just for my experience on my first bike purchase
I've been looking for bike shops in JB area for suitable bike and a quite well known China brand came under my radar- Camp Oxygen Pro
it came with full Shimano 105, carbon frame and forks and is price at RM3900, which is well-suited to my budget
I visited the shop and bought the bike without much hesitation (Carbon frame!!)
Shop owner is kind enough to compliment me with 2 bottles along with cages, front light, rear light, pedals, and a bike stand along with the purchase
I happily brought the bike back and is eager to have my first ride that evening
However, the feeling of unsatisfactory quickly came to me as I found the shifting on high gears is not crisp and gear tripping happens randomly in the middle gears
I'm still able to bear with it in the beginning as i've done my homework is able to adjust the cable tension on the RD.
after much time, i'm only able to improve it by a minor bit and can only bear with it as i planned with my friend for a long ride the next day
The trip is a 40km route with a short break in the middle
everything is smooth on the 1st half of the trip but the return trip is irritating
strange "Squeaking" sound appears on my crank whenever force is exerted on
Right after the trip, i brought my bike to the shop and let them examine the issue
Long story short, the shop owner changed the RD, rear wheel, Bottom bracket, crank, pedal and is still not able to rectify the issue
thus they decided to give a full refund to me as the bike is still under warranty and i've only purchased it for a few days..
My guess is that the squeaking noise came from the BB/frame fitting area
In the end, i'm back to square one on my journey for my "first" road bike
I then seek for my friend's advice on his road bike- Corratec Dolomiti Elite- German brand, made in Taiwanhttps://www.corratec.com/bikes/road/race-al.../elite-bk25130/
the downside of this bike is it only came with alloy frame and is a bit more expensive than my previous purchase but still within my budget
In a nutshell, i bought the bike and is very very happy with my new ride
the whole feel and build is totally on another level
just me sharing my experience on road bike purchase and no offence to the brand mentioned above
Nothing wrong with an alloy frame. I'm still using an almost 9 year old alloy frame myself, although upgraded the rest of the components slowly over the years.
Even a famous Canadian brand's high end model is kind of infamous for the creaking on the BB area, and apparently it's to do with the engineering tolerances, on well how the BB fits into the frame itself.