So if you had around $2K to buy a bike you'd buy.....

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Postby GregPankhurst » 04 Apr 2014, 19:55

So as of this afternoon, N=0.

I don't though plan on going sans bike for long. My plan is to get something that offers perhaps a more comfy (endurance frames or sportive bikes appear to be the terms of the day) ride and more relaxed geometry.

From my reading of (mainly Bike Radar) reviews, I'm guessing a Giant Defy Advanced, Trek Domane, Cannondale Synapse and Specialized Roubaix will be on the short list. I also rode a Cell Akuna today and was a little underwhelmed to be honest.

Just wondering what other people would look at if they were looking at the moment based on a budget of 2K-ish?

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 05 Apr 2014, 15:54

Please don't get a Cell...

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Postby kend » 05 Apr 2014, 19:01

hi Greg
I bought a Domane last year and love it. Very comfortable and stable ride. Feel like I could ride it all day.

Good luck with the decision. Took me ages to decide what to buy.


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Postby humanbeing » 05 Apr 2014, 19:33

Steel is real.
Just throwing it out there :wink:

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Postby GregPankhurst » 07 Apr 2014, 15:09

So wanted to try a Trek Domane but don't want to deal with Clarence St Cyclery (where I've been underwhelmed with the customer experience ). Can anyone recommend a good Trek store (I see park bikes at Homebush deal in trek - they any good?)

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Postby timothy_clifford » 07 Apr 2014, 15:58

Fraser Cycles at Taren Point? I only have limited dealings with them but they sell Trek.

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Postby jimmy » 09 Apr 2014, 09:22

I've dealt with Park Bikes at Homebush, one of the owners (Nash) used to work at Renegade where he was well regarded. At least if nothing else, you have a good place to test the bike at Homebush (but not right now).

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Postby paul » 10 Apr 2014, 16:39

Renegade in Lane Cove are having a Trek sale. My wife bought her bike from them (the salesman was the aforementioned Nash), and the service was good. That was a few years ago though.

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Postby Rod Isaacs » 11 Apr 2014, 15:09

Have to say that I'm pretty impressed with the Giant Defy Advanced. Smooth and fast, and great bang for buck. I've got a recent model in M/L size if you wanted to take one for a decent spin (CP with Sat Slowies?). 0407060850 if you would like to give it a berl.
Cheers, Rod.

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Postby GregPankhurst » 12 Apr 2014, 10:17

Thanks for all the input, and the offer Rod.

n again = 1. I've ended up with a Focus Cayo. Rode a Synapse and a Domane but the Cayo won out. In the pure geometry stakes there are more Sportive flavoured bikes, but it handled brilliantly and still felt comfy. More on my blog here: ... steed.html

Impressed with Park Bikes and the Bicycle Garage in Lilyfield. Both offered great service

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