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Old 08-18-17, 02:46 PM
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What would you do?

Currently ride a 25 year old Klein Quantum frame that is in bad shape with Ultegra 6800 and flo 30s and am looking to upgrade. Would you buy a frameset and move the components over (the components themselves are in really good condition) or would you buy a brand new thru axle disc brake bike with all new components and sell off what you could?

Frameset option is narrowed down to a Foundry Chilkoot.

New bike option narrowed down to a Giant Defy advanced sl or advanced pro, argument between these two models is my next forum topic if I go this route, so feel free to jump on this question now too.
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Old 08-18-17, 03:31 PM
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Buy a frame and transfer the parts.
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Old 08-18-17, 03:51 PM
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+1 ;on the frameset replacement. Although I'm sure you can find a better deal than the Foundry Ti frame. I think Ti is too much $$ for what they are.
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Old 08-18-17, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by radom View Post
Currently ride a 25 year old Klein Quantum frame that is in bad shape with Ultegra 6800 and flo 30s and am looking to upgrade. Would you buy a frameset and move the components over (the components themselves are in really good condition) or would you buy a brand new thru axle disc brake bike with all new components and sell off what you could?

Frameset option is narrowed down to a Foundry Chilkoot.

New bike option narrowed down to a Giant Defy advanced sl or advanced pro, argument between these two models is my next forum topic if I go this route, so feel free to jump on this question now too.
Some stuff won't transfer, b-bracket and headset comes to mind (though the Chilkoot comes with a headset), so maybe a new seat post as well as a stem.

Don't think I'd go with a painted Ti frame though, had that with a Lemond and unless they are very good with the paint, painting titanium can be a PITA.

Curious if your Klein is STI currently ?. There was a period up to about '94 or so when Klein used a custom downtube shifter bracket that used internal shift cables. That precluded the use of STI as there was no method to install housing stops.

Have you considered a Habanero ?. I'd check to see if it'll take a 28mm tire, but they have a very good reputation.
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Old 08-18-17, 07:38 PM
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I moved from my Klein(s) to a Gunnar Crosshairs. A very versatile, comfortable bike.
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Old 08-18-17, 07:53 PM
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New bike all the way! The Defy.
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Old 08-18-17, 08:02 PM
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Are you a tinkerer or a rider? One option gives you the satisfaction of doing it yourself. The other, quite frankly, will give you a better riding bike.
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Nothing like a new bike.
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Old 08-18-17, 09:32 PM
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So the question is what would I do? I would buy a new bike and keep the old one as a backup. I would also rebuild the old bike because I like working on my bikes. YMMV.
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If it was me I would get a new bike. I just like to ride and I am riding a 10 year old Specialized Roubaix but have a new Giant Defy Pro 1 on order. If you like to work on bikes then go for an upgrade, but if you just like to ride then buy a new bike.
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Old 08-19-17, 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by RunForTheHills View Post
So the question is what would I do? I would buy a new bike and keep the old one as a backup. I would also rebuild the old bike because I like working on my bikes. YMMV.
This is essentially what I've done, completely upgrading a '90s Crosscut I liked and buying a Domane a few months later. Riding the Domane is new and motivational, but my gadgets tell me I can put the Crosscut on the road at any time, should I need to, with about the same performance. For me in the future, ease of the upgrade and gains in performance may be the actual measure I'll use...the motor is what it is.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Are you a tinkerer or a rider? One option gives you the satisfaction of doing it yourself. The other, quite frankly, will give you a better riding bike.
I dunno. I can think of some pretty nice framesets to pair up with Ultegra 6800 11 speed and a Flo 30 wheelset. Sure, there's a bit of work and possible front derailleur, BB and seat post changes. But if the OP is not afraid of a little work and selling off unneeded parts, then I'd do it all day long. If the OP is careful with frame choice, then the part swaps can be minimised.

Edit: Will add stem to the possible part swap since it might be needed for riding position.

Edit2: One of the cheapest swaps might be a early 2000's Lemond Malliot Jaune or Buenos Aires 853 frameset. You will have to like 2 things: longer top tube than seat tube and a little frame flex. Other than that, the Lemond 853 frame will give a nice and cushy ride.

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