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Tax Refund is here. Got $1500 to spend on new bike.(10 posts)

Tax Refund is here. Got $1500 to spend on new bike.MannyD
May 12, 2002 8:42 PM
I just got my tax refund, finally! I have $1500 to spend on a new bike. I have looked around but I keep going back to the Scattante at http://www.supergo.com It seems like a great deal. Anybody convince me one way or the other.
re: Tax Refund is here. Got $1500 to spend on new bike.Jekyll
May 12, 2002 9:05 PM
Looks nice. The Ultegra stuff is great. Not a big fan of the wheels or the Supergo house parts.
Look at it this way - you can buy an Ultegra build kit with Mavic OP, and quality stem, bar, seat post, saddle, etc for around $850 which would leave you with around $650 to spend on a frame and fork. You could pick up a Cannondale CAAD5 with fork and HS for around $600 and have a hell of a bike. Check GVHbike.com for a bunch of good frames at pretty reasonable prices. I think the Canny with Ultegra and OP's would be my bet (I'm probably a little biased :-).
Scattante is like Wayless - a Supergo house brand. Probably made by one of the major asian manufacturers - nothing wrong with that. I'd want to ride one before plunking down the cash.
Ultegra Build KitB2
May 13, 2002 6:01 AM
Last I looked, Jenson had an Ultegra Build Kit with OP rims for $759. Don't remember the quality of the bar, stem and seat post.

Bryan
Lucky you.unchained
May 12, 2002 9:13 PM
If you really want Al, GVHbikes.com has Team Saeco (the best bikes eh), Cannondales for $1425 and less. Have heard mention of Cannondales warranty and trade-up programs, definitely worth considering.

For about $1600 you could get a Viner Nemo or Altec with Ultegra and have a famous Italian bike you don't see on every street corner.

Excelsports.com could probably sell you a nice Gios that would meet your budget. Alot of nice bikes out there in your price range. It pays to shop around.
re: Tax Refund is here. Got $1500 to spend on new bike.Ron B
May 12, 2002 10:00 PM
I own basically the bike you are looking at but mine is the Zonal. I'm guessing they re-named it.

I bought the frame in February on a risk since the bike is a Supergo house brand bike. I couldn't find much in the review department and living in Oregon I couldn't stop by Supergo to check them out in person.

As of now I couldn't be happier with the decision. There was no place I could find a frame/fork/headset and seatpost for 499.00 or even something close for that matter.

The frame is light, just over 3 pounds and the overall construction was pretty good. Better than expected. The welds were smoothed over, much like my old Cannondale.

The ride has turned out to be very smooth compared to other bikes I've owned. The steering was a little quicker than I like and the steeper seat angle works very well for me.

I also weigh 265 pounds so lighter riders might not find the same ride charectoristics as I do.

I would say that this bike would be an excellent crit bike for lighter riders and a good all around bike for bigger riders.

With around 800 miles on the bike so far here are my overall impressions of the bike.

My concerns with the bike are these:

-If I have a problem, will I have trouble with Supergo and the warranty?
-Integrated headset, will it last?
-Lack of name recognition could cause snobery in group rides.

Positives are:

-Smooth ride.
-stiff bottom bracket.
-Frame is not covered by sponser stickers.
-Good build quality
-Low price

There are a lot of nice bikes in this price range, so looking around could be well worth the effort. So far though the Scattante has worked out well for me and I am very happy with the purchase. Even with the off brand name I've had several comments about the frame looking very nice at some of the tours I've ridden in.
re: Tax Refund is here. Got $1500 to spend on new bike.Carbon fiber fanatik
May 13, 2002 2:04 AM
I have a scattante Zonal frameset (see phat scat in photo area) I love the bike! You can build up one heck of a bike for the money you mentioned. Keep something in mind about the big boys. Their frames and components are made in the same factories as the Scattante. Want proof? pull the seatpost on just about any specialized and you will see Kalloy stamped and ritchey in paint. You will be very pleased with the quality and finish of the Scattante and the customer service at supergo is impressive. There are way more expensive frames out there, but save your money for a set of hed 3 spokes...
Check out REIjaybird
May 13, 2002 4:49 AM
REI has almost the same exact bike, Novara Trionfo for 1695 but starting on the 17th it is going to be 20% off. Not bad for a full ultegra w/carbon seat stays. The other thing is that REI has a no questions asked 100% satisfaction garantee.
I think I am going to check out REIMannyD
May 13, 2002 5:19 AM
Where is REI?
I think I am going to check out REIjaybird
May 13, 2002 5:59 AM
Check out REI.com you can find a list of the store locations there. Other wise I am pretty sure you can order the bike from the website.
Similar Bike at Colorado CyclistMe Dot Org
May 13, 2002 9:13 AM
I've never been a Douglas Rider, I only play one on TV. Seems like a similar deal to the Supergo, might come down to geometry and equipment preferences...

http://www.coloradocyclist.com/common/products/productdisplay2_v2.cfm?PRRFNBR=26258&S=24620,21511,21525,26402,26648,26258,26418,26799