My old Serotta was carbon steel, so I figured that my next bike would be a carbon fiber bike. I rented a Trek Domane 4.2 last year when I was visiting Austin, Texas for a wedding. I rode the bike for about 200 hard miles in 4 days. I hit all of the chip seal roads and steep hills that I use to ride when I lived there and I was quite pleased with the ride and fit.
I have an unusual body anatomy. I have the torso and arm reach of a typical man who is 5'6" and the legs of a typical man who is 6'3". I am 6'1" so most standard factory bikes will not fit me. This is why I purchased my Serotta back in 2001, it was custom built just for me. Once again I am at the cross roads of wanting a carbon fiber bike and knowing that only a custom bike will allow me to ride 200 to 300 miles at a time with comfort. Right now the Seven Cycles 622 SLX is what I may end up with.
|Seven Cycles 622 SLX|
|My 2001 Canondale Jekyll Lefty|
I would love to have a lightweight bike just for going fast on group rides, but in reality I ride more miles by myself on long 100+ mile rides and commuting to work. Getting a bike made of titanium that I can put fenders on makes sense as I ride all year rain or shine. One thing for sure, I miss riding my bike everyday.
I found this article on Bicycling website that discusses titanium verses carbon fiber as a cycling building material. Here is a snippet.
Today, the competition to build frames that are ever lighter, stiffer, and more aerodynamic has made carbon composites the most desired material for performance road bikes. But to some of the grand masters of bike building, and to a select number of revered engineers and designers who have tried all the materials, there is still nothing quite like titanium.