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Never see anything about Fondriest???(6 posts)

Never see anything about Fondriest???Bob in Indiana
Feb 27, 2002 7:24 PM
Been a frequent visitor to the site, and recently checked out the "Build a Dream Bike" portion...

Fondriest certainly has one of the most expensive carbon framesets, but I can't recall ever seeing any post or comments on them. Why?

Just curious. I like learning/dreaming of a great new bike someday!
re: Never see anything about Fondriest???tr
Feb 27, 2002 8:40 PM
Fondriest carbon frame is new this year!
re: Never see anything about Fondriest???R-I-D-E
Feb 27, 2002 9:14 PM
The Fondriest Top Carbon is also very, very limited (expensive too!). Before I settled on my Principia (should be here soon!), I looked at many brands, Fondriest being one of them. I liked their Titan Level, which is a ti frame with a monocoque carbon rear triangle. Very slick.

Anyway, the U.S. distributor told me that the U.S. would only see 20 Titan Levels, and I believe that the number of available Carbon bikes will be either 10 or 20 (can't remember). Both framesets will not be available until around May.

I have a complete Fondriest catalog, along with specs and prices for all U.S. models. The Top Carbon frameset will cost you $3,999 by the way, and that includes the Mizuno made, full carbon fork and Campy headset.

I was also sent a couple of CDs with many pics of the frames. One complete disc was dedicated to the Top Carbon. It is a beautiful bike.

I had heard that Fondriest outsourced some of their frames, and that they were done either in the Orient somewhere, or by another Italian company. I do know that the Titan Level is done this way (the distributor confirmed that), but I can not speak to the Carbon frame. I would be surprised though, if Fondriest built that one in house.

Whew....I think that covers it, and then some! If you need any more info, just let me know.

re: Never see anything about Fondriest???mmaggi
Feb 28, 2002 7:56 AM

I received their catalogue and pricelist back in the fall.

They're nice frames. They're more expensive than their already expensive Italian counterparts (Colnago, Derosa, Pinarello). I mean, if I were to spend $5,000 on a frame/fork I would opt for a complete bike like a Pinarello Prince decked out in Campy Record and Campy or Mavic wheels. Talk about a dream bike! But to each his own.

I've spoken to shop owners in Italy and they told me that Fondriest make nice frames but they don't offer anything better than anyone else.

IMO, Fondriest is trying to lure customers on the premise that if it's expensive, it must be one of the best.
re: Never see anything about Fondriest???tr
Feb 28, 2002 5:07 PM
I agree with Mmaggi on the statement that they are trying to lure customers on the premise that if it's expensive, it must be one of the best. I have owned a fondriest status since 97 and it is a wonderful riding bike and very light for steel and mine has been durable also. But, i believe the current prices of the fondriest bikes are inflated quite a bit. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one, but i think they should rethink their marketing strategy when it comes to their prices. They do have nice paint jobs though. Some people (like myself)have been drawn to them because they have not been plentiful here in the USA the last couple of years.I have yet to get anyone to tell me what happened between Fondriest and Sinclair. Sinclair quit importing them a couple of years ago and i can only assume there was some sort of disagreement or displeasure in the relationship. If anyone knows the story, please tell! I still like the bikes alot, but mmaggi is right that you can get more bike (and just as good a bike)with some of the other well known names (primarily due to the inflated prices).
re: Never see anything about Fondriest???gbk
Feb 28, 2002 9:44 AM
Fondriest is expensive, even here in Europe (Denmark)
I would say you could find just as good a frame, from
some of the competitors at 80 % of the price. of the Fondriest.
I would prefer Look or Cilo instead