So finally, after a year of scrimping and saving I'm ready to build up an no-compromise ride. I know they're apples and oranges, but I've narrowed down my choices to two frames: the soma Delancey and BMW gangsta. I'll mostly be riding around northeast cities (Boston, NY, New Haven, Dover), doing a lot of commuting and occasionally racing at the track.
-$795 frame and fork
-Tange butted round tubing
-seaweed green paint
-Made in Taiwan
-no complete option
Brooklyn Machine Works Gangsta:
-$775 frame and fork
-butted Tange/us aero-profile/us round tubing mix
-choice of any primary color w/custom options
-Made in Brooklyn
-"custom" completes available
I'm half set on the Delancey because the geometry is standard and the lugs look pretty OK for an Taiwanese frame. I've never ridden one compltete but the geometry is "sport road" which I'm totally down with. I know it's silly, but the major setback is that the frame comes in that green, which doesn't make me hot and bothered. I'll probably get it repainted which will add at least another $100 to the toal purchase. Also, I would probably get a new fork. The delancey fork just doesn't look like it fits the flow of the bike. It's too narrow at the tips or something.
I'm seriously considering the BMW because my friend rode the orange bike in SF during the NACC and said the geometry was incredible- both comfortable and fast. I'm heading to NYC next week so I think I'll drop by the BMW factory to try one out. A big plus is that I have a ton of color options, and when I Emailed them they said that I can have any custom color powdercoat (no wet paint) for $50 extra. Plus, I can get velocity deep-Vs match powdercoated for $140 extra (including the rims!). They also have a sercivce where I give them my dream build sheet, then they source all the parts and build up the bike. The downside is that there is a $75 assembly fee. It would be cool if they could just box up all the parts and let me build it myself without the labor fee.
That's another draw of the delancey. They don't have a complete option so I can order the frame and build the bike up bit by bit as I collect parts. OMG please help. I've been mincing over bike decisions for such a long time, and now that I have it narrowed down I can't make up my mind at all. Any real world experiences would be greatly appeciated.
ps. the build will be mostly high end: Phil hubs, Sugino Grand Mighty Cranks, Thomson, NItto, etc.