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I'm guilty of believing there is always something better out there. I know right away that kinda means that I don't belong here.

I liked and was mostly happy with my Sir9 but always figured there must be something better out there. It's just a little bit too flexy for my tastes (170lbs on a large). I fight with the ebb at times. (Was noisy, now quiet but still really hard to turn) and it isn't light.

I had a One9 for a little while and loved picking it up in the garage but is just wasn't as fun downhill.

I got to test ride a One9 Carbon last year and was impressed. I liked how quiet, in terms of muting small bumps that I consider noise, it was. I'm also fond of carbon road bikes so I've been thinking that a carbon single speed would be great. A few weeks ago I found a carbon Orbea Alma on ebay for a decent price and built it up. After 4-5 rides it's going right back to ebay and I canceled the auction for my trusty Sir before anyone bid. (Sorry if you were disappointed on that one)

The Alma was light and looked sexy but I just didn't light up at all riding it. Switchbacks were more fun because the stiff headtube steered really well and it was comfortable like steel which is important to me. The problem is that I always felt like I was fighting it uphill. It was almost as if the steel bike bb flex helped me turn the gear and the stiff carbon gave my recently weak legs nowhere to hide.

I gears on it for today and certainly liked it more but I already have a geared FS and don't really have any justification for keeping it as a geared bike. I read that someone else recommended another carbon frame for racing or fast riding and I'd agree. At speed it really does work nicely. I've also learned that a stiff headtube junction is a wonderful thing but so is having feel in a frame. I may give it one more shot with a 1 tooth easier gear but the relationship just isn't there.

My first real road bike was a steel Serotta. I like how good steel feels to pedal and that it has some pop out of turns but I'm far from a woolie traditionalist. I guess I'm learning that sometimes simple is hard to beat and that advances aren't always.

I haven't really learned much though so I'll keep trying to find something better. Next year maybe a Lynsky Ridgeline or a Waltworks?
 

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So odd that this gets posted today. I just built up a Motobecane outcast 26 and threw as much carbon on it as I could, love the look, love the weight, love the odd quietness it has. I broke the chain on my way home( my own fault) and walked it about a mile. As soon as I got home I hopped on my older k2 beater ( which is still kinda nice) and really was surprised how alive the bike felt. Kinda got me thinking about how I made choices during the build for aesthetic reasons and wasn't thinking about how it would ride.

It sucks that my built on a budget with some real old parts smokes a bike I thought was my ideal, and dropped more dough than I care to think about on. I guess better is something that can't be judged by pricetag, material, appearance, craftsmanship or name. Might simply come down to feel alone, and that will be drastically different from person to person.
 

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Andrea138 said:
The A9C is not an orbea. Why not one of those since you liked it originally?
Believe me I'm asking myself the same question and wondering if it would have led to a different outcome. I wish I had gotten the A9C.
Reasons I went with the Orbea,
1. Alma had a steeper 72 head angle and I want to run a 120mm fork
2. Impression that the Alma wasn't as stiff as the A9C
3. Alma was cheaper used
4. I liked how it looked
5. I'm still not confident is the Niner Ebb
 

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There is nothing better out there. That's just the hollow sound of capitalism reverberating through the dilapidated hallways of human misery. Kill yourself now so you don't get tempted to buy a new bike - better yet, move to a farm and fulfill your life by toiling in the soil.
 
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