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Cinelli Aliante vs. Starship(5 posts)

Cinelli Aliante vs. StarshipThe Human G-Nome
Aug 29, 2002 10:39 PM
just wondering if anyone out there is riding either one of these and if so, what have been your impressions? the price difference for me is only $75 so i'm trying to find an edge. i like the idea of the carbon seat stays in the aliante, but i'm curious just how different that might make the ride. i've yet to find a local dealer who carries either so i can't ride them. thoughts? thanks.
re: Cinelli Aliante vs. StarshipPygme
Aug 30, 2002 7:05 AM
I have a 2002 starlight (the Starship, I think, is no longer made). I really like it. I was riding a CAAD4 and the ride is noticably smoother, but not neccessarily softer. I have about 2,000 miles on it.

It is extremly light. My comes in a 16.6 pounds with Campy Record 10, Ksyriums ssc sl, and Columbus Muscle all carbon fork. (The frame itself weighed 1035 grams.)

I like the fact that the paint job/decals are simple. No gaudy stickers a la Trek.

I have the small compact frame geometry which has advantages and disadvanteges. One disadvantage, if you are racing, is changing a wheel quickly, with a 23 tire, you will not be able to place the wheel in the dropouts without letting the air out of the tires. This could be a problem if you need to make a speedy wheelchange in a race.
Also, another problem was that I had to use a spacer to attach the bottle cage so it would fit over the derailuer.

I pruchased the complete bike by mail order without riding it and I was worried about it, but it fits/performs just fine. I would buy another one.
re: Cinelli Aliante vs. StarshipThe Human G-Nome
Aug 30, 2002 8:10 AM
hey, thanks for the feedback. as i'm partial to the Starship (over the Starlight), i'm glad they still make it as well. from everything i've read, they're terrific frames so i'm looking forward to the purchase. it will come with integrated headset, muscle fork and Integralter stem/bar combo and will cost sub $1400 (minus shipping) which seems like quite a bargain.
re: Cinelli Aliante vs. StarshipTarantula
Aug 30, 2002 8:57 AM
It almost sounds like your buying from GVH bikes. I picked up a Starlight frame from Gary back in March. Put it together with Dura ace and have over 6,500 miles on it. The frame is stiff. It accelerates well and makes me appear to be a climber. I love the bike. I have the Muscle fork (stock for a lot of Columbus frames) and a carbon seatpost. These 2 items dampen road buzz and make the bike rideable for many hours.
The starship and Aliante were both in the running, but like anything, personal preference steered me towards the Starlight.
Good luck.
my StarshipripSRV
Aug 30, 2002 9:31 AM
I have a matte black Starship frame that I'm interested in selling. It's a little too "Ferrari" like for me the 45 yr old now father of two.

It is a complete bike with carbon fork and dura-ace in mint condition. I could sell the whole thing or just frame and fork. Let me know if you're interested.

I've seen a lot of Starlights, Starships, and Aliante's at WCP in St. Paul and the detail quality of the most recent ones ain't what it used to be.