(longtime lurker, first time poster)
Im seeking recomendations on a new gravel bike.... the time has come to upgrade from my beater cross bike to a nicer dedicated gravel rig.
Im an average rider... not looking to win the DK200 but I need a gravel bike thats is comfortable on and of pavement for long miles.
Im looking for something in the $2500-$3k price range, and so far the (new) Warbird and Willard are the front runners. I just dont know enough to make the call on why to go with one vs the other.
The ralieghs have mounts for fenders and rack, where the Salsa doesnt. I do very little bike packing so a backpack or frame bag on the salsa would be do-able. Rack mounts are not a make it or break it for me, but it is something to consider.....
So if it was your money to spend would you go with a Willard or a Warbird??
(to further expand on my question of 'how would YOU spend my money'---- steel vs aluminum vs carbon... Is carbon worth the $$? Would i get a similar ride quality out of aluminum and save a few bucks? The weight savings isnt as much a deciding factor to me as is ride quality)
Thanks for educating a noob, I appreciate your advice.
(my local Salsa dealer is offering 10% off and free maintenece for life; my local raleigh dealer is MSRP only with no perks.... so thats a factor also)