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Paging foco owners(5 posts)

Paging foco ownersAD14
Jul 10, 2001 8:33 PM
I just ordered a custom foco and the builder cautioned me that it will not be as stiff as my colnago. I am no longer concerned about power transfer as it has been over a decade since I competed but his statement got me a little concerned as I am in the 170s. The builder says its not a noodle. I feel the colnago is harsh(although nothing like my old cannondale) and want a nicer riding bike but now I wonder.
re: Paging foco ownersLC
Jul 10, 2001 10:55 PM
Unless you are over 6ft tall and climb a lot of steep hills, I would not worry about too much flex. The smaller steel frames are pretty good about not flexing too much, even at your weight. I takes a really steep hill or an all out sprint to get the frame to flex.
re: Paging foco ownersRusty Coggs
Jul 11, 2001 7:20 AM
Foco(thermacrom) has a greater ultimate strength than any of the previous Columbus steel alloys(Nivacrom/cyclex) that were used in Colnagos. Therefore, depending on how the tubeset is sized(standard or oversize) shaped, and built,A foco frameset would have the POTENTIAL to be stiffer than than your Colnago. There is more to than just the alloy......
re: Paging foco ownerscogmaster
Jul 13, 2001 10:54 AM
I have a foco Cervello Rennaissance frame and have not fealt excess flex. I would admit that is does not transmit energy transfer as quick as a stiff aluminum frame, but the ride and handling is great. If you are not racing, this is in my opinion the best all around frame material.
Jul 13, 2001 11:59 AM
Thanks for your answers. I dont race and when I did I rode a cannondale. Now I want a nice light comfy road bike to get in shape with and I think I will replace the 8 speed campy with chorus 10 this winter. Ride safely and thanks again.