I sold one of my bikes to a friend who's moving here in a few weeks. I'm quite pleased to have it to offer to him; and it was a very pleasant deal (he'd ridden it a few times, and was teasing me about wanting to take it off my hands for a while). So. I have an empty space in the stable, and it JUST so happens I have an itch to build up a new bike. Something sleek. Light(ish). Biased towards climbing. A 'special day' bike, if you will. Don't get me wrong, I love my orange --It's the new black-- steel daily ride. I just wanna build something a little lighter, a little snappier for going up. I'm 80% set on Campy, so that's taken care of.
I need to start with the frame. I'm thinking Al or Al+carbon stays. I don't want to spend more than a grand (well, 500 bucks is the more realistic budget). And it has to be from a smaller company (no Trek, C-Dale, Specialized, etc).
Blue and Fetish Cycles are the current contenders. Foosters, I ask you now for help in choosing a frame. Please? I'd ask the Roadie Forum, but I prefer the Foo Perspective (on this topic). Thank you, My Foo.