Mission: On the market for a new road bicycle. Since May 2020 I stepped up my cycling and will probably at least triple the yearly kilometres (3k?). So I want to treat myself and I decided to invest a max of 2500€ in a new carbon road bike.
Brand: I had very good experience with Canyon so far (a 2015 Endurace AL and a 2018 Grand Canyon AL). So direct to consumer paranoia aside, that's best bang for buck you can get (anyone argues differently?). So that's Canyon (carbon) I guess.
Bike type: My riding style is far from aggressive, currently on rides of 50km+ I start to feel slightly uncomfortable. So one of the first thing I need the bike to be is comfy. So that's a Canyon Endurace.
Brakes: Had a talk with a friend who does a lot of biking and he assured me the disc is worth all the cost and the weight it brings. I guess I'm happy with feeling more secure on long descents, even if I had problems with a bent rotor on my MTB. So that's Canyon Endurace Disc.
Price range: This being said I see two options: Canyon Endurace CF SL Disc 7.0 or 8.0. The difference is 500€ which I would be willing to spend if I find an adequate rationale. And this is where my question pops up: is the 8.0 version worth the 500€ more?
The difference boils down to (left the 7.0, 8.0 on the right):
- Fork: F38 vs FK0086
- Groupset: 105 vs Ultegra
- Wheel set: DT Swiss E1850 vs E1800
- Tyres: Continental Grand Prix SL vs 5000
- Saddle: Selle Italia X3 vs Fizik Aliante R5
- Seat post: SP0043 vs S15
- Weight: 8,39 vs 8,10
So what I see above is a higher grade groupset, 300gr less bike weight and that weird seat post which is the S15. The majority of the reviews for the S15 are quite positive but it is more a complicated part than the standard carbon seat post. Simplicity usually wins it for me. Could it be that more comfy (and I love comfort) to offset the additional maintenance it should bring?
Any thoughts/help would be very appreciated.