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Fondriest Bikes - Any comments(6 posts)

Fondriest Bikes - Any commentsmarkambrose
Aug 2, 2001 9:59 PM
I have been looking over the past week for a new road bike around the £1000 mark. I originally started looking at Bianchi and Cannondale (R600) but my local shop recommends a 'Fondriest Lampre' at that sot of price, saying it "offers excellent value for money". I cannot find out much info on this bike, can anyone help or make suggestions please.
re: Fondriest Bikes - Any commentsSlothlike
Aug 2, 2001 10:17 PM
I have had a Fondriest for a few years now and it is a fine bike. They are handmade and mine has an exceptional paint job and chromed rear triangle. They are good bikes but I tend to ride my Litespeed 85% of the time. This is no reflection on Fondriest, but rather my preference for Titanium ride quality. Of the steel frames I have owned, the Fondriest is the best handling and most comfortable I have owned. My Fondirest is a 56cm with Ultegra and weighs around 19 lbs. not bad. They rode Fondriests in this years Tour De France and in the past 3 if I remember correct. The Lampre is higher end aluminum and will be a fast, stiff ride and lighter than my steel one. If you like riding a bike that is exclusive, that is your bike because I rarley see Fondriests here in the U.S.. There bikes are real Italian racers and nicer than the Bianchi and Cannondale IMO. The Lampre frame alone is around 1000 according to the internet sites I visit. Make sure you get a nice carbon fork and you;ll be set. Hope this helps. They are very well made and technically advanced with shaped and aero tubes.
I've never riden one, but the paint jobs are gorgeous. Abill
Aug 3, 2001 3:55 AM
local racer has one. He loves it. Very distinctive in appearance.
re: Fondriest Bikes - Any commentsBart S.
Aug 3, 2001 10:04 AM
Simoni won the Giro on a Fondriest. Can't be too bad.
re: Fondriest Bikes - Any commentstr
Aug 3, 2001 10:53 AM
I have a Fondriest Status 98' and it is a very nice bike i think. I definitely like the way it handles. It is a very smooth ride and as it has already been said, the paint jobs are very nice and the tubing is unique. I am planning on posting a photo (blue). They are made in Padova, near Venice. There is a Fondriest Top Flite in the photo section, but it is quite a ways back in the section. They are scare in the USA, but where you are (England i guess) they should be more plentiful. There currently is no importer for USA, used to be Sinclair.
re: Fondriest Bikes - Any commentsRichC
Aug 4, 2001 7:03 AM
I used to own a "Fondriest Lampre" road bike which was the bottom of the range Fondriest aluminium frame with Campag Veloce 9spd components. I believe that this bike came in two versions one with carbon and one with steel forks. If the bike you are buying is this bike it was a pretty good bike for the price I paid of £800.

If you are in the UK and this is the bike you are interested in, the Paul Milnes Cycles ad in last weeks Cycling Weekly was advertising these bikes at £695.