Hey guys, I am considering on buying my first road bike. I really want a carbon (monocoque) framed bike with Ultegra, but with finances tight am prepared to have 105s minimum, with the option of upgrading rims and tires.
The bike I am considering is a CF Orbea Onix T105, and looking to upgrade the Shimano R500 rims to either Fulcrum 5's or Mavic Ksyriums and some quality Kevlar tires. Is that a good choice of rim to go for?. I went into 'The complete cycle' in Port Noarlunga and spoke to Peter about it. Said I could get this bike for $1999, plus the added upgrades. Is this a good price? Any room for haggling?
I am a sportive type rider with the occasional sprint thrown in for good measure, and I wanted to get a bike I can hold onto for a number of years and upgrade some components over time. Carbon framed is non negotiable in my eyes. Don't ask me why, I just want it.
Has anyone dealt with The Complete Cycle before and can vouch for their service abilities?
What about the Orbea brand, I have seen these bikes every now and again, do they have a good reputation amongst the riding elite, or is it considered 'average'? I just want to get an idea of what I should be expecting. I hear the Euskatel cycling team are being sponsored by Orbea, and that the Orbea carbon frames have a lifetime warranty. But that is the limit of my knowledge about the brand.
Any help or constructive advice would be appreciated.
Link to bike specs. http://www.evolutioncycles.com.au/cycle?page=shop.product_details&a...
Re your choice of tyres, I know very little about such things though I do like my Vittoria Randonneur. But your comment that most of your riding is on the Velloway and the Linear park makes me wonder if your choice of tyre should be more suited to such riding as opposed to hard and fast road riding. Rather than being ultra puncture resistant I would suggest that grip should be your main focus given that leaf litter, sand washouts, twigs etc are going to be your main issue rather than sharp glass, nails etc, this particularly applies to the coming damp/wet season.
Get the GatorHardshell's (Gatorskins plus more!)
Got them on my fixie commuter - sweet!
I have Gatorskins on a couple of bikes. They are a tiny bit harsher ride at 110 psi than the 4000's. They are very durable though and are usually cheapish from that 'W' online shop.
The bike pic looks killer...campy is good too...you might be able to get bar-tape done black as part of a service to be in line with velominati...ie black, black, black
Congrats Shave - didn't realise you were getting the 2012 model :-)
Neither did I Matt. So yeah I am stoked to have gotten a great deal.
Congratulations Shav, great looking bike! Focus should employ you to do their marketing and PR! LOL
Might see you out on the Veloway some time soon.
Thanks Adam. I hope so too. Keep and eye out for me.
I have considered myself a mini reviewer. If I like something I usually like to talk about it,