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Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« on: November 20, 2018, 02:53:22 pm »
My mate has ridden a Carbon Specialized Roubaix for several years (LEL, PBP, etc) and until a car trashed it he was quite happy.  However he's had an eye on something that'll run wider tyres with proper guards, have dynamo light, mounts for a rack should that be needed in future etc etc. 

His budget for replacement is a very healthy £3-4k so there should be good choice :)

What do people currently recommend?  Thanks in advance,

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2018, 02:56:34 pm »
PeterM seems keen on his pair of Masons.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2018, 03:00:28 pm »
This one...

https://www.reillycycleworks.com/products/gradient-adventure

I love it - and the Di2 works like a dream. Fit it with that and you should get change out of £4k

Here's the review:

https://road.cc/content/review/221625-reilly-gradient-2017-graveladventure-bike

vorsprung

  • Opposites Attract
    • Audaxing
Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2018, 07:34:24 pm »
I was on a Specialized Roubaix only but when I turned 50 bought a Genesis Datum as well

Kinda review/compare on the blog here

It's a great bit of plastic
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ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2018, 05:52:57 am »
I have my eye on a Fairlight Faran after my misadventure
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2018, 07:12:22 am »
£3-4k? Something Titanium dripped with Campag. Your mate will be good to go  :)
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Karla

  • car(e) free
    • Lost Byway - a Pacific bike ride
Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2018, 11:44:32 am »
Kinesis Tripster ATR?  I'm running the AT (the alu version) on my world tour and love it.  Both frames can officially take 45mm tyres, or 40 with mudguards.  For that amount of money you could fit it with hydraulic brakes and a very blingy groupset :thumbsup:

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2018, 11:46:37 am »
HK uses a Tripster AT with hydraulic brakes, dynamo, mudguards and rear rack as her commuter bike and it seems to work quite well. It has done a couple of brevets already.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2018, 04:14:14 pm »
PeterM seems keen on his pair of Masons.

Indeed.  They're brilliant.

Mason Definition will take up to 700C 32 tyres with guards, Mason Bokeh up to 700C 42 or even fatter with 650B wheels.  The Definition is very slightly racier, but both are quick and comfortable with excellent handling.  You can get them built up in a variety of specifications by Mason or just get a frameset, with or without wheels.  If you really want fancy, there are beautifully built Ti versions of both.

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2018, 10:50:59 pm »
Thanks all, have passed on the suggestions - keep ‘em coming:)

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2018, 12:09:54 pm »
Quote
I have my eye on a Fairlight Faran after my misadventure

Have a look at the Secan before you decide; I used one with 700/28s for a 600K in September - lovely bike for the job.

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2018, 07:47:16 pm »
Yes, I'm not clear if the Secan is the replacement for the Faran, or a different beast entirely?
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2018, 08:21:40 pm »
The Secan is a different bike to the Faran; its more like their Strael road bike with clearance for bigger tyres and has a carbon fork, I think the Faran has a steel one.

The designer's notes are on their website:
https://fairlightcycles.com/?v=79cba1185463#

ElyDave

  • Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society member 263583
Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2018, 08:43:05 pm »
OK, I'd seen the website, hadn't fully absorbed. Faran as you say is all steel

The pull towards the Faran was on the basis of big clearances for knobblies as well as the GP 4 Seasons 700x28 that I ride now, as well as disc brakes etc.
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2018, 12:15:58 pm »
The clearance (and steel frame) was the pull for me too Dave; Secan has clearance for 700x42s or larger if you go with the 650 option.

I've had guards and 28s on for the longer road rides, it behaved really well  :thumbsup:

fuaran

  • rothair gasta
Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2018, 12:28:30 pm »
The Shand Stooshie looks nice, if you want steel.

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2018, 12:53:12 pm »
For that money you can go down the custom route.

Have a chat with Justin Burls www.burls.co.uk

Custom built steel and titanium frames or complete bikes to your exact spec for less than you'd think.  Extra bosses, wide clearance, internal or external routing, chocse of tubing, whatever you want in a custom sized frameset.  If you're not sure about sizing and geometry he will walk you through the entire process and advise you based on what you want the bike to do.

My Audax bike is built around a custom tiantium frameset he built for me and it's the best I've ever owned.


 

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2018, 05:10:36 pm »
Something in Reynolds 953 stainless, perhaps?
Old enough to know better, but young enough to do it anyway

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2018, 12:13:24 am »
I’m not sure what his views are on material - burls does look good though! (I like my ti frame, if it breaks i’ll Likely look at a burls frame next)

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #19 on: December 27, 2018, 05:50:55 pm »
I do really like the look of Van Nicholas bikes and they're available with Rohloffs too!

https://www.vannicholas.com/touring-bikes/deveron-(disc)
Bikepacking bargain basement: reviews of high value kit great for the tourer, bikepacker and randonneur on a budget

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=109048.msg2312359#msg2312359

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2019, 11:49:49 pm »
Isenworks? Built in London, small batch  with loads of options. Lovely paint!

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2019, 11:35:36 pm »
£3-4k? Something Titanium dripped with Campag.
Got one! Now, all I have to do is sort out my bloody health & get back on it.

I'd recommend it to anyone who has the dosh. I love mine.
"A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Type-Writer Girl, 1897

Re: Recommend my mate a fancy Audax bike...
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2019, 11:45:28 pm »
This one...

https://www.reillycycleworks.com/products/gradient-adventure

I love it - and the Di2 works like a dream. Fit it with that and you should get change out of £4k

Here's the review:

https://road.cc/content/review/221625-reilly-gradient-2017-graveladventure-bike
Mark Reilly designed Enigmas when I bought mine. I would expect any bike of his to be lovely.
"A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Type-Writer Girl, 1897