Help from the hive mind (opportunity for a list)

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  • Help needed from the hive mind- Currently considering purchasing a new bike when I get back to the UK.

    I’m looking to get work/experience as an assistant guide leader next summer so need something nimble/quick but also suitable for taking out for light touring (road/bridleways/bit of gravel) on my own.

    Ideally suited to day rides, week/two week touring. Ideally want 105 group set, alu or steel, front forks with eyelets for for panniers plus mudguards and possibly wald front rack/basket, disc brakes and enough gears for hills with a loaded bike. Not fussed about dynamo hubs but would like lighter wheels with sealed hubs. Looking at either budget friendly Marin Four Corners or really save ££££’a for an all city space horse (how much of these are hype?)

    Have also seen LBK do a build you own bike course and can help source a space horse frame and fork.

    No budget yet - want to keep total under £1.5k - but want something fairly quick and responsive while also suitable for light touring.

    Any other frames/ off the peg bikes I should be looking at? This could either be my first build or an off the peg where I updgrade a few bits.

  • Kona Rove ST would be my choice for £1.5k.
    The Marin is also good.
    Would consider Genesis Vagabond too I think.
    All City bikes are too expensive in the UK.

  • Cannondale CaadX 105 (obvious disclaimer is obvious: I have one for sale)

  • Thanks but not in position to buy anything until March next year.

  • Ta. Hadn’t thought of the Rove and had discounted the vagabond as a gravel bike but will take another look.

  • Great. The Sutra LTD is also worth a look, I think it is a fantastic bike.

  • Thanks - LTD does look like a great bike but I need something a little more road than gravel.

  • List time!

    Marin Four Corners (current front runner - ticks most boxes)
    Kona Rove ST
    Trek 520 (more trad touring option)

    (Caad discounted as no midblade mounts on the fork that I can see)

  • Aaah shit. I’ve discovered Shand custom bikes.

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Help from the hive mind (opportunity for a list)

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