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If you DON'T own a modern bicycle... Which would it be?

Old 03-22-20, 08:21 PM
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If you DON'T own a modern bicycle... Which would it be?

Howdy folks!

Maybe a fun thread idea, maybe not... I currently only own vintage bicycles, but have had a couple of new or newish ones in the past. I am bored and perusing some of the new technology and wondering what I would go for if I were in the market for something fresh. I haven't chosen yet but will come back with some idea!

So, my question is this... For those of you out there like me, who currently do not own a modern bicycle, which one would you choose?

The only caveat is that you have to choose something that actually looks modern! No classic steel frame designs, etc.

Cheers!

-Gregory
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Old 03-22-20, 08:39 PM
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I would love a Dura Ace equipped Pinarello Dogma F12. I'm not sure my wife would appreciate the cost of such a purchase, so I will refrain.

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Just to spitball, RiddleOfSteel posted a modern Battaglin in his thread, it would be very near the top of the list.

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Something bike-packing-esqe in Titanium, all the bells and whistles
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Just to spitball, RiddleOfSteel posted a modern Battaglin in his thread, it would be very near the top of the list.

I am glad someone still has the decency to build a frame with a proper horizontal top tube. I also like the 5-spoke symmetry in the crank spider; 4-spoke spiders just look wrong and ugly to me -- need 3 or 5. Rim brakes? Does it still qualify as "modern"?
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Something bike-packing-esqe in Titanium, all the bells and whistles
Exactly what I was thinking. Perhaps a Moots Vamoots.
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Modern full suspension XC MTB. Some things haven't gotten better over time, but dual suspension on bikes kinda did.
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Technically it could be argued thatmost of my bikes are modern, even if they are steel with lugs.

The only modern bicycle I would really like to have is a Calfee. As long as we're dreaming I'll take the top of the line Dragonfly 44 adventure. It's one of the few carbon bikes I'd trust not to crack. Also a plus is that they are made in the place where I grew up. If it breaks I can easily take it back.

https://calfeedesign.com/dragonfly-adventure/


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I can't be bothered to keep up with the industry, so I'd just go blindly off Bicycle Quarterly reviews. Firefly is about the top of the line, I guess, so I'd go with one of their gravel bikes in 26" with low trail, but I'd spec cantilever brakes instead of discs because I've not had a good experience with discs (and because it's hard to teach this old dog new tricks).





If the wait list is not horrible, that is. If unable to get a Firefly, I guess I'd get a Moots Routt. Carbon gives me the heebie jeebies.

But Salamandrine that Calfee looks really cool, sorta art nouveau. It's tempting just for the aesthetic, let alone the great reputation they have!

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Originally Posted by John E View Post
I am glad someone still has the decency to build a frame with a proper horizontal top tube. I also like the 5-spoke symmetry in the crank spider; 4-spoke spiders just look wrong and ugly to me -- need 3 or 5. Rim brakes? Does it still qualify as "modern"?
Wholeheartedly agree on the 4 spyder, standby for what I think may be a fine example of what we think is right, at least I do.

Pretty sure Alex will build you a disc version if you really want.

And the carbon fork does not work for me so.......

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I'm a steel bike lover and don't trust carbon fiber at all. But............I will have one of these when they become available.


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Originally Posted by scarlson View Post
I can't be bothered to keep up with the industry, so I'd just go blindly off Bicycle Quarterly reviews. Firefly is about the top of the line, I guess, so I'd go with one of their gravel bikes in 26" with low trail, but I'd spec cantilever brakes instead of discs because I've not had a good experience with discs (and because it's hard to teach this old dog new tricks).





If the wait list is not horrible, that is. If unable to get a Firefly, I guess I'd get a Moots Routt. Carbon gives me the heebie jeebies.

But Salamandrine that Calfee looks really cool, sorta art nouveau. It's tempting just for the aesthetic, let alone the great reputation they have!
I like the bike but I'd have a hard time paying $6k plus for a bike. But I agree if i were going to go modern, it would be an adventure bike. Fat tires open up a lot of roads.
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My newest bike is 11 14 years old (I think). My girlfriend bought a Pelago Stavanger Commuter which is a very nice bike for the money, and they even make it in a size 65!

But for me it would either be a titanium VanNicholas Amazon Rohloff though I recall them also being available with disc brakes.


Or a Schinderhauer Ludwig XIV


Or if we want to go weird in a cool way, the Lauf True Grit with its gravel microsuspension fork.
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I'm a steel bike lover and don't trust carbon fiber at all. But............I will have one of these when they become available.


Must be ugly if they kept the lights off
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I’d go for a Black Mountain Cycles Road + . . . Wait, I already did!

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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
I'm a steel bike lover and don't trust carbon fiber at all. But............I will have one of these when they become available.


Lighten up!
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Must be ugly if they kept the lights off
Well, pretty much all modern bikes are ugly, aren't they?
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I'm a steel bike lover and don't trust carbon fiber at all. But............I will have one of these when they become available.


Awesome especially if the picture was darker so I couldn't make out the brand. The one I drool over, that I would die for, is a --------------.
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Lighten up!
Someone turned on the lights and ruined it. Yuk!
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
Just to spitball, RiddleOfSteel posted a modern Battaglin in his thread, it would be very near the top of the list.

That fork just spoils everything.
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That fork just spoils everything.
It is homely. Doesn't go with the rest of the paint either. The top of it looks somewhat like a Tupperware lid.
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