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NewBikeShopper (intro & opintion request)

Hello bikerader, nice to virtually meet everyone,

My bike was stolen last week (pics attached, Ultegra setup), it was an older ride but many hours in the saddle and personal customizations make it difficult to let go.

I’m trying to replace it as soon as possible, hard to do with everything out of stock due to the pandemic, opinions & recommendations are greatly appreciated (so far narrowed it down to 3 frame options below):

I ride roughly 150-200 miles a week, weekdays are flats and weekends are climbs. I’m 5’11” with a slightly larger torso and as I’ve gotten older my setup is less aero than it used to be. My approach is to research a ton, invest wisely in the best, take very good care of it and keep for 10+ years.

Here’s the rub, I’ve tested the Emonda and I can ride away with it this weekend (from a shop I've never worked with before). Because of the industry’s supply & demand issues, the Pinarello and Colnago are anywhere from 4-8 months wait (from a shop owner I've trusted for years), however, he doesn't have anything in my size right now to test ride and I’ve never been on an Italian frame before.

- Trek Emonda SLR OCLV 800 (size 56)
- Pinarello Dogma F12 (size 54)
- Colgnago C64 (size TBD)

And since I've been away from the technology for so long:

- Carbon Wheelset recommendations?
- Dura Ace or Ultegra to save a few bucks?
- Disc or Rim brakes?
- Tubeless or Clinchers?
- Tire Width?
- SpeedPlay or Shimano pedals?


Thank you in advance!


Posts

  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 1,158
    1. Anything but Hunts. Over priced, over marketed, over hyped, over clubbie’d. What’s your budget?
    2. Dura Ace, Red, Force, Chrous, Record. Ultegra is as above and fugly. It’s just not very good.
    3. Rim. Disc on road bikes is a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist. That bloke won that race in France on rims in the summer so they can’t be that bad. Also see (1) above.
    4. Tubs or clinchers. See (3) and (1) for tubeless
    5. 5. Don’t know - don’t use either.

    Bear in mind that if you go tubeless and disc the bike will be heavier, uglier and more expensive, therefor detracting from a lighter, cheaper, better looking option with better groupset/finishing kit and people will laugh at you and point at you in the street and call your names and you’ll look like a clubbie.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 3,114
    From the title, I thought you were on the lookout for something with a basket on the bars.

    Sorry for your loss, was it insured?
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • MattFalle said:

    1. Anything but Hunts. Over priced, over marketed, over hyped, over clubbie’d. What’s your budget?
    2. Dura Ace, Red, Force, Chrous, Record. Ultegra is as above and fugly. It’s just not very good.
    3. Rim. Disc on road bikes is a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist. That bloke won that race in France on rims in the summer so they can’t be that bad. Also see (1) above.
    4. Tubs or clinchers. See (3) and (1) for tubeless
    5. 5. Don’t know - don’t use either.

    Bear in mind that if you go tubeless and disc the bike will be heavier, uglier and more expensive, therefor detracting from a lighter, cheaper, better looking option with better groupset/finishing kit and people will laugh at you and point at you in the street and call your names and you’ll look like a clubbie.

    Great feedback, thanks so much!
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 1,158

    MattFalle said:

    1. Anything but Hunts. Over priced, over marketed, over hyped, over clubbie’d. What’s your budget?
    2. Dura Ace, Red, Force, Chrous, Record. Ultegra is as above and fugly. It’s just not very good.
    3. Rim. Disc on road bikes is a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist. That bloke won that race in France on rims in the summer so they can’t be that bad. Also see (1) above.
    4. Tubs or clinchers. See (3) and (1) for tubeless
    5. 5. Don’t know - don’t use either.

    Bear in mind that if you go tubeless and disc the bike will be heavier, uglier and more expensive, therefor detracting from a lighter, cheaper, better looking option with better groupset/finishing kit and people will laugh at you and point at you in the street and call your names and you’ll look like a clubbie.

    Great feedback, thanks so much!
    no probs dude - pleasure to help.

    and enjoy the '64 - you're a lucky person - they are utterly lovely.
  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,654
    Given the supply issue id go with the emondo.
    For a decent hand built set of wheels id go aluminium and get a set of Borgs from cycleclinic for general commuting and riding. I have carbon wheels on my disc road bike and whilst they look good i wouldn't go rim braked with a set or overlook aluminium for them.
    Personally prefer Ultegra as lasts a bit longer and dam sight cheaper than durace.
    Rim or Disc its up to you, i run both. Winter bike is rim braked using swisstop blocks
    I run both my road bikes tubeless, tbh it doesn't bother me either way. Never had a tubeless issue, but i am running proper tubeless rims not ghetto fix or compatible's. I personally run 28s on my road bikes although a lot of manufactures seem to be going to 32s for some reason. I do run bigger on my CX bike, but that only does offroad stuff anyway. Shimano SPD all day long, cleats recessed on most shoes and i can use the same footwear on my CX and MTB,s as well. With the recessed cleats its way easier to walk and they don't wear out like soft cheese.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
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