As I said my GF finally convinced me to buy a road bike. I dont want to change my tires on the cross check again and again and its basically set up as my dirt-adventure-go anywhere bike with the gearing to suit my pleasures and so on. I came across the below as I want a cheapish, agressive, agile and nice road bike to ride the stuff on my front door (West Head, Akuna Bay and the likes). Most of my road riding would be a 2hrs training ride after or before work, rides with my girl and the occasional 100k ride. I prefer to ride on dirt but I do have a bike for that. I want something quick, fun and that’s a blast to ride.
If I was in the market for something as you’ve described I’d definitely be considering a Cell. Carbon with Ultegra 11 speed under 2k is nuts, and I’ve actually heard good things about the frames.
CAAD10 is also a good option, but at that price point the 105 is still only 10 speed. Seems a waste to get a brand new bike and not get 11 speed imho.
No idea about the Giant…
Not in reference to Marc, but there’s a brand snobbery thing going on WRT to cell. They made a lot of shit bikes for a long time and seem to only recently have got their shit sorted.
I can understand a bit of reticence to make the jump to cell, but as I said, I reckon their new stuff is pretty good. Just recommended a mate’s gf to get the women’s specific lapa (?) and she seems pretty happy with it. Alloy, but with full 105 for $900.
Because I know the brand and trust it. That doesn’t mean I’m passionate about Giant bikes but being from Europe I don’t even know Cell bikes and therefore wouldn’t consider buying one in the price segment I’m looking at. I also like the fact that the frame is proven and tested since a decade now, that their full on road bikes have the same geometry and that I have several Giant dealers around the corner. I’ve never owned a Giant before but many friends have and I have never heard any complaints.
That CELL is good value, also they are smart to make it black decals, doesn’t scream “I have a CELL”, which doesn’t appeal to some people.
Plenty of good second hand bikes for $2000 out there at the moment too.
That Cell is an absolute no-brainer.
If it’s not your bag, then I’d try for a CAAD 10. The Giant probably does feel great, but once moving and moving at good speed through corners, the CAAD 10 will feel much better.
Sounds like you already have your heart set on the Giant, so bit of a moot discussion.
If I wanted a new roadie I’d probably consider the Cell, nice spec with room for upgrades at a awesome price point. Frame is going to be the same or better than a chinese carbon which I would be happy to ride anyway.
This, just go for it
I feel like the difference between most aluminium road bikes amongst major brands is just personal preference and one will not be significantly better than the other.