Road trip posting 

We are on our way back down south on the M6 – the day has not been as successful as we had hoped it would be. Ribble put a spanner in the works by putting the Grand Fondo on offer this weekend, which as far as we can tell, means the following:

  • The bike I would like to buy is available much cheaper this weekend, but only with limited options. Options which do not meet my requirement. 
  • The bike that I would like to buy is also available as normal, but at an inflated start price. 

Annoying!

So I have several choices:

  1. Buy the offer bike with Di2 but with a 11-25 spec and wider than required handlebars and then seperately buy the rear mech, cassette, chain and handlebars. About £40 cheaper than the price I was originally planning to pay but with considerable changes needed from the off. 
  2. Buy the offer bike with mechanical shifting with an 11-25 spec and wider than required handlebars and then serperately buy the rear mech, cassette, chain and handlebars. Just under £1200, but with considerable changes from the off. 
  3. Buy the standard bike with Di2 with the spec that I require. £1924.85. Over budget – therefore not an option.
  4. Buy the standard bike with Mechanical shifting and the spec that I require. £1450. Not an option, option 2 would be preferable.
  5. Wait until Monday, when the offer is over, hope that the price goes back down on the Di2 standard. Buy as planned at planned price. Risk: if the price doesn’t go back down then Di2 is no longer an option.

I thought I had successfully made a decision and now there are more to make. 

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