Ok I admit this is a bit of a troll... but after looking at most of the usual suspects, I'm seeing an un-met need in the market (market = me).
I fly for work so I want a bike that's airline checkable preferably in an off-the shelf hard suitcase.
The reason I want the bike is to train and stay in shape for road racing while traveling. Everything else is secondary.
I could afford the Friday's etc... but that's a lot of $... surely there's something that will:
- match my road bike position (I'm 5'11" ride a 58 standard road frame)
- handle hard riding / sprints / steep hills out of the saddle without acting like a wet noodle
- be as fast or only moderately slower than a road bike
- for less than $1k?
I am willing to start with a cheaper model and swap parts, I am technically competent. I am aware of S&S couplers but again, too much $.
Am I dreaming?