I am pretty close to pulling the trigger on a bike. I wanted to see what others thought of the ride as well.
Any ideas/websites on where to get feedback or reviews?
what are you looking at? There are a few thousand on here and I am willing to bet you can get some info from right here.
I am looking at a 2011 Focus Cayo with Shimano 105 components. It is all carbon. A road bike.
Looks like a good bike but I see that it comes with the FSA Gossamer brakeset rather than the 105 Shimano. i don't know how I feel about that. The Tektro R540 I know a little about. I've not heard much for or against the FSA brakes. Sort of an unknown in my book. I'd be interested in what others have to say about them.
i like the FSA cranksets though. The brakes might be fine. That's my $.02
Yeah, that is an issue. The tech sheet says Ultegra (from their website) but the shop is telling me 105. The shop is out west (as in western US) and I am going out on vacation to buy it. I keep thinking I can pick up a better equipped, 2011 model here and just send it out there for my ride.
Why on earth would someone name a bicycle "cayo?"
An all carbon road bike with a triple front chain set? I do not want to sound like a snob, but a lot of entry level all carbon frame sets are heavier then a nice aluminum one. They also are built so stoutly that the benefits of carbon will not be apparent . Unless this bike is priced in under $1500 I think you could get a better bike for the money. Also let us know what your intended use is, what kind of riding will you be doing?
The Cayo comes with a choice of a triple or compact double.
This is a good thing.
Thanks all for the feedback. Essentially, I am trying to get the best groupset with a solid (read: all-around) frame. I am going to use it for races (road and tri) and some light commuting. I have a very good commuter bike but I will still want to take it into the loop every so often (or out on the LFP).
I checked Competitive Cyclist and they have some real sweet machines but how does one buy an expensive bike without at least riding it first? That leaves local bike shops (great option) but I lose the savings (i.e. national shop willing to discount heavily to move it.)