Pushing the industry and development forward is a key to success and to survive. Everyone knows a modern car is better than an old Ferrari F40 but the ones interested in cars would rather have an old F40 instead of an Audi R8.
Same with bikes. Specialized S-Works Tarmac Disc is the best race bike according to me. Stiff, comfortable, light, good brakes and so on. Or a BH G7 which is an aerobike with disc brakes, all the latest technology.
But my dream has always been an older handmade frame from Europe with thin tubes, traditional geometry and of course a straight fork. Built with Campagnolo Record with a low profile wheelset like Campagnolo Nucleon and a classic bent handlebar. Of course cotton sidewalls on the tires. A true classic.
After selling of my Allez I got this:
A Colnago C40 from 2004. It may not be the best according to 2016 but it got soul and like Alfa Romeo says ”without hearts we are only machines”. There is something about this that a modern bike can’t make you feel. Like it’s some people that attracts us more than others even though they may not be models or even close.
This is an longterm project for me that started with a bit stress as I had to get this frame before someone else did. I just have the frame and a handlebar yet. So I will ride my Tarmac as it should be the best bike I built this season and maybe for a longer time. The Colnago won’t be superlight as it starts like this.
and frame with wrong headset and right bottom bracket cups:
This will be classy and it will get the worlds fastest tires 😀