I love my CAAD10 with 105. The Tiagra shifting on my wife’s bike is awesome. I have friends who have great bikes with Sora. I had a Bianchi Brava that I built up with Campagnolo 8 speed Mirage that I couldn’t fault.
I am never going to own a bike with Dura Ace, Super Record, Red Axs. The few carbon frames in my price range that I’ve even tried do not match up to steel or Al at the same level. I’m the kind of guy who gets more excited about this kind of gravel bike; Triban GRVL120, Gravel Bike | Decathlon
…than whatever comes with the latest Lauf fork.
So what are your experiences with the affordable end of biking? What are your favourite “you don’t need to spend more than this” deals out there? But at the same time, what are the bits where it’s worth even our meagre budgets to spend up on? When I see Conti GP5000s on sale, I grab them, because to me they are worth the price difference from other brands/price levels.