Still riding the Vilano steel frame SS/FG. Can't beat steel for longevity, things fall over, others get touchy/feely with your property. Even the LBS work stand can put a scratch or gouge into softer frame material. I guess I'll be riding the Vilano 20 years from now too. It's a bike, I buy one and figure it should last a lifetime, harder steel gives me that best shot at a lifetime of ownership ? 2 years old at the end of May. It rides as smooth and quiet as any of them, especially since they repaved the street I always have to start my ride on, after that road conditions are bound to degrade.
Well...when you think about it it's not that expensive...I exchanged emails with the guys there and they offered a Leggenda for 800EUR (˜1000USD) and it's a custom frame, they take your measurements, weight, what type of ride you'll be doing with it, you can change geo too and choose between 1" or 1 1/8" carbon or steel forks. That's a lot of choices for a 1000USD frame, hell a OTP Mash Histogram is nearly that. Of course is still a lot for a frame but not mad expensive like some custom made frames out there.
I'm so glad I read this... Going to email them now.