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In Reply to: RE: Is Anyone Here Into Cycling(I know "Sordidman" is)? posted by howard on June 13, 2017 at 17:15:27
Bikes and components are getting cheaper and cheaper.
I ride this 1999 Litespeed with new SRAM Force 22 and Shimano composite wheels.
I rebuilt it 2 or 3 years ago - re-investing in it rather than buying something else because the frame fits me so nicely and it really will last forever.
Because of Chinese/Taiwanese mfg and economies of scale, the 2nd hand bike market is dirt cheap. BUT, forget warranty on 2nd hand carbon frames or wheels. I wouldn't touch them.
You pays the price, and you takes your risks!
Have wondered about trying it.
"... only a very few individuals understand as yet that personal salvation is a contradiction in terms."
I have a Cannondale Evo High-Mod carbon and a 2005 Litespeed Solano Ti.
When I bought the Cannondale, I simply could not find any suitable reason to sell the Litespeed. I am lucky to have both.
The Cannondale is fast, responsive, great up hills and overall comfortable to ride.
The Litespeed is all of the above but a little less of each. However, riding the ti is like butter....so smooth. It is great for cruising and a fun alternative to carbon. I enjoy it every time I ride it. Not quite as fast, but a great option for longer trips and for anything self-contained. It is loaded with panniers and ready for a three-day brewery destination trip at the end of next week.
I've never spent enough time on a carbon bike to tell. Wheels and tyres make a huge difference.
It does kill the steelie I had before it though. The Litespeed felt like floating over the tarmac v/s grinding on it as the Fuji did. Even with the same wheels and tyres.
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