A frequently asked question I’m sure, but I’m still curious to hear your thoughts. Basically I’m wondering: do I invest in my ‘old’ bike, or buy a new one?
I have a very light (7 and a bit kg) Focus Izalco Team SL 4.0 2014. Done about 40.000km on it. I live in a very flat area, only do real climbing maybe once a year. Should I get a new bike with a good aero frame and aero wheels, and will I feel the difference in speed (4000 euro budget)? Or should I throw on a new groupset, get some fancy wheels, save a lot of money and still be faster than before?
I have my Focus Izalco Team SL 4.0 from 2014 since the beginning of 2015, ridden about 40.000km on it. It is/was my dream bike, super grateful to have ridden it the last couple of years. Its very light (7 and a bit kg), which is great when I do some climbing. The truth is that about 99% of the kilometers I do are as flat as can be. So now I’m wondering, if I go for an aero bike, will I see an increase in speed and thus fun? I’m pretty fit (360W FTP, 4.6w/kg) and ride about 8 hours a week on average.
The bike still does quite well. I might need a new derailleur, but other than that the braking (rim brakes) and shifting is still fine. It has Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels.
Getting a new bike is of course fun in and of itself. So that is definitely a big part of me thinking about getting one. I don’t race, don’t do any weekly grouprides, I just enjoy going fast and occasionally riding with (random) people. The biggest things I would look for in a new bike are aero frame, aero wheels and disc brakes. Electronic shifting would be cool, but definitely not a must.
I’m just curious to see what you guys think, or if you have any experience you can share regarding my case. I’m mainly wondering if an aero bike and aero wheels will really be faster, and if so, what margins are we looking at? Would aero wheels and maybe an aero helmet already give me the biggest gains, meaning I don’t spend as much money and also keep my lightweight bike. Any other advice is welcome as well!