horizon wrote:Samuel D: I've followed your bike-build with interest but the other day I suddenly thought, hang on, why did you choose a Spa frame in the first place?
I wanted a versatile frame for fast road rides in sunshine, slow slogs at night in the winter, and the occasional tour with light luggage. I wanted a fairly slack seat-tube angle, rim brakes, the option to use down-tube shifters, and all that at a modest price. There wasn’t a surfeit of choice.
horizon wrote:Did you have a short list and/or budget limit or other considerations? What swung it for you? And would you make the same choice again?
Budget played a role, yes. I also trusted 531colin to design a good frame, since his forum posts about fit and position had solved my comfort problems with an earlier bicycle.
I did choose the same frame again, but I admit I hoped it would solve the slipping seatpost. To get a second one with that problem was a nuisance. And now there’s the doubt about the down-tube tubing on the latest frames. So would I choose it a third time? Probably not.
That said, the slipping seatpost was definitively solved with a second clamp on the post, and I remain delighted with how the bicycle rides and its value. So no regrets. Happy.