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Empella BonfireJJhelm4321
Apr 29, 2002 10:31 PM
im considering the Bonfire,, any problems?? what about the carbon fork?? does the 1 1/8 headset only come with the carbon fork?? i plan on swapping my parts off the my bianchi cx bike,, 58 cm if anyone wants it? too big for me,, any sizing concerns for the Empella?? what about BB?? whats the deal with the 68 mm English BB??
If anyone has any info on the bike I would be very grateful,, Im hesistant of buying the frame because its pricy but i have the money and want to make sure i get everything figured out this time

Thanks Justin
re: Empella Bonfireatpjunkie
Apr 30, 2002 7:51 AM
great frames. The guys at cyclocrossworld will hook you up with proper sizing, they also have specs on the website. You have your choice of forks, if you are not too much of a beast (size wise220 +) the 1.125 carbon fork should be fine, it's new so I don't think anyone but the pros have tried it. 68mm English is pretty common for a BB size, both Campy and Shimano make them in this size. The "english" part just refers to the threading which is different from the "italian".I don't think you can go wrong with this frame, if it wasn't that good they wouldn't be so represented in racing (Empella is a smaller company and doesn't have the budget of bigger companies so they can't completely "buy" their way into a sport). Also if their frames weren't that good, other companies wouldn't have Empella build frames and then put their logos on them (LeMond) for their team guys. Good luck if I didn't own a Ridley I'd be after one of these.
Where'd you get the Ridley?Wayne
May 1, 2002 12:49 PM
In the U.S.?
Thanks
Where'd you get the Ridley?atpjunkie
May 1, 2002 2:38 PM
ebay of all places, 2000 model, barely used $275 (Frame and Fork), black and yellow. If you see my e's extolling the virtues of online shopping I walk what I talk. Have about 4 grand in cross bikes that I've spent about $1200 total for. when I get it built up I'll post a photo. Still figuring whether to go campy or not
re: Empella Bonfirer blaisdell
May 1, 2002 5:14 AM
justin,
i have two!! these are the best! i bought a used one from a pro woman cyclocross racer(emily thorne) through cyclocrossworld.com and it's great! a cm shorter than i wanted but i knew that buying it. i ordered another with the carbon fork in the next size up and transfered the parts off the smaller one and i love it!! this is by far a greater frame/fork for the money(which really isn't too pricey- take a look at how much some other cross frames run). cyclocrossworld is very helpful and try to work with you as much as possible. i say go for it! you'll be very satisfied with the quality and ride.
take care.
-bob
re: Empella Bonfirerbb
May 1, 2002 9:33 AM
oh yeah, forgot to mention they're very light!!!
my 55cm(empella sized) w/carbon fork, dura ace sti w/top mount empella levers, d/a wheels, itm stem/bars, turbomatic3 saddle weighs in at 19lbs!!! pretty nice for a cross bike, aye!

-bob