- Help me choose a road frame.
I’m pretty content with my CAAD10 but “there must be something better out there” thought has got to me.
Specialised E5 Allez. I like nice alu frames, it’s got nice tech and brand kudos. Probably not a bike for life.
Kinesis Aithein. As above but better value and an underdog.
Ritchey Logic. I had one before and loved the ride but not the weight. Possible bike for life if I can resolve that debate.
Cannondale Supersix evo. Test ride and looks make it the favourite, BB30 and price the downsides.
Just thinking aloud, any (non Di2) thoughts welcome…Posted 3 years ago
I have a Kinesis Aithein in sweet orange colour in the work stand at the moment. Building it up with a new 105 groupset.
The black groupset is setting off that orange frame really nicely. It looks amazing! None of the pictures of similar builds on the web quite do the bright orange justice!
Don’t know that it would be better than the CAAD though.Posted 3 years ago
Genesis Croix de Fer. Given that the roads around Edinburgh are rutted to **** you’ll need something sturdy.
‘ordinary’ road bikes are fine for U.K> roads. having ridden flanders and roubaix pavé on a road bike with sub 1500g DT wheels i can’t say the U.K’s roads warrant anything more ‘sturdy’Posted 3 years agobob_summersMember
I wanted an Evo but couldn’t justify the price (and watched a clubmate’s get written off in a low speed training crash, rear triangle torn off), looked for a s/h CAAD10 but they hold their prices seemingly, so ordered a FM066 from China. Same angles as the ‘dales, loses out on stiffness to my Pegoretti, but has a great ride quality and built up into a 6.3kg racebike without any crazy expensive parts. Worth a look? FWIW my Pego is still sitting waiting to be built – I’m enjoying the Chinese bike too much!Posted 3 years ago
modern well built oversize steel ‘race’ frames are not bone shakers though, the idea is you get the stiffness to make a responsive frame that isn’t noodly yet have the ride it all day comfort.Posted 3 years ago
as for the weight? anything under 8kg with decent wheels will ride light and not feel like you are dragging it around imho.
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