Jan 2014 20:31
Any experience with hope tech anyone?
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

14 Jan 2014 14:17
People who cycle to work - Do you just use any old rucksack, or a specific cycling pack?
JustinCredible
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2610 posts since 11/6/08

14 Jan 2014 17:30
I've used a Deuter Race daily for about 2 years and can't fault it, still in perfect nick and only cost about £30 - £40.

Only problem with any old rucksack is can make your back sweat buckets if you are giving it some
Ernest
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75 posts since 7/11/12

14 Jan 2014 20:03
Matt_payne202 wrote:
Finished my njs uni commute bike, but feel like stretching (student finance/part time job) for dura ace njs hubs and silver spokes, for about £235, should I do it?

yes, anything to get rid of those horrendous hubs, and get low profile box rims as well… I'm a cycling classicist though.

really nice frame.
quest
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3517 posts since 11/7/11

14 Jan 2014 20:11
my disgusting uni commuter