I haven't tried carbon yet except for a quick go on my nephews and it was a beautiful ride, BUT (sorry its a big but), he's paid around the 2K (£2000) mark with all the bells and whistles attached. I simply don't have that sort of pocket money, and even if I did I'm afraid there are too many bikes I could buy for that amount of money, that will live longer, age better, and be worth more when I'm gone.
I have seen some absolutely mind bendingly beautiful bikes in my time, nearly all steel. For sheer beauty the Italian SL-SLX-Brain Columbus types with their chrome, British, French, Spanish .... "there are soooo many
". I'm not against carbon in any way, but If I had £2000 it would be a Colnago Bi-titan kitted in 1st edition C-Record/Delta (but not the brakes ... don't like them). This is the thing about bikes from the 70's to the 90's (not excluding everything else but this is my era). To others I suspect a genuine Ti Raleigh 753 full Campag SR.
As for ride quality I guess what I was saying is " Custom built for me & me only is the best option, but in reality you can't own and ride many many bikes because it spoils the relationship between you and your first machine. It's like cheating on the wife after being straight & honest for many many years, the thrill of something different is there, but it fades fast, (unless of course your 1st was a mistake). Riding all the bikes I have these last 3 years has spoilt how I feel about my Faggin, a machine that has never failed me on any level. I'm glad I've lived long enough to have used this Zeus Aluminium because my predjudices were unfounded, they can be beautiful too
I'm going home to the missus soon, real soon, after all my flings & affairs & flirting with all the other beauties in this world, simply because I love her to bits because she's as good to look at today as she ever was when they built her. I don't want to fall out of love with my first
I have the experience now of having had a few good flings, some very memorable, but good old faithful calls ... and it'll be nice to get back in her saddle ... and stay there
The Zeus will remain as the "housemaid" to do all the dirty work. I can say all of this because "I'm never going to win the TdF (haven't got the heart to shame all those pro's LOL) so ultimate speed can be traded for comfort.
Still a great post because it is finally opening the door on the "prejudices Alu suffers needlessly". Alu frames are like ANY frame ... "A frame built by pro's who know their stuff, from superior materials that work, any frame is a good frame"
. This is my thoughts re: the Zeus an alu frame that even I am guilty of treating as second class, but in reality it was built from high quality tubes by someone who knew their aluminiums from their carbons from their steels. I just wish I knew who built it because Zeus absolutely did not make this frame, not according to their catalogues, but someone did, and boy did they get it right in every department, even the geometries are tight, very tight. Later everyone, Laz.