Back in April, I started bouncing around ideas for my next bike. I wanted (and still want) something that will provide a spirited ride on both pavement and gravel. My initial thoughts were something along the line of a Ti (for weight and corrosion resistance) frame. That quickly morphed into a cross frame when the LBS heard I was interested in riding off-pavement. I tried a couple of cross events this year and Iím quite awful so thereís no need to do a dedicated cross frame. As GSmith suggested to me in another thread, I probably need a road bike with capability for larger tires. After months of ruminating, hereís where my current thinking is:
Roadie with capability for larger tires when needed.
Cable routing for Di2
I thought I had the material sorted out, but more and more people are suggesting I take a second look at steel. What are your thoughts on this?
My initial consideration was that Ti would be significantly lighter. Iím basing this on my commuter, a steel CoMotion Americano that weighs in at over 30 lbs with components. But that sucker is built for loaded touring. Can I have light-weight and comfort in steel? The last thing I want to do is spec out a duplicate of what I have now, a heavy-ish frame that handles like an SUV.
Help me finalize the characteristics of N=1.