Tempted by a more expensive bike ( than originally planned )

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Tempted by a more expensive bike ( than originally planned )

Postby weewards » 4 Jan 2018, 8:03pm

Hi everyone, I have been looking at the BTWIN Triban 540 & rode around the store at Decathlon & I was just about to purchase it when the wife said what about this one the Ultra 900 CF 105 at twice the price!

It was a lot lighter and a fantastic bike but much more than I was expecting to pay.

Will I regret purchasing it or should I stick with the very capable Triban 540 bike bearing in mind that in my late 50’s I probably won’t be entering competitions but would appreciate it’s ability to help me get up those hills :D

Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby Roadster » 4 Jan 2018, 11:26pm

Do not be distracted by sweets displayed at the checkout. Stick to your original plan.

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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby Brucey » 5 Jan 2018, 12:18am

if it were 2lbs lighter that will make you about 1% faster up the hills, (assuming that you and the bike are 200lbs total).

Ride and be happy!

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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby rmurphy195 » 5 Jan 2018, 12:40am

Brucey wrote:if it were 2lbs lighter that will make you about 1% faster up the hills, (assuming that you and the bike are 200lbs total).

Ride and be happy!

cheers


If you were 2lbs lighter (or emptied your pocket of non-essentials before a ride) this would have the same effect!

If you want help getting up the hills, look again at the gearing - if you haven't ridden for a while, you might find the 105 gearing just isn't low enough.
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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby SimonCelsa » 5 Jan 2018, 6:24am

Come on, your onto a winner here, your wife suggested a more expensive option???? Fill your boots.

Or consider this model which has a reputedly higher spec groupset, still quite light, good quality alloy frame for those scared of carbon, and a little cheaper:

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/ultra-720-a ... 31274.html

Think it's only available in small or large though.

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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby keyboardmonkey » 5 Jan 2018, 8:46am

rmurphy195 wrote:...If you want help getting up the hills, look again at the gearing - if you haven't ridden for a while, you might find the 105 gearing just isn't low enough.


I would agree in general terms, but as the OP is comparing these two bikes they would appear to have identical gearing.

weewards wrote:Will I regret purchasing it or should I stick with the very capable Triban 540 bike bearing in mind that in my late 50’s I probably won’t be entering competitions but would appreciate it’s ability to help me get up those hills.


If you can afford it buy it. If you can’t don’t. I’ve yet to meet a cyclist who wished they had bought a cheaper bike.

Having said that, the 540 has provision for a pannier rack and mudguards, if you plan to ride in all weathers and carry a bit of stuff on the bike. However, its Tektro brakes are inferior to those on the 900. Whichever bike you choose, weewards, I hope you get plenty of enjoyment out of it.

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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby eileithyia » 5 Jan 2018, 8:47am

Quote I have seen; 'Life is too short to ride **** bikes'. If you buy the one will you always have that nagging what if..... in the back of your mind.
When we young Dad had a Triumph but what he really wanted was the Dolomite.... and spent the next few years regretting and lusting after Dolomites.

I don't think the Triban is rubbish it is a good entry level bike, but you are being given a green light to buy a more expensive, lighter upgrade... go for it.... and enjoy.
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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby brynpoeth » 5 Jan 2018, 8:56am

You could buy two different cheap bikes

I don't think paying much more is necessary, often cheaper bikes/other things are simpler, more robust
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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby Vorpal » 5 Jan 2018, 12:10pm

Why not try them out and decide for yourself if it is worth the extra money?

Try some bikes at other shops, too. I'm certain that the Ultra is the better bike, and it gets good reviews, too.

What do you want to do with the bike?

Just buying a bike and getting out and riding it is a good way to return to cycling.

However, you may find in a few months, or a year or two that you want a different bike. Or that you want to try touring. Or mountain biking. In which case, it may be better to have saved the money for the next bike :D

On the other hand, if you get the one you like best, you may be more likely to ride it.

Only you can decide about things like that.

A few bits of advice, if you want them...

Get the shop to set it up for you, or do a fitting.
Don't start with the handlebars lower than the saddle.
Have a look at http://wheel-easy.org.uk/uploads/docume ... 02017a.pdf
If you want to ride on any cycle paths, you probably want the fattest tyres a road bike will take (25 or 28 mm wide, typically)
Keep an eye on your tyre pressure. The skinnier your tyres are, the more important that is.
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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby the snail » 5 Jan 2018, 2:23pm

I think the riding position would sway my decision, the 540 looks fairly relaxed, the other one is too full-on racer for me. If I hadn't ridden a road bike before I think I'd play safe and get the 540. It looks good value, well specced for the money, and rack/mudguards mean it's a versatile bike. OTOH, the 900 looks great if that's the type of ride that suits you.

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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby crazydave789 » 5 Jan 2018, 8:45pm

go with what you wanted originally.

I bought a second hand bike last year 15 year old MARIN with less than 500 miles on it that cost around 900 new. the guy got it as a retirement present then never used it. I see too many people pay expensive for a benefit they will never see like my neighbour who spend 500 quid 'upgrading' perfectly good wheels because someone said it would make him go faster.

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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby mercalia » 5 Jan 2018, 9:08pm

of course she might be testing you - "well if he can fork out that much money for a ****** bike then I deserve a XXXXXXXX, how can he say no? 8) " You already know hwo much she wants to spend on her self now :lol: snip it in the bud before you regret it

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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby Roadster » 6 Jan 2018, 1:16am

You didn't go looking for that more expensive carbon jobbie, did you? You hadn't even noticed that bauble until it was brought to your attention, nor had you even thought of buying a bike like that until it was suggested to you.
With respect, this is not the best way to choose a bicycle. You should do more research, decide on the type of bike best suited to your intended use and then look around for the best deal. Have a clear plan and stick to it.

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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby SmilerGB » 6 Jan 2018, 4:29am

Its all down to you at the end of the day, personnel I've had bikes from the lower end of the scale & they have been nothing but problems & a horrible ride.

I actually own a B'twin ultra 720 af now, the difference was unbelievable compared to the lower end bikes, better ride & reliability I've had no issues since purchasing it last year & have not ever regretted my decision to invest in a higher end bike. :D
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Re: Newbie seeking advice

Postby Phileas » 6 Jan 2018, 6:16am

I see no reason to spend more. Stick to the original plan.