Mmmmm, new bike euphoria?????
Can you please elaborate on why this bike would sideline a Baum?
Quantifiable as at least one gear better - even in a tired and dehydrated state I was riding the same hills yesterday on this (remember, same position and same wheels & tyres) at the same pace and RPE at least one gear harder than normal.
An element of 'new bike euphoria' is unavoidable, but I've had enough new bikes now to know the difference. This is genuine.
I have longer rides planned over the next few days so I'll report back on distance comfort, but as has already been pointed out this one is steel (although from what I've read the alu ones are perfectly comfortable over longer distances - and there's absolutely zero reason for a properly built alu bike not to be).
Sorry, but that is just confirmation bias/excitement. A new frame can't make you put out more wattage, which is what would determine what gear you'd ride at what pace. I get it, you spend a lot on bikes and while it makes sense to say its smoother/stiffer/etc., this is just bullshit pure and simple. A bike can't make you physically put out more power it can only make it more comfortable to do so.
The whole "ride one" things is also a cop out. I'm glad it works, but its just something that these builders say to charge a premium for arrogance. I bet its nice, but ANY custom bike should be pretty damn nice. In the end you pay for a brand aura, details, and paint.
Don't take me too seriously. The only person that doesn't hate