Hailing at $1399, the Polygon Strattos S5 sports a lightweight alloy frame in Polygon’s own design. Endowed with a pure Shimano 105 5800 22 speed groupset, you get 11 gears and Shimano’s third-tiered groupset directly below Ultegra. The Strattos S5 weighs 9.3kg on a 53cm frame.
The Cannondale CAAD8 105 retails at $1320 and boasts an Optimized 6061 Alloy Frame imbued with Synapse Active Vibration Elimination (SAVE) and Bottom Bracket 30 (BB30) technologies. Apart from in-house technologies, you also get the Shimano 105 groupset but Cannondale has merged it with a FSA Gossamer chainset armed with aforesaid BB30 technology.
With a top price tag of $1581, the Merida Scultura 400 is clad in Scultura’s Lite Frame made from Merida’s high quality Triple Butted Prolite 66 material. It also offers you the Shimano 105 5800 22 speed groupset similar to the Strattos S5. You get 11 gears. Notwithstanding its price, the Scultura bears the lightest weight of 8.65kg.
Coming at $839, the Oyama Spark ADV 2.7 is the most affordable of the lot. However, don’t let its price tag fool you – the bike sports an Italian-designed Aerodynamic Alloy 6061 Frame with internal cable routing, giving the bike a nice clean appearance. You get an entry-level Shimano Sora 18 speed Derailleur System with Microshift Shifters instead of the 105 offered by the other 2 bikes.
Each bike has its pros and cons consummate with its price tag. You may be more or less particular to the specs each bike offers. However, do bear in mind that it is a matter of choice; with a budget of $1500, you can’t go wrong with any of these 4 bikes.
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