Genesis Zeal 20 MGT vs Boardman SLR 8.9a

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ryanday1982
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Genesis Zeal 20 MGT vs Boardman SLR 8.9a

Postby ryanday1982 » 2 Jan 2019, 4:00pm

Hi,

I'm looking to purchase one of the following two bikes and am struggling to decide between them. This will be my second bike so going from a second hand Halfords cheapo which started my road cycling journey back in April. I'll be using the cycle to work scheme (Halfords scheme) so needs to be under £1k, Ideally 105 groupset and would be great to have carbon. It will be used for weekend rides, hopefully a few sportives over the summer 20/30/40 miles sessions, so an Endurance or sportive bike is what I'm after, nothing too aggressive. I'm (5 foot 9, 70 kgs) now not a novice but not an expert either, so looking for something that will help push me, without terrifying me! So, the two bikes in question are;

- https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/ ... -road-bike
- £840, was £1000
- 105 groupset (tektro brakes)
- Aluminum frame, carbon fork
- Mavic CXP Elite wheels, Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres
- Pros = Looks nice, better wheel setup, good second bike,easy for Halfords to service/fix.

- https://www.cyclerepublic.com/genesis-z ... -2018.html
- £899, was £1500
- 105 groupset
- Full carbon
- Jalco MRX-24 wheels, CST Compressor tyres
- Pros = Full carbon, better deal, full 105, Genesis a better brand (?)

Any advice appreciated!

Regards

Ryan

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Re: Genesis Zeal 20 MGT vs Boardman SLR 8.9a

Postby cycleruk » 2 Jan 2019, 5:26pm

A couple of thoughts -
Mudguards ?
The Boardman has a press-fit bottom bracket.
There's no such thing as a tailwind.
It's either a headwind, or you're going well.

Jamesh
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Re: Genesis Zeal 20 MGT vs Boardman SLR 8.9a

Postby Jamesh » 2 Jan 2019, 5:29pm

I would buy the genesis tbh.
Groupsets same
Wheels much of s muchness cxp more robust and the jayco propably lighter.
Frames - the zeal is a well made carbon frame. Endurance geometry.
Whilst the Boardman frame is alu but looks a bit utilitarian not a patch in the older Boardman triple butted alu frames.

Just my opinion

Cheers James

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Re: Genesis Zeal 20 MGT vs Boardman SLR 8.9a

Postby ryanday1982 » 4 Jan 2019, 7:15pm

Thanks both, all opinions welcome!

I’m leaning towards the Genesis for the frame and general prestige of the brand compared to the Boardman (no offense to Boardman!), I generally prefer the unknown or unique brands.

I’m not overally fused about mudguards as I’ll use the old bike as a winter bike or for a very rainy day, which does have mudguards.

Is a press fit bottom bracket a bad thing?

Thanks

Ryan

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Re: Genesis Zeal 20 MGT vs Boardman SLR 8.9a

Postby Jamesh » 6 Jan 2019, 7:03pm

Some will say a pressfit BB are sqeeky but I haven't found mine to be so despite using it in all weathers.
Btw there are some old style Boardman carbon framed bikes going for £650 at cycle Republic which I think is a bargain if they have your size.
Arguably the best entry level carbon bikes of the past decade?
(Just waiting the the Ribble and planet X boys to appear!)

Cheers James