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Empella over 50!(9 posts)

Empella over 50!Thelo
Jan 15, 2003 3:59 PM
Spending a couple weeks in Central America next month. Torn between taking the Empella bonfire, with a couple of wheelsets, for the various terrain or the Torelli stilleto for the mountains I hope to enjoy. Anyone taken their Bonfire over 50mph. There are no big hills here to judge how stable bike is at speed. Thank you.
re: Empella over 50!Thelo
Jan 16, 2003 6:15 AM
man you are lucky!
take both! jeff
re: Empella over 50!Thelo
Jan 16, 2003 11:20 AM
from personal exp, take your empella and make sure you bring the necessary equip with you, anything below the American border is quite rough and not predictable,
good luck, let know how it worked out.
re: Empella over 50!Thelo
Jan 17, 2003 8:27 AM
never over 50, we are talking cyclocross!
but if you dare good luck!
tim l.
re: Empella over 50!Thelo
Jan 17, 2003 10:34 AM
Go for it, 50 , 60, hey! life is short
re: Empella over 50!Thelo
Jan 17, 2003 8:29 AM
with good brakes and nerves of steel you are heading for a hell of a time. no worries, the bonfire is sweet...
mike almighty
re: Empella over 50!Thelo
Jan 20, 2003 10:53 AM
Dear Theol:
I am a professional cyclocross woman, I am proud to tell you that you have chosen one of my favorite bikes, the empella will perform beautifully in any circumstances, speed will never be a neative factor. The torelli will be a plus in any hill, lighter, faster but different, just different...
re: Empella over 50!Thelo
Jan 20, 2003 4:58 PM
Thank you for all of your comments. The empella it will be. I plan to participate in a local race(where I know downhill speed will be a factor) as well as doing some casual riding, thus the concern over stability. Hopefully the beautiful but funny shaped fork will distract at least one competitor and I won't finish last. I'll keep the 38/48 chainrings and 11-23 as it may get me 'up' the mountains.

Thank you,
re: Empella over 50!atpjunkie
Jan 20, 2003 5:58 PM
if it's mountainy you may want a 25 or 26. no reason ruining your knees (especially a multiday event) Spin Thelo, Spin!The stability of a cx bike should aid in those descents, you'll be a little less aero but bike should be a little more stretched out which will be better for high speed descents