Bike Recommendations - Cycle to Work Scheme

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Posted 12th Aug
Hi,

Been looking to get a bike as a few of my friends have just got one. Appreciate there's no stock but there isn't any rush for me.

I'm 6'3 so think I'll need L/XL bike, most of my cycling will be on roads (75%) and the rest down trails etc, so thinking either a hybrid or an adventure/gravel bike type.

My work is signed up to Evans Cycles and their Cycle to work scheme - so I think i'm limited to purchasing from here. Looking to spend anywhere around £700 at the very max, but with the tax savings cost to me will be lower.

What would you recommend from Evans? I am a bit clueless and too many options, so difficult to know what to choose.

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They have nothing in their range for adventure/gravel below £850 and nolonger price match

so that takes you to hybrid in your description,

A very quick nosey in the hybrids and nothing jumps out at me that I would entertain as value for money

With you talking trails have you considered a hard tail mountain bike. Something like Trek Marlin 7 is in your budget.

What I would advise is to get yourself to a store, chat with them and then arrange tests to see what you like the feel of. My colleague ordered 3 bike (as none in stock) to be made up - test drove all three (different days) for a small refundable deposit and then purchased the one he most fitted in with. If they already have demo's then there is no need to order and make up.
I’d check the scheme details; as you may have more choice. I received a Halfords scheme voucher through work that could be used at many independents... and I bought my bike from Ribble with a Halfords voucher.
pigeondefender12/08/2020 18:04

They have nothing in their range for adventure/gravel below £850 and …They have nothing in their range for adventure/gravel below £850 and nolonger price match so that takes you to hybrid in your description,A very quick nosey in the hybrids and nothing jumps out at me that I would entertain as value for moneyWith you talking trails have you considered a hard tail mountain bike. Something like Trek Marlin 7 is in your budget.What I would advise is to get yourself to a store, chat with them and then arrange tests to see what you like the feel of. My colleague ordered 3 bike (as none in stock) to be made up - test drove all three (different days) for a small refundable deposit and then purchased the one he most fitted in with. If they already have demo's then there is no need to order and make up.


Ideally I'm looking to use the bike on the road for the majority of the time, so would like the speed that a hybrid offers rather than a MTB. Will have a look and see if I can have a demo.

Alternatively I could wait until Black Friday and hope a decent bike is on sale, as not in a rush.
Larrylema12/08/2020 18:14

I’d check the scheme details; as you may have more choice. I received a H …I’d check the scheme details; as you may have more choice. I received a Halfords scheme voucher through work that could be used at many independents... and I bought my bike from Ribble with a Halfords voucher.


I've looked and I think it's only at Evans unfortunately as it is through their own scheme. Slightly annoying giving the Mike Ashley link and limited range!
Jmw12312/08/2020 18:31

Ideally I'm looking to use the bike on the road for the majority of the …Ideally I'm looking to use the bike on the road for the majority of the time, so would like the speed that a hybrid offers rather than a MTB. Will have a look and see if I can have a demo.Alternatively I could wait until Black Friday and hope a decent bike is on sale, as not in a rush.


In hybrid you have the trek fx3 and then next without some naff suspension is the Sirrus at £600.

The Sirrus has on some parts Tourney (entry) which when paying £600 I would consider poor.
The Trek is two steps up with Acera.
Both 32c tyres (just about into gravel range)
The gearing, albeit a hybrid, is from Shimano's mountain bike range which is:

Altus>Acera>Alivio>Deore>SLX>XT>XTR

Tourney is a group of products in the entry level that can be either rather road or mountain bike and not specialised in either

The Bike I pointed at earlier had a rock shox Judy lockable suspension with Deore.

When price matching and they stocked genesis is when I got my Gravel bike which is with a compact road gearing and work well commuting, tow paths and gravel. Full on trails I would take my mountain bike, a little heavier, slower to get up to speed but once up a higher rolling mass to keep there. If wanting flat out though that goes to the road bike but is skittish and terrifying if taken anywhere but the road with its setup - could of course slow that down putting fatter tyres on bringing it more towards a gravel bike.

As I say though, best way you will really find out is to go and take some test rides without committing to buying to see how each feel to you.

Big shame they are no longer price matching though as that use to compound the value saved by the scheme.
Edited by: "pigeondefender" 12th Aug
What do you mean by 'Trails'?

Are you talking about general unpaved cyclepaths and bridleways or specifically designed tracks to challenge mountain bikes?
EndlessWaves12/08/2020 22:40

What do you mean by 'Trails'? Are you talking about general unpaved …What do you mean by 'Trails'? Are you talking about general unpaved cyclepaths and bridleways or specifically designed tracks to challenge mountain bikes?


Sorry by trails I mean unpaved cyclepaths, perhaps along a canal or through a gravelly path through a park or something like that. Nothing extreme at all, wasn't too clear!
Jmw12312/08/2020 22:44

Sorry by trails I mean unpaved cyclepaths, perhaps along a canal or …Sorry by trails I mean unpaved cyclepaths, perhaps along a canal or through a gravelly path through a park or something like that. Nothing extreme at all, wasn't too clear!


Definitely not mountain bike terrain then

tbh if you can wait possibly best. With covid and lock down supply dwindled and demand went up pushing prices up.

Nothing really stands out as great value on Evans website at this moment in time to me in stock.
pigeondefender12/08/2020 22:53

Definitely not mountain bike terrain then tbh if you can wait possibly …Definitely not mountain bike terrain then tbh if you can wait possibly best. With covid and lock down supply dwindled and demand went up pushing prices up.Nothing really stands out as great value on Evans website at this moment in time to me in stock.


No defo not, I'll wait til black Friday to see what's about then

If not do you think I'd be best just getting a bike from elsewhere? Looking on Halfords, the Voodoo adventure bike looks relatively decent for around £450
Jmw12312/08/2020 22:57

No defo not, I'll wait til black Friday to see what's about thenIf not do …No defo not, I'll wait til black Friday to see what's about thenIf not do you think I'd be best just getting a bike from elsewhere? Looking on Halfords, the Voodoo adventure bike looks relatively decent for around £450


Bike radar gave thumbs up to the £550 which other than colour scheme has the 9 speed (18) and 1kg lighter.

Personally not a fan of mechanical disc brakes and more has been available in budget with hydraulic disc brakes which are my fav (self adjust on wear to give you precise and feather weight braking) although more prevalent on cheaper flat bars than drop bars - mainly as early adopters were mountain bikes.
Edited by: "pigeondefender" 12th Aug
pigeondefender12/08/2020 23:09

Bike radar gave thumbs up to the £550 which other than colour scheme has …Bike radar gave thumbs up to the £550 which other than colour scheme has the 9 speed (18) and 1kg lighter.Personally not a fan of mechanical disc brakes and more has been available in budget with hydraulic disc brakes which are my fav (self adjust on wear to give you precise and feather weight braking) although more prevalent on cheaper flat bars than drop bars - mainly as early adopters were mountain bikes.


Good to know about the brakes!

I'm thinking maybe go for the solidly reviewed Carrera Subway as it's my first bike to get used to things and then look at upgrading as and when. That way I can also learn maintenance on a lower end bike before upgrading to something more expensive. Looks the best value for money from what I have read
Jmw12312/08/2020 23:24

Good to know about the brakes!I'm thinking maybe go for the solidly …Good to know about the brakes!I'm thinking maybe go for the solidly reviewed Carrera Subway as it's my first bike to get used to things and then look at upgrading as and when. That way I can also learn maintenance on a lower end bike before upgrading to something more expensive. Looks the best value for money from what I have read


You are starting N+1 early

Seriously I would advice hold fire at this mo, there will be offers including from Evans as supply picks back up and next years models get released.

Those Carrera's just remind me of 1980's mountain bikes. Good exercise though and fairly bullet proof.
The trek fx3 is a good hybrid bike i currently use it for cycling to work
pigeondefender12/08/2020 23:42

You are starting N+1 early Seriously I would advice hold fire at this …You are starting N+1 early Seriously I would advice hold fire at this mo, there will be offers including from Evans as supply picks back up and next years models get released.Those Carrera's just remind me of 1980's mountain bikes. Good exercise though and fairly bullet proof.


Sorry to bump an old thread. Evans have a few new bikes, Trek Domane AL2 and the Pinnacle Laterite 3 which has a 105 set. What do you think about them?
How would those compare to the Triban RC120?
Jmw12301/09/2020 18:36

Sorry to bump an old thread. Evans have a few new bikes, Trek Domane AL2 …Sorry to bump an old thread. Evans have a few new bikes, Trek Domane AL2 and the Pinnacle Laterite 3 which has a 105 set. What do you think about them?How would those compare to the Triban RC120?


From those 3 the laterite would be my preference

Trek looks wise is nice - claris is a bit low imo at this proce

Pinnacle is Evans own brand and it is majority 105 (rather than full) - normally bang for buck pinnacles are not bad

The Triban with microshift - its cheap and of course you would not have been on this site long if you did not hear Bonzo complain about weight limits supported on decathlon bikes

Still would advice arrange testing them to see how what you actually think when out riding them - nothing will help you more
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