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  • aw
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    I now have a shortlist!

    Burls custom Ti
    Enigma Elite or Extensor (stainless)
    Condor steel Accaido or super or stainless or even Ti Gran Fondo
    Genesis Volare 20 or even 953 team
    Singular Peregine
    Surly Racer

    Possibly last two are more utility choices?

    No carbon there however Condor do a sweet Gran Fondo carbon frame.

    I am in the south east so left out Roukes, Shand and Statley

    Steel more budget, Ti more traditional and Stainless steel possibly too much strain on the £3k budget?

    Last point, how much should I add to the frame and fork price for a total build? Not looking for expensive wheels or group set but need to do the frame justice!

    DiscJockey
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    Me personally ? I’d get the best frame possible and not worry too much about the parts (not yet anyway). So I’d go with 953 and try and bag a bargain for decent 2nd hand parts.

    For example, check this auction that ended earlier this evening:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Trek-OCLV-120-original-US-Postal-/281273162603?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWAX%3AIT&nma=true&si=zvyebVbDCH0Lr6%252FE%252FD%252BQ99iqetw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

    Most of the parts from that bike would do nicely on a top-end new frameset, and you could have then probably got £150 selling the frame.

    That’s just my idea anyhow….

    aw
    Member

    Yes those 953s are very unusual and excellent. Even more expensive than Ti

    Conqueror
    Member

    Planet X Ti Pro Road… for 1.5k

    1.5k still in the bank… to spend on cr@p, upgrades or save

    yes it might lack the exclusivity of the other options.. but the others aren’t necessary better in a linear fashion for the extra £s required

    woodsman
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    I’d go for the Enigma from your list. The Condor would be a consideration only if the geometry suited – it doesn’t for me.

    The Enigma stainless would likely be Columbus XCR as they do like the brand. I’m sure you could spec 953 if you want, that’s the beauty of custom. I’ve no idea which is better, but I ride Columbus Life on my hardtail and it feels way nicer than my other 853 bike. I would most likely go for the custom Elite made from Columbus Spirit, fillet brazed.

    Nice dilemma you have! 🙂

    TiRed
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    Pegoretti Duende and cheap groupset from Mosquito Bikes would also be on my list. If you want something a little exotic.

    On your list, I’d go for the Condor Stainless. I have a Genesis bike and, whilst I like it a lot, it is not, and never will be a Peg – Blue lipstick notwithstanding 😉

    Premier Icon Vortexracing
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    I have two Enigma Ti bikes and can’t fault them.

    However a nice, Steel Elite with Campag Record from Ribble (£1100), with some nice Mavics and topped off with good finishing kit (Easton/Deda etc) should keep you under £3K (Just)

    BTW Enigma have some very good value Ti Equinox Frames in @ £900.

    Premier Icon kilo
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    How about a roberts (might be a bit over budget ) or a Colnago master;

    Master X-Light

    beautiful frames, hold their value and far nicer than any condor imho, you can always upgrade the components later

    mrmo
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    buy the frame you like most, sod the components, 105/Veloce work fine. and get reasonable wheels.

    I don’t know how they ride but from that list the Engima Elite is the one i would investigate, and get a custom paint job.

    My money this.

    Conqueror
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    totally contradicting what I said earlier and probably not what you want either 😛

    salsa colossal ti

    woodsman
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    I’ve got an old Colnago Master circa 1995. It is a lovely thing, a wee bit heavy and classic square (top tube same length as seat tube) which isn’t ideal for me, but as a classic it’s fun to own and ride.

    JonEdwards
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    Extensor for me (although get them to sort the headtube length out – custom Enigmas always seem to have enormous stacks of spacers, which is just ugly).

    There’s a review of the Super Acciaio in “Cyclist” mag this month, which suggests it rides a bit on the really quite solid side, which might not be ideal for long days out.

    Ultegra 6800 group, DA C24 wheels, jobs a goodun.

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    Sabbath Monday child or September?
    Kinesis ti gran fondo?

    These are on my similar short list.
    Another £1500 on wheels, group set and finishing kit I reckon.

    aw
    Member

    Puzzled by the odd poor comments on the Condor? I think they on an equal with Enigma no?

    I do love the look of the Super Acciaio and Acciaio.

    London exchange cycles have a second hand Colnago which looks sweet….

    The Enigma Ti range is puzzling…so many variants?mabout 8 I think?

    orangeboy
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    The salsa for me , yes its a lot for an off the peg and it’s not English
    But I still want it.

    Oh well best carry on saving

    sputnik
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    Aw, just for the record, if you don’t mind me asking.
    How old are you?

    irvb
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    I’ve got a fantastic Surly Pacer in Sparkleboogie blue, but if I had the money I would have bought an Enigma….

    Surly Pacer frame & forks

    JonEdwards
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    Puzzled by the odd poor comments on the Condor? I think they on an equal with Enigma no?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think the Super Acciaio is a fantastic looking bike, but it’s been built to be a pure race bike, and it seems like they’ve got the stiffness/comfort bias pretty heavily towards the stiffness end.

    MrSmith
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    A ‘stiff’ steel frame made from oversize tubing is still not going to give you a bone shaking ride. Done plenty of long days in the saddle plus roubaix and Flanders pave on my pegoretti Duende with no problem. Would pick big bore spirit tubes over stovepipe any day.

    Enigma or condor if the geo/sizing suits the others are a bit boring and don’t really tick the pride of ownership/exclusivity box for me

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    aw – Member

    Puzzled by the odd poor comments on the Condor?

    IMHO you’re paying a hefty cut for a name, thier lavoro track frame for example) and not that prestigious a one anyway to qoute MrSmith “…don’t really tick the pride of ownership/exclusivity box for me.” Just my opinion though.

    Do u race?

    Have u been fitted?

    munrobiker
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    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/de-rosa-neo-primato-frame-and-fork-2014/

    I have one of these with full Ultegra, 3T bits and Stan’s wheels. Total cost would be about £2500 and it’s a beautiful bike to ride. It doesn’t ride anything like a modern carbon bike, it’s not sharp and stiff, but it’s 17lbs and a significant improvement on older steel frames. It’s just lovely to ride.

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    dragon
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    Seems a bit of fuzzy thinking going on, so:

    1st up what’s the bike for?
    2nd up what is your preferred geometry compact, all square etc.
    3rd what is your budget?

    NB: Reynolds 953 is barely stainless steel.

    aw
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    Original Op here…

    to answer some questions…

    How old – 50 on the 25th of this month
    Budget – £3k give or take.
    Riding – mainly longer sportive type rides I guess.
    Do I race – no and do not attend to.
    Roukes? – but I live in the south east so…

    Ritchey Road Logic, there’s a shop selling them for less than £800 with forks and headset at the moment. You could have a lovely bike for £3k

    The SE? Wouldn’t a pedallo be more useful..? Although that might reduce the choice of frame materials a bit.

    Original Op here…

    to answer some questions…

    How old – 50 on the 25th of this month
    Budget – £3k give or take.
    Riding – mainly longer sportive type rides I guess.
    Do I race – no and do not attend to.
    Roukes? – but I live in the south east so…

    …So get in here

    and have a chat!

    Premier Icon jameso
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    Roukes? – but I live in the south east so…

    So do I and a Rourke would be top of my list for a performance-biased road bike, it’s not that far really. Used to live in that area and bought my first proper MTB from Brian. A really good guy and I think his frames are good value for the skill and experience in them. But a lot of this is about buying from someone you want to work with, as for most of us there are great off-the-peg bikes too.

    ie a Neo Primato .. pricey but there’s something very nice about that bike.

    Premier Icon tonyg2003
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    953 has a big premium over 853 and if you aren’t riding through winters on the bike, 853 is very good choice.

    What frame size? Larger Ti frames can be flexy.

    woodsman
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    I think the Enigma is still looking tops for your requirements op. In steel of course 😉

    I do own one (mtb) and have spent some time there, both as a customer and on business. I think they’re pretty transparent with things, and work is pretty good. I’m sure there are better but you may have to go to USA for that.

    For what it’s worth I had some real problems with the Croydon builder mentioned, when I ordered a custom mtb recently – had to abort the order things got so bad. I accept that road are more their thing but the experience I wouldn’t want anyone to go through. Having been a customer I could not recommend them.

    dragon
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    I wouldn’t ride a 953 through the winter as salt and low grade stainless steels don’t mix.

    TBH it’s so hard to see what you get from steel and Ti now that there are so many quality carbon options out there, you could get a Colnago for £3k.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Talk about steel and winter riding is a red herring – I use a 20 year old 531c for winter duties and there isn’t a speck of rust on it. Ditto my old Tange steel mtb I use for daily commuting.

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    pinetree – very pretty, so I raise you this:

    http://starleybikes.com/bikes/road-bikes/jks-ss/

    🙂

    tbh – in the OP’s position, I’d get a booking in somewhere like Rourke regardless of the drive to get there. Get a fitting and some proper advice.
    In fact – that’s what I’m doing when I turn 50. Decided now.

    ChrisA
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    I;ve got an Enigma Etape Ti & a Columbus Spirit Burls, they are both excellent quality & finish. If i had to choose one of them, i’d have a rally hard job, the enigma is really the winter bike and the Burls for sunny days but they are both excellent and i’d have no problem dealing again with either of them.

    You could get this:

    http://www.dolan-bikes.com/index.php/road/road-bikes/road-bikes-titanium/dolan-titanium-adx-road-bike.html

    ..with full Dura Ace and decent finishing kit and wheels for around £3k. Not the name you want but meets your needs.

    aw
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    Well more confused than ever!

    I am talking to a frame builder about a Ti frame at present …Burls?

    I think TBH Stainless steel or 953 is a little out my price range in any case…by the time I get all the bits on it would be well over £3k.

    The reason I am not going carbon is that they all look pretty much similar and generic, I wanted something unusual and interesting 🙂

    It appears that you have left out Rourkes because you are in the SE. It’s only a day out for for the fit which is a good experience anyway, especially if Brian is about.
    Any opportunity to show mine off

    P1070226.jpg by Cheers Drive, on Flickr

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