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Wrenchscience...DINOSAUR
Mar 29, 2002 5:18 PM
Anyone purchase from them? What was your experience? How long did it take? Were you happy with their service, and did your bike fit if you ordered one through their online fitting system? Curious...
Still in the Dating StageSlipstream
Mar 30, 2002 5:05 AM
Dino,

I would give them 4.8 chilis so far; a marginal knock on price. But a great web-site and service.

Some friends suggested Wrench Science to me because they have developed an effective sizing algorithm. They are familiar with Tim Medina at Wrench Science from mountain biking. Apparently he has a very good reputation.

I have done all the sizing through their online fitting system. I recommend that everyone check out the site and go through the fitting exercise.

The sizing results were consistent with my current Colnago with the exception of the cranks: they recommended 175mm and I have 172.5mm. Interestingly, I have thought about getting a longer crank, so I might do just that.

The nice part of the fitting system is that you only need to do it once and then you can return and configure a "custom" ride based upon your measurements. I have built several "dream" bikes, including an ovalmaster.

I have found Tim Medina to be very helpful & knowledgable. He indicated to me at the time, due to high demand and limited stock that you don't want to wait too long to place an order. (I interpreted this as a sales nudge.)

btw, I see you are looking for a new Ti bike but you felt the ovalmaster was too expensive. The ovalmaster is a great frame if you are 170lbs or heavier. Apparently, it is more popular in Europe than the US. (Don't know why.)

I don't know what your budget is, or your size, but there is a 53cm ovalmaster listed on eBay you might want to check out:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1816112243&r=0&t=0&showTutorial=0&ed=1017715388&indexURL=0&rd=1

I probably didn't say anything you don't already know. Hey, thanks for your posts on "cycle friendly" places to ride. And you're right, those hills you ride keep one pretty humble.

ride hard; have fun; be safe ;)
re: Wrenchscience...loop
Mar 30, 2002 5:38 AM
Ditto Slipstream's comments.

I bought through Tim and WS recently and was quite pleased with the service, fit and build. I wouldn't recommend sizing solely on the web site, but armed with a good understanding of one's needs and dimensions, the fit algorhythm works well. Tim can answer the remaining questions about the particular frame that you're looking at.

My purchase took a while, but that was due to a problem with the frame painter. Once Tim had it, it was out the door quickly. Again, I think the build was terrific.

Good luck,
Scott