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If you plan on competing with other cyclists, look elsewhere....
on 9 December 2012
I bought this bike as my first endeavour into the road bike world. I've now done about 200 miles on it and I'm now looking to change it. I must say, for the money it's a good start but there are things that people need to be aware of:-
1) It is very heavy. If you put it along side bikes that are at just £300 you will really feel the difference. It makes getting it up hill a real struggle. Although it will help you improve your fitness quickly, if you go in a group you will be left for dust. I'm not the fittest of people but I'm no slug either and i struggle when I hit a hill. To put it in context, I am able to ride "on the wheel" of someone on the flat or lightly undulating and can keep up with them easily but then a slight hill comes and I lose my position. That brings me on to point 2
2) The Grip shifter are what i can only descibe as poo. If you want to change suddenly you can't and I find it makes me lose momentum a bit. On sti shifters you will can change much easier. I have looked at changing these but for the cost I'm just going to upgrade the whole bike.
3) On the same note, the gear ratios are poor. The cassette on the back is actually a screw on freewheel so you can't change it for much better either! Going up hill you have a good range to switch down into and just spin, but going down hill or on the flat, better gear ratios which you will find on other bikes will actually gain you in the reagion of 2+ meters per pedal turn. So sprinting aint going to happen. That applies to the crankset too where the big chain ring only has 46 teeth ( I think) where better road bikes that only cost a little more have 50-52
4) Bear in mind that this is a BIG bike. I bought it thinking the sizing was fine but I'm 5'9 and the saddle is the lowest it can go to get me in the right place. If I put it up higher I get pain in the tendons behind my knee and in my hamstrings.
On the plus side, I really like the colour scheme and other people I have ridden with do too! Also, it set up easily.
So if you just want to commute, start out slow, live in a flat area, are saving up for a better bike but want to ride in the mean time, then go for it! But if you want to go into Triathlons/ clubs/ groups, then think again!