This follows up on a forum post I made 6 or so months ago, in which I was asking about the viability of a bike upgrade. I’ve raced quite a bit since then, and my current bike just isn’t inspiring confidence. It’s really twitchy and descending at speed on chunky pavement is awful (I know because I hopped on a co-worker’s way-too-small-for-me Madone and that thing inspired much more confidence). Plus, the techs at the LBS say it’s a bit too small for me anyway (nonstandard size that fits between a 54-56, I’m 6’1’’, 1.85m).
Current bike only set me back $650, so I’m thinking that anything I get will be a pretty big upgrade. I’m still dealing with a limited budget though, with a hard top end of $2500 USD.
In my next bike, I want something that will serve me well racing, and that I can upgrade wheels etc on as I go. With that and my budget in mind I’m looking at either the Specialized Allez Sprint (disk or rim, as of yet undecided), or the Canyon Ultimate SL (also between disk or rim).
I’m not wed to these two, open to other suggestions as well, but these both seemed like a good fit for me.
- Steady state efforts
- Breakaway type stuff if I can figure out when to get away
- Bunch riding
- General confidence
- Get some upgrade points towards cat 3.
- Do better descending (I’m in an area with a good bit of climbing and I often have to chase back on after the downhill).
- Work towards my A race (a 4 day stage race with a crit and two hilly RRs).