I'd agree with you completely. Personally I love the idea of supporting British craft on top of the fashion aspect of things and I've ridden enough bikes to know it isn't frame material that's preventing me from winning chippers...
I do agree that carbon frames can be 'tuned' more than steel ones if you're involved in the design of the frame from the raw material through to the finish but very few have that privilege. Most rely on a standardised frame design from one of the major manufacturers.
Exactly. I can get a steel frame made to how I want it for a fraction of the price of a bespoke carbon frame. Of course there's a weight penalty with steel and as I stated in a previous mail, steel can also be very harsh as well. So, I don't think it's better than carbon, just better value. If I was young and racing, then it's highly likely I would choose carbon: but it's horses for courses. However, if someone else was paying asked me to choose between a carbon frame made by Parlee or a steel Baum, I would choose the latter. It just appeals more to my sensibilities.
And it is this element of sensibilities that's at the heart of my decision. My best bike is carbon and it's very nice thank you but...
I suppose I also want to be more individual, I'm all for more people riding bikes but it less fun being a misfit when everyone else is too.
There is this element of supporting British craft - I was excited to see the genesis volare but I think they have missed part of the point in being a British company, using a British tubeset, and then manufacturing in Taiwan
I'm test riding a new Enigma as soon as they are available as a starting point and going from there......