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Planet X London Road SRAM Apex 1 Bike - £524.99 @ Planet X
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Planet X London Road SRAM Apex 1 Bike - £524.99 @ Planet X

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Posted 26th Jan

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Great price for a good do-it-all bike!
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Thanks for posting Brydo666, I've added the code up top

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Bike Specification

Please Note: These bikes are set up as UK Brake (Left Lever rear Brake)

  • SRAM GXP XR Bottom Bracket (With Spacers) / 68/73mm
  • Planet X Soft Touch Handlebar Tape / Black
  • SRAM PG1130 Cassette / 11-42T
  • SRAM Apex 1 GXP Chainset (No BB) / 172.5mm / 42 Tooth
  • San Marco Monza Start Saddle / Black / Carbon Steel
  • Gipiemme Roccia Equipe 700c/29 Inch Disc Wheelset
  • SRAM Apex 1 Mechanical Disc Brake Levers
  • SRAM PC1110 11 Speed Chain / 116 Links
  • Selcof SPORT Integrated Cup Angular Contact Cartridge Bearing V2 Headset
  • Jobsworth Black Top Cap And Star Nut
  • On-One Spacer Set 20+15+10+5 / 1 1/8 inch / Black
  • SRAM Apex 1 Rear Mech / 1 x 11 Speed / Long Cage
  • Selcof Forged Alloy Bolt Up Seatclamp / 34.9 mm
  • Planet X Headset Spacer Set / 1 1/8" / 15mm + 10mm + 5mm / Black
  • Selcof Zeta 6061 Alloy Seatpost / 31.6mm / Matt Black / 350mm
  • Selcof Zeta V2 6061 Alloy Stem / 100mm / 31.8mm / 7 Degree
  • Avid BB5 Road Mechanical Disc Brake / Direct Mount / No Rotor
  • Avid Centreline Disc Brake Rotor / 160mm 6 Bolt
  • Vittoria Revolution Tech G+ Rigid Tyre / 28-622 / Reflective Full Black
  • Selcof Zeta Road Handlebar 40cm S , 42cm M-L, 44cm XL
  • Stem / 31.8mm Clamp / 100mm

Groups

23 Comments
Would love to know if this is a good price for this group set...?
I’m a Planet X fan but not sure about this.
I know the AVID brakes are rubbish, but can be upgraded
ianwynneuk26/01/2020 21:24

Would love to know if this is a good price for this group set...?I’m a P …Would love to know if this is a good price for this group set...?I’m a Planet X fan but not sure about this.I know the AVID brakes are rubbish, but can be upgraded


BB5s are OK. BB7s or preferably Spyres are better but BB5s are a step above Lyra's or similar.
johnnystorm26/01/2020 21:43

BB5s are OK. BB7s or preferably Spyres are better but BB5s are a step …BB5s are OK. BB7s or preferably Spyres are better but BB5s are a step above Lyra's or similar.


Reliability and binding of them though? And power any good compared to Ultegra Calipers?
I like the nice big 42 SRAM on the back. Really not impressed with mechanical disc brakes. For the price the bike retails at they should be a decent pair of hydraulic disc brakes.
ianwynneuk26/01/2020 21:45

Reliability and binding of them though? And power any good compared to …Reliability and binding of them though? And power any good compared to Ultegra Calipers?


They're as good as anything you'll get at this price. While Ultegra and Shimano road hydraulics are nice they all seem to succumb to microleaks and wail endlessly.
I know nothing about bikes but I have a Planet X RT58 v2 and I absolutely love it.

Would definitely go for a Planet X again!
__quantum__27/01/2020 22:53

I know nothing about bikes but I have a Planet X RT58 v2 and I absolutely …I know nothing about bikes but I have a Planet X RT58 v2 and I absolutely love it.Would definitely go for a Planet X again!


Yip, I had the RT58 Alloy with full 105 and it was an outstanding bike for the money.
I've got an RT58v2 as well. My first road bike so I didn't want to spend too much.
Hmm, the next cheapest bike with this groupset I found is here:
chainreactioncycles.com/vit…826

And the above bike is lighter by over 1kG than the one posted.
mafj28/01/2020 00:11

Hmm, the next cheapest bike with this groupset I found is …Hmm, the next cheapest bike with this groupset I found is here:https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/vitus-energie-cyclocross-bike-apex-2020/rp-prod182826And the above bike is lighter by over 1kG than the one posted.


That's not exactly the same groupset. That is Hydraulic brakes on the Vitus. The Planet X has mechanical disc brakes. I.e. connected by a brake cable rather than Hydraulic hose. Mechanical disc brakes are not as powerful.
I had a very bad experience with the full monty which shares the frame with the London road. Poor build quality, and even worse service. Avoid Planet X!
I've had a London Road with Hydraulic disc brakes and a One By groupset for about 3 years, amazing bike.

It's like a road bike but with pannier and mudguard mounts. I use it every day to go to work. Just chuck some decent tyres on it. For me, the jury is still out on disc brakes, I reckon they are harder to maintain for not much more benefit.
I wouldn't hesitiate to recommend this bike, especially for the price
Edited by: "InkZ" 28th Jan
It would be an absolute steal with hydro brakes. Despite running bikes with cable pull discs I am not keen on them. They can perform well, but you do need to stay on top of them in terms of dialling in to account for wear etc. Obviously they are a cheaper option, but if you want to change, then its new shifters and callipers and that gets pricey.

As for the bike, it’s versatile as a road, tourer, commuter or even ‘gavel’ bike (but with less clearance that the current style). If you were to have one bike then this would be a good option.
BB5s are a bit of a pain to adjust with wear, need to properly re-align them every time.
BB7s allow easy adjustment via a screw. Personally I'd go for something with easier wear adjustment for long term time saving.
I (and friends) have purchased several bikes from Planet X / OnOne - great feedback on the quality and price. Can't comment on the specific breakdown on the pricing by component of this bike, do your research but no issues with the supplier
Thanks for posting, we have added this to the Highlights pages
mike___j28/01/2020 07:00

I had a very bad experience with the full monty which shares the frame …I had a very bad experience with the full monty which shares the frame with the London road. Poor build quality, and even worse service. Avoid Planet X!


Isolated view - check out the reviews. They aren’t a bad company from the millions of bikes they sell.
Every bike company has the odd bad story
ianwynneuk28/01/2020 20:52

Isolated view - check out the reviews. They aren’t a bad company from the m …Isolated view - check out the reviews. They aren’t a bad company from the millions of bikes they sell.Every bike company has the odd bad story


I agree I probably got a bad example. But the level of customer service was so low I would never buy from them again. If they had an email address or phone number it would help, but they are really bad at communication due to the only method being online chat. Long waits and false promises. I managed to get a refund by launching a claim through Barclays luckily.
mike___j28/01/2020 21:13

I agree I probably got a bad example. But the level of customer service …I agree I probably got a bad example. But the level of customer service was so low I would never buy from them again. If they had an email address or phone number it would help, but they are really bad at communication due to the only method being online chat. Long waits and false promises. I managed to get a refund by launching a claim through Barclays luckily.


Good advice - will remember that re: Barclays, thanks.
I’ve had some delays with them but if you keep going back to the chat they do reply eventually. Just keep trying
I know the picture is to show just how high the seat post goes...or does anybody( other than a pro) really set their bike up like that?
I think that the links broken
ianwynneuk28/01/2020 20:52

Isolated view - check out the reviews. They aren’t a bad company from the m …Isolated view - check out the reviews. They aren’t a bad company from the millions of bikes they sell.Every bike company has the odd bad story


I've seen quite a lot of comments and reviews of Planet X to think its fairly accurate to call them a box shifter. However from what I've seen they are often buying better CF frames from the far east than some of the big brands. Some of the Planet X frames are coming from top end CF factories in Taiwan and mainland China but many of the big importer brands are buying cheaper CF frames from Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam. Yet their final retail bikes are a lot more expensive to say the least than Planet X's offerings. So I think you can get a far better deal in terms of quality for price point with Planet X but the shopping experience may not be as good however as long as you buy with a credit card you have additional protection. Planet X are a bit like Halfords when it comes to pricing, its like a roller coaster changing constantly and if you get a bike from them at its lowest price it's often a fantastic deal that cannot be matched anywhere else.

I'm all for cable disc brakes on a road bike for simplicity, ease of maintenance and the fact they only require basic tools. I personally wouldn't hold that against the bike as long as the model of brakes fitted was good quality. You don't need hydraulic disc brakes on every bike in my opinion and they can throw up more problems and be unfixable out on a long ride.
bonzobanana31/01/2020 12:02

I've seen quite a lot of comments and reviews of Planet X to think its …I've seen quite a lot of comments and reviews of Planet X to think its fairly accurate to call them a box shifter. However from what I've seen they are often buying better CF frames from the far east than some of the big brands. Some of the Planet X frames are coming from top end CF factories in Taiwan and mainland China but many of the big importer brands are buying cheaper CF frames from Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam. Yet their final retail bikes are a lot more expensive to say the least than Planet X's offerings. So I think you can get a far better deal in terms of quality for price point with Planet X but the shopping experience may not be as good however as long as you buy with a credit card you have additional protection. Planet X are a bit like Halfords when it comes to pricing, its like a roller coaster changing constantly and if you get a bike from them at its lowest price it's often a fantastic deal that cannot be matched anywhere else. I'm all for cable disc brakes on a road bike for simplicity, ease of maintenance and the fact they only require basic tools. I personally wouldn't hold that against the bike as long as the model of brakes fitted was good quality. You don't need hydraulic disc brakes on every bike in my opinion and they can throw up more problems and be unfixable out on a long ride.


Bought one - weight and wheels are terrible, but it’s good for the price. Also the green option is stunning, don’t get black!!
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