Apr 16, 2002 9:34 AM
|The other day I came across Gunnar bikes at one of my favorite Bike shops (Yellow Jersey in Madison, WI). The price is in my price range ($600 for the ALL 853 roadie). I test rode their cross frame they had built up at the shop, and it felt god, but I would like to hear from some of you what the roadie frame is like.
|I love mine||theBreeze|
Apr 16, 2002 2:55 PM
|I bought a Roadie last fall. I can't compare it to long term riding of other road bikes because until then I only rode mountain bikes. But I test rode LOTS!!! of bikes, mostly steel, but a couple Al, a Ti and a carbon. This bike felt like it was built for me from the moment I got on it. Handles extremly well.
Now for starters I am a small, light female, so depending on your size, your experience may be different.
I think how a bike feels, handles, rides, climbs has a lot to do with how it's built up. The same frame with different fork or wheels may ride different.
Here's what I have. 50 cm Roadie frame w/Profile SC carbon fork. Mavic Open Pro wheels. Ritchey stem and Ritchey BioMax Bars. Full Ultegra triple EXCEPT i have a 11-32 mountain cassette and XT rear derailleur. (I live in a valley between mountain ranges. Any direction I ride is UP!) Just over $2K built by a great LBS. Never weighed it, but then I rarely weigh myself either.
I may want to change a few things in the future depending upon where my riding takes me. This season it's centuries and long tours in the mountains. So this bike is ideal.
|I love mine too.||Leisure|
Apr 16, 2002 11:55 PM
|I mean, granted it's not the kind of majestic ride you can get in these full-custom Ti or steel bikes, but it's nice. I'd describe it as solid. The handling is nicely dialed, stable, no quirks, tracks nicely, and it certainly has the steel feel. It's just a nice basic welded-by-Waterford frame for $600. Basic in a good way, of course. I wouldn't hesitate throwing Dura-Ace or Chorus stuff on it.
Admittedly I'm kind of biased towards bikes you spec from the frame up; even though you do pay a bit more, you get to choose where you want to splurge from the outset, and where you feel like compromising. I also like frames you don't have to be intense about all the time to enjoy, but will still feel nice when you want to let loose. Of course, I don't want to overstate the differences between it and other bikes in the price range. I'm not talking Holy Graille stuff here. But bottom line, it is a nice ride.
Mine is a 52cm with a Woundup fork and Campy Daytona stuff. The Woundup took some flack about 6 months ago when a cyclocrosser reported he busted his, so I won't beat you over the head to go buy one. I do however encourage getting a solid fork that will compliment the frame, especially if you're a heavier rider.