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Is it worth it?(4 posts)

Is it worth it?Wannabe
Aug 3, 2001 12:13 PM
I'm just getting into the road thing and wondered if I could get your opinion on this ride. It'll be my first road bike but I have full intentions of racing eventually.

Any thoughts? Anyone know more about Thin Blue Line?


Frame Reynolds 853
Fork Kinesis Aluminum
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Shifters/Levers Shimano Ultegra STI
Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Crankset Shimano Ultegra
Bottom Bracket Shimano Ultegra Spline
Hubset Mavic Cosmos
Cassette Shim. Ultegra 9spd.
Chain HG-92
Rims Mavic Cosmos
Spokes Mavic
Tires Hutchinson Reflex Kevlar
Seatpost Ritchey Pro
Saddle S.I. Flite Trans Am
Headset Ritchey Logic WCS
Stem Ritchey Pro
Bar Ritchey Pro
Grips Cork Tape
Pedals Shimano Ultegra SPD-R Clipless
Price $1269.99 US
Price $1899.99 CDN
Sizes 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61
Never heard of it....GregJ
Aug 3, 2001 12:30 PM
but it looks like a very well equipped bike for the money. 853 frames are pretty light and reputed to be a good ride, an Ultegra bike with Ritchey components for less than 1300 ain't bad.
Aug 3, 2001 1:45 PM
I also am unfamiliar with the brand, but like the setup. Some comparison to the Lemond Zurich, it would seem, for less $$
Thin Blue LineBrian B.
Aug 4, 2001 7:14 AM
TBL is a Canadian company that I thought mostly made mountain bikes... they are one of those smaller companies that don't really have a marketing push in the US, but I think they have a decent reputation up north.
I don't know if the frames are made in Canada or imported, however.

The component spec looks good- the price is pretty good... Reynolds 853 is a good tube set.

If you are getting it from a dealer who offers a good warranty, and the bike fits you well, it's probably a fine choice. The only downside may be if you look to re-sell it in th US, no one will have heard of it, so it may not have a high demand...

-Brian B.