Tinea Pedis wrote:
I can assure the OP (and anyone else not reading the whole thread) that you could get a Corretto for that weight that will be more than stiff enough for him.
Also quite sure other brands would be able to come close too.
to everyone who has replied to my question. Sorry for the slow reply but I was away on vacation riding my bike!
I will try to answer a few of your comments and add more details to help narrow down my selection.
-A typical ride for me is on rolling or hilly roads where the average speed over ~50 miles would be no more than ~22mph. My technical skills are very good thanks to 25+ years of mounting biking (some amature racing) and DH'ing (Black Diamond terrain + freeride) but there is no danger of me winning the next local stage race!
-In terms of power output (Watts) I really don't know. I am not a sprinter but I can crank it up when required. Still, most of my riding is done while seated.
-I am a big time WW hence posting my Titanium frame question on this site! I also have a great appreciation for beautifully made products and bikes that are kind on the eyes. There is no question that I want a bike that looks stunning as well as one that rides well....and it has to be sub-14lbs but with the right mix of parts I could probably get there using a ~14XXg frame.
-There really isn't a firm budget for the frame/fork (already have the other bits) but it would be nice to keep it to $5k or less.
-My 'main' road bike is a couple of year old Scott Addict w/ISP. It is very light and plenty stiff but the overall geometry has never felt quite right and the ride can be unforgiving on rough roads or coarse pavement.
So where do I go from here?
I hadn't heard about Baum until now but they are at the top of my list! Is there any reason to think that any of the other brands could offer a better bike than Baum builds? The others that still have my attention are Lynskey (Helix OS or R440), Moots (Vamoots RSL) and Seven (Axiom SLX).