Bicycle ERA |OT| This Is Why

If you want to get attention when you ride, get the Loma. If you just want a decent bike, get the Specialized.

Without links to the specs it's hard to say for sure though (I can't tell road parts by sight).
 
Whut?! How did they get that groupset on there for that price?!
Is it a cardboard frame?

The welds are nasty though

I imagine it’s the same 6061 aluminium used in the current line with carbon forks which is standard for the models they replace. Yeah it’s not pretty but the 540 is one of the most comfortable bikes I’ve ever ridden so I’ll happily lose some style for practicality.
 
Ty everyone for their answers!

What particular concerns do you have with "is not a real road bike"?
Slightly wider, not as high pressure tires, etc. But perhaps I'm overthinking things.

Aside from a bit more tire clearance, I'm not sure that the Sirrus has any more "mountain cycling credentials" than something like the Diverge does. Both bikes can leave the pavement just fine, but neither is really designed to handle nicely on technical stuff.
I guess marketing got me, since the Sirrus is a full hybrid, while the Diverge is an road adventure.


What special care does it require?
The frame needs greasing every month, like high-end furniture.

In what way are you suspicious that it's not a road bike? That thing is, in no uncertain terms, a road bike.
I'm not as sure that is as performant as the other bikes. That's all.

I have to admit I'm actually a bit impressed, in a confused way. For a weird low-end machine trying to look high-performance, there's some serious effort in this one. The aesthetics actually sort of achieve what they're aiming for. And although I was initially baffled by the "TRIATHLON" decals, thinking that this was an attempt at tricking people who hadn't seen an actual triathlon bike since the 1980s... I realized that it is actually inspired by the 1980s Benotto Triathlon model line!

Bizarre.
Benotto still makes nice bikes, but is either this cheap models, something even cheaper (sub $300) or a $5k full carbon one from them.

My vote goes for the Diverge. The Benotto is a trap, it won't feel nearly as good as the other alternatives and the cheapass parts will wear out way quicker.
Ty.

If you want to get attention when you ride, get the Loma. If you just want a decent bike, get the Specialized.

Without links to the specs it's hard to say for sure though (I can't tell road parts by sight).
Specs of the Loma are here. https://bamboocycles.com/product/durango/

If you just want a cheap road bike, a vanilla Specialized Allez is plenty good for riding.

https://www.specialized.com/us/en/allez/p/129052?color=239797-129052
I was thinking about one of those too, yes.

I think i will go for the Diverge. Thanks all!
 
Bottom bracket creaking is so annoying. I gave my bike a good wash and it went away for like a day, then back again. I got a new Izumi Track chain, 15 tooth Dura-Ace Track Cog and Dura-Ace Lockring. I've put about 3000 miles on the stock KMC chain on my Kilo TT and I feel like I can push a 48:15 ratio. I have no wrenching skills whatsoever, nor the parts, so I will just go to my trusted bike mechanic and have him put it all together, hopefully can fix the creaky BB too. I don't notice any issues outside of the sound, but it's so annoying.
 
Bottom bracket creaking is so annoying. I gave my bike a good wash and it went away for like a day, then back again. I got a new Izumi Track chain, 15 tooth Dura-Ace Track Cog and Dura-Ace Lockring. I've put about 3000 miles on the stock KMC chain on my Kilo TT and I feel like I can push a 48:15 ratio. I have no wrenching skills whatsoever, nor the parts, so I will just go to my trusted bike mechanic and have him put it all together, hopefully can fix the creaky BB too. I don't notice any issues outside of the sound, but it's so annoying.
Yeah, it’s one of those things that could be anything. The BB? The cranks? The pedals?

If it’s the bottom bracket, people swear by teflon tape on the threads. Others say Loctite.
 
I had issues with a creak I couldn’t resolve.

My LBS had it fixed in no time. Also adjusted my shifters, derailleurs, tightened a few spokes, cleaned and reattached my pedals...
All for €25

I’m never ever doing those things myself again.
 
So dumb question, but did you make sure to thread the pedals on correctly? They don't thread in normal righty tighty. The left side pedal will thread on by screwing in towards the tire.

A local bike shop might be able to just use a hela coil or swap the crank arm.
Pretty sure I did, it felt completely normal when screwing it in and for the first day of riding.
 
Oh my, that RC520 looks good. Alu frame, carbon fork, 105 groupset, mudguard eyes and bosses, clearance for 38c tyres? The only slight dampener is that it's hybrid mech/hyrdo brakes rather than full hydraulic, but that's an extremely unfair criticism given that it's under £750... I know Decathlon have some massive economies of scale but getting that much bike for the money seems like some sort of witchcraft.

I'm massively tempted to grab one as a year-round commuter.
 
Oh my, that RC520 looks good. Alu frame, carbon fork, 105 groupset, mudguard eyes and bosses, clearance for 38c tyres? The only slight dampener is that it's hybrid mech/hyrdo brakes rather than full hydraulic, but that's an extremely unfair criticism given that it's under £750... I know Decathlon have some massive economies of scale but getting that much bike for the money seems like some sort of witchcraft.

I'm massively tempted to grab one as a year-round commuter.
The TRP hybrid's rate very well fwiw. Mainly they have slightly better stopping power than the mechanicals, but they can stil have that looser pull.

I want hybrid's on my next bike because I don't want the maintenance of full hydros and have been looking at the Yokozuna Motoko (http://www.yokozunausa.com/morodibr.html) which are rebranded Juin Tech R1's just without the reservoir.
 
My personal preference is for full hydraulic, as I don't find the maintenance a problem and find they modulate better than mech or hybrid, but at the same time hybrids are a good solution (especially because full hydraulic STIs are just insanely expensive). Either way, it's good that we have ever more high-quality brake options out there.
 
How do you (UK) guys feel about Evans Cycles potentially becoming the next national high street store to disappear? I hope they secure funding, which it seems they are aiming to do by the end of the coming week. Having lost Maplin, ToysRUs and even PoundWorld, it's not looking all that great for the UK high street lately.
 
How do you (UK) guys feel about Evans Cycles potentially becoming the next national high street store to disappear? I hope they secure funding, which it seems they are aiming to do by the end of the coming week. Having lost Maplin, ToysRUs and even PoundWorld, it's not looking all that great for the UK high street lately.
Closest to me is an hour drive, and other online outlets are just more competitive on pricing, but its a sign of the hardships online has brought unless you're in a niche market its a hard fight
 
On one hand it'll be a shame to lose a cycling specialist retailer from the high street, but on the other hand Evans are just having done to them what they've done to countless LBS over the years - being squeezed out of existence by bigger players.

If they do go, I'll be slightly sad because there's an Evans within a couple of minutes of my office and it's always nice to be able to walk in and look at kit and bikes in the flesh. My work also do an 8% discount for Evans. And their price matching to the likes of Wiggle means that it's a lot more convenient to order stuff from them and just pick it up during the work day (even if said price matching is probably a contributory factor to their lack of profitability).
 
Bicycle and especially parts pricing is completely insane and one of the big reasons why these online giants take over. Shimano parts are up to 3 times more expensive in a brick & mortar shop here, compared to Wiggle or Bike24.
 
Sometimes it's nice to be able to see something or try it on/test ride it before buying which is why I like high street stores (not just LBS). Granted yes, its generally cheaper online but you sometimes risk having to go through the hassle of returns if its a new item/brand and the sizing is off etc. My closest Evans isn't local so it won't affect me much in that way but it's still not a good thing to see there demise. I hope they can continue, more outlets = Better pricing between competitor stores = Consumer wins.
 
Bicycle and especially parts pricing is completely insane and one of the big reasons why these online giants take over. Shimano parts are up to 3 times more expensive in a brick & mortar shop here, compared to Wiggle or Bike24.
That’s because shimano heavily regulates their store accounts but gives no fucks about online

Sometimes it's nice to be able to see something or try it on/test ride it before buying which is why I like high street stores (not just LBS). Granted yes, its generally cheaper online but you sometimes risk having to go through the hassle of returns if its a new item/brand and the sizing is off etc. My closest Evans isn't local so it won't affect me much in that way but it's still not a good thing to see there demise. I hope they can continue, more outlets = Better pricing between competitor stores = Consumer wins.
This is a bing reason I’ll never buy Canyon or YT
 
Recently purchase my first bike (since I was a child) to ride to work occasionally and improve my fitness. Parking at work is literally hell, despite living 10 minutes away I leave an hour before im due to start.

I purchased a BMC Alpenchallenge 02 Three 2018 Hybrid Bike after being advised by a colleague of mine who's a huge bike enthusiast.

Unfortunately it wasn't the bike for me, it's far too road bike and not enough hybrid so I've returned it for a specialized rock hopper pro 2019

Seems OK so far, but does anyone have any opinions about this bike?
 
Sometimes it's nice to be able to see something or try it on/test ride it before buying which is why I like high street stores (not just LBS). Granted yes, its generally cheaper online but you sometimes risk having to go through the hassle of returns if its a new item/brand and the sizing is off etc. My closest Evans isn't local so it won't affect me much in that way but it's still not a good thing to see there demise. I hope they can continue, more outlets = Better pricing between competitor stores = Consumer wins.
Aye, sizing is a total minefield and the hassle of returns can be a real pain. And bricks and mortar shops are great for simple things like checking the fit of an item or seeing whether the colour looks nice in the flesh compared to on the screen.
 
Recently purchase my first bike (since I was a child) to ride to work occasionally and improve my fitness. Parking at work is literally hell, despite living 10 minutes away I leave an hour before im due to start.

I purchased a BMC Alpenchallenge 02 Three 2018 Hybrid Bike after being advised by a colleague of mine who's a huge bike enthusiast.

Unfortunately it wasn't the bike for me, it's far too road bike and not enough hybrid so I've returned it for a specialized rock hopper pro 2019

Seems OK so far, but does anyone have any opinions about this bike?
The Rockhopper is pretty much a traditional XC mountain bike. It's not all that fashionable because everyone gets sold the dream of going down Whistler on an enduro bike. However, I think the humble XC hardtail is the best jack of all trades bike.


That’s because shimano heavily regulates their store accounts but gives no fucks about online
Regulates pricing wise perhaps, but quality of service is not one of them. The importer here is worthless.
 
I'm a fan of Evans. It's one of the few places I'll buy from instore.

That said, I own both a YT and a Canyon, and they're both amazing bikes so I'm also a big fan of direct retail.
 
I'm a fan of Evans. It's one of the few places I'll buy from instore.

That said, I own both a YT and a Canyon, and they're both amazing bikes so I'm also a big fan of direct retail.
You're their perfect target customer though. There's been a few people in my area who have bought direct to consumer only to end up pestering local shops non-stop over them. Basically, not mechanically inclined people who understand maintenace.

Regulates pricing wise perhaps, but quality of service is not one of them. The importer here is worthless.
I keep forgetting the regional differences of where we are. I'm lucky around here but I'm sure in some areas it sucks
 
Say hello to my new pride!

Specialized Roubaix.



In the end, I opted for a different model altogether.

The reasons were:

  • Its a color I liked.
  • It was only $100 more expensive.
  • And, more importantly, it was my size! (The Diverge was a bit small).
What worries me:
  • Its a full carbon frame.
  • Tiagra instead of 105.
Its it true that carbon is more fragile!? Did I made a good choice, ERA!?
 
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Say hello to my new pride!

Specialized Roubaix.



In the end, I opted for a different model altogether.

The reasons were:

  • Its a color I liked.
  • It was only $100 more expensive.
  • And, more importantly, it was my size! (The sirrus was a bit small).
What worries me:
  • Its a full carbon frame.
  • Tiagra instead of 105.
Its it true that carbon is more fragile!? Did I made a good choice, ERA!?
Nice bike, good choice.

As for your worries:

1: What do you think will happen exactly? They wont fall apart. Carbon is more compliant/shock absorbing and therefore will give a more comfortable ride. It wont break, but if you fall off at speed, it could damage the frame which might only be detectable by doing a scan, but that's no different to any frame, just don't fall off.

2: Nothing wrong with new Tiagra. My main issue with it, is that it's 10sp and therefore a pain to swap wheels over quickly as you'll need spacers with those setup as 11sp. Other than that, there's no "issue" so to speak. I'd rather have Tiagra and a better frame, than a poorer frame with 105.

Hope that all makes sense, it's been a long day.
 
Carbon is fine. The 'damage' tends to happen more with cheaper carbon offerings, specifically wheels, but in general they're fine. The issue is as T8SC mentioned, when you crash the carbon may crack more easily, which is fine because you don't want to ride cracked/crashed carbon.
 
Say hello to my new pride!

Specialized Roubaix.



In the end, I opted for a different model altogether.

The reasons were:

  • Its a color I liked.
  • It was only $100 more expensive.
  • And, more importantly, it was my size! (The Diverge was a bit small).
What worries me:
  • Its a full carbon frame.
  • Tiagra instead of 105.
Its it true that carbon is more fragile!? Did I made a good choice, ERA!?
That's an awesome bike and will serve you well, grats!

Nothing wrong with carbon, and every bike has a carbon fork these days anyway. If you ride lots of gravel you can have your bike shop put some protective tape on the downtube for peace of mind. I put Gorilla clear repair tape on mine but it's not quite as elegant as bike specific solutions.
 
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Looking for a gravel bike, with the intention of doing an endurance event in April called the dirty riever here In Northumberland.

Budget is around £1000. Think aluminium frame , so hopefully have better components. Not sure whether to go 1x or not.

Anyone got any suggestions? Been looking at Ridley x-trails.
 
Looking for a gravel bike, with the intention of doing an endurance event in April called the dirty riever here In Northumberland.

Budget is around £1000. Think aluminium frame , so hopefully have better components. Not sure whether to go 1x or not.

Anyone got any suggestions? Been looking at Ridley x-trails.
Vitus Substance and PlanetX Full Monty seem interesting to me. The Vitus is steel!
 
Any recommendation for a middle range clipless pedals for my new bike? Ty!
Shimano R7000 SPD-SL.

I've not tried them, but I use the 6800 (Ultegra), 9000 & 9100 (Both Dura-Ace) pedals and they're without fault. No doubt the brand new R7000 (105) will be just as good as my old 6800 (Ultegra) pedals.
 
Any recommendation for a middle range clipless pedals for my new bike? Ty!
If you're going to ride lots of gravel and/or want to be able to walk with your cycling shoes, get regular SPD pedals. Shimano M520 is dirt cheap and lasts forever, so I wouldn't necessarily look any further than that. M530 is a version with a bit of a platform for those who like it. For dedicated road pedals I agree with T8SC.
 
Just to add, if you are wanting mainly road pedals (Which I assumed in my post above), you might want to see if there are any Shimano 5800 pedals left, they might be getting sold off cheap since the R7000 has been released recently.
 
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Have used the older 105 SPD-SL for last couple years, I've never dialed them in quite as nicely as my old LOOKs, the float on them feels a bit weirder, but no real complaints or issues beyond that, except failing to check cleats are tightened and finding a missing bolt once a year...
 
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