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New bike suggestions, please.(6 posts)

New bike suggestions, please.Bianchi Ti
Jul 27, 2002 2:19 PM
I am looking into a new bike. I want something light, but I don't want to be beaten up by the ride. I know that many of the new aluminum alloys are the lightest but then again you end up feeling every grain of sand in your tush. Steel of course is very comfortable, but tends to be a little weighty. This leaves the choice to carbon or Ti or a combo. I haven't come up with a budget yet, but I would appreciate feed-back on everything from mass production american frames to custom frames to italian frames. I have been perusing Seven Cycles, Colnago, Litespeed.
ere you go.....african
Jul 27, 2002 2:52 PM
Fondriest titan level, wow what a bike. I have the money but can't justify that kind of money, I need a house too you know.
re: New bike suggestions, please.RCole
Jul 27, 2002 4:54 PM
I just built up a Merlin XLCompact. You can check it out in the gallery under bikes. Under 16 lbs with no compromise durable parts. It rides sweeeet! Here's another pic...

Dura Ace, Ksyrium SL wheels, USE Alien Carbon post, Deda Newton stem
more info to help me make my choiceBianchi Ti
Jul 27, 2002 10:17 PM
I was too broad with my question. I have raced and probably will again. I have ridden quite a few centuries. I ride more often on my mountain bike, but that's probably because the bike is better and therefore more enjoyable. I only put five to 8 hours in the saddle per week but I want to ride something really nice in that limited time that I do have. I love to climb and hils are my favorite. Ilike the idea of Ti b/c it is very durable; however, my old mtn. bike was oclv and I never experienced durability issues even with three seasons of racing and three years of recreational riding.
Sounds like any of the three could be great, go test ride.Leisure
Jul 28, 2002 4:48 AM
Everybody has their own tastes, nothing will help you figure things better than test riding. The only exception to that is with Seven, as they are custom-built for each rider (tubeset as well as geometry) and the frame you test ride won't be the same as what you order. Still, you can at least get an idea of what kind of craftsmanship goes into them, which is (and for the price should be) exceptional in my opinion. The frames are wonderfully aligned and have this ethereal kind of easy acceleration. You probably already know you can get their frames in either all Ti (Alaris, Axiom, Alta) or with carbon seattube/stays (Odonata). I've gotten to ride a Seven Axiom frame made for my LBS's manager Mike, who happens to be my same size, and that's where my high opinion of Seven has come from. Tremendous handling, immaculate welding and all that. They move tons of Sevens and every one has had the same perfect finish. Every one measures within a millimeter of the fitment specs that Mike sends to them. More recently I've ridden an Alta frame built for someone else in the shop a bit shorter than me and was impressed with that one as well. If that wasn't enough, Mike has sold the Axiom and gotten an Odonata; I have yet to ride that one, he'll let me anytime but I've haven't taken the initiative as yet. He describes it as a bit more "dead", which can be a pro or a con depending on your tastes. Apparently they tune the carbon tubes as well, which I thought was pretty cool. I think I'll buy a Seven eventually, but I think I'll be going for an Alaris or Axiom.

Well, that sums up my opinion of Seven, I can't speak too much about your other candidates; it's been a while since I last rode a Litespeed, and I've never demoed a Colnago. Like I said, though, test riding is the first most important thing.
re: New bike suggestions, please.MARCO36047
Jul 28, 2002 10:26 AM
You need to look at a DEAN El-Diente. They are made by a very small group of guys in Gunbarrel Colorado. You can get a custom spec'd Ti frame for 1400-1800. I had one built with a sloping top tube with a 56.5 tt and the eqivelent of a 61 cm seat tube to fit my short torso/long legged body. I've owned 13 differt road bikes and this is the ONLY one to impress me. It is razor sharp (speced 73.5ht angle) yet super stable even at 54 mph decents. All day comfy and efficient (72.00 degree seat angle) I have never ridden a better bike. PERIOD. For the record it has a Reynolds carbon fort and Chorus group. In addition, DEAN knows how to build Titainium right for these ride qualities and not be a noodle like a Litespeed Tuscany or Classic in a large size. I am 220 lbs and power tranfer is RIGHT THERE, virtualy no bottom bracket flex. I own a Litespeed Pisgah MTB and it is a noodle, though perfect manners for a off road hardtail. It just costs a fortune to get Litespeed to manipulate their tube to get the performance of the DEAN IMHO. Also, most of the new Ti bikes come with integrated headsets. What a move backwards! I just put a King in and will never have to screw with it. Oh, also the welds are every bit as good as the best Lightspeeds if not better. I've seen enough LS product and can tell you for a fact that you can see alot of variation of there welds. They are vey good, but there are so many different people doing the welding in a high volume shop you are going to see some welds are better than others. Anyway, if you don't want to pay for a few hundred dollars for very expensive brochures as part of the cost of your frame to lure yuppies just go to Good Luck!