Thanks fa63, that is a sweet looking frame.
The weather kept me from riding this past weekend but I did spend a lot of time researching and thinking about this concept.
All of my bikes, wheels components etc have always been second hand - I have never bought a brand new frame or bike before. I've talked about it before, but never ever followed through. Now that we've bought a home and settled my wife is very supportive of me getting a new bike. in fact she is pushing me to do it. Her feeling is that I made sacrifices for the family (90 minute commute each way and lots of business travelling) and I should treat myself to a new bike.
I determined the reason I wasn't in love with the Van Dessel is that it is clearly too small. I always thought it was 56cm C-C but it's 56cm C-T. I love all of the components though.
My gravel road bike is a Cannondale CX9, 56cm C-C and 56cm TT. I really enjoy riding his bike and appreciate the ability to take it off road. I have fenders for wet weather. My riding buddy suggested an upgraded fork (ENVE) and moving the SRAM Red from the Van Dessel to the Cannondale. The practical side of me agrees but there really isn't anything exciting about this.
I tried to get a picture of me on the Cannondale, again I do feel comfortable on this bike and set up...
I spoke to Jenn at Speedvagen and she didn't seem to think that the frame/forks and components of the Speedvagen LIOTR would be fine for someone of my size/weight.
I have also looked at the Breadwinner Lolo, the steel offerings from Christopher at Dornbox and considered a Colnago Master.
I'm in love with the idea of a steel frame over titanium over carbon and I have resigned myself to the fact I may have to give up my fantastic Hollowgram cranks if I go for the Speedvagen.
I'm not even sure what I am asking or seeking, I think I am just justifying the Soeedvagen to myself...
Here is the Speedvagen again it'd be this finish or the 2014 Surprise Me