Thank you for your response. I'm currently not racing, I would use it more for communing to work and ocassional long rides. I meant "competitive cycling" if I wanted to do a race on it... will my performance be compromised by the weight of the frame?I have a Smoothie and just bought a Stanyan frame real cheep. I dont know what you mean by competitive but they are fine frames. I really like mine.
Really? My 16lb bike climbs better than my Soma, Columbus steel Lemond with or my winter cross bike but thats pretty much where it ends. On the road just riding they are about the same.light bikes are really fun to ride. I really enjoy my 17lb Roubaix...and my 20.5lb coupled travel bike. Both will get you to the finish line...one just a micro hair faster than the other. In most cases, half the picture is the motor = you and another part of the equation is the bike. I most always choose the light bike cause it just kicks more ass mo bettah.
I ran into Soma frames at Tagglia.com, i emailed them and told me they had limited availability. I saw the Stanyan for $586 + shipping.If you don't mind telling, how cheap is "real cheep"? Can't seem to find a Stanyan frameset for less than $700. I tried looking on google but no luck. Is there a "pricegrabber" for bikes?
The Stanyan is not really more special, i just prefer the semi lugged frame and classic geometry with the straight top tube. The smoothie has a more modern compact geometry. More an aesthetic preference than anything else.Anyway, what's so special about the Stanyan when i can buy the Smoothie or ES road for way less