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Empella Bonfire(7 posts)

Empella BonfireBAM
Mar 28, 2002 4:37 AM
Any out there have one or ridden one ? Is it stiff, overly stiff, light, etc. ??
i would like to know tooJJhelm4321
Mar 30, 2002 12:23 AM
ive heard a little about the bike,, does anyone know about fit? is it worthy of the 500 plus for the frame and fork??
re: Empella Bonfiremackgoo
Mar 30, 2002 3:56 PM
Go to E mail those guys, they can answer your questions.
re: Empella BonfireJJhelm4321
Mar 30, 2002 7:07 PM
ive noticed that the Empella runs the rear and front der cabling under the downtube,, isnt that a no no in cx for both mud clearance and shouldering the bike??
re: Empella Bonfiremackgoo
Mar 31, 2002 3:07 PM
I have just heard that the Empellas have a good rep. in the racing seen. I have no real experience and know no one who owns one. I know the guys at cyclocrossworld use them and they could give you some real world impressions. I suspect the cable routing isn't such a big deal. Then again a serious competetor probably has a couple of bikes and switch's durring competition and the traded bike gets sprayed down to clean it.
re: Empella Bonfire /Cable Routingatpjunkie
Apr 1, 2002 1:12 PM
it's been the same arguement in MTB. The main no-no especially for cross is under the top tube as it makes portage a bear. Under the downtube is okay as it doesn't interfere with where you shoulder or hold. A lot of Race MTN bikes run the cables down the down tube, some think this exposes it to mud from the front tire, it does but also makes it easy for the mud to fall and or run off. It leaves the TT bare of cabling which has advantages for not only shouldering but running and pushing the bike as there are no cables on top to interfere with your grip. MTB bikes can run cables under the TT while cross bikes have to run on the top. I've had downtube cabling on both cross and MTB Bikes and have had no trouble with gunk interfering with the cables, just keep it clean. Zolder wasn't a gunk fest so don't use it as a test but the Belgian Team uses the Empella's w/out trouble (like Makgoo said they do have mechanics though) presently I'm riding TT Top cabling and it works fine for me.
re: Empella Bonfireelliot
Apr 3, 2002 12:25 AM
i`ve got one and its great i put dura ace gruppo on it with itm bars stem and seatpost its also got diacompe 987 brakes which work just fine with the da sti`s. the ride is stiff and responsive. the size is 58cm c-t which works out at about 54c-c with a 55cm top tube so there is plenty of stand over all in all a top cross bike.
p.s iam trying to sell it if your interested mail me at and i`ll send you some pictures