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Can I go wrong with a Scattante?(8 posts)

Can I go wrong with a Scattante?mlbd
Aug 8, 2002 4:49 AM
Been looking (and looking and looking) for a light, stiff bike that i can use for racing, fast group rides. I'm pretty sure i want aluminum. i've tested a bunch of bikes and had narrowed it down to a CAAD5/ultegra/ultegra wheels from GVH for $1500 or a litespeed sirius from an LBS for $2200. This new deal from Supergo is unbelievable, though. Columbus altec 7005 Al, full ultegra including wheels, carbon stays, weyless carbon fork for $1299. The components alone probably retail for that much. Anybody know anything about these Scattante frames? They look a bit like the Leader Bike USA frame that have been on Ebay lately.
almost bought one myselfishmael
Aug 8, 2002 5:46 AM
they are a nice deal and I imagine supergo would help if there was a warranty issue. Some scoff at frames made in china or japan or wherever but I think and have read its unfounded. There is a guy who has written an encyclopedia of bicycle knowledge on the web, I think his name is Brown, anyway, he says he's seen some frames built better by machines in China than some hand-made italian frames. Check the welds, you probably can send it back if its not quality. I bought something else because the geometry suited me better.
I'd go with Cdalecyclopathic
Aug 8, 2002 7:52 AM
comes with lifetime warranty, well worth 200$. I have Cdale MTB and replaced things under warranty, saved me alot.

Leader was selling last year Rocky Mnt scandium, those frames cracked. Not sure about one with carbon.
I'd go with CdaleWoof
Aug 8, 2002 8:08 AM
true dat
I'd go with CdaleCORONADO FLYER
Aug 9, 2002 1:25 AM

Here is my review of the frame/fork combo.Slowclimber
Aug 8, 2002 7:52 AM
My riding profile looks like this: I weigh around 260 pounds. I do three 21 mile rides (18-19 mph) with at least one long ride per week of 45-55 miles (17 mph range) and a longer mountain bike ride once a week as well. On shorter hills I tend to climb out of the saddle and on longer climbs I stay seated. I'm also a shorter leg, longer torso build which is why I like the steeper angles.

Positives for me on the Zonal frame set include:

-Stiff bottom bracket
-Comfortable ride (vertical compliance), the carbon stays really help smooth the bumps
-Quick steering
-Slightly sloping top tube
-Integrated headset works well and is smooth.
-Fork is comfortable and fairly stiff.
-Welds are cleaned up and smoothed over (similar to what Cannondale does)
-Overall build appears to be good and has held up well so far with around 1200 miles on the frame.
-Steeper seat angle for the sloping top tube works well for my shorter legs.

Negatives for me with the Zonal frame include:

-Welds are cleaned up so you can't see the overall quality of the welds. Could be good or bad.
-Down tube cable guides are placed too close to the frame, when you hit road buzz the cables ping off of the frame. This can get annoying on long rough roads.
-Longer seat post creaks in the frame. After shortening it by 3" it is now quiet.
-Bottom bracket threads are a little rough, and should be chased by a shop when you first get the frame. I was able to get by with out doing so though.
-The weighless fork barely accepts 25c tires.
-Replacing the headset could be a problem in the future if I ever need to as integrated headsets are a new item on many bikes.
-Warranty service on the frame could be difficult as it's made for Supergo. Their service is notoriously slow and I'm guessing their warranty service would be even slower.

Overall for the 499.00 I paid I'm not sure you can find a better frame/fork/seatpost/headset deal out there. I'm very happy with my purchase and hope to keep riding on this frame for at least several more years until I can get a custom made titanium frame.
was in same situationrob45
Aug 8, 2002 8:54 AM
I was recently in the market for a new frame--kept looking at the scattantes at supergo--I was worried though about the warranty and lack of anyone really knowing much about them (kept getting different stories about where they were made etc). Instead of the built up altec, I'd go for the airplane version since it has columbus carbon parts instead of the no-name weyless parts. I ended up buying a caad5--in the end, better quality, much better warranty, and a company that has been refining alu frames longer than others. To have the warranty apply, though, you need to get it from an LBS. Lots of good deals on these (even supergo has some in store). The caad5 frame is awesome--much more comfortable than I thought-climbs and descends like a mother...
re: LBS and warrantycyclopathic
Aug 8, 2002 9:41 AM
I went for warranty to diff shop, not the one I bought from, noone asked me for receipt or gave me any trouble. Just don't tell you bought it off internet.