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Empella Ownersmosovich
Jan 22, 2003 3:18 PM
Okay guys and gals, a couple questions:
1. Did you get your bike with waterbottle mounts?
2. Did you get the carbon fork?
3. If yes to no. 2, how do you like it?
4. If yest to no. 1, are they clean and neat holes, do you use both or did you just get one.
5. Can you post a pic of your steed?
6. What is your overall opinion of the bike?
7. Would you buy again?
8. What color did you get and does the paint hold up well?

Thanks for your responses, I'm still trying to make a decision.
re: Empella Ownersheldveld
Jan 24, 2003 9:16 AM
1. Did you get your bike with waterbottle mounts?
Yes, both
2. Did you get the carbon fork?
Yes, 1 1/8"
3. If yes to no. 2, how do you like it?
Rides great but, the steerer tube did crack. Cyclocross world is replacing as a warranty and stated they have not had other problems. (Excellent service)
4. If yest to no. 1, are they clean and neat holes, do you use both or did you just get one.
Yes, they look fine.
5. Can you post a pic of your steed?
Maybe later
6. What is your overall opinion of the bike?
Great bike. Light but not stupid light I will hold up. Good ride, as good if not better than steel Bianchi. I am riding a 59/63cm though. Looks awsome.
7. Would you buy again?
Yes, without a doubt a bargin. You can't get a professional level road frame for this price.
8. What color did you get and does the paint hold up well?
Matte Black. The paint is a bit fragile, but it is so easy to touch up. Use black electrical tape to protect areas where the cables rub and your good to go.

What else are you considering? Let me know if you want to know anything else.
Thanks for your replymosovich
Jan 24, 2003 10:05 AM
I'm thinking also about a Ridley. I noticed on the Ridley site all the bikes have water bottle mounts. Non at cyclocrossworld do.
My biggest debate is size, with color being second. I think the 58 is the best bet. I have a 54 IF Planet Cross that I love, but am ready for a change. I think a 58 will suit me best, but it is a big change in the top tube length. The IF is alot longer, like 57.5, vs. the 55 TT on the 58 Empella.
Is there good tire clearance? Did you build the bike yourself, or buy it already as a complete bike? Thanks again for your replies!!
Thanks for your replyheldveld
Jan 24, 2003 8:32 PM
I think CCWorld list thier Ridley frames with down tube mounts you might want to double check. It looked to me that Ridley's had shorter TT's than Empella. Mine has a 61cm TT so its good and long even for as large a frame as it is.
I am currently in the process of buying a Ridley road bike- so I don't think you can go wrong either way. I don't know if CCWorld will do it but many Euro Ridley dealers allow for your choice of any of the Ridley 40 some color/design options. At no extra cost. I am having my road frame custom painted 308B. As you can tell I love black!
re: Empella OwnersThelo
Jan 27, 2003 4:38 PM
A team issue bike.
re: Team Issueatpjunkie
Jan 28, 2003 7:25 PM
sweet, is that orange for the Dutch Team? that stem is so long for cx, whose bike?