wanting to build the perfect road/race bike?
Hello,I am new to the forum and trying to pick the right thread to use? I have been cycling for a few years now and want to build my dream bike this season and do a few races. I am a larger cyclist at 5'9 210( 20 yrs lifting). I am interested in the purchase of a Trek Madone 5.9, as I am a Trek fan and this is the bike of the Lbs. I am riding a Trek 1500 now and want to get into a carbon frame. OR should I be looking for a Titanium frame( I like the Litespeed). My big questions are 1) carbon versus what? is there something better or needed for the bigger guy. I like the Carbon idea, as I have been told that carbon dampens the ride. I can see that most forks are carbon so this must be true, right? I like the madone frame but would value any experience with them or with others! 2) Dura ace cranks or carbon cranks. and what length? As I stated, I am only 5'9 so is the standard 170 for me or do I need the 172.5 or 175. I ride hills a lot, as I live in the deep country and have killer training grounds to cycle. I have a hard time finding flat routs!! I also need a triple instead of a double. I'm just too heavy to climb the 10 to 12% grades without the 30 up front. 3) wheels- Bontrager V. the Mavics I like so much. What is the strongest and lightest wheel? I know, I might as well ask if I should vote republican or democrat. Just want some positive info from someone who knows.I find my Bontrager rims bending with each pedal, as I climb( have to keep the rear brakes a little loose so they dont rub). I really want to buy or build the bike of my dreams, so I can talk about something else with my wife, she will appreciate your help. Oh yea, the budget. Can I do it all for under a grand? Ha Ha, Ok, keep me in the big fin category ( that's 5 for those out of the know). 6 will be the max,as I have a 3 yoa and 1 yoa. Future bikes to buy!!! All ideas and info will be appreciated. Thank you.