I just want to clear up a few points.....
I am not a racer, I like to ride hard and fast but have no misconceptions about my ability. I will not be using this for racing or crits etc.
The riding will consist if long group rides, Gran Fondos, some fast gravel trails and the odd fun class CX race.
There have been some great examples on this site of the very type of bike I am thinking of - viewtopic.php?p=917558#p917558
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Taking the racing factor away, would having something similar to the build above really reduce my enjoyment of a Gran Fondo type ride? Would it make me not enjoy the ride?
Again, I plan on having two or more sets of wheels, and the one for the Gran Fondo style rides would be something special....
Thanks again and any suggestions on alternative frames or quality wheelsets combinations?
If so then a cyclocross bike would be fine. We have many people who ride cyclocross bikes on our club training rides and manage to keep up. Even when we average 40k/mh over 50 km's
Ps the Range Rover analogy was more in reference to the combination of a car that is comfortable and utilitarian, but also packs punch - the friend in question owns one, it is over 500bhp and much like the comment about the mountain bike pro who turned up and embarrassed roadies at a crit, this car humiliates wanna be sports car owners... True it'll never be a Porsche 911' but it's certainly not a soccer mums station wagon