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Empella Bonfire(9 posts)

Empella Bonfiregemza
Nov 6, 2001 9:11 PM
Anyone have any experience with an Empella Bonfire, good or bad? With that, how about Customer Service with Lastly, any experiences with Campy vs. Shimano in CC?
Empella's are BORING!Elite crosser
Nov 6, 2001 10:50 PM
Everyone rides them, just like TIme's. But at least with Time's you know why... Get a 7005 Al frame that has the geometry and looks that you like at a price you can afford, I don't think there is such a thing as a bad 7005 frame these days.
Ever looked into custom? Will that be much more expensive?

I'm waiting for an Empella Carbinfire fork now, but now I hear that the waiting will be wuite long, for the design was bad and there were problems with it.
Empella's are BORING!flyweight
Nov 7, 2001 8:27 AM
The Empella is good at what it sets out to be: a race-only cyclocross bike. It's reasonably light, durable enough to make it through a season and inexpensive enough that a serious racer can afford two of them without having to take out a second mortgage.

Personally I'd like a bike that's a bit more versatile. It would be nice to have bottle mounts for training and longer rides. Would also like to see clearance for bigger tires for use on bumpier trails and longer off-road rides.

As for everyone riding them, I'm guessing you're on the east coast? Out here on the left coast they're still not too common. We see tons of Sycip and Steelman bikes.
Empella's are BORING!gemza
Nov 7, 2001 8:47 AM
Flyweight, I am curious what do you ride? I am on the West Coast (Seattle). It is a toss up between steel or 7005 Alum. Thanks for your input.
Empella's are BORING!flyweight
Nov 7, 2001 4:25 PM
I've got an aluminum bike with DuraAce tubulars and a steel bike with Campy and clinchers. Like to keep all the bases covered.
Empella's are BORING!Wayne
Nov 7, 2001 9:45 AM
Well, I race in the mid-atlantic area and haven't noticed too many Empella's maybe 1 or 2 at any given race. If boring=common than by far the most boring bike is the IF, they seem to be everywhere. Lots of Redlines as well. I've yet to see a Steelman and I've been keeping my eye out because I was thinking of getting one for my next bike.
Regional bike popularityAlex-in-Evanston
Nov 8, 2001 11:33 AM
Here in the midwest it's Waterford/Gunnar that rules the roost. I see lots of Redlines too. I've never even heard of Emprella.

Regional bike popularityWayne
Nov 8, 2001 11:45 AM
Yeah, it figures that it's largely regional. Empella's are out of Belgium, sells them. There's actually an interview on there with Mr. Empella. The Spaar-select team (World champion- Erwin Vervecken) rides them. I also think Tim Johnson is riding them this year (painted as Lemond/Saturn's of course). He will be at the Landisville, PA UCI race this weekend, so I'll check it out for sure, I know last year I saw him on a IF that was repainted as a Lemond. There's a couple of ringing endorsements for the Poprad, eh?
re: Empella Bonfireflyweight
Nov 7, 2001 8:28 AM
I've ordered from Cyclocrossworld a couple of times without any problems. Really nice people providing a major service to the sport.

I've got DuraAce on one bike and Chorus Triple on another. Both work great. Campy levers do have more cable pull than the Shimano levers which makes them a bit better when using low profile cantilevers.