Our Guide to Buying a Road Bike

In 2022, there truly is a bike to suit every individuals budget and cycling needs, whilst this is a good thing when it comes to purchasing a new road bike, it’s easy to feel as though you can get lost and swamped with all the various options available to you. Throughout this blog we are going to take you, the potential customer, through the various options and pricing points, and the benefits as you go up the price ranges.

Around €1000

Let’s start off with the €1000 and under price range, whilst your options are limited at this budget you can certainly get a bike well capable of the tests of the Irish roads! If you want to go slightly over the budget to get a carbon fibre frame, the Boardman SLR 8.9 for €1100 RRP comes equipped a Shimano 105 11 speed group set and a carbon frame, it may be over the budget but you’ll get a great carbon bike for the money! The Giant Contend is another honourable mention for €999 whilst it is slightly heavier at 10.28kg it is indeed under the €1000 mark and is a great all-rounder bike with tyre clearance as wide as 40mm which will cruise over any rough Irish roads.

€1000 - €3000

When you get into this price range you gain a lot more options within your budget and can definitely get something a bit ‘flashier’ than in the previous price range. A bike we stock and are a big fan of is the 2022 Cinelli Veltrix with Shimano 105 group set and disc brakes! (Click here to check it out) The Veltrix is Cinelli’s endurance bike. It’s designed for those big days out on the bike and it utilises ‘Dynamic Race Geometry’ which means that the ratio between the top tube and seat tube never differs between frame sizes, offering the optimum position in the saddle for power transfer and aerodynamics regardless of size. It perfectly aligns the rider's centre of gravity, resulting in sublime handling. Cinelli are onto a true winner here with a great paintjob to match.

€3000+

This is where you really have all the options, mechanical or electronic, 105, Ultegra or Dura Ace, there’s a whole host of options available to you here. At the start of the €3000 price range we have a Colnago V3 105 disc brake, a lightweight bike with an eye-catching colour and disc brakes making it a great choice if you’re in the market for a nice new Italian road bike! When Colnago developed the V3 they thought of all those cyclists who want to get the most out of their investment. Quality carbon and fittings are designed to offer an excellent level of performance and contain costs make V3 a perfectly balanced bike from every point of view. It blends technical solutions that aim at lightness with aerodynamic details. The line is clean and essential and it can be fitted with covers up to 28"". The Colnago V3 is available in eight sizes and in a single version with disc brakes.

Next up is the BMC 2022 Teammachine SLR Road Bike in stock for €3199 online at Cycletribe.ie The BMC Teammachine SLR SIX Disc Road Bike combines aerodynamics, stiffness, weight and compliance, making it a good option for fast-paced road rides and long sportives. The stiffer bottom bracket provides a more efficient power transfer when you’re really pushing on the pedals whilst elsewhere the frame is more compliant for greater comfort. This comfort is supplemented by the D-shaped carbon seat post and clearance for 30mm tyres if required which is a big plus. An integrated cockpit, internal cable routing, fork profile and tube shapes reduce the bike’s drag through the air as well as adding a neat look Hydraulic disc brakes provide great control and stopping power whatever the weather and Shimano’s 11-speed 105 drivetrain gives easy shifting across the breadth of the 11-32t cassette, which makes light work of any hills. The wheelset, Mavic’s Open Disc rims are shallow enough not to be affected by crosswinds, making longer rides in all weather conditions less fatiguing. All of these components combined make the Teammachine a clear winner in terms of affordability, reliability and an all-round great bike.

If you really want ‘flashiness’ we have a very special frameset in stock at the moment, the Colnago C64 Mapei frame, for €5399 Colnago says how it’s completely handmade – “tailor made,” it could be said – in Italy, with revolutionary tubes (larger, lighter, more durable), the C64 is the fruit of more than two years of research. Yet, it was designed based on an almost immeasurable history of cycling innovation and success – one which began in 1954. The C64’s tubes and lugs are made of the finest carbon fibre, making it a unique frame in the world – one that cannot be compared to anything else. In the C64’s design lies Ernesto Colnago’s knowledge and experience, gained from a lifelong pursuit of cycling perfection.

We hope you gained some new knowledge with all the bike options available to you at the different price points, all of these bikes that are linked above are in stock in-store and online at Cycletribe.ie.

Until the next one!

Sam Gilmore