Aug 6, 2002 7:13 PM
I have been looking at the Tommasini Sintesi- it is a gorgeous frame. I am just looking at this point, a long way off from buying one, but wondering if anyone has any opinions or experience with Columbus Neuron tubing or, better yet, the Sintesi in particular. Thanks for any info-
|re: Tommasini Sintesi||RayBan|
Aug 7, 2002 5:19 AM
|I owned one a while back and the framesets are beautiful(although it seems the latest colors aren't as exciting as the ones he used to do). Nevertheless, the chrome lugwork is some of the best out there and WOW the price is a very good deal on a complete bike of its type. The only thing to point out is the top tube is a bit longer than your average frame, so take that into consideration. It rode very well
|actually, the top tube is a bit SHORTER than your average frame||ET|
Aug 7, 2002 11:25 AM
|Compare the stats. For example, their 57 c-t has a 56 top tube; most others have 56.5 or even 57. Their 55 has a 55 top tube, others have 55.5. Admittedly, their c-t measurement I believe is slightly higher than c-t of top tube (meaning the top tube is really a bit longer for true c-t of top tube), but so are many of those others.|
|re: Tommasini Sintesi||Turtleherder|
Aug 7, 2002 7:02 AM
|I have had one for three years now. The frame rides very well, no buzz or hard hits. The tubing is stiff, I have to really stomp on it to get any flex in the bottom bracket. It is reasonably light for a steel framed bike at around 19 lbs. The bike is a great descender. I have gone over 50 mph with no wobble. The paint and chrome work are some of the best I have seen. It doesn't hurt when other riders on century rides stop and stare at it. If you want to find out more about the Columbus tubing go to their website at www.columbustubi.com|
Aug 7, 2002 7:28 AM
|Something I know about. Great frame for the price - very hard to beat. C-40 had one for a few years before he graduated to the upper reaches of Italian craftsmanship and got the Colnago. Anyhoo, he said the Sintesi compared favorably something like 90% of the performance at 1/3 the cost.
I really like mine, no regrets (well, I do wish I'd hung Campy on it). I was waivering between Cannondale, Specialized, Fuji, etc... then I spied a guy riding the Sintesi and it was all over. I bought it on looks.
The Neuron pipes are classic standard gauged (i.e. not Over Sized) stuff. I weigh ~ 170lbs and flex is not a problem. My understanding is it was "pro-level" steel 8-9 years ago but there are now several gradations between Neuron and Ultra-Foco. So it's older technology. Still rides great tho - all quality steel does. So expect the frame to weigh 1/4 - 3/4 of a pound more than today's top steel frames.
If you have any specific questions feel free.