I am looking to start a new project bike. I currently have an 09 Madone 4.5 (H2 geometry, the more relaxed geo). I'm trying to be weight conscious and budget friendly. I guess the first thing I need to source a frame. What I'd like in a frame, bar the obvious weight consideration, is:
- Budget of $1500 including fork and headset, but might go slightly higher for something very nice.
- Similar or slightly more aggressive geometry than Trek's H2.
- Medium-harsh ride IE not soft nor bone crushingly hard.
I intend to use a few very un-weight weenie items, but I would still like to end up with a slender bike. Ultegra Di2 shifters, derailleurs and a crank power meter (not sure which one yet)
I'm leaning towards an online manufacture like Planet X or Velovie, but am open to looking on craigslist for a used frame too. I've read a little about the Chinese frames but just don't know enough about that option yet, though I do think having someone US based could be easier for support. I also think that light weight frames from my LBS would be beyond my budget.
With all of that being said, could I ask for any tips, both in general terms or specific manufactures or informative links that I should check out?