I want a carbon-framed bike ( a Focus ?? )

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I want a carbon-framed bike ( a Focus ?? )

Postby AlastairS » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:20 pm

Hi, I tried the Focus Culebro Sl3.0 in my local store. I liked it, though had a longer reach than some of the other bikes I tried so I thought. I tried a few other bikes too.
including Roubaix SL4. I decided the Carbon framed bikes are more comfortable over bumps than the aluminium ones and lighter too of course. Anyway, I would like a carbon bike.

I just wondered what Carbon bikes around £1000 - £1200 people on the forum have and like ?

I didn't try the Focus Cayo 4.0, but it might be one I would consider.

Whichever bike I buy,, I would like it to take those Crud RoadRacer mudguards and (maybe) 25mm tyres as I would use it occassionaly in the winter too.
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Re: Focus

Postby Tonyf33 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:54 am

You're probably on the wrong forum for advice regarding CF bikes, not many on here advocate them or have them
You'd be best of checking out Bike Radar or Road CC, here's one article http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/708 ... road-bikes
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Re: Focus

Postby ChrisButch » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:19 am

I have the triple chainset version of the Focus Cayo, now about four years old (triple version no longer offered, unfortunately). Excellent bike. To start with I found it a bit skittish on descents, but I think that was just me adjusting to the different balance on a much shorter wheelbase than I'd been used to. It's coped very well on everything from long trips in the Alps and the Hebrides to audaxes and sportives in the southwest. It is, however, very much a summer-only 'best bike', so I haven't needed to test it in winter conditions. I've switched to slightly narrower bars and upgraded the wheels and saddle, but not changed much else. I did have an early problem with the BB fitted (Truvativ GPX), which soon showed signs of wear, but since I replaced that with a Hope BB with GPX adapters everything's been fine.
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Re: Focus

Postby [XAP]Bob » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:36 am

Tonyf33 wrote:You're probably on the wrong forum for advice regarding CF bikes, not many on here advocate them or have them
You'd be best of checking out Bike Radar or Road CC, here's one article http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/708 ... road-bikes

Plenty of CF bikes on here - just also a tendency to ask "why do you want..." about any specific request. If I said I wanted a roller brake that could bolt onto a disc hub I'd expect to be asked why I thought that was a good idea, what I actually wanted to do and have other suggestions made.

In this case the "CF please" was accompanied by "more comfortable than Al", so various suggestions could be made off that...

Of course I'd expect the weaknesses of an "I want X" to be pointed out as well...
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Re: Focus

Postby JenniferAdcock » Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:54 pm

AlastairS wrote:I just wondered what Carbon bikes around £1000 - £1200 people on the forum have and like ?


Planetx Pro Carbon. It's a very nice entry level carbon bike for 1k.
http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/FBPXSLPSHU ... -road-bike

Do I like it? For day rides I much prefer it to the old Alu frame I was riding. It is nimble and quick and a lovely bike.
For touring and all day comfort I prefer an Alu bike, with a triple and lower gears for hill climbing.

Of course, I would still love an SL something crazy light bike with Dura Ace or Sram Red with carbon everything including the cranks and just for the hell of it neon glow in the dark lights. I just lack the 10k to buy one 8)
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Re: Focus

Postby Tonyf33 » Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:04 pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:
Tonyf33 wrote:You're probably on the wrong forum for advice regarding CF bikes, not many on here advocate them or have them
You'd be best of checking out Bike Radar or Road CC, here's one article http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/708 ... road-bikes

Plenty of CF bikes on here - just also a tendency to ask "why do you want..." about any specific request. If I said I wanted a roller brake that could bolt onto a disc hub I'd expect to be asked why I thought that was a good idea, what I actually wanted to do and have other suggestions made.

In this case the "CF please" was accompanied by "more comfortable than Al", so various suggestions could be made off that...

Of course I'd expect the weaknesses of an "I want X" to be pointed out as well...

You prove my point exactly..thanks
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Re: Focus

Postby [XAP]Bob » Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:17 pm

Tonyf33 wrote:
[XAP]Bob wrote:
Tonyf33 wrote:You're probably on the wrong forum for advice regarding CF bikes, not many on here advocate them or have them
You'd be best of checking out Bike Radar or Road CC, here's one article http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/708 ... road-bikes

Plenty of CF bikes on here - just also a tendency to ask "why do you want..." about any specific request. If I said I wanted a roller brake that could bolt onto a disc hub I'd expect to be asked why I thought that was a good idea, what I actually wanted to do and have other suggestions made.

In this case the "CF please" was accompanied by "more comfortable than Al", so various suggestions could be made off that...

Of course I'd expect the weaknesses of an "I want X" to be pointed out as well...

You prove my point exactly..thanks

Really - in that case I missed your point entirely.

People here will try to understand what you are trying to do, rather than blindly throwing bikes at you.
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Re: I want a carbon-framed bike ( a Focus ?? )

Postby foxyrider » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:32 pm

Peugeot CR - rebuilt mine with Campy Super Record but the CR03 is in your price range.

Rides brilliantly, very comfortable set up and shorter tt than some. Used on hilly Sportives (Pennines) and long Sportives (200km) and it performs better than the Giant SCR it replaced and i thought that was good!

Someone mentioned the Planet X - colleague has one of these, 8 stone wet through, enjoys riding it but has had 2 broken gear hangers in under a year - easily sorted but annoying!
Convention? what's that then?
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Re: I want a carbon-framed bike ( a Focus ?? )

Postby martin.philpot.3 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:08 pm

Boardman team carbon. So good I bought a boardman team pro SLR, check them out in Halfords website; you can pick up some second hand Boardman teams too.
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