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Test-rode an Indy Fab Ti Crown Jewel today, and nearly ...(14 posts)

Test-rode an Indy Fab Ti Crown Jewel today, and nearly ...cyclinseth
Dec 7, 2001 6:31 PM
blew a Family Jewel. Never riden titanium before, but now I know what "dead" means when describing carbon. The thing felt lively, like it was springy like it kind of pushed back against my pedal-stroke instead of being just stiff and smooth. By the way, besides ebay where might a good place be to advertise my old frame be?

BTW, the bike I test rode had campy 10, and guess what, I ride shimano DA and guess what? ... no ... no ...
must ... prevent ... camndpy shi ty mano
hpflambe gwaaarr ...

losing battle

ssimany shimonyhs 5hev clot glluxs3sgeuh hpsaa?%dn aaahhhhhgggg!!!!!
Welcome to Planet Ti, Seth...we've been waiting for you... (nm)RhodyRider
Dec 7, 2001 8:14 PM
I'm feeling a little strange ...cyclinseth
Dec 7, 2001 9:58 PM
considering all I've been through in the past 24 hours. I realized a while back I was riding a frame that was 2-3 sizes too big for me (56cm kestrel 200sci). I want to give it a good home. I feel like I'm betraying a non-human compaion (ie dog, cat, bird, cow, pig, chicken, bicycle). it's been a part of me for so long. And now I'm ready to give it up just like that? I've never felt so dis-loyal in my life (except towards our federal government and the oil and motorvehile industries).
why not high end steel?colker
Dec 8, 2001 10:57 AM
i prefer steel to ti. actually, material doesn't matter much to me anymore: it's how it's built that counts. even alum. can be tuned to ride lively and comfy.
i like steel above everything cause it can ride like whatever you want it soft or stiff.comes in beautifull paint jobs and all that can be had in a reasonable price window.
To tell you the truth, I really don't know why.cyclinseth
Dec 8, 2001 3:49 PM
I know for sure that this time around I want to go fully custom. I guess I'm going ti for the drool-factor that I just don't get from steel. Because I want to spend a whole lot more money than I have to.
Then... order a richard sachscolker
Dec 8, 2001 5:08 PM
climb another level. whenever i decide to spend with no concerns, that's what i will do. spectrum would be second option. pegoretti,the italian option.
i would buy an if mountain bike though.
Yawn, another day, another Campy convert.Dog Breath
Dec 7, 2001 11:18 PM
So predictable. There are two types of riders. Those that ride Campy, and those that will one day, if they continue to ride long enough.

As far as that Ti frame goes, I would be surprised if you couldn't get a similar lively ride from a $600 Gios Compact Pro or $550 Viner Competition, and those prices include paint and fork.
Yawn, another coffee shop cruiser switches to CampyJS
Dec 8, 2001 8:18 AM
big suprise. Go to a bike race, no $6000.00 Record ten bikes with $250.00 Ti casettes you have to replace twice a season. It depends on what you want the bike to do, race or pose. I actually like Chorus(Record ten is fluff) but at a race with neutral wheel support good luck them having a Campy wheel handy.
Yawn, another coffee shop cruiser switches to Campybike_junkie
Dec 8, 2001 10:04 AM
You forgot a category - race, pose, or RIDE. See, I neither race, nor pose, but I love Campy. I like the clean cable routing, and the fact that it's more serviceable and not throw away Jap stuff made by a fishing reel company. I like the Ergo button and a brake lever that doesn't pivot.

I agree, good luck getting a wheel in a race if you ride Campy, that's why racers use Shimano, plus it costs less.
RacersMikeC
Dec 8, 2001 10:28 AM
Remember, no TdF winner rode Shimano until three years ago, yet now Shimano dominates the pro peloton. It's not that Campy was superior for a hundred years, now Shimano is. Pro choices are all about marketing, and amateur racing is all about affordability. Right now, Shimano has the edge in both.
BLOL!~ ........nmCT1
Dec 8, 2001 10:57 AM
PosingDog Breath
Dec 8, 2001 12:17 PM
I ride a few hundred miles a week, year round, and there is no time for posing. I really detest trendy coffee bars, my Braun does just fine. When I did race I used Campy Record.

Running Shimano wheels on a Campy bikes doesn't present a challenge. One of my Campagnolo Record bikes is equipped with ShimaNO compatible wheels, and an all steel Dura Ace cassette.
third typegtx
Dec 8, 2001 12:32 PM
people who rode Campy until they started to suck badly in the late 80s, switched to DA and have been happy ever since. Actually, my next bike will be either DA or Chorus, whatever is cheaper at the time. It's not that big of a deal.
you should test ride the steel version for comparison nmgtx
Dec 8, 2001 12:34 PM
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