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Anyone know about this frame?(15 posts)

Anyone know about this frame?the bull
Dec 6, 2003 1:17 PM
It is a fondriest I built up as my new training bike.
Wondering if someone has or had one and knew the year or the kind of tubing.
labelthe bull
Dec 6, 2003 1:18 PM
Wondering "quality "of tubing not "kind".nmthe bull
Dec 6, 2003 1:23 PM
Dec 6, 2003 2:21 PM
You want to explain those cranks to us?
Oh yeah...Check out my weird new cranks....the bull
Dec 6, 2003 2:56 PM
If there is a weakness in your spin these will fix it!
They are powercranks. They make you spin! If you dont pull up on the way back they stay where they are and mess up your pedaling stroke.In the one day I have ridden them. I have realized how weak my left leg is.
I can do one leg isolated drills and other stuff to improve my stroke. I am going to try to ride this bike all the time. It is a real workout. I feel pretty comfortable on them. I can even pedal out of the saddle and it has only been one day.
The maker of these cranks says if you can do taht you are not from this planet. Maybe because most people using these are tri-andbe-athletes. They are supposed to improve your run but too, but I just want to get a better spin out of this.
I assume you installed the chainring yourself?Qubeley
Dec 6, 2003 4:03 PM
That little pin on the big ring is supposed to be under the crank arm, so that when you drop your chain, the chain won't get stuck under the "arm pit". Please fix that before you do any damage to that wicked training device.
It wouldn't matterasgelle
Dec 6, 2003 4:30 PM
There's a clutch in the left and right crank. They can each move independently of the chainrings so the pin does not stay in a fixed position relative to the crank.
you're right! That really IS wicked! nmQubeley
Dec 6, 2003 5:31 PM
I was going to drill the pin out.the bull
Dec 6, 2003 4:43 PM
It does not hurt anything and would only lower the resale value of the chainrings, if I ever sell them while they have life left on them.
So nobody has any Idea wat year it is huh?the bull
Dec 7, 2003 4:17 PM
It says "ED" on the back of the top tube on both sides, is that the name of a rider that once owned the bike, or a model of Fondriest?
So nobody has any Idea wat year it is huh?TCrush
Dec 8, 2003 10:30 AM
Looks like a Fondirest MegaChrome from around 1997 to 2001. As I recall, it was the heavier, beefier brother to the Status. The Status was Dedaccai (sp) Optimal Nut, similar to 16.05 I think, and the Mega was more for the Clydesdales amoung us. The distributor can certainly help you out if you need more info.
Thanks for the info!the bull
Dec 9, 2003 3:45 PM
It looks like a very soild frame.
re: Anyone know about this frame?superdog
Dec 8, 2003 11:13 PM
I've put over 6,000 miles on my powercranks... you've got the right idea, ride them exclusively so as to adapt faster.
My hip flexors are killing me.the bull
Dec 9, 2003 3:44 PM
The first time I rode them I was out for 1.5 hours.
That was Sunday, I am going to ride them for a half hour on the rollers tonight.
I am going to have a hard time doing group rides.
What did you do? Ride alone? I got dropped on the way out of town going up a hill. This was funny to everyone I ride with. They thought it was great.
My hip flexors are killing me.superdog
Dec 9, 2003 6:12 PM
I put mine on a few days after doing a medium effort 100 mile ride. I could only do three miles and my legs were toast. You must be in much better shape than I was at the time.

You will have a hard time on group rides for a while. Once your hip flexors reach a deep level of fatigue you will have to go through a pedal-rest-pedal-rest cycle. I could not pedal for more than 30 - 45 seconds and I had to rest for a few then start pedaling again. It caused a yo-yo effect as I could not stay at a constant speed.

I did have to ride on my own a lot. After ten weeks I had improved significantly. It wasn't until about a year later that I really felt I had "mastered" the cranks.

Hills were the easiest terrain for me to ride on.

FYI, once you get good with these cranks you will have several advantages over people with normal cranks.

1) You can get into a more areodynamic tuck when taking a steep hill. Pull both legs up at the same time and "hook" your knees over the top tube. This will decrease the frontal area exposed to the wind.

2) When climbing steep hills, you can climb out of the saddle and perform one complete rotation with one leg while keeping the other leg resting at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Then perform a full rotation with the other leg while keeping the first leg resting. This would be analogous (sp?) to walking up stairs instead of running up stairs. It's an effort that is in between climbing while sitting and climbing while standing. It's just another option to use different muscles and get a little rest.

3) You can stretch various muscles easier by standing with both feet at the bottom of the stroke.

Anyway, you'll learn all sorts of new stuff on your own.

Oh... one warning. I found that once I got used to these cranks I actually preferred them over standard cranks. I replaced them with standard cranks for racing and a few times I almost crashed because the standard cranks were pushing my foot up the back stroke and it threw me off balance. I had to tape a little note on my handlebars to remind me when I was using regular cranks. Now I just race on the powercranks so it does not matter anymore.

It may seem funny and humorous at first but realize that people will be staring at you instead of watching what is going on in the peloton. This is obviously dangerous.

You will also have to work on getting your cadence back up to where it was pre-powercranks. I had my coach work up some drills specifically designed to get my cadence back up to 100+ rpms and it took me about six weeks to do it. (that's after I had been using them for two years)

Keep a log... it's fun to go back and read how frustrated you were and then realize how far you'd come.