Ok guys and gals, I currently have a 1992 Trek 830. I love the bike, but the paint shows its age, and is black. I am in love with white bikes for whatever reason, and the current plan is to have the old steel Trek powdercoated white and add updated stickers.
BUT after looking at Nashbar's selection of bike frames, the "Nashbar Integrated Alloy Road Frame and Nashbar Integrated Alloy/Carbon Road Frame" both already come in white.
The standard aluminum bike frame looks to be around 1600 grams, while I can't seem to find a weight on the allow/carbon frame. I have no idea what the 830 steel frame weighs.
I figure the "Alloy Road Frame" is already white and would be close to the cost of getting the 830 frame powdercoated, but I would still have to do something with the fork, I guess I could use the 830 fork and leave it black for now. The Alloy/Carbon frame is more $ but just not sure how much less it weighs.
Would any of these frames be more upgrade-able than the other in the future? Should I just stick with what I have?
If I got one of these Nashbar frames, I would be transferring everything over from my current bike. I know there are countless threads on the net debating steel vs aluminum, and I know most of it is just preference. My main concern is upgrading in the future, and want whichever frame of these 3 will allow me to do that best.
(Side note, I am currently a "Clydesdale" at 205, and ride mostly paved trails)