Ok. I went in and ordered the new frame today. A Boreas Ignis frame that is aluminium and with C.F.Forks weighs in at 1515 grammes For the pair including the headset. This is going to be a top end bike and I have to start thinking about components now. First of all it is going to be Compact crank and thanks to a very ggod Deal- is going to be Truvativ. I have chosen Ultegra as the Rest of the drive chain and the wheels will be Ultegra as well. I have the training set for normal and comfort use. I have left the rest to the LBS with the Main consderation being Lighness with strength. Lightness being the operative word but I do not want fragility to come into the equation. The estimate is that the bike will finish up at 16lbs so should give me a quality bike.
So now starts the wait as it will be a couple of months before the frame is in. and hopefully another month before it is assembled. Hopefully? I won't be able to afford it before then so I don't want the shop doing me any favours in rushing the order through. The other problem will be that I now have to put the whole bike to the back of my mind- otherwise the Doubts will come in. Have I selected the right components? Will I be able to get up the hills on 34/27 or should I think about reverting to 9 speed and put an MTB 12/34 cassette and XTR derailler on? Am I going to be good enough for a bike of this quality or should I go to Wally-Mart and see what they have in stock.
Pic is attached from the website of a built up bike- but I am hoping to get a different colour to the one shown- They do a hard anodised finish that will be better for me than a painted version- + it is lighter. Ridiculous thing is that I l know nothing about this Manufacturer-The LBS build them up to spec for their customers and this is a Race bike. Then the 1 hour long test ride I did on the shop owners bike yesterday convinced me that I had to have this bike. Didn't take it up any hills but did get in 18miles up a few slopes- and I was using the big ring on his normal crankset. He is the same size as me and his bike is set up with Dure ace but he talked me out of the "Extra" expense as Apparantly- Ultegra is more sensible for someone that does not race.
Now to the cost-This is going to cost-a-lot. My idea is though that within a few years I will not be up on the Hills on the MTB- except for a few Enjoyment rides- and If I am going to do more road riding- I do need a better bike than my existing one.I could have gone for a top end "Manufactured" Bike but taking this custom build on a top end frame-I will finish with a bike that I will not have to spend another few $$$$$ on to get it to what I want. Final retail cost is estimated at around $3,500 to $4,000 but- It will come out a lot cheaper than that due to Discount and favours.
Whether I am making the right decoision- I will will you know in 3 months +500 miles.