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Monday AM bike lust daydream.(7 posts)

Monday AM bike lust daydream.MXL02
Jul 22, 2002 7:47 AM
I have recently been daydreaming about Carbon fiber bikes, not for getting a lighter set of wheels, since I ride at clydesdale wt, but rather for the improved, smoother ride. I saw a Colnago Carbonissimo at my LBS, (awesome) but at $4500, hard to justify just to have the "ooh-aah" factor on the weekend group rides. For those in the know, which frame would you recommend? Personally, I am leaning toward the Calfee Luna Pro.

PS- at 200lbs, would a carbon fork with carbon steerer be strong enough? Or would you recommend a steel or Ti steerer?
Is everyone who posts here around 200 lbs?ColnagoFE
Jul 22, 2002 8:25 AM
I think if you did a survey that 80+% of the posters claim to be 200+ lbs...FWIW I'd go for the Luna pro or a c-40 rather than the carbanissimo. steerer should be strong enough...though ask calfee for his advice on what to get.
I dunno, maybe we just need more help. :-) nmMXL02
Jul 22, 2002 9:14 AM
Ok, what's a good frame for a scrawny 130lb wuss like me?TomS
Jul 22, 2002 10:43 AM
Would I be able to hold down a carbonissimo, and keep both wheels on the ground?

Dangit, the only weight I ever put on is a little gut around the thanksgiving/christmas holidays. No big strong leg muscles for me.
SL weighing inStarliner
Jul 22, 2002 12:36 PM
I'm 200 too, and have a CF frame made by Martech, an Asian company which contracts out to several bike companies who put their names on them.

I have a Reynolds Ouzo Pro with a 1" carbon fiber steerer and almost 1" of spacers. I've remained upright and still alive, but I'd rather have the beefier 1-1/8" size headset/steerer.

On a group ride this sunday, I compared my bike to a fellow who had a Luna Pro. My frame is monocoque, but is gussetted similar to the Calfee. However, my frame is smooth at the joints so it looks sleeker than the Calfee which has its these rather clumsy looking lugs connecting the various tubes. Plus, on the Luna Pro, the tubes have this strange and dull looking finish which contrasts with the finish of the lugs. To my eyes, the Luna Pro looked busy and at the same time a bit utilitarian. I can't imagine shelling out upwards of $1000 for a frame in order to look dull and boring, when I can do that for much less.

Finally, my frame costs half of what the Luna Pro cost. Supergo sells their version of this frame (the Scattante CFR), but with the beefier 1-1/8" size headtube.

P.S. I believe the Luna Pro is only available with a 1" headtube - maybe somebody else can confirm or correct this.

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Sounds intriguing...how does it ride?MXL02
Jul 22, 2002 1:25 PM
Sounds intriguing...how does it ride?Starliner
Jul 22, 2002 3:13 PM
I also have a ti bike. The CF bike is a bit smaller in size, but the Martech frame has a longish top tube dimension so I'm OK, set up with a lot of seatpost and a flat stem angle and low bars.

Of the two, the CF bike handles quicker, but it should being a bit smaller.

The CF bike has a quiet, solid, more damped ride where road buzz is cancelled out pretty well. You still feel the railroad tracks and the patchy pavement, but their harsh edges are shaved off. Over coarse pavement, the bike really shines.

Nonetheless, I do like the feel of the ti bike, and it seems quick and fast. It feels livelier than the CF bike, being more overt in its personality.

The CF bike is more efficient, however, and comes across as more businesslike in its performance. It responds well to my commands; climbs and sprints quite effectively with less fuss and flex than the ti bike. Because of its non-dramatic nature, I don't really realize how well it performs unless I'm riding with others.

To sum up, the CF bike excels as a fine all-rounder; light, comfortable, quick, and fast.