Did anyone get one?
There is a comparison here between a very low end Muddyfox road bike and a fairly high up Boardman bike which would be equivalent perhaps a big brand bike in the £4k bracket, I would say a good £500 bike would be far closer to the Boardman than the Muddyfox. Also dare I say it's more about the engine than the bike, you don't buy a Ferrari and put a 20cc petrol mower in it. Also bear in mind a high end bike may need more maintenance and regular checks, the tolerances are tighter because of the thinner gears in the cassette, carbon fibre is like fibre glass just many times stronger. It is not robust and can be destroyed easily in a road accident. High end parts may be made of lighter materials like aluminium instead of steel cogs which wear more rapidly and when you have to replace them they will be much more expensive. There is the safety aspect too as higher end bikes are optimised for performances not safety. Many for example would use a basic stronger bike for their commuting bike and use a high end bike for their weekend rides or sunday rides. If you are looking for the sweet spot between performance and value I would probably say Claris, something like the sub 10kg Giant Contend with Claris which drops below £500 but others often say Shimano 105 present the best value point, it really depends on your perspective and how powerful a cyclist you are and your weight maybe. I've seen comparisons where for many gravel bikes were better than road bikes, they could ride anywhere with them to make their commuting route more flexible and they had better grip in worse weather, more comfort and could ride pot-hole strewn roads faster so the end result was a faster bike based on where they were cycling. As you can see from the video below the differences in speed aren't amazing, I can't remember the speed difference might have been something like 6% but I reckon with the Giant Contend it would be less than 2% but I'm guessing. Remember that 6% is from a very low end road bike to bike that has mid high to high specification. That is the extreme range.
My cousin did the Paris Roubiax :)
Thanks ordered two