With constant nuts and bolts falling off my old trusty steel schwinn, it's time i retire my steed even though I was a believer of the whole "steel-is-real" deal lol.
So now I'm faced with a stupidly difficult decision...
I've been given some pretty spectacular offers on either a Tarmac elite (lowest level tarmac with sram apex ) vs a Bianchi Sempre (105)...
Bianchi Sempre (2011) not the celeste though , the red one...
Rims/Wheels: Maddux RX 5.1 Lite
Tires: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick, 700 x 23c
Crankset: FSA Gossamer Compact (50/34)
Front, Rear, Derailleur, Shifters: Shimano 105
Rear Cogs: Shimano 105, 10-speed: 12-25
Brakes: FSA Gossamer
Saddle: Selle San Marco Ponza Power Arrowhead
Tarmac Elite (2012 or 2011, not sure...)
Rims/Wheels: DT Axis 2.0
Tires: Specialized Espoir Sport w/ double BlackBelt, 60 TPI, wire bead, 700x23c
Crankset: SRAM S150 (52/36)
Front, Rear, Derailleur, Shifters: SRAM Apex
Rear Cogs: SRAM Apex, 10-speed: 11-28
Brakes: SRAM Apex
Saddle: Body Geometry Romin Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails
Everything is fine with geometry and feel but I just can't figure out which one! I don't have the option to ride extreme distances but I would like to still have a rear end and stuff after a double century, and would like to climb, crit, race, and whatever else...
As far as frame quality, anyone have any opinions? After this purchase it'll be a long time until I get another whole bike (will upgrade components and wheels further down the line though).
Any perspectives on wheels? I heard the DT's need a lot of truing often...
I like Sram and Shimano both equally... maybe a bit more Sram, but not sure.
I'm seriously in limbo right now and have to choose which hand to chop off as I can't have both... Any opinions and facts would be more than helpful; personal experience...
Worst part is, after Good Friday, there is no more deal...
Also: Someone please explain to me why these choices are so difficult? Coping methods? lol.