The main issue with the freewheel based bike is that the smallest rear fog is only 14t, versus 11t or 12t on cassette type bikes, this generally means you'll be spinning out on the flat or slight declines so speed will be limited. 2300 style shifter with the thumb shifters are a bit dated, I still use them on one of my bikes, and must say i hated them at first as you can't change down a gear while in the drops, but I've kind of got used to it now and just change down earlier. I'd definitely advise finding a deal on a claris equipped bike tough, they often come up around £300
Thanks guys, great spec bike and really appreciate all your tips
I was referring to the bike I listed in the thread earlier. This one; https://www.nrgcycles.co.uk/71197/products/bh-sphene-67-claris-xl.aspx I don't think much of the Tiger Quantum bike to be honest.
I just don't like the look of it personally and not sure why you are going for disc brakes extra weight you don't need. Never heard of ebikes direct either and I doubt their weight is true. Good luck with your sportives.
Good value but I think the BH bike is better I linked to despite being old stock (2015) and having some Microshift components in place of Shimano. Apart from the £50 saving the bike is 1kg lighter which makes me think the frame is a much higher specification and lower weight. BH is a Spanish brand and a fairly major brand in Europe especially Spain obviously. Despite being lower weight it has much higher weight limits and has a lifetime guarantee on the frame. Assuming the quoted original price is correct at £619 and this is being heavily discounted because its old stock I would expect the wheel rims, carbon forks and other parts to be slightly higher spec, more costly components hence the overall 1kg weight saving that takes it sub 10kg. As a heavier rider wanting to lose weight I'm not bothered about bike weight myself but for many cyclists they are happy to pay extra to get a 1kg lighter bike. Also the BH bike has smooth welds which gives it a premium look and bragging rights over the Rivelin, yes it's not that important but does show the manufacturing technology and quality level is well above the more basic Rivelin frame which while hydroformed may not have butted tubes and has standard weld beading. Sometimes some of the best deals are where you discover old stock that retailers are clearing out at huge discounts especially since in 2015 the £ had more buying power. https://issuu.com/bhbikes.com/docs/bh_general_dealer_en_sr_99m