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Alan, Guerciotti experiences?(8 posts)

Alan, Guerciotti experiences?mosovich
Dec 2, 2003 7:50 PM
I'm wanting to get an Alan or Guerciotti cross frame. Currently have Empella for sale on ebay, to small for me and like tall head tube of ALAN. Anyone have any experience with either the ALAN or Guerciotti?
re: Alan, Guerciotti experiences?tmax
Dec 2, 2003 10:59 PM
Hi, I've been on an Alan Top Cross for about six years. I don't really care for it's handling--when turning there is a fine line between upright and diving. This has almost caused me to crash on several occasions while riding no-handed: I leaned into turns expecting the bike to turn, but it didn't until very late, and then it did so quite sharply. Other 'cross bikes I've owned (Redline, Colnago) were much more predictable, stable handlers.
re: Alan, Guerciotti experiences?atpjunkie
Dec 3, 2003 12:35 AM
I've heard Alans are quite twitchy as well, but then again it's a race bike.
on the contrary...(and pics)tmax
Dec 3, 2003 4:15 PM
I wouldn't call it twitchy, probably just the opposite. The bike wants to continue going straight even when you start your turn-in.



way cooljhr
Dec 4, 2003 6:17 AM
Thats the best looking cross bike i have seen in a while. Retro but modern at the same time. Its Modret!

Seriously, I have been looking for one of these (or a simillar rebadged Guerciotti) for a long time. Its by far the winningest frame in cross history.

jhr
that's an older Alan yes?atpjunkie
Dec 4, 2003 9:31 PM
I was thinking about the new models (which are too short in the TT for me) yes, vintage models were smoother, and smaller tubed Al was very 'forgiving'. at my size (230) I flexed the hell out of one of those on a test ride. I always wanted one but we weren't suited for each other. Very swank bike, hell of a pedigree, love the single with the bar con.
yes you are correctjhr
Dec 5, 2003 6:46 AM
That type of Alan frame (glued and screwed, supposedly the end of the tubes were thread like some lead pipe)was around from the late 70's until the mid to late 90's. Some changes were obviously made during this period. The one in the picture looks to be of 90's vintage.

I have a video of the World CX championships for 98 and 99. Whats very interesting is you notice a lot of the Alan's (not alway labeled Alan [many were Guerciotti's]) in the 98 Worlds race. It even looks like Vervecken is riding one. You also see what looks to be alot of steel frames in 98. In the 99 video glued and screwed Alan style frame seems to be gone for the most part, and things start looking very oversize aluminum-ish.

The only bike I every regret selling was an old Alan style (glued and screwed)road frame sold by Guerciotti. I could rub the front derailer climbing in the big ring. Still it was the most comfortable bike I ever owned and it felt like one of the fastest. I still scan ebay, infrequently hoping to find one just like it.

jhr
Also regret letting one go...satanas
Dec 10, 2003 8:23 AM
Used to have an Alan Super (road) but sold it to finance an overseas trip . Still looking for another. Very comfy over bumps and all Alans I've ridden have been super stable, IMO because frame and fork alignment was perfect.

Last year they still listed the trad construction frames on their website, but now they are gone...a sad day indeed.