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I've been put in charge of procuring a road bike for Wilkie's attack on the Corto in May. My suggestion of a super record equipped carbon job in my size (you can put the saddle down) was met with silence and a raised eyebrow. So.
Budget under a grand.
Minimum spec 105 or veloce
Best I've come up with so far are a Cube Axial ladies road bike 105 with ultegra rm and Easton E30 wheel and a Kona Lisa rd with a similar spec and Shimano RS10 wheels both around £850. Anything better out there? Not much choice at this spec and price both are sale bikes. Is a ladies road bike necessary for a woman of 5' 7" - was told women have proportionately longer legs than men so require a frame with a shorter top tube.
Your thoughts please.