Yep stock seems to be dwindling - last week there were 2 sizes within 5 miles to me in 2 locations rechecking now I would have to travel alot further - not surprised it isn't lasting long though
I know it's sacrilege but I wouldn't buy a skinny tyred road bike for commuting ( and I've been riding them for 40 years). If you really busy go dropped bar/ sti then look at gravel or cyclo-cross, definately 32 mm tyres minimum. But for comfort and vision I'd get a hybrid, preferably hub geared. Virus dee is 7 geared Shimano at £350 from wiggle, but small size only.
These 'gooutdoors' deals are only available from one remote store like edinburgh or taunton, none within 100's of miles of me. No postage. So no good to most people.
The first bike has 'Superlight Y-9' aluminium but no such aluminium exists so that is just a made up commercial name, the second bike states 7005 and most of the main high quality, high volume frame manufacturers have abandoned that material (Giant, Merida and fuji-ta) so that frame is more likely from Cambodia or Bangladesh and wouldn't surprise me if the Superlight Y-9 frame is also actually 7005. They look great bikes but the frames are probably quite basic. While 7005 is stronger than 6061 it is more brittle and more prone to fatigue so often the frames are designed not to flex so can be quite harsh riding but power delivery is great. You can see on the frames the top tube lines up directly with the top of the seat stays on both bikes this is typical of 7005 to prevent fatigue and flexing where as 6061 have more scope to move the seat stays slightly below in order to improve ride quality. They both look great bikes but the frames are nothing amazing but given the specification and the fact the cyclocross bike will have larger tyre clearance to compensate for a harsh ride at the rear I would definitely go with the cyclocross bike of the two but it really depends on if that is what you want as a road bike and cyclocross bike are 2 different types of bike with different geometry and different advantages and disadvantages. If I was buying the road bike I'd definitely want it to take at least 700x28mm tyres in case I found the 700x25mm tyres too harsh combined with the 7005 frame. The cyclocross bike is far better value based on its groupset etc and has a triple butted frame. Really though your choice of bike is down to how and where you are going to ride it, how old you are, how heavy you are etc. All factors that could change bike recommendations.
Hi, do you mind giving me your opinion on these two Sensa bikes? You are a superstar man! https://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-fermo-sl-105-cyclocross-bike-2019-137680.html or https://www.merlincycles.com/sensa-romagna-tiagra-road-bike-2018-106187.html