What factors do you consider when deciding to buy a new frame?

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
Fiery
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by Fiery

1. Price (I set the budget in advance, I'm not looking at anything outside of that).
2. Handling geometry (wheelbase, front center, trail), also handling reviews (especially for stuff like front end/torsional stiffness that doesn't appear in the geometry table).
3. Fitting geometry (stack and reach, seat tube angle).
4. Looks.

fromtrektocolnago
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by fromtrektocolnago

Fit, feel and reliability rank highest. Brand reputation more than brand loyalty. I also looked for a bike that supported bsa bottom bracket. Led to to purchase a C-59 and a Firefly.
Colnago C-59 (Dura Ace)
Firefly(Ultegra)
Trek 5200(ultegra)

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stockae92
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by stockae92

In this order:

Intended purpose (light weight / Aero / Comfort / fat tires / disc brake / etc, meaning what is it for?)
Geometry / Fit
Quality Assurance
Price

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Juanmoretime
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Location: Urbana, Illinois

by Juanmoretime

In the order of:

Fit
Fit
Fit
and the brand that fits me correctly.

I have not purchased a new road frame since January of 2008. My Lynskey R320 continues to serve me well. I love it as much as the first day I rode it. No plans for a new road bike ever.
RESIDENT GRUMPY OLD MAN.

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corky
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Location: The Surrey Hills

by corky

Fit then handling then can I live with the features/function that I don't like....

Seedster
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by Seedster

1.Geometry
2.Looks
3.Origin (Prefer European origin)
4.Price

MiddMan
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by MiddMan

For me, or for one looking to get a new frame? The latter is of course very subjective. As for me:
1) Fit
2) Quality
3) 'Feel' (both on the road and in the fit)
4) Aesthetics

There was a funny video by GSN interviewing pros whether they train with a saddle bag or not. Many said yes, but a few said no and their reasoning was that it wasn't 'sexy' enough. Let's be honest, fit, stiffness, weight: it all goes into the equation. But in my book, if a frame is not a head turner (for me first and foremost) then none of the other objective qualities seem to add up.

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