I am kinda in the market for a new bike.
I currently ride a 2013 Cervelo R5 with Zipp 303s - it’s a great bike, super lightweight, fast on decents, BUT it’s not exactly comfortable - the previous owner cut the steerer tube all the way down.
I don’t race, I just ride for fun. I’ve been riding for 5 years now and have been doing structured training for 2 years. Do I need such a high performance bike with carbon wheels, Zipp, Dura Ace, etc? NO!
BUT: I like nice equipment and it simply motivates me to hop on the bike and get out there riding. I just get a big grin on my face when I see a nice bike that I can call “mine”. So this question isn’t about performance per se - all the bikes I’m looking at are at a pretty high level.
During yesterday’s ride I also realized that after being used to disc breaks from my gravel bike, I just don’t feel confident descending with the Cervelo’s rim breaks any more - so I want to buy a new bike.
Normally, I’d allocate a budget of €4,000 - that would get me a Canyon Ultimate CF SL 8.0 aero with Di2 or something similar - a great bike no doubt. But there’s also the factor that I don’t feel comfortable buying a Canyon online and then going to the LBS if something needs to be done.
Now I got offered an S-Works Tarmac Disc with Dura Ace Di2, Roval wheels, Power Meter, Pro components, S-works saddle - a used bike from a UCI pro team sold directly by the team itself.
I’d have to clarify if this would be a training or raceday bike.
So my question:
What would you do - get the Canyon for 4k, the Tarmac for 5k…or even possibly another bike for 5k (stretch). I’d only extend my budget to 5k because the Tarmac normally costs 11k.