A few weeks back I wrote a post about now being the best time to buy a new bike because there are a lot of discounts about on 2017 models. This week, I finally took my own advice!
I had been looking at the Cannondale SuperSix Evo Ultegra Disc but, as I’m old and inflexible, I decided against it as many of the reviews had said that it had a more race orientated geometry. I continued my search, wanting something that was a significant upgrade but also something that would last a good while. I looked at a lot of bikes, a LOT, until I came across a Specialized Tarmac Expert Disc at half the price of the standard list price…. I didn’t need any further encouragement.
It arrived yesterday and when the delivery turned up, to quote Adam, I was shaking like a shitting cat. I was like a kid at Christmas, I love new bike day! I hope you’ll agree that it is a thing of beauty, usual Spesh lines and a colour that means I’ll be seen for miles!
The extra outlay means that I’ve taken a massive leap forward over my old Felt Z75 Disc, though that bike got me to Paris so I’m extremely fond of it! The major difference is that I’ve moved from aluminium to carbon and from 105 to Ultegra.
I may well replace the cassette with an 11-32t spread so that I’ve got a few extra for the big hills around me and I’ll replace the offset seatpost with an inline version because my seat is too far back otherwise, but that’s all I’m going to change.
I’m looking forward to getting out and putting a few miles into it tomorrow morning. My friend Ben has devised a route with a couple of challenging climbs so I’ll certainly be able to tell how much of a difference it makes!