Looking for opinions of a custom build all rounder that has been bouncing around my head on long training rides. All thoughts, expertise or ridicule will be accepted.
Rider: 47yr old- 25+yrs cycling mtb, 8yrs road- 210lbs- past expert level racer, now train/ride for mild competitive enjoyment, fitness and ride a couple of centuries or endurance events a year. Bike to be used on 2hr to several hour Colorado road rides with lots of climbing/ descending. Potentially used as all rounder/CX style bike on smoother dirt roads too. Currently riding Ti soft-tail mtb, Landshark road and Niner monstercross, which the proposed bike will replace.
Proposed bike: Custom Titanium frame and fork. Designed for all day comfort but performance a close second consideration. Stiff for climbs, but balanced and sure handling. Suspension- Silk ti or YBB type to absorb road vibration and increased control on descents and cornering. Fork will be titanium to match if build is possible, if not then leaning toward Woundup. Road discs front and back for power, modulation and wet weather riding. Wheelset will probably be handbuilt CK with lean toward strong all rounder/training rim, instead of lightweight. As for componants, think Ultegra/Chorus/SRAM level. Upgrades probable due to my own bike geekness!
1) Shifter compatibility for road discs? What are they? Cable adapters?
2) Anyone have experience/opinion with suspension on road bike performance?
3) Comfort vs efficiency of road suspension?
4) Ti fork issues or concerns at my weight and intended use?
5) Estimated weight of finished project. Realistic sub 20lbs? Less?
Any experience, opinions, photos or links to similar projects would be appreciated.
Thanks. Ride Safe!
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