My recent usage & ownership of a modern road bike was good but not ideal. My Ti bike has now been sold. The only negative issue I had with the bike was the short head-tube and the large drop between the saddle and the handlebars. The position was great for fast group rides or for 50 mile fitness rides. However, the position put too much weight on my hands, and after four hours of riding, my hands would tingle, and would continue to tingle for a few days or longer. I could resolve the issue with a new uncut fork and use bunch of goofy spacers to raise the handlebar, or I could use a different bike with a longer head-tube. I also discovered that Titanium is the best material for the kind of cycling I enjoy, but that a high quality steel bike is 99% as good at 1/3 the cost. It’s really the motor that matters.
So I’m considering a classic Italian steel bike or a modern American steel bike, but I’m not sure which will perform better. The classic Italian is a Gios Torino Professional from the 1980’s. The American bike is a contemporary Gunner Cyclocross model. Both use top of the line materials and construction. The Gios is a 2x6 drivetrain, I would probably upgrade the bike with modern 2x10 drivetrain and brifters.
Both bikes should make for comfortable long distance travel for century rides and 200k events. Gios is a superlative bike builder, but will the frame be too flexy for a 210 lbs rider? The Gunner CX bike is built brawny should be perfectly rigid and a good climber, but seems a little less poetic.