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Captain Stupido

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@Captain Stupido Did you look at the Marin DSX range? If so, what were your thoughts? (Aside from the brown one being brown!)

I've been mainly looking at the Spa website recently...particularly the Aubisque which currently seems really good value (I think perhaps it's an older model that's been replaced). I like the way they spec their bikes and the custom options, plus I like steel frames. Their range is more tour/audax focussed than I was originally thinking but my gut feeling is that what they offer is closer to being a bike that I might keep for life than anything else I've looked at.

Those Marins are really appealing actually and look decent value. I'm just not sure that the vibe of an alu/carbon bike is really what I want. My heart says steel, although weirdly the carbon framed / aluminium forked Giant Cadex is still the bike I'm riding most these days... so what do I know? My gut feeling is I'd get bored of it though - not sure why - maybe it's just a bit too modern?
 

konacarl

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I've been mainly looking at the Spa website recently...particularly the Aubisque which currently seems really good value (I think perhaps it's an older model that's been replaced). I like the way they spec their bikes and the custom options, plus I like steel frames. Their range is more tour/audax focussed than I was originally thinking but my gut feeling is that what they offer is closer to being a bike that I might keep for life than anything else I've looked at.

Those Marins are really appealing actually and look decent value. I'm just not sure that the vibe of an alu/carbon bike is really what I want. My heart says steel, although weirdly the carbon framed / aluminium forked Giant Cadex is still the bike I'm riding most these days... so what do I know? My gut feeling is I'd get bored of it though - not sure why - maybe it's just a bit too modern?
I bought a silk road frameset frim Spa in September and swapped a group set from one of my other road bikes. Id originally planned on using it all year round and getting rid of my other road bikes but its just too nice to use as a winter bike so its now my summer bike and I’ve kept my winter one too.
They were really good and even fitted the headset cups for free as i bought a new headset with the frame and forks.
 

CassidyAce

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I've been mainly looking at the Spa website recently...particularly the Aubisque which currently seems really good value (I think perhaps it's an older model that's been replaced). I like the way they spec their bikes and the custom options, plus I like steel frames. Their range is more tour/audax focussed than I was originally thinking but my gut feeling is that what they offer is closer to being a bike that I might keep for life than anything else I've looked at.

Those Marins are really appealing actually and look decent value. I'm just not sure that the vibe of an alu/carbon bike is really what I want. My heart says steel, although weirdly the carbon framed / aluminium forked Giant Cadex is still the bike I'm riding most these days... so what do I know? My gut feeling is I'd get bored of it though - not sure why - maybe it's just a bit too modern?
I know exactly what you mean. I've been looking at the emerging flat bar gravel bikes because it would be nice to have a bike with a few modern touches again—disc brakes, modern geometry, etc—but the vibe of alu/carbon is not a selling point for me. Not a deal-breaker, but not a selling point either. The DSX range look like fun bikes to me, and that's really what I want from a bike, but once the novelty had worn off, would it still feel like fun or would I just go back to one of the retros? I don't know. However, my alloy, '96 Palisades Trail has been a great workhorse; it still gets a lot of use and still puts a smile on my face. For me, a modern equivalent of that could be worth having.
 

brocklanders023

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Good to know!

I think one of these would do 90% of my cycling except for the full carbon bike but how often do I need to race!

Cheers James
Maybe worth having a look second hand then James. I picked that one up for around £500 and it was virtually mint. RRP was £2000 originally.
 
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