I'd say the majority of buyers aren't pro racers
But a lot of them want to be, or are trying to be. There are some very fast riders out there, competing week after week, and they want the best kit they can get. I have a friend who is 62, has been racing and competing for years and changes his bike every couple of seasons to take advantage of the latest advances.
Modern road bikes ugly?
Not in the same way that mtb's are, and as has been said, the classic designs still exists and in modern steels, like 725, 931 and 953.
Indeed - although the integrated head tube is a bit clumsy-looking, the Genesis Volare (built with a 953 stainless steel tubeset) is quite traditional by 2013 standards:
If I had the money, I'd buy one. Especially if they bring out a cyclo-cross version (I've a hunch the Madison-Genesis team will have to invest in one or two custom 953 CX bikes anyway for Ian Bibby to use in the autumn)!
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