Hope you help me square the circle here.
I’m in the market for a new bike, and I need advice.
My current n1 is a viner perfect from 2009, equipped with Campag Centaur.
It’s a nice endurance frame, I got some decent light bicycles carbon wheels (R45) and generally speaking, I’m quite happy with the bike.
One of the main issue I have with it, is that I can’t go further than 25 at the back and 23 at the front (with these deeper rims, my old zondas accept 25 at the front too)
Having moved to Poland a year ago, I’m faced with tarmac that isn’t the most comfy to ride on, hence 23s are not ideal.
It’s not a reason to upgrade per se, but it’s A reason
Another reason is that I’ve now been on TR for 10 months, consistently, and I’m faster and fitter than ever.
This in turn, has led me to try my hand at racing, and I absolutely loved it, and I’m going to do more.
So, I want something more racy than I have.
With about 4 to 5k€ at my disposal, I’m faced with 2 options:
- Go with the times:
Forget about rim brakes, forget about campag, get a new bike, with a modern frame, discs, something that can take 28s or more.
- Do not be wasteful:
I will be keeping my perfecta, so why not get a VERY good frameset, build it in campag, so that I don’t need new wheels.
Everything compatible between all the bikes, my trainer, my wheels, my tools, etc.
Also, not needing wheels means more cash for the frameset and, obviously, to pay the Italian premium
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
If I had to give examples:
Option one would be, for instance, the Canyon Endurace Aero Di2 or a Canondale Supersix evo , option 2 would be to build something like that Noah Fast with an older v3 Campag super record ESP 11s, or, to keep the Italian flair, a De Rosa SK
I’ve gone full circle a few times on that decision making process. Please help me, Obi Wan Trainerroad, you’re my only hope