So my work have joined the c2w scheme, and I’m tempted to make use of it. I’d be buying a frame and building it up, probably, as they will be limiting the voucher amount to £2k. There’s also major availability issues at the moment, as we all know.
I’m tempted by a Mason Resolution; I like the looks, the stack and reach combination/ratio is one I know works well for me and it’s well reviewed for comfort and ride quality without being an upright cruiser. The problem is, it’s a bit heavier than I’d like, even for steel (cyclingtips suggests 2.2kg for the frame only) and the geometry is a bit forward heavy.
Has anyone got any suggestions for alternatives? I’d prefer metal, something a little different, disc brake and not much more than £1500 (edit for clarity: £1500 for the FRAME, and probably take my time building it up, buying the parts gradually as things I like turn up on eBay/the classifieds etc). This won’t be a weight weenie build by any means (if indeed it happens at all) but I’d like to be able to get the full bike to below 8.5kg with pedals etc.
Bowman weald is decent and reasonably light without the Mason price tag.
Mason resolution or definition are still great, if expensive.
CAAD13 would make a good endurance frame, big stack compared with the old.
Edmonda ALR is pretty light but no mudguards. Purple looks fantastic if you can find one.
There's probably a disc braked, endurance steel frame in every wank hipster brand you can think of if you're into such things.
Check the terms and conditions for the end of scheme. Ours would have only saved me about £60 overall on a £1k bike by the time I'd paid the end of scheme tariff.
I decided not to bother as a few shops I spoke to would only sell at retail and not offer any discounts on bike to work vouchers.
I've got a fairly similar bike (Isen all-season) and built it over time and with the idea of being sub 9kg all in with pedals, cages and mounts. I managed 8.9kg which I'm pleased with and didn't go exotic with parts.
Have you looked at Genesis too? They have some decent frames in reynolds 853 frames
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