When buying a new road bike at around £1,000 you have a tough challenge. You can go for a top of the range aluminium bike with a good groupset. Or a bottom of the range carbon offering with a lower groupset. For me the differences between both options are negligible. To make the change worthwhile you should aim for carbon and the highest groupset possible.
Looking online and trawling eBay hasn''t delivered any worthy options. I like the Hoy range, but the aesthetics of the bike are questionable and it's aluminium. The Boardman bikes get great reviews, but I'm already planning how I can upgrade elements of it.
But I'm not despairing as I've discovered Rose bikes. A German manufacturer that sells direct. The bikes and the spec are really impressive from £800 upwards. The frame weights are also fantastic for both alloy and carbon. I reckon you get 30% more for your money.
Last week I joined the Rose Bikes Facebook page and asked if there were any ex-demo bikes available...... and there are.
A carbon version of the Xeon CGF Team is available. With a carbon frame, high spec SRAM groupset and decent DT Swiss wheels, it weighs in at just 6.9kg. Even better is that it's an ex-demo which means it's discounted by 50%. Watch this space.