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You dont have to be fast or competitive to ride a nice bike, im a relatively slow cyclist but 3 years ago I bought a Cervelo P3 with all the best kit at the time. The bike is still running perfectly but only comes out from the spring and on race day. Had I been riding it as a training bike im sure it would be wrecked by now.I bought the bike as I knew what I wanted and had researched it for a considerable time. I spent a whole day in a bike shop having the bike made to measure etc etc. Aside from the cervelo I have another bike I use for training which is pretty bomb proof. This means its a pleasure to get on the P3 when the weather is better.I know Dubai Daves rates the durability of Zipp 404's but with carbon braking surfaces like mine id not fancy them lasting long with road the amount of road salt and grit in the UK over winter. With carbon surfaces you need specific brakes like the SwissStop I suggested earlier, average rubber pads can grab, tear themselves apart and or melt under heavy braking (as I found nearly to my cost a couple of years ago.By all means get the Venge and get it with the kit you want, just make sure it fits you and is the right tool for the job you want it to do.Im not going to rule out being in a similar position to you in a couple of years (i.e. looking to buy a new bike), ive currently got my eye on a Cervelo S5 frame and just waiting to justify the expense of another bling bike. The P5 would complement my training bike & TT bike, be for summer training, sportives and hillier long course races. I guess im using this as an example to say that I wont be going ahead with such a significant and costly purchase until ive fully researched the bike and suitability down to every component.