Having been knocked off my bike a while back I am expecting soon to be able to replace my bike. I had a giant defy 1 - which I was pleased with.
Looking to replace it with something similar around £1000 ish.
Looking at all brands, mainly for sportives and general riding.
Planet X are doing the SL Pro Carbon with full Ultegra for £999 which is definitely worth a look. It's not the most bang-up-to-date frame but fine for the job and you'll never get a better component spec than that.
The Ridley looks nice and the wheels/gruppo seem reasonable but it does look to have an integrated seat mast ie. you're cutting the frame to size. Be sure you're happy with the implications of that!
I bought a matt black Dolan Ares frameset from his special offers in summer for 500 quid.
Just put a 2014 Dura Ace group on it last week and currently choosing between Mavic R-SYS wheels or Zipp 303's - Bike should be ready before weekend then 6 days testing it in Mallorca - not that I'm excited or owt ;-)
There are some good Alloy bikes out there Rose, Canyon and Cannondale all produce very well reviewed alloy frames but they wont be much cheaper if at all than a reasonable priced Carbon frame.
Beware of reviews that focus on the racing aspect of a bike, you want the bike to be comfortable and efficiant, by the sounds of it you not going to be racing so dont get to hung up on the sacrificing comfort for efficiancy, also all bikes are upgradable, wheels, tyres saddles and seatposts can all be changed to create something a bit more dialed into what you want.
don't know if still available but Boardman Team Carbon... on sale in Halfords in the UK but I got mine through wiggle France. Its a lot of bike for your dosh and ready to go. People are short sighted to be snotty about Halfords in my opinion!
I agree, love my limited edition carbon. Light, wonderful to ride, I love it. Have to say its my first serious road bike so don't have experience on others. As for halfords, the lad who set mine up was a keen cyclist, road and mtb so were his mates there so you can get knowlgable service
I was just about to post that. I recently got a Planet X Carbon frame very cheaply, just before I was about to hit 'buy' on an Etape frame. Looks ace in Black and yellow as well. I'm guessing it's the old Hercules with a new name and paint job.
In reply to monkey man: I can recommend the Planet X Pro Carbon - Had mine about 6 months and the only issue I've got with it is that due to it being so great to ride I'm hardly getting any climbing done this winter!
Boardman are a good bet, and the Team Carbon looks like the best deal this year. I have the 2012 Comp and am very pleased with it..... but.... I just looked at their 2014 range and it seems that the 2014 Comp is 200€ cheaper and considerably worse specced then previous iterations (and nearly a kilo heavier!)