Next spring I'll be buying a new bike. Always ridden traditional steel frames. Don't know anything else. So many choices now. Steel, aluminum, carbon, ti, and various combinations. Budget limitations eliminate ti unless used. Question: tooling up and down in front of the LBS isn't like 60 miles over hills and across chipseal......so what do you seasoned and mature, discriminating guys (who may not have patience with twitchiness, road buzz, mere stylishness and trendiness) RIDE and value? Is there really a substantial riding difference between an all steel Lemond Sarthe and its steel/carbon brother Zurich? Would a fully carbon Trek model leave me much less "battered" by long rides as one shop worker assured me? Isn't geometry more important than material? Is a Spec. Paris/Roubaix really "buttery" on long rides compared to an 80's steel frame or that Lemond Sarthe? Is a sentimental attachment to old Italian frames for sale on eBay outmoded by technology?
So, what is your opinion?......I trust 50Plussers to be less swayed by hype or biased attachment to what they've invested in.
(I know, I know-- this issue has to do with personal perception and has been done to death....but probably because its pertinent!)