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Planet X London Road Apex1 from £499.99

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Posted 21st Jun
Think its worth upgrading brakes to bb7 for £30. Looks a good buy.
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£20 postage as well.
Good value
Have some heat OP.
Does anyone know how the mechanical disks compare with hydraulic? Does it matter much on the road?
Hmm invest in replacing some new parts and tyres on my old hardtail 29’er to make it an all round do it all bike or buy a gravel bike like this..... :/
I hope the brakes are good and it comes with a big air horn...
hate Planet X logo, for that reason I am out.
myOpinion221/06/2019 21:09

Does anyone know how the mechanical disks compare with hydraulic? Does it …Does anyone know how the mechanical disks compare with hydraulic? Does it matter much on the road?


myOpinion221/06/2019 21:09

Does anyone know how the mechanical disks compare with hydraulic? Does it …Does anyone know how the mechanical disks compare with hydraulic? Does it matter much on the road?


Don’t know about these but I went from mechanical to hydraulic on a Boardman and the difference was significant. That said, the mechanical ones weren’t terrible just nowhere near as good as hydraulic.
Great value and decent bikes especially for the money. Went through the upgrade options and there was nothing that I felt needed upgrading and pedals and bottle cages you can get cheaper elsewhere so basically £520 including the postage.
Have they finally sorted out the seatpost issue on these? Ie admitted it’s a 31.8mm not a 31.6mm.

After much creaking and attempts at stopping it slipping I finally got PX to have a look at mine. We got into a deadlock were they said it was fine and I had to get my credit card company involved. Wouldn’t touch them or this frame with a barge pole.
Hi i'm 6ft 1 - I know it varies from person to person but i'm either L or XL - any advice on measuring to get the correct size for me?
nathb22/06/2019 08:54

Have they finally sorted out the seatpost issue on these? Ie admitted it’s …Have they finally sorted out the seatpost issue on these? Ie admitted it’s a 31.8mm not a 31.6mm.After much creaking and attempts at stopping it slipping I finally got PX to have a look at mine. We got into a deadlock were they said it was fine and I had to get my credit card company involved. Wouldn’t touch them or this frame with a barge pole.




So what happened in the end did you just buy a 31.8mm seatpost or did greasing the seatpost sort the issue? I tend to use copper grease it's thick and fairly non-compressible to stop slipping plus stops any galvanic corrosion etc where that might happen i.e different materials used for seat tube and seatpost, one of which is aluminium. There probably is a better more cycling optimised grease for this. Always seems illogical to use grease on a seatpost but as long as there is no grease anywhere close to the clamp should be fine and it seems widely recommended to always use grease.

On a lot of cheap frames from Bangladesh used by Cube, Felt and many other brands the painted seatposts get scratched to hell by too tight a fit removing paint from the seatpost. So that is the other end of the scale but at least I guess they don't slip, maybe the paint makes them slightly oversized. Although I think that is due to lack of surface treatment to the inside of the seat tube as a cost cutting measure. Maybe if Planet X provided a 31.8mm seatpost that would also get scratched to hell. Whatever it is still a 31.6mm seatpost they supply and has a 34.9 seat clamp which looking around seems to be the correct size for 31.8mm seatposts but then 0.2mm is not much difference and may be compatible with 31.6mm too.

On carbon fibre frames I know its critical to match seatpost with seattube sizing but maybe some companies take a more relaxed view with aluminium.

Not impressed with Planet X here if they are doing that although there are quite a few testimonials on the site for people giving glowing reviews of their bike based around this frame. The SL model uses a more comfortable 27.2mm seatpost but is at £599. SL I thought meant super light yet that bike is over 12kg and this cheaper model is close to 10kg so you are paying more for a much heavier bike that perhaps is more comfort orientated.
nathb22/06/2019 08:54

Have they finally sorted out the seatpost issue on these? Ie admitted it’s …Have they finally sorted out the seatpost issue on these? Ie admitted it’s a 31.8mm not a 31.6mm.After much creaking and attempts at stopping it slipping I finally got PX to have a look at mine. We got into a deadlock were they said it was fine and I had to get my credit card company involved. Wouldn’t touch them or this frame with a barge pole.


What's the situation with the 31.8 mm vs 31.6 mm for someone who knows little about road bikes?
frazman22/06/2019 12:37

What's the situation with the 31.8 mm vs 31.6 mm for someone who knows …What's the situation with the 31.8 mm vs 31.6 mm for someone who knows little about road bikes?


Generally the seatpost is more likely to slip and it will possibly creak because it moves in the seattube back and forth. It's sort of hinged at the clamp and moves back and forth with the movement of the rider. I know for mountain bikes people have made shims out of old aluminium drinks cans. It's not ideal or professional to have a 0.2mm difference to say the least. The push to always make bikes as cheap as possible seems to throw up more of these tolerance problems. You expect them on sub £100 bikes but they seem to be migrating up the price scale.
OK thanks for the heads up. It doesn't sound great on the price range of bike agreed!
frazman22/06/2019 12:35

Hi i'm 6ft 1 - I know it varies from person to person but i'm either L or …Hi i'm 6ft 1 - I know it varies from person to person but i'm either L or XL - any advice on measuring to get the correct size for me?


I am 6ft 1,going for Large, can make a small bike fit with longer stem,
dan12122/06/2019 15:19

I am 6ft 1,going for Large, can make a small bike fit with longer stem,


Thks. Although not sure what you meant ref the stem? Better to have a road bike which is a tad smaller than to big? Thanks again
I've been commuting for two weeks with this bicycle. So far so good I'm happy with it.
bonzobanana22/06/2019 12:36

So what happened in the end did you just buy a 31.8mm seatpost or did …So what happened in the end did you just buy a 31.8mm seatpost or did greasing the seatpost sort the issue? I tend to use copper grease it's thick and fairly non-compressible to stop slipping plus stops any galvanic corrosion etc where that might happen i.e different materials used for seat tube and seatpost, one of which is aluminium. There probably is a better more cycling optimised grease for this. Always seems illogical to use grease on a seatpost but as long as there is no grease anywhere close to the clamp should be fine and it seems widely recommended to always use grease.On a lot of cheap frames from Bangladesh used by Cube, Felt and many other brands the painted seatposts get scratched to hell by too tight a fit removing paint from the seatpost. So that is the other end of the scale but at least I guess they don't slip, maybe the paint makes them slightly oversized. Although I think that is due to lack of surface treatment to the inside of the seat tube as a cost cutting measure. Maybe if Planet X provided a 31.8mm seatpost that would also get scratched to hell. Whatever it is still a 31.6mm seatpost they supply and has a 34.9 seat clamp which looking around seems to be the correct size for 31.8mm seatposts but then 0.2mm is not much difference and may be compatible with 31.6mm too. On carbon fibre frames I know its critical to match seatpost with seattube sizing but maybe some companies take a more relaxed view with aluminium.Not impressed with Planet X here if they are doing that although there are quite a few testimonials on the site for people giving glowing reviews of their bike based around this frame. The SL model uses a more comfortable 27.2mm seatpost but is at £599. SL I thought meant super light yet that bike is over 12kg and this cheaper model is close to 10kg so you are paying more for a much heavier bike that perhaps is more comfort orientated.


The bike sat in their warehouse. They refused to admit it was faulty, I refused to accept back. After a couple (3?) of months deadlock, with a response from them every week or so? I got bored of them and using my racing bike to commute with, so spoke to my credit card company and refunded me.
nathb22/06/2019 20:20

The bike sat in their warehouse. They refused to admit it was faulty, I …The bike sat in their warehouse. They refused to admit it was faulty, I refused to accept back. After a couple (3?) of months deadlock, with a response from them every week or so? I got bored of them and using my racing bike to commute with, so spoke to my credit card company and refunded me.


Thank god for credit card protection. I'm surprised they didn't just offer you a 31.8mm seat post and stick it in the post. Seems the most logical solution. Glad you got it sorted. I've ordered many times from Planet X but never had any problems in fact once I bought some of their cheap discounted tyres that had clearly been pulled from another bike and they had left the inner tubes in, so a bonus. I've never ordered a bike from them though only components and accessories. As a heavy rider I've always been a bit worried about buying a bike from them. There is no clear information about weight limits of their bikes on their site, no downloadable manual and the warranty on their bike is quite short at 2 years including the frame I think so that puts me off. As a heavy rider I have to be selective which brands I can buy due to their weight limits. I can't buy btwin at all which has a total weight limit of 100kg including bike weight and everything which means you'd have to be average weight (85kg) or below in order to ride those bikes. I still recommend btwin bikes for those below average weight but certainly not ideal for heavy riders or touring bikes.
frazman22/06/2019 16:14

Thks. Although not sure what you meant ref the stem? Better to have a road …Thks. Although not sure what you meant ref the stem? Better to have a road bike which is a tad smaller than to big? Thanks again


It's personal preference, I prefer a larger frame so the handlebars are higher and the saddle is closer to the frame. This is a more comfortable position for me, I'm older and fatter. Others might prefer a riding position where their anus is higher than their head for a more aerodynamic fast riding position.
bonzobanana22/06/2019 22:28

It's personal preference, I prefer a larger frame so the handlebars are …It's personal preference, I prefer a larger frame so the handlebars are higher and the saddle is closer to the frame. This is a more comfortable position for me, I'm older and fatter. Others might prefer a riding position where their anus is higher than their head for a more aerodynamic fast riding position.


Thanks for the reply. I defo prefer a bigger fram but I'm in the category for either an L or an XL but obvs can't try each for size? Don't want to order an XL and find it's massive, what's the recommendation for measuring the reach aspects from seat to bar which is where I don't want to be hunched up. Many thanks
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