Hi there everyone!
Let's get this out of the way first: I am fully aware that a 200g lighter frame isn't going to make me any measurably faster. I am FULLY aware that any benefits gained from spending an extra 1000+€ to go from the mid-level frame to the range-topping one will in all probability be intangible. Having said this, I just really want a stupid-light, really freaking awesome frame.
I've been riding my Caad9 for the past three years (and loving it) but time has come for a change. I will be building the bike from the ground up myself, like i've always done up to this point. I want a very racy, climbing oriented frame, ideally with ZERO aero styling and preferably with a horizontal top tube.
The thing is, all of the frames I like that meet these criteria are well into the 3000€ range. Supersix Evo Hi-Mod, Focus Izalco Max, Emonda (the looks really kill this one for me though), BMC TeamMachine, Fuji SL 1.1, Argon18 Gallium Pro... I could potentially get the money together but 3k is still a rather heavy chunk of change for me at the moment. Not to mention I'll be racing this bike and would really rather not crash out on a 5k bike though, once again, I could potentially face the financial aftermath.
And just as I was set to drop 3k, today I was offered the chance to buy a new-in-box, Caja Rural Team Issue Fuji SL frameset for under 1000€. Now this is not the 1.1 670g frame, it's the 2.x one. Which basically makes it the SuperSix EVO to the SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod. Same geometry, same theoretical stiffness, just a little over 200g more for the frame+fork. I also really like the colors:
I really like what i've read about the 1.1, and it's really hard to resist the 1000€+ savings. The thing is, I don't want to think "yeah, it's cool, but it's not the really cool one" every time I look at the bike. Kinda like you wanted to buy a BMW M3 and then settled for the 340i instead because it was "90% of the car for 60% of the price, and a much more sensible option".
Has anyone found themselves in this situation? Were you satisfied with your purchase? Or did the frame not last you the season because you just wanted the range-topper REALLY badly?
Any and all input is welcome!