- Budget of $1500 including fork and headset, but might go slightly higher for something very nice.
- Similar or slightly more aggressive geometry than Trek's H2.
- Medium-harsh ride IE not soft nor bone crushingly hard.
I intend to use a few very un-weight weenie items, but I would still like to end up with a slender bike. Ultegra Di2 shifters, derailleurs and a crank power meter (not sure which one yet)
I'm leaning towards an online manufacture like Planet X or Velovie, but am open to looking on craigslist for a used frame too. I've read a little about the Chinese frames but just don't know enough about that option yet, though I do think having someone US based could be easier for support. I also think that light weight frames from my LBS would be beyond my budget.
With all of that being said, could I ask for any tips, both in general terms or specific manufactures or informative links that I should check out?
For 1500 you can get a Parlee Z4 (even Z5...), Look's (586/595/585), ... slightly used.
Prolly much better than the 700$ chinese / etc stuff (not bashing the Chinese... Z4/5 are Chinese...)
Had a Z4 and it is a fabulous frame-set.
If you have the patience, keep an eye out for a Look 585 Optimum or what I have, a Time VXRS Ulteam. My very barely used frame and fork were well under your $1500 budget. It's not the lightest, but is a very nice ride. If you really are looking for light weight, stick with the Z5.
Ridley Helium (CC has them new for $1800)
- With the big manufactures (Trek, Specialized, etc.) they made bikes by model year. Every year tweaking the paint or including some minor trickle down tech. Brilliant in terms of marketing, but when looking at Parlee it seems there are some older Z1s for sale which are from the mid 2000s. So it begs the question, does Parlee change their bike frames or is a Z1 a Z1, and a Z5 a Z5 in terms of carbon, tech, geometry, etc. If they do make changes, is there a year that would would set as your entry point, IE nothing before XXXX?
- It is hard to resist the idea of an 800g frame for $700
I have one of theirs that is 6 years old, and a FM066SL I got from DengFu in China.
Where would you get an 800g frame for $700?
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