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Who likes the Sintesi?(3 posts)

Who likes the Sintesi?hityourmarks
Aug 15, 2001 2:57 PM
i need some feedback on the infamous sintesi, likes, dislikes, value comparisons, etc, thanks!!!
re: Who likes the Sintesi?happywithmine
Aug 15, 2001 10:50 PM
I love my Sintesi. It's a beautiful bike- great paint, lots of chrome, gorgeous lugs, nice detailing. Has pretty traditional Italian geometry, rides and handles great. It's made of Columbus Neuron steel and has a chrome fork, so it's certainly not the lightest bike around. Definitely, gets a lot of attention from other cyclists. I've even been flagged down by joggers wanting a closer look.

My favorite story is about my two riding partners who had just finished giving me a little grief over the "eye candy" appeal of my Sintesi. As we were slowly spinning through the neighborhood, we passed a young boy of about 5 or 6. My first friend passed the boy on his Litespeed Ultimate, and then my next friend on his Cannodale R800. The boy kind of studied them as went by. Then I rolled past, and the little boy's face lit up and he yelled, "WOW! What kind of bike is that?" I laughed and my buddies just shook their heads.

Getting away from the cosmetic issues though, I spent about 3 months researching for a new bike before settling on the Tommasini. It just seemed to be the best buy for me based upon the criteria I had set: Price, steel, geometry, components, looks and recommendations. Now over a year later, I still can't wait to go out and ride it, and I still think it's one of the best buys out there.
Infamous? Where do you get that?9WorCP
Aug 16, 2001 5:32 AM
The only bad review I've heard about this bike was one guy who said his shimmied at high speed. Everyone else seems to universally praise the bike because of its quality of construction, ride and looks (the chrome lugs are tres cool). It is an excellent bike at its price point.

I will say this though, if you are looking to buy the Colorado Cyclist Ultegra set-up consider swapping out some parts or speccing the frame yourself. While it is an excellent value (~$1700)some of the parts they hang on it are sub-par. I don't like the Cane Creek C-2 headsets, very finicky. The stems (Deda Zero on mine)usually suck. This particular item robbed my Sintesi of considerable stiffness. The Ultegra seat post weighs over 300 grams and the saddles are sometimes close-out $20 dollar crap. Also upgrade the skewers, the adjustable horizontal dropouts (very nice by the way) are chromed and the aluminum Ritchey skewers that came with the bike slipped on occasion when I really torqued the cranks. I swapped them out for Salsa skewers and that was the end of that. They are much better looking anyway.

Other than that? I have had a great time on this bike. Very stable, but somewhat nervous (or sharp) handling, plenty stiff (me: ~155# 53cm frame)and the ride of steel. A good package. It weighs a bit over 19lbs w/ the upgrades so far. I could get it below 18lbs but that is going to set me back $800-1,000 so I'm not so sure. We'll see what ends up on close-out this winter. :)

I did my research and this just seemed the best steel value at this price point. There are other options though. The Ritchey Road Logic, the Jamis Eclipse, Steelman 525, etc. . . . All really good stuff.

Good luck.