I am on the down side of 50 and I do not need/want a super aggressive style bike for my longer rides on my shitty roads.
My racing days are long behind me. (Still have my first hi-end race bike tho from 1982)
So I am looking for a frame that has a bit higher head tube and a slightly relaxed geometry. I am looking most likely at carbon
as I have a custom steel and a custom ti for the shorter faster rides we do.
I was thinking about one of the C'Dale Synapse as it has a slightly longer/higher HT. What other frames would have the same/similar geometry as the Synapse? If I could find a parlee tall at a good price I would be all over it.
So, with that what other frames would/could I look at to achieve my goal.
It will be built up with some custom wheels or a set of nimble fly's.
I am 5'9" with a 31" inseam and in the 160 range.
Throw some thoughts out there if you would.
and the FM-066 thread here.
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I like the specs of the columbus SLX frame, just could not find a distributor in the USA.
The CR1 looks good as well as the Felt. I will see if my LBS has one of the Trek bikes in stock to test ride.
I will have to check the spec's on the BMC but I like the look of that also.
I got out today on my custom Dean Ti for a nice 40 miler. I Really like the geo. of this so I will check it against the ones you guy suggested. I guess what I am looking for is something that does not have the seat to bar drop of the more aggressive
race frames. Being close to 50 I am not as flexible as I was even 10 years ago so something a bit more upright but not overly so is what I am looking for.
I will be doing a few longer charity rides this year so 50+ miles a day over 2 to 3 days will what this bike will be used for.
Keep the suggestions coming tho. I am in no big hurry as I have a 2 in stable now plus my Basso ascot from years gone by.
Parlee Z1 Wax'd SR11 Carbon rims
Enigma Etape Ti SR11 +rack
Teschner TT - LW12spoke/LW Disc
Pinarello Opera 90's steel Rec10
A friend of a friend has a calfee that he will be selling in the near future. I will contact him for the specs and get with him for
a nice long ride. The C50 is gonna be more than I can/want spend at this time. I am looking more at the pre-owned market as opposed to new as this will not be my main ride but more of a century/charity ride bike and anything over the 40 mile mark.I have set a price in the $2k range for frame and fork. I just want to make sure I test ride before I plunk down that kind of cash.
Being a few hour drive from Phila. NY,NJ,VA, and other places I am willing to drive a few hours to test ride before I buy.
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