I've been drooling over lots of new machines lately but reality has to bite. I am limiting my budget to sub €2,000 (appx £1,650). One thing I did not want was aluminium. I don't race but do want a fast handling, good climbing bike. When I go out I go big miles on bad roads so comfort is an issue. This is also supposed to be a practical buy so the idea of replacing a frame every 3 years or so seems absurd to me. I had hoped to get up to Ultegra / Force group set level but will sacrifice that for a good frame.
So, not aluminium. I was about set on a Giant TCR Composite 1 as I could get a race frame, Ultegra group and come in close on budget. Carbon is comfortable but I am still not convinced about durability. I was out yesterday and met a guy on a Titanium "Seven" custom bike. It was stunning. Titanium had never crossed my mind but when I got home I found this: Van Nicholas Mirage
. Its no custom Seven but this comes in on budget, has one step below Sram Force with the Apex group but it should be better value than carbon as I won't be upgrading the frame so soon.
Any thoughts? Any of you have one? Am I wrong about carbon not lasting? Will Titanium give me more of a "steel feel"?
Technically this is not a "retro" topic but I suppose my joy at seeing the Seven Titanium and the idea of buying a new bike with an old school feel was showing the retro in me.
95/96 Ribble 753 w Dura Ace
97/98 Giant 6061 T6 Peloton Super.Lite w Record
97/98 GT Avalanche w Deore XT/LX -- SOLD