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recomend a crit specific framejbear71
Nov 12, 2003 11:42 AM
i need to find a frame to race criteriums exclusively. currently race a waterford(love it but it has its limitations in criteriums) i'm looking for something stiff that can corner. i'm 6'3 190lbs and race cat4. though i'd love a vortex or ultimate i've got a "huffy" bank account,plus i got to buy new sprinting abilities. thanks see you at superweek'04
I've been thinking/asking along the same lines...TFerguson
Nov 12, 2003 4:13 PM
Though the frame I currently have is fine, I can't afford to crash it. My thoughts and some suggestions are to go with one of those brutally stiff all aluminum frames before they started adding carbon stays. Crits are pretty short at the Cat 3 on down levels so you should be able to stand the abuse. Fuji, Giant TCR, KHS Team/2000 and of course the "tin can" Cannondales. A Trek or two might fall in here also, but I wouldn't know which ones.

From there, hang 105 (or equivalent) on it except for the shifters and things that go around (hubs, BB). Add your preferred contact points (pedals, saddle, bars/tape) and go racing.

One more thing to add: I see a lot of riders around here (Chicagoland) doing just fine on Waterfords. Team Mac is starting to dominate the lower levels and Masters on their beautiful red, white and blue ones.

re: recomend a crit specific frameInTraining
Nov 13, 2003 5:04 AM
Check out leader bikes, crit geometry great price and weight. I will probally use one for next year for my crit bike.
re: recomend a crit specific frameMShaw
Nov 13, 2003 12:40 PM
Ride whatever you can afford to crash!

At Cat4, I'm pretty certain it isn't the bike holding you back... A Litespeed won't win you races, working on your fitness, race savvy, and sprint will.

Heck, if you're good enough, a Huffy will let you win races. It worked for 7-11... (oooollllld joke!) Y'all probably don't remember Sean Kelly winning all those races on a Vitus (Alan? Same thing.) do ya? Talk about a noodle!

I've seen a few Leader Bikes around San Diego. They seem like nice enough bikes. My little brother just bought himself a Tommaso off ebay. He seems to like it too.

I either race my old Bontrager Road Lite or my S-works depending on how twisty the course is. If its twisty and I think there's a good liklihood that I'm going to go down, I ride the S-Works. If not, then I'll ride the Bontrager.

Ride, ride, ride. Then worry about a bike holding you back. Now that I'm done prescribing, what exactly is it you don't like about the Waterford?

61 cm Klein Quantum Racefallzboater
Nov 13, 2003 9:04 PM
I've got a 2001 61cm (largest stock size) Klein Quantum Race frame that'd make a great crit bike for you. Steep angles, high BB, stiff and light. I'm having a custom steel frame built with a more upright road geometry, would sell the Klein frame pretty cheap. I haven't advertised it, yet, since it'll be a few more weeks since I get the new frame, but I could just ride my MTB for a while. Get in touch if you're interested.

David Mackintosh