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Spend my bonus money!!(13 posts)

Spend my bonus money!!rssljhnsn
Jan 15, 2004 1:00 PM
If you were 6'3" #210 and could buy any frame out there what would it be? I currently have a 6 year old Klein quantum and I need either a new bike or a new back. I want firm not stiff, smooth not mushy, stable not slow, aggressive not twitchy. I average around 250 miles/week in season, ride all terrains, and want one bike to do it all. Of course this could mean I will need to ask you all for a list of good work excuses come spring thaw.
Thanks
Go carbonspookyload
Jan 15, 2004 7:24 PM
Look for a Look KG386 or something like that if you are trying to save, as it is an old model, they can be had cheap. Kestrel frames can be had for a song on ebay too. It is a mature frame geometry. Great for long days. Not too twitchy, but not with the feel of a piece of lumber like the Trek.
Go carbonrssljhnsn
Jan 16, 2004 10:56 AM
I have considered carbon. Having been on aluminum for road and ti for mtb and cross I like the allure of something new. I have read good things concerning carbon so if I am leaning any one direction it would be carbon. As someone mentioned below custom should be the way to go as well. I have only come across two custom carbon builders, Calfee and Parlee. I have seen good reviews on Caflee, but info is lacking on Parlee. Any experiences, good or bad, on either?
Hamilton won his Tour stage on a Parlee badged as Cervelo.........BIG RING
Jan 16, 2004 1:47 PM
go to www.parleecycles.com. They look awesome. Have never heard a bad thing about Calfee.

I am a huge Trek fan, don't understand the "dead" or "lumber" adjectives used to describe the frame. I had a C-40 B-Stay and likened it to the 5200 as far as ride feel. 5900 is a whole other ball game. Much stiffer than either of them. Like Aluminum without the "twange/buzz."
Hamilton won his Tour stage on a Parlee badged as Cervelo.......asgelle
Jan 19, 2004 8:43 AM
Big Ring wrote, "Hamilton won his Tour stage on a Parlee badged as Cervelo..."

I see from the Parlee website (and cyclingnews.com)that Hamilton rode a Parlee in 2002. I didn't see anything about 2003. I though Hamilton was riding Cervelos this year.
Nope, not this year.JS
Jan 19, 2004 12:48 PM
This year he rode a prototype Cervelo carbon frame that I think was done with Easton.
Go carbon and`" look`" at what Fondriest has to offernoupi
Jan 17, 2004 10:20 AM
http://www.fondriest-usa.com/frameset.php?frame=topcarbon
here is also a link to Fondriest Italy where you can see a better pic of the top carbon frame
http://www.fondriestbici.com/pubblicazione/tutto.htm
For a "price is no object" bikeMel Erickson
Jan 17, 2004 5:18 PM
This would also be my choice. I think he should buy one and if he doesn't like it, sell it to me at .50 on the dollar ;-) (I still couldn't afford it, though:-()
Go LOOK 461pitt83
Jan 16, 2004 1:48 PM
A great value and a great bike. I bought mine when they first came out last year. Same back trouble you mention; I would get lower back pain after a few hours on the Specialized.

If your sure of your size, Excel has them quite inexpensive on closeout. Get the white; I liked that paint most when I saw it live.

Dave
re: Spend my bonus money!!Scollopini
Jan 15, 2004 7:56 PM
I'd get a Trek 5900 - super frame that does it all. The "lumber" feel is only evident to those suffering from the "it must be European to be decent" complex.
LOL...mine is made in the USAspookyload
Jan 16, 2004 5:44 PM
I don't ride a euro bike and I am the one who said it felt like that. I had a Kestrel that was stolen, replaced it with a 5200 OCLV, and didn't like the ride at all. I put a good 1000 miles on it before I decided to sell it and get another Kestrel 200Sci. The big difference between the two is the construction. The OCLV is lugged and bonded. The Kestrel is a one piece injected carbon frame. The construction process makes the frame much stiffer without making it harsher. If you are going to pass judgement on different carbon frames, please ride them and not go off a fanboy opinion or hearsay
I.F. Ti Crown JewelCoolhand
Jan 16, 2004 6:20 AM
Comes full custom, amazing design and welding work and quite rare to boot.

You get exactly the ride and handling you want. Given your size and height you will really love a custom frame.

Linkity link:

http://www.ifbikes.com/frames2/ticrownjewel.shtml

Hubba Hubba!
re: Spend my bonus money!!cincy1
Jan 17, 2004 11:25 AM
Of the several bikes I've owned, I experienced the biggest improvement between models when I went custom. The frame material, geometry, wheels etc in any combination cannot offer you the benefits that a good fitting and a custom frame can. With your height and weight, you stand to benefit greatly. There are lots of custom steel and titanium builders out there. My wife has a Seven and I have a Serotta. Both are great products that we live to ride. Others: Moots, Strong, Merlin etc. Good luck.