Ventura CP50 700c 22 Inch  and 23 inch Carbon fibre Pro Road Bike - Unisex.  At Argos for £399.99
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Ventura CP50 700c 22 Inch and 23 inch Carbon fibre Pro Road Bike - Unisex. At Argos for £399.99

£399.99Argos Deals
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Found 15th Aug 2015
Its back again Argos annual half price sale,great value entry to a light bike and light on the pocket.
his Ventura aims to give its rider a blend of comfort and performance by bringing together the high performance aspects of a lightweight Carbon Race Bike and the design features of an all-day rider.

Carbon fibre frame.
18 gears with STI shifters.
Shimano STI gears.
Shimano Sora rear derailleur.
Front calliper and rear calliper brakes.
Rigid suspension.
Carbon fibre forks.
Weight fully assembled 8.82kg.
22 inch frame size.
27 inch wheel size.
24 to 29 inch inside leg measurements.
Kenda tyres.
Shimano R500 rims.
Quick-release front wheel.
Minimal assembly.
EAN: 3324518.

Old thread:
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- winchman

82 Comments

Cracking bike for the price.

OK, this may not be made from the best quality carbon and the wheels aren't the best, but for £400 this is a fantastic bike.

A load of ****.

This is below entry level carbon.

Don't waste your money, get a decent alum bike.

Look at the specs for goodness sake

It's been this price on ebay for 2 months, no takers.

Truly awful

Original Poster

Wow all these bike experts of which I am not but its a good bike for entry level and thats why it had heat other times not these experts tearing in to it completly unsubstantiated.
Its got Sora a good starting point and decent wheels and a good aluminium frame would cost more than this for this weight.
Edited by: "morrig" 15th Aug 2015

There doesn't appear to be many reviews out there, presumably the idea that you can't get a good carbon bike for £400 is a problem, but wherever someone has admitted to owning one, they seem pretty happy with it.

The only consistent negatives seem to be the brakes, but that's a pretty easy upgrade even for a complete novice.

mike

willhay555

A load of ****.This is below entry level carbon.Don't waste your money, … A load of ****.This is below entry level carbon.Don't waste your money, get a decent alum bike.Look at the specs for goodness sake



The specs look decent for the price.

snappyfish

It's been this price on ebay for 2 months, no takers.



£499 actually, and they were all sold. But then why let a few facts get in the way of prejudice.

Reached over 1000° last year at this price. Surprised not hotter.

a great bike if you can get one. it's light (alloy bikes are heavier )it runs well. yes it's basic spec which can be upgraded but it's usable out of the box. clarks pads soon improved the brakes.while it may never be a winner on the tdf and while it does not carry a big brand label for those that consider that the main factor all in all it is a great road bike for the money.

Banned

not even a BSO
pure junk

I'm normally one to call out a BSO when I see one, but this is good for the price.

Nothing wrong with R500 wheels (normally around £70) - not brilliant, but generally better than the junk the likes of Specilized put on their entry level bikes. Weight seems good for a bike at this price. I would be concerned over the quality of the carbon been used, but it's better specced than most BSO's we see on here.

With regards the brakes, just replace the blocks with these and you will get far more confidence ... wiggle.co.uk/swi…ds/

Lets be fair, you could afford to upgrade the wheels to Fulcrum 5's for £160'ish, the groupset to 105 for an extra £250'ish - it would be hard to argue with a carbon framed bike with 105 and Fulcrum 5's for around £800. Far better specced than the Planet X bikes constantly posted around the £1000 mark.


Edited by: "Macdory" 16th Aug 2015

Cheap carbon like this produces a dead wooden feel to the ride, there's even a chance that it'll have been quickly mass produced that it probably won't even have been tested for strength nor will it have the right geometry for a nice ride feel too, buy this at your peril, my advice if you've £400 buy second hand aluminium or a lower spec bike makes from cannondale,jamis,pinnacle etc from Evans or Paul's cycles there's some great bikes reduced that will have been properly tested and will ride a lot better than this,in the end the ball is in your court what you choose to do, my advice is avoid this at all costs.

WillieGallimore

not even a BSOpure junk



dados

Truly awful



'Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt'

Lyiang frame, Ritchey's stem, handlebar and seatpost, Shimano wheels, 18sp Sora STI. Very good value bike.Even the ICE crankset should do the job for most recreational riders. Change the pads, get someone to check it over and voilà

Macdory

With regards the brakes, just replace the blocks with these and you will … With regards the brakes, just replace the blocks with these and you will get far more confidence ... http://www.wiggle.co.uk/swissstop-flash-pro-green-alloy-rim-brake-pads/


If you're really on a budget get clarks triple compound for about a fiver a set. At least as good as the Swissstops in the dry, if not better. Although nothing will beat the swissstops in the wet (they perform best in the wet), the clarks are still good in the wet. I have used both.

Edited by: "Derek_Duval" 16th Aug 2015

Its not the best carbon bike in the world, obviously, but its amazing value at this price. Frame is made by a manufacturer which makes for a number of 'big' brands. Its the same frame as was on the Carrera Virago which came in at just under £1000 and was well reviewed at the time.
Overall there is nothing wrong at all with the bike and it isn't any more dangerous or unsafe than any others- If people were having accidents on these due to failures, Argos would be sued left right and centre.
I don't have one (although do have a Planet X carbon and a Giant Anthem mountain bike), but if you ask me this is somewhat of a bargain for those wanting a cheap entry level carbon bike- the reviews from owners on the web are resoundingly positive which doesn't surprise me.
Edited by: "wakeywarrior" 16th Aug 2015

willhay555

A load of ****.This is below entry level carbon.Don't waste your money, … A load of ****.This is below entry level carbon.Don't waste your money, get a decent alum bike.Look at the specs for goodness sake



If you're the expert, post a better spec for the same price then (_;)

So a Man's bike has a straight cross bar, a ladies has a sloping, what makes this frame Unisex?

for the money as an entry level bike its got decent spec...carbon frame,branded groupset,wheels and tyres...heat from me

Can't agree with naysayers. I've seen one and it's a decent frame. Crap wheels but that's par the course for any bike under £1000.

Certainly no worse than a Planet X low end frame.

Sadly, cycling is largely infected by people who go out and spend far more on equipment than their engine can justify. Most who will be shouting this down as a BSO will no doubt be the sort who own such a steed and wear full team kit.

Piece of advice to such riders, sneering isn't effective when being passed......

Very tempted. Thinking of replacing my triban 3 red. Groupset looks similar, calipers not as good, wheelset an improvement. Sell mine on ebay for about £150, worth about £250 to upgrade?

Carbon is just a material. It doesn't mean it is a good frameset for the money, you get good carbon frames and bad carbon frames, the same as you do with any other frame material.

Personally I would want to know that the frame I am riding as had rigorous testing, I wouldn't risk riding this down a decent flat out. If your getting it to go out a pleasant Sunday run then fill your boots, just be aware you get what you pay for in most walks of life.

as I have one I advise anyone to ignore the usual bso comments and is untested, dead ride, better to buy second hand etc.for the money is s agreat value bike.and to advise anyone who may know little about bikes to buy second hand over this is being foolish as a second hand bike could have been crashed. badly serviced and bodged together from who knows what bits.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BafFKp7u3Uc/UYGAigFRWYI/AAAAAAAAAfY/IWOWETo34kM/s1600/3765fdc7bd6fb03ca502c43b759418f2c6.png

dados

Truly awful



Who can argue with dados ... especially once you have seen his tour look ...

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This is a fantastic fast bike for the price and as good as carbon bikes much much more expensive. I say this because I have one for more then a year now. I know its good because I've been on branded expensive carbon bikes. Averaging 15 miles a day to work weekdays and sometimes long rides on weekends. I changed the brakes to Shimano 105 calipers and the tires to Continental GP4000 s2. Don't listen to these brand-men that think they know everything, this bike is very good and you wouldn't be disappointed.

I brought this bike last time when it was at the same price, and I am really happy with the bike and quality. It's really well put together, the carbon fibre is really nice and strong, don't be put off by the price you will not get a better value carbon fibre bike.

eel99

This is a fantastic fast bike for the price and as good as carbon bikes … This is a fantastic fast bike for the price and as good as carbon bikes much much more expensive. I say this because I have one for more then a year now. I know its good because I've been on branded expensive carbon bikes. Averaging 15 miles a day to work weekdays and sometimes long rides on weekends. I changed the brakes to Shimano 105 calipers and the tires to Continental GP4000 s2. Don't listen to these brand-men that think they know everything, this bike is very good and you wouldn't be disappointed.



I totally agree with the comment, I was also worried about the brand, as I normally always go with branded products, but this one is definitely a good quality bike and as good as most branded bikes

Macdory

Who can argue with dados ... especially once you have seen his tour look … Who can argue with dados ... especially once you have seen his tour look ...


The main man, inspirational to us all!

Derek_Duval

Very tempted. Thinking of replacing my triban 3 red. Groupset looks … Very tempted. Thinking of replacing my triban 3 red. Groupset looks similar, calipers not as good, wheelset an improvement. Sell mine on ebay for about £150, worth about £250 to upgrade?


Best deal i have seen for a bike with this spec, good luck getting one as its OOS in all my local stores,and whats left will sell fast at this price.
About the brake blocks i need to replace mine, is it correct the Swisstops do not leave a black residue over the rim in the wet or are Clarks the same , either will be an improvement but if the Swisstops are cleaner i'll get those.

Just saw one of these used sell for £400+ on ebay. Haa new sub 9kg carbon bike for £400? Surely this is amazing value

lightrider

Best deal i have seen for a bike with this spec, good luck getting one as … Best deal i have seen for a bike with this spec, good luck getting one as its OOS in all my local stores,and whats left will sell fast at this price.About the brake blocks i need to replace mine, is it correct the Swisstops do not leave a black residue over the rim in the wet or are Clarks the same , either will be an improvement but if the Swisstops are cleaner i'll get those.



No residue from my swisstops at all ... I've actually just upgraded my groupset to 105, but changed the 105 blocks to swisstops - not sure if better or worse than 105's, but I just have much more confidence in the wet knowing that I have swisstops to stop me when needed.

I bought one last year at this time for exactly the same price, plus a £10 Argos voucher. Not a bad bike, very light and a nice smooth ride, the frame / forks are really good, it's just the groupset and wheels and stem and bars and bottom bracket (old square taper) and everything else tbh which vary between rubbish and average... and you have to be 5'8''-5'9'' or over for even the smaller frame to be a suitable size. The Argos sizings are a joke.
I thought about upgrading all the parts on mine but gave it up as a bad job and sold it on eBay around Christmas time for exactly the price I paid (£400).
Used the money to upgrade my old aluminium Orange Dynamo instead.

I personally wouldn't buy this bike but it is decent value for money tbh.

Macdory

No residue from my swisstops at all ... I've actually just upgraded my … No residue from my swisstops at all ... I've actually just upgraded my groupset to 105, but changed the 105 blocks to swisstops - not sure if better or worse than 105's, but I just have much more confidence in the wet knowing that I have swisstops to stop me when needed.



Swissstop pads are very overrated and very expensive. I had the greens on my bike and got rid of them to go back to the original shimano pads (6800 set up). The swissstops were supposed to be great in the wet, but in reality, they were rubbish and nowhere near as good as the original shimano pads. Koolstop salmons were better, but only as good as the shimanos.

Some people are talking as if the frame is made out of marshmallow. There aren't hundreds of carbon fibre frame manufactures in the world, there's probably no more than 5. I'm sure this comes from the same factory as were Mekk frames come from.

I got this bike as an entry to road cycling. I have no doubt to its build quality and would recommend it to anyone sat on the fence about their 1st buy. ignore the worries about brakes wheels etc all the components are good enough for you. Your biggest concerns are sizing and then the set up. The 2nd can be done via a bike shop!

I reserved one of each size locally before I looked into the sizing in more detail. I'm going for the smaller frame size (6' and 31" leg, so hopefully the right choice!).

The reservation is for the 23" version and at Eastbourne Lottbridge store. If anyone wants it, let me know as its held until the end of tomorrow and I'll let you have the reservation number.

stevennoad

Cheap carbon like this produces a dead wooden feel to the ride, there's … Cheap carbon like this produces a dead wooden feel to the ride, there's even a chance that it'll have been quickly mass produced that it probably won't even have been tested for strength nor will it have the right geometry for a nice ride feel too, buy this at your peril, my advice if you've £400 buy second hand aluminium or a lower spec bike makes from cannondale,jamis,pinnacle etc from Evans or Paul's cycles there's some great bikes reduced that will have been properly tested and will ride a lot better than this,in the end the ball is in your court what you choose to do, my advice is avoid this at all costs.



Have you got one? How can you comment then?

The biggest problem with making any bike, but especially carbon fibre, is the length of time it takes to build, and therefore the salary cost, if the bike is made in the far east then it will be cheaper to make than in the UK.

Buying a secondhand aluminium bike can come with as many, if not more risks than buying a new cheap carbon, you can check how true the wheels are, but you can tell what stresses the bike has been put through, aluminium suffers fatigue and will fail eventually, but there are many factors that determine this and unless the seller can prove how his bike was used, you could quite easily buy a 'dodgy' aluminium bike.

Just because something is cheap, doesn't mean it has to be poor quality.

The idea that a cheap carbon frame is likely to break is laughable, my mountain bike (very cheap from Tesco) has survived numerous jumps and dodgy landings, yet the rear carbon fibre triangle has held together fine. My advice though would be to give the bike a once over and check everything from gears to brakes before riding, because you never know what might be out. On my mountain bike the disk brake rotor actually touched the frame and would have cut the bike if I'd not replaced it, a £10 modification making a cheap mountain bike a great mountain bike.

Hell I'd be tempted by one of these, if they had stock nearby, and I normally ride a titanium racing bike.

mike
Edited by: "mjbuckhurst" 16th Aug 2015

Ignore the bad comments about the carbon frame, I checked up on this bike before o brought it and the frame is made by one of the major carbon frame manufacturer in the Far East, there is only a few manufacturers who make carbon frames in the Far East

I just bought one of these. Seems alright. I will use it for a week and give my proper feedback.
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