Hi so here's my problem:I ride a mountain bike for cross country/commuting in england.Im living in oz for 2 months and I want a road bike (i'll take it home in 2 months when i leave oz)I need to buy…Continue
"Hi Spike. Sora (along with the 2200) is the entry level group set for Shimano. In product heirarchy order it goes...
It depends on your purse and the type of riding experience you want. Most entry level bikes…"
"Cate, it's true. I've a friend who builds bikes for other friends using high end components/parts. He reckons the UK is great value at the moment due to the strong Dollar and the weak Pound. Are we telling Spike it might be worth looking…"
"No matter what you get make sure it fits. Get the bike shop to measure you up and find out what size frame you need. Will totally save you getting the wrong size and then having back, leg, knee, shoulder etc issues from riding a bike that is too big…"
"Spike there are three Giant Defy bikes on the landing page associated with the following link - ranging in price from $999 - $1,300. As pointed out elsewhere I think they have Sora components.
"I did some research recently and found that Shimano manufacture a cheaper option than Sora ie, the 2200. For comparison the 2200 rear derailleur weighs in at a hefty 288g, as opposed to Dura Ace at 166g ...is that too geeky? If I think about it,…"
"wow thanks guys! i wasn't sure if i'd get a response....i like the idea of buying a second hand bike for many reasons price as well as promoting re-use over buying new but i think im too strapped for time and don't know enough yet to…"
"I'd agree with others about looking in Brisbane if that is where you are based (try Brisbane Cyclist for tips). When you are looking at road bikes, you generally need to tack on a few hundred dollars above the cost of a flat-bar bike. If you…"
"Depending on what you want the bike for.....I'd think $900 might be a bit low. If you were able to move up to around $1300 - $1400....you could get 105 components......and then you have a better bike. You could then use the bike for…"
"A lot of shops throw in a free service in the first 3 months, so it could be better to buy in Brisbane. Also it will be easier to get the setup cchanged in case something is notiquite right. Your price range will get you a reasonable bike, but at…"
"For that money (does it include shoes, pedals etc??), don't rule out a second hand bike. I bought my first road bike on ebay and it was a beauty. In my experience serious cyclists will often sell perfectly good bikes on ebay when they are…"