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Pinarello Surprise: Jewel or Junk?(3 posts)

Pinarello Surprise: Jewel or Junk?JBurke
Aug 10, 2001 6:54 AM
Howdy all, there's a riot goin' on at MTBR over the new classifieds, so I thought I'd try my luck over here. Anyway, I was intrigued by Bicycling's write-up of the Surprise. It LOOKS good, but it just another aluminum bike or is it worth the $1600 or so clams? What think you?
Paris Framebear
Aug 10, 2001 12:40 PM
I been shppoing around for a Paris frame and cant find anything for less then $1600,,,I dont thinks anyhting is worth that. Is 7003 alum.God I love the paint job,,maybe I can buy a cheap frame and have apaint job like that??
re: Pinarello Surprise: Jewel or Junk?GregJ
Aug 10, 2001 6:08 PM
The Surprise is not the lightest frame in the world, but it certainly does not deserve to be called "very heavy." It is around the same weight as a nice Tig welded steel frame and also some Ti frames. If you are a weight weenie this is probably not the best frame for you. If you would be happy with a 18 - 20 lb bike, I think it is a great ride. I have had mine a year, no complaints at all. Mine weighs 19.25 lbs with Chorus and an Ouzo Pro fork.(58 size) I also have the fairly beefy Mavic 33 rims, LOOK's and Rolls Ti saddle, so there is still some weight that could come off my bike if I wanted. My last bike was 23 lbs, SLX frame with Ultegra 8. Now that was heavy. Surprise frame alone is 800 with Pinarello CF.