Hi all, I’m currently riding a 2013 Norco Threshold C2. It’s a carbon rim brake cyclocross bike with SRAM Apex shifting. I’ve changed to a better wheelset, added a power meter and a 105 cassette for better shifting. Weighs about 9kg.
I ordered a new bike last week because Decathlon randomly had an alloy road bike with Shimano 105 (Triban 520) on sale for $1350 CAD. The price was ridiculous and so I ordered it. Thinking about swapping on my 105 crankset PM, a carbon disc wheelset I already own, and a couple other changes.
So, a couple of questions for you all: are there any options under $2000 that will give me a better all-around bike? The same alloy 105 bikes from Canyon, Spesh, Trek are all around $2500, but maybe there’s a brand I haven’t heard of. Second, if I go with the Decathlon bike, what changes do you recommend to improve it? I think with swapping parts I already have I can bring it down to around 9.1 kg (carbon wheelset, 105 cassette, my current saddle, carbon post, 105 crankset).
I’d like to upgrade because it would be nice to have better shifting and be able to run a carbon wheelset that I already own. That said, I don’t know how much difference there will really be.
Final thing: I suppose I can afford a $4k bike with Ultegra. Why would that be worth it, if at all?