Posted on: 10th Aug 2016 7:04 PM
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"Formerly posted by Greybach:
"Formerly posted by frozzberg:
I've considered merida before as it saves me a couple hundreds, however I've a few concerns: resale value, quality of frame as compared to bigger brands and warranty of frames. In fact my first bike was a hybrid merida which I've sold a week ago in order to make way for my new road bike (= "
Regarding "quality of the frame as compared to bigger brands"
Merida and Giant are the top 1 and top 2 bike manufacturers by volume. They might be Taiwan-based (manufacturing) but they have European (both are German?) engineering. They make the carbon sheets for the other "bigger brands" actually
If you are aiming to participate races/crits in the not-too-distant future, you should get Reacto / Propel --- aero shape, aggressive geometry
If you are aiming to do a lot hill/mountain climbing, go for Scultura / TCR / Tarmac / Emonda / CAAD --- traditional geometry
If you want long rides (centuries, sportives, etc), go for Defy / Merida Ride / Roubaix / Domane - and get a non-disc version if you plan to ride in formally organized events. These bikes can usually take 28/30/32 tires --- comfort geometry
If your budget goes up, go for a Canyon
but don't forget the "feel" of the bike that I mentioned previously, this should be your #1 concern
btw, Decathlon is selling a BTwin alu roadbike with 105 groupset at 1,299 SGD. Their stock sizing sucks (mostly M, ML, L sizes) but sometimes have S. They also have cheaper versions
Thank you for the length explanation and various choices listed above. My general forecasted usage would be mostly on flats around sg roads and the average mileage should range from 40-70km per trip (thats if i take into consideration the group that I would be joining in with my friend in it).
I doubt I will be into serious cycing e.g taking part in competitions, I would just be cycling for leisure and making new friends but at the same time want to be good at it as well.
As of now Im unsure if difference in frame weight e.g Giant TCR vs TCR SLR would play a huge role in my cycling experience, so far only got to test ride the CAAD 10 from cannondale and thoroughly enjoyed that ride as compared to the Merida Hybrid I was previously riding.
As for my current list of bikes under consideration, I have a few lingering considerations for each model:
1) Giant TCR 1 - This costs 1.25k w/ Tiagras , at my current level it should suffice but its hard to tell how much i would be losing out if i get this frame as compared to lets say the TCR SLR frame w/ 105's. This pricing fits well within my original intended budget to. Fit is good on this.
2) Giant TCR SLR2 - This costs 1.8k w/ 105's and i can definitely feel the weight difference as compared to the TCR 1 just by carrying it, however I did not have the opportunity to test ride both Bikes as Tay Cycle does not provide the option of test rides. Fit is good on this as it was on the TCR 1.
3) Giant Propel SLR 2 - This costs 1.8k w/ 105's for the 2016 model, geometry wise as you said it definitely feels a little bit more aggressive but not to the point where i feel significantly less comfortable than I feel on the TCR geometry. Design wise this sort of ties w/ the TCR SLR 2. Not to mention their almost similar weights.
4) Cannondale CAAD 10 - This is on discount at 2.1k w/ 105's. I had the opportunity to test ride it and it was a blast. Frame fit and design are up to my taste as well, however the extra $300 premium makes it hard to justify over an equally capable Giant TCR SLR 2 and Giant Propel SLR 2 interms of Specs. As for ride compared to the above mentioned Giants, its a pity i did not get to ride the Giants to have a better comparison.
5) Merida Scultura 400 - This costs around 1.5k sgd, while it presents itself as the better value to the Giant mostly, the spec sheet shows it doesnt run full 105 components, also the design language isnt right up to my taste, however fit is definitely not an issue here. The 200-300$ in savings here is what it has going for it though.
6) Here comes the Canyons, now i can get an Ultimate Al SLX 9.0 Alu Frame w/ Ultegras for $USD1409 or their Ultimate CF SL7.0 Carbon Frame w/ 105's for $USD1499. Fit wise I cannot comment as I can only rely on the Canyon Online fitter to determine the appropriate frame size for me. As for the actual Bike fit itself I have an experienced friend who would be able to do it for me. Design is pretty much the best looking one to me out of all the bikes listed above. When converting the currency to SGD, their prices are approximately 2.4-2.5k SGD which is way above my initial budget.
The canyons seem to have way lighter frames than all the above mentioned bikes, if budget allows I would surely go for either the Alu or Carbon Canyons, however that decision lies on the "financial gods" at home (:
I apologise for the lenghty post above, those are just my thoughts on each of the individual bikes I am considering. As this is a pretty huge investment from my side, I would want to make sure I make a decision I would not regret. Assuming I wouldnt have the budget for the Canyons, Im pretty much spoilt for choice between options #1-5 hahaha . Appreciate any advice I could get on this!