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First time bike buying suggestions(5 posts)

First time bike buying suggestionswernma
Mar 25, 2002 8:53 PM

I am about to buy my first road bike after 10 years of mountain biking. I have been properly fit and have test road numerous bikes to try and develop an understanding of how different manufacturers and materials feel.

After doing some price comparison shopping online I am interested in ordering from Considering that I am working with a $1500 max budget it seems that I can get a lot for my money. I am looking for some opinions on these bikes because I can not find too much information on them online.
The bikes are:
Casati Cometa w/ Ultegra kit
Cinelli Proxima w/Ultegra & 105 mix kit
Cinelli Unica w/Ultegra & 105 mix kit

The Casati intrigues me the most because it is only $1200 with a full Ultegra kit and carbon fork. Please voice your opinions on these bikes. Thank you for your help.
re: First time bike buying suggestionsDave Hickey
Mar 26, 2002 6:47 AM
It's refreshing to see a first time buyer actually do research before asking a question. I've never ridden a Cinelli or a Casati but if you want their websites, try these links.
re: First time bike buying suggestionsswimbikerun75
Mar 26, 2002 6:50 AM
I am in no way an expert, so what I'll give you is my opinion. You didn't mention the frame materials/tubing manufacturers of the 3 rides you mentioned (and I'm not going to take the time to research them) but things to keep in mind are that there are cheap and expensive frames in every material, steel, aluminum, carbon, ti, or otherwise, so it's sometimes difficult to compare what you think are apples to apples. The best thing I've found is to read reviews from people who have been riding a particular frame or tubing (Easton, Columbus, etc) and see what they think as far as comfort and durability. Now that I've probably made things more confusing, hopefully someone else adds their 2 cents.
Frame materialswernma
Mar 26, 2002 2:18 PM
Thanks for the reply.

The frame material for both of the Cinelli bikes are Columbus Zonal. The material for the Casati is
Dedacciai Aluminum. Any input on these material will be very helpful.

Thank you.
Frame materialsswimbikerun75
Mar 27, 2002 9:18 AM
I know nothing about Dedacciai, but have had a crash course in Columbus over the past week and a half, since I just bought myself a new rig. If you go to the Columbus website, you'll see a list of the teams that ride their tubes, and if I'm not mistaken most of these teams ride Cinelli or Colnago. In any case, I just bought a Scattante Airplane (supposedly one level above Zonal), with a Columbus Carve Carbon fork and seatstays, and with Ultegra and Cosmos wheels for $1495 from Supergo. In other words, if you're willing to part with the Cinelli or Colnago decals, you'll spend less money for the same bike.
They also sell the equivalent Zonal Ultegra but with Weyless carbon components for $1295. All reviews I read on the Scattante were 5 of 5. As far as my riding experience goes though, I only got ten miles in last night. The weekend will tell the real story.