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Who's cool and not, of Colorado Cyclist, Excel, Perform...Alpine
May 9, 2001 5:56 PM
I'm throwing a bike together with Campy Chorus 10 and still need wheels, tires, seat, seatpost, bar and tape.
I plan to get this stuff mail order and want to know what the best sources are. Who do I stay away? I'd like to order it all from one place and the Campy Nucleons or Electrons are propbably going to be the deal maker. I don't even know if Performance and Nashbar carry them.
Anyway I'm looking for a source that does the job right. I don't want my time wasted by an inaccurately filled order or something like that.
Who's cool and who's not?
re: Who's cool and not, of Colorado Cyclist, Excel, Perform...xrayman
May 9, 2001 6:06 PM
The two best deals I have found so far are bicycleguru.com and romeobicycleshop.com Both have much better deals than any of the shops that you mentioned on Campy stuff. The bicycle guru is in Florida and Romeo is in Italy.

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Don't forget the British and the IrishMeDotOrg
May 9, 2001 8:42 PM
sdeals.com
totalcycling.com
And what about them????Alpine
May 9, 2001 9:15 PM
So are you in the US and have you ordered from these sources? Were they reliable? I think there is a thread on the Deal forum about someone being taken by Sdeals but I haven't read it yet.
What about Totallycycling? Have you ordered wheels or something that required the use of their "parcelforce"? Their prices are certainly lower but I'd like to know I'm really going to get my order after I pay.

Thanks
I've done overseas orders from zonabici.com and strikeitfit.commike mcmahon
May 9, 2001 9:34 PM
I got good deals from both places and received the merchandise as promised. Here are the details. I ordered a pair of Sidi Genius 3s from ZB. After I placed the order, I received an e-mail telling me that ZB had received my order. However, the e-mail contained absolutely no detailed information about the order other than item, color, and size ordered. I then heard absolutely nothing from ZB for about four weeks, when the shoes arrived. To be fair, I didn't expect fast service and wasn't in a hurry, so no skin off my nose. Shipping charges were high ($35), but I still saved significantly over purchasing in the States.

I ordered a pair of Look pedals from strikeitfit and got a really good deal, plus shipping was only $5. The most amazing part was that the pedals arrived from Dublin THREE DAYS after I placed the order.

I have no personal experience with totalcycling.com. However, I don't recall ever hearing or reading anything negative about transactions with this company.

In closing, I'd just like to say that those anti-global trade protesters/anarchists had better not interfere with my ability to obtain cycling products at a reasonable price. ;-)
I have ordered from totalcycling and zonabicixrayman
May 9, 2001 11:52 PM
I bought my Look 396 pedals and Sidi genius shoes from totalcycling. They were out of my size in the 2000 model closeout and sent me the 2001 for the same price ($83). I got the pedals AND shoes shipped for about the same as the list price for the pedals alone in coloradocyclist (I buy from them too). Took 4 days to get here I think (Memphis, TN) but I ordered on Friday so not sure if the weekend made any difference or not. Bought Castelli goretex winter clothing from zonabici. They emailed to confirm my order and were very helpful with sizing. That $40 shipping charge is pretty damn hefty but got goretex jacket (not jersey) and goretex windstopper bib tights for about $200 shipped. About half off what I could find here. For that 40 shipping charge however, it took about 2-3 weeks to get here. Thought I had time warped back to the 1970's with the old "please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery " of your slim whitman album/ginsu knife/pocket fisherman/integrated headset/miracle erasure/"insert your favorite TV ripoff product here" (That's for you guys/gals out there old enough to remember those gadgets..)

When I finally get around to buying a Pinarello from romeobicycleship I'll give you a followup (don't hold your breath though, two new bikes in the last 10 months has about done me in)

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For large orders ...Bosephus
May 10, 2001 8:07 AM
Totalcycling is great.

You need a large order to make the shipping worth while. A build group and a set of wheels would be perfect. You'll save a couple hundred dollars easy.

The shipping isn't the fastest in the world that's the major drawback. Things can get held up in customs (beyond the control of totalcycling) but it won't take longer than two weeks.

I just ordered a bunch of Conti GP3000 (worked out to $32.00 each with the shipping averaged in ... cheapest in the US is $49 each) and I got them in 5 days so it depends.

I just can't figure out how they make any money???
SdealsPaulCL
May 10, 2001 8:10 AM
Used them to order two tires in March. The prices were great ($22 vs $55 in the US) and the shipping was $5. I ordered my tires while the shop was closed for "holiday", so John of Sdeals offered to cancel the order if I wanted. Nope. The tires arrived about 20 days after I initially ordered them. Great prices, good service. I will order from them again without hesitation.
I've purchased through TotalCycling.comLauderdaleGuy
May 9, 2001 11:12 PM
I had gotten a saddle and pedals from these guys(totalcycling.com) much cheaper than here in the States. They sell only roadbike stuff, which means Campy and 700c. And unfortunately, their email responses is non-existent and you can't check your order online.
But it took only about 1 week to receive the stuff. I will order from them again and recommend them.
They're all pretty goodpmf
May 10, 2001 8:09 AM
I built two bikes up with DA this winter. Instead of buying kits, I got the components individually. With a kit you get things you don't necessarily need or want such as hubs, a 12x21 cassette and a threaded headset. Mailorder houses typically only knock off $100 if you skip the hubs. Not a great deal. You're usually stuck with the headset.

I ordered most, but not all of the components from Performance. I am a member of the Team thing which costs $20 and gets you 10% refunds on purchases. At one point, they were selling DA cranks with rings for $110. The key to dealing with them is to call them and have the item numbers ready. The people working there know nothing about bikes and won't be of any help if you have a question. I hear that ordering on the web is more dangerous with Performance.

Other stuff I got from Excel (Time Pro ti pedals for $189), and Colorado Cyclist (chains, saddles and STI shifters). These two outfits have better operators ... people that actually ride bikes and can answer questions.

So look around and you'll save yorself some money. Don't constrain yourself to buying the whole thing from one source. Generally, these places have close to the same prices, but might have a big difference in a single item (e.g. for some reason, Performance STI shifters were $80 more than at Colorado Cyclist). For wheels (I didn't get any) and Campy components, there seems to be great deals from those UK outfits.
ExcelIxnixit
May 10, 2001 9:25 AM
I shopped a lot for a pair of Electrons about two months ago and (for US stores) Excel by far had the best deal. In general, I buy almost everything from them. Colorado Cyclist is also pretty good although their prices tend to be slightly higher on certain items. Both are very reliable and in my experience have always had what they claimed to have in stock. I used to like Performance, but their delivery has been spotty over the past 6 months so I generally go with one of the other two. I've stayed away from overseas vendors as I have a real need for immediate gratification and living 1 state away from Colorado, I can usually have it cheaply over night.
re: Who's cool and not, of Colorado Cyclist, Excel, Perform...Hector
May 10, 2001 11:54 AM
I found the best prices for Campy stuff on www.branfordbike.com, they have everything and the nucleons go for $659. I bought a pair of Record 2001 pedals for $199.
re: Who's cool and not, of Colorado Cyclist, Excel, Perform...HBJ
May 10, 2001 1:37 PM
I really like Texas Cycle Sports. Pretty much the best prices around (quite comparable to Total Cycling), very responsive, easy to talk to or communicate with via e-mail. See www.txcyclesport.com.

I've also ordered from Excel with good results, but for component groups txcyclesport is hard to beat.