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Looking for an entry level road bike........looking at the Specialized Dolce 24 or the Trek 1.2....does anyone have any recommendations for either WSD?
A very grateful FC
No I havent' tried either yet....just internet surfing for an idea...I guess I will have to road test them, I guess most shops are happy to oblige a test run?
Not all - margins on new bikes are quite tight so they don't all want people taking their bikes for a spin and then buying off the internet. I reckon if they are willing to spend some time figuring out what size you want that is possibly more important - in my experience lots don't even do that.
Of the two the Trek looks like it's got a better groupset - couldn't vouch for the frame and wheels.
wow....lots of advice, thanks guys. My local shop has offered to get the specialized in for me so I guess that is a start although sometimes I feel it puts pressure on to buy. Not many shops have a good selection of WSD so it's difficult to shop around.
Sara be interested to know how you get on....good luck with that
I got the Specialized Dolce 24 and absolutely love it. It is my first road bike and the shop were great as they let me test them out and the Specialized just felt more comfortable by far.
Pluses for the Trek are it has proper Sora/Tiagra equipment and is 9 speed at the back. Plus it's got mudguard eyes and a bit more clearance which for some people isn't a consideration but for my money makes sense if you live in this country and you don't have another bike as a Winter trainer.
Specialized always used to get a good review for the quality of their frames on the cheaper bikes so that might be a plus point there.
If you are getting to sit/ride both then take the one that feels/looks nicest - but if they feel the same then on paper the Trek is a bit better.
Ooooooooo.......just done some googling and found I've got one of these concept stores near me.
Now just have to talk to OH nicely to get an early birfday pressie as I can't wait!!!!!
No - I'm in London Dave. I've just been over there for a quick look. They recommend the Dolce Sport at £690 or something (ouch), will make sure it fits me and will accompany on a ride before I decide to buy. I'm going to shop around though, but very tempted if I the cycle scheme actually starts at work.
flaming chubster - don't know where you live but sigma sports seem to stock both brands so it would be easy to compare and they are meant to be a good shop. I might just pop along there too.......Sigma.
This is exciting.
Hey, this has got everyone looking for new bikes! I live in Herts so I can easily get to a lot of good bike shops.......Leisure Wheels are on my doorstep , have also had a look at Evans in MK. Will have a look at Sigma Sports , if there is one near it would be great to compare both on same day.
Thanks for all the advice
Ooooooh good luck sara. To be honest I got a bit worried when the shop said they'd accompany me on a ride cos I'm scared stiff of looking a plonker wobbling all over till I find my balance.
well done and glad you like it.
sara - a bikes a bike...... if you have the balance etc from a MTB then a couple of rides and you will be sorted.
tri bars next...???? took me 20 mins to love them......
LOL OC! Think I will wait and see if I like this tri lark before I buy anymore kit.
Went out today to see if I could ride in a straight line, and was much better. A few wobbles and issues with my gear changing! However knocked 12mins off my old MTB time for my short route without trying-so can see the massive difference it makes.