My 12 yr old Lemond Tourmalet required so much work that it was better to consider getting a new bike. At 6'3" and 245 (down from 265!) I like the longer top tube of the Lemond and would like to stay with them. My LBS has two options for me, a new Tourmalet (aluminum frame, 105 components) for $1050 and a four year old Lemond Arrivee (Ti frame, Ultegra components) for $1600 (retailed at $2700, it was one of those, "oh, it was in the back and we just found it deals).
Given that I only ride recreationally now, 15 - 30 mi at a time, and only 1000 - 1500 miles a year, should I spend the extra $550 and spring for the Ti/Ultegra? Are the components that much better? Will I notice a difference in how they shift? Will they last longer? Will the Ti ride be that much better than the Aluminum?
Oh, I have a pretty good set of wheels to put on from my old bike, Easton Circuit Comps.
I guess I am looking for someone to tell me that a) I'm crazy to spend the extra $550; or b) You will REALLY enjoy the Ti frame vs the aluminum and the components, etc.
Any help will be appreciated.