Jan 28, 2002 4:31 PM
|I just received my new issue of Colorado cyclist and immediately went to the "complete bikes" section, since I have $1500 to burn and I'm looking for a new road ride for training, racing, TT, lond distance riding... a do all machine. I like the light weight and stifness of Aluminum, but recently started riding long distances when Al gets too uncomfortable. I was advised that if I wanted to get an aluminum bike, get one with Carbon Stays.
At the end of the Catalog, there it was: a bike that was made for me. The Douglas Fusion. It has a quality-looking Easton Ultralite 7005 Aluminum frameset with carbon-fiber seatstays, a good looking parts spec including full ultegra, velomax cicuit comp wheels, TTT forgie bar and stem, Carbon Reynolds Comp fork, etc, and a 17.5 pound weight. It seemd too good to be true.
Then I saw the price: $1500! right at my price range! anyway, as you can tell, I really want to get this bike. my only concerns are as to the quality of a Douglas frame, and as to the disadvantages (if any) of getting a bike online.
Any input is greatly appreciated!
|re: Douglas bikes||edmundtan|
Jan 28, 2002 10:24 PM
|I was looking through Colorado Cyclist web site. The Douglas bike you mentioned has some very impressive specs. Although I've not heard of the brand 'til now, I think you can't go too far wrong with this choice.
- ed -
Jan 29, 2002 7:59 AM
|Unless you know exactly what size frame to get for this bike's geometry, you could end up getting stuck with the wrong size. Any bike that doesn't fit you will be almost worthless. Be sure to use their measuring system and do it with some help. Measure several times. Nothing can replace a personal measuring and fitting by a well qualified expert, but if your body's measurements are close to average their system should work.
The lack of a good, long test ride is the other disadvantage of buying online/mail order. It's nice to know what a bike feels like before making a choice.
I haven't heard anything bad about the Douglas Ti frames, but haven't heard anything at all on their aluminums. Many people will tell you the CF seat stay design is just marketing hype, but almost all of them have never ridden one yet!
I would love to test ride several completely different bikes that were identically set up, yet couldn't know what they really were. Then choose over a few days which you liked and why, and then get to see what they were. I'd bet we could all discover a few surprises!
|re: Douglas bikes||pmf1|
Jan 29, 2002 8:29 AM
|Douglas is the Colorado Cyclist house brand. The titanium bike is made by TST, a fabricator who sells the same frame themselves for $600 with no paint or decals. They also make other titanium equipment such as golf club shafts. They have also made frames for other companies such as Mongoose. |
The new carbon/aluminium Douglas offering is probably not made by TST -- I'm not sure though. I just get the impression that TST works solely with ti. I notice that it only has a one year warranty which isn't that long. Doesn't mean it'll break in 366 days, but I would take that to mean that if you're a heavy rider, you might want to look at something beefier. I remember people having problems with those real light Bianchis --- especially the larger size ones.
Its probably a good deal. I think the Douglas ti bike is. CC specs them with pretty nice parts and they will help you choose the right size. Unless you have a weird body shape, one of them will likely fit you very well. I've ordered bikes from CC before and been pleased with what I got. It was well assembled and pretty much ready to go out of the box.
|anyone have a link for TST? (nm)||Epic02|
Jan 29, 2002 11:33 AM
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