Specialized Roubaix - Advice Needed

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14/06/2013 at 08:17

FWIW I only ever once bought one bike from Evans.  Within 18 months I've had to replace the wheels, tyres, reattach a crank that fell off and then emergency stop when the rear mech snapped off and lodge itself in the wheel.

I was probably unlucky with the bike (shit happens) but store response was not interested.  I'd never go back and certainly wouldn't buy a bike from them again.  

14/06/2013 at 08:38

I have placed the order but the £50 deposit is fully refundable for whatever reason. I have ordered to pick up from store and get fitted but when I spoke to them yesterday they said "we'll try and get you time to get fitted but if the stores busy then it won't be very long" WTF is all that about? I'm spending £1200 on a bike and they'll 'fit me in if they can'

i was so annoyed yesterday after I'd spoken to them again. Oh yeah, I'd also forgot that when I was in store on Monday, I asked what a 'compact' was (told you my knowledge was shite). His response, 'it's any bike that has 2 cogs on the front...' I knew that didn't seem to ring true do I checked up when I got home. What a surprise, a total load of dogs danglies.

i won't be buying from Evans, especially now I know I can get a lot more for £1200.

14/06/2013 at 08:54

Don't expect a bike fit in an Evans store, they'll set the seat post height and that's about it.

14/06/2013 at 08:56

So it would seem RV. Don't know why but I always had this illusion that Evans was a good store! Lol

14/06/2013 at 09:34

I have placed the order but the £50 deposit is fully refundable for whatever reason. I have ordered to pick up from store and get fitted but when I spoke to them yesterday they said "we'll try and get you time to get fitted but if the stores busy then it won't be very long" WTF is all that about? I'm spending £1200 on a bike and they'll 'fit me in if they can'

i was so annoyed yesterday after I'd spoken to them again. Oh yeah, I'd also forgot that when I was in store on Monday, I asked what a 'compact' was (told you my knowledge was shite). His response, 'it's any bike that has 2 cogs on the front...' I knew that didn't seem to ring true do I checked up when I got home. What a surprise, a total load of dogs danglies.

i won't be buying from Evans, especially now I know I can get a lot more for £1200.

14/06/2013 at 09:40

Ooh just been looking at the Planet X website. I have to say I'm pretty impressed by what I see. I'd never heard of them before. I assume from what you guys are saying that they are good bikes? Do you get a lot for your money with these bikes? 

They are quite far away but if they are good bikes and they do proper fitting then I think I'll pay them a visit.

TheEngineer    pirate
14/06/2013 at 09:53
Final RV wrote (see)

Don't expect a bike fit in an Evans store, they'll set the seat post height and that's about it.

Wouldn't even expect them to get that right, to be honest - especially given they believe you can't ride far on a Tarmac. Nobody told Nibali, it would appear.

14/06/2013 at 10:24

I think with a lot of bike shops it's pot luck who serves you - a good shop would only employ knowledgeable staff but most have a mix.   Leisure Lakes in Breaston has been cited in this thread as a good shop but years back it sold me a mountain bike that was too small - I was just getting into road cycling, knew nothing of off road bikes, and took their advice  bit it was wrong advice - so wrong just about every MTBer I met told me it was too small (until it got nicked).  But another member of staff maybe and another purchase equals a satisfied customer.

There used to be a woman posted on here - Duck Girl?- she was a student who got a job in a bike shop - remember her giving advice that you should size a bike by standover height - obviously what the shop had told her when selling kids bikes !  If you visit any of the shops near Derby and want a second opinion let me know and I don'tmind  coming down.  

Edited: 14/06/2013 at 10:25
TheEngineer    pirate
14/06/2013 at 10:27

Last night in Evans I witnessed exactly that (standover height). Scary.

14/06/2013 at 10:37

As someone who has got this wrong myself I would echo everyone else. Don't buy from Evans or anywhere like Halfords. They know naff all about bikes, £1200 is a lot of money in anyone's book so go somewhere where you will get a good service.

Although it's a bit of an outlay have you thought about getting a bike fit before you buy (a proper one like Retul) this would tell you what brand of bike would suit you. As someone who has a short body but long legs I know some brands are more suited to me because of their geometry.

if you can't afford or don't want a bike fit then at least go to a shop they knows something about bikes (not Evans!!) as I don't live in your neck of the woods I can't recommend anywherI but others have.

good luck, don't settle for a crap service, they only do it as they get away with it!,

Rafiki    pirate
14/06/2013 at 10:43

I tried to buy a Boardman MTB from Halfords earlier this year. They told me I probably need a 16inch frame - so I asked if they could get one in so I can try it - and if I liked it I would buy it. They said No - i would have to pay for it before they could get one in, and they would not be able to refund me any money if it didn't fit (which I didn't believe). Now thats customer service for you!

14/06/2013 at 11:20

I think I really like the look on the Planet X bikes. definitely think I'm going to go and have a look and a chat. I'm loving the looks of pro carbon shimano ultra and there seem to be some good reviews for them.

popsider, thank you for your very kind offer. This is why I love this forum - everyone ihelpful so helpful and friendly. Hopefully ill be able to contribute back once I have some clue as to what I am doing! Hehe 

14/06/2013 at 20:52

Just seen the email from PX with the SL Carbon with near full ultegra for £1200 outstanding value...wheels a little heavy but perfect for upgrading later...as long as you like blue frames

15/06/2013 at 08:48
O.rangeCannon (kona-7) wrote (see)

GG

hills are overrated

 

Flat Foo..ted wrote (see)

Just seen the email from PX with the SL Carbon with near full ultegra for £1200 outstanding value...wheels a little heavy but perfect for upgrading later...as long as you like blue frames

Yes, since I saw it yesterday I've been telling myself 'I do like blue, I really do like like blue don't I?'

problem is, I really don't like blue! lol - I do like the matt black and the red though, problem is they are another £200. Maybe a nice big bouquet of roses for the other half may do the trick!! 

17/06/2013 at 15:36

My road bike is a Specialized Roubaix, it's Retul fitted for me and got me through 350miles in 5 days with no discomfort in Lanzarote earlier in the year.

Having said that, the best bike for you is the one that fits you best.  Going to a shop recommended by someone on here is the first step, then second step, make sure they're more interested in the dimensions of you than the dimensions of the bike.  Then third, it's good to build a relationship with the person that sells you the bike, so if it goes wrong, there's someone you trust to go back to.

A comfortable bike that fits you will be faster over a long distance than the ultimate aero bike that doesn't fit you.


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