The Venge is an absolutely no. One of the main reasons that I want something new is so that it’s more comfortable that what I am riding now, but also better when out of the saddle. Luckily there is a very nice bike shop close to my house (Davis Wheelworks) that carries BMC, Cervelo, Felt, Colnago, Pinarello, & more). I had a long talk to a guy there and after talking to him it sounds like the new BMC SLR01 is a heck of a bike and would fit the bill for what I am looking for, but it’s a BB86 bottom bracket.
Concerning the Praxis BB conversion – it looks like it just works with PF30, so it wouldn’t work with the BMC. I do like the look of the BMC – especially the new 2013 one. And it is ready for Di2 internal wiring, which I find essential. A point that the guy from the shop made was do I really want to base a new frame purchase around a crankset. And I think that I do. My SRM was custom and I really love it, but, it has the old style crank arms so I could certainly gain some stiffness with something a bit more modern. It has to be 165mm though, so the only options are Dura-Ace or Rotor. A new SRM will set me back $2000 though.
The shop has offered me a good test ride on anything they have in stock in my size, so I will check out the BMC as well as a S5 and R5. If I fall in love with one of those then I need a new crankset though.
Otherwise the leader in the clubhouse is a Colnago C59. The shop can get me one, but they don’t have one that I can test ride. So my only option is to wait until early August when I will have the ability to ride a friend’s.
Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?