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Your opinions on these frames...(3 posts)

Your opinions on these frames...Ride-Fly
May 24, 2002 10:58 PM
I am looking at Al frames w/ Carbon seatstay for my next ride. I have it narrowed down to the Pinarello Prince, Klein Quantum Pro Carbon, Fondriest Top Carbon, and the carbon-wrapped chainstay Merckx Team SC. I want the lightes, the best climbing and handling bike out of these 4. It has to be super stiff at the BB, and provide as smooth a ride as possible. Can anyone help?? I like all 4 of these. BTW, cost is not a factor. Thanks all and ride on!!!
I think that you playing are more in the realm of "who dobill
May 25, 2002 2:45 AM
you want to be" than what is the best bike. These are all fine bikes (not that I've ridden any of them, but I've read good stuff about all of them -- with the exception of those who don't accept that mixed material frames really do anything for you, that they're just marketing).
Buy your prejudice. It doesn't sound as if you could go wrong.
re: Your opinions on these frames...gtx
May 25, 2002 7:24 AM
with the exception of maybe the Fondriest, all of these have been discussed quite a bit on this forum--the search function should turn up some good stuff--especially on the Team SC, which has been discussed A LOT. The biggest difference between them will be fit/geometry, and it's a question of what will work best for YOU. Given the type of material(s) I'd also look at the warranty (my guess is that the Klein will have the edge)--though if price isn't an issue, then.... Me, I'd take the Merckx, but I'm biased (have a steel one and the fit/geometry works great for me). I'd also look at Carl Strong, who could build you a custom one.

http://www.strongframes.com/

Have fun!