Checked your original thread on your Kouta Khan and I am impressed.
Now just to ask you to detail the performance in terms of handling in tight curves, descents and inclines. Is it superstiff? A comfy ride? Is it a fast bike? Responsive or just plain twitchy?
How would you rate it from a scale of 1 to 10?
Oh by the way, sub-14 huh!.......You just made my day! More inputs please......
Handles great. For comparison I have a Colnago Ovalmaster that is titanium and a Pinarello Prince. The Khan is as stiff if not more stiff than the Prince and absorbs much more road noise than the Colnago. It seems to be aggressive or responsive in handling much like the Prince. Climbs great, better than the Prince or Colnago. I always hate reviewing ride quality because it is so objective, and much of the "feel" people say they get from a frame is more in the mind than anything else. I don't believe that people can really feel aspects of frams as much as they say. But suffice it to say that I love the ride of the Khan and I love the stiffness. I am a big guy, so stiffness is important to me. If you are a lightweight, you might not like its stiffness, but Since it does absorb so much road noise, I don't believe the stiffness is a problem for any weight rider. The Prince is still me favorite bike right now, but the Khan is on its way to taking that title.
As far as the frame weight, I think that people here put way to much importance into it here on the forum. Find a frame you like and go with it. Don't worry about the frame weight. Choose your parts carefully and and can still have a very light bike. While there are many nice light frames out there like Scott and Giant, I would like to think mine will be around much longer and I would bet the Khan is a better ride to. (although I haven't ridden either to confirm). For me When I saw the Khan for the first time I knew it was what I wanted, regardless of weight.