I'm trying to figure out if I should put ~$2k into my current bike: upgrade wheelset and group set; or, if I should buy a new bike outright: 2012 Cervelo R3, Argon 18 Gallium, or Specialized Tarmac. (say $4k-$5k)
So my current bike (without water bottle and pump, with bike computer) is 18 lbs.
- CRR Norco 2005 full Carbon frame and seat post (original spec here: http://goo.gl/z1OJW
but the components were replaced as I got it second hand)
- Full Dura-Ace 7703 53/39/30 with 9 spd (not sure of cassette ratio) from 2002 I think - can't find weight information, would really like to. 7700 is listed on WW, but I haven't added up all the parts.
- Velomax Circuit wheels (can't find much on them, I dont think they exist anymore?)
I've been trying out the Gallium and Cervelo R3. I definitely notice a better ride quality from the R3 or Gallium (Gallium > R3) over my bike. I assume that's mostly frame; not sure how much impact wheel quality has here. I also kind of hate my 53/39/30 tri-ring Dura-Ace. It's functional, but feels clunky and sometimes struggles to find a clean quiet gear.
I guess the real question is: are the modern frames infinitely better than my old 2005 frame?