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Info on Fondriest???(3 posts)

Info on Fondriest???Ride-Fly
Apr 3, 2002 2:01 PM
I checked out their website (on the recommendation of a regular poster here by the handle of Dinosaur-Thanks Dino!) and they have some beautiful bikes. It also sounds like their frames incorporate the latest and greatest technology. Or is it good advertising on Fondriest's part in that most high-end frames are manufactured this way?? Can anyone shed some more light as to why their frames are soooo much more expensive than say Pinarello and DeRosa???? I always knew that DeRosas were generally high dollar but the Fondriest bikes are another grand or two more!! Is Fondriest the only frame builder that does
i water quenching
and other processes that makes it more expensive? I have to admit, my dream bike was the Klein Quantum Pro Carbon but now the Pinarello Prince and the Fondriest Don Racer is seems to be occupying my mind more often than the Q Pro. Wishing and dreaming that I could own a garage full of bikes! Thanks and Ride On!
Very very nicemass_biker
Apr 3, 2002 5:28 PM
A shop owner in our town has started carrying the line - and these are beginning to sell quite well. A teammate of mine is picking up the SLU17 (or whatever it is) and when we were out testing it (against Wiliers, Orbeas, etc.) he really thought it was just the better riding bike. I remember reading a review of an old Fondriest steel bike years ago (was it in "Bicycle Guide" I wonder?) and the reviewer gushed on and on about how the Fondriest was the best riding bike he had ever thrown a leg over, followed by the Moser. Must be something about having former pros design them or something. Whatever the case is, I questioned the owner of the shop about them, and he regaled with all the technological details that set Fondriest apart from all the many excellent bikes currently coming out of Italy. Check out the top of the line model sometime and see the attention to detail that it incorporates - a struss between the chainstays to add additional torsional stiffnes, a fork that is custom made for that specific frame, ovalized, and butted everyway possible tubes on the main triangle. And a claim that this Al./carbon wonderbike could last 10 pro seasons. Definitely expensive. But perhaps worth it. Ride one and check it out and let the rest of us know.

MB
Almost...Duke249
Apr 4, 2002 6:16 AM
You're almost right about the Bicycle Guide reference. The article was on bicycles bearing former riders' names and included a Merckx, Moser, Fondriest, Lemond and Coppi. The reviewer had stated a strong preference to both the Fondriest and Moser, but ultimately picked the Moser as his favorite bicycle.

The Fondriest frameset with the gusseting behind the bottom bracket got one of the worst reviews ever written by Robert Millar in Procycling in the 3rd issue. I know that many people do not hold Mr. Millar's opinion in high regard, but keep in mind that he usually gushes on and on about aluminum bicycles, but slammed this one pretty good.

My take is that Fondriest is not necessarily offering a better product, but just a more expensive one to gain "exclusivity". Slick hype, but much substance?