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replacement bike (accident)(10 posts)

replacement bike (accident)qp-rider
Aug 15, 2002 12:36 PM
I know this becomes a dangerous question to ask, but in my case, having ridden a Klein Quantum Pro w/ Chorus for several years (and loving it), I am now faced w/ replacing it due to being hit by a pick-up truck several weeks ago.

The insurance appears willing to pay the cost of a new Q-Pro Carbon (about $3600 retail), which at my LBS would allow me to look at other options, including a DeRosa Planet w/ Chorus Pro at about $4200, or Chorus (w/ less expensive wheels at about $3700)

On the one hand I know I should look at many bikes before deciding, but I'm not sure I can deal w/ too much longer w/ out my bike...I'm pretty sure I don't want all carbon...ti would be great, but pricey...any thoughts?

john
re: replacement bike (accident)No_sprint
Aug 15, 2002 12:48 PM
It's pretty darn tough to beat a QPro. I've had a few. I still race and ride one among others. It is my favorite of the current holdings. Ti could be built as stiff and probably as light but at double the cost for the frame, at least. Carbon the same (after talking with Craig Calfee), but I doubt it would be as light, once again, at double the cost at least.

Go with what you like. You could spend more and be less happy. Once again, that QPro is pretty dang tough to beat at any cost. I've got Record Ergo on my newest. It is a dream ride. Incredibly stiff and still comfortable enough that after my last century on it, I felt like I could do a double no problem.

I have true bike lust and long for Hollands, Sachs and Parlees but always fear I will still like the QPros best even though it's less than half of those.

Buy what you like.
re: replacement bike (accident)qp-rider
Aug 15, 2002 1:22 PM
I have to agree...just browsing the latest catalog from Colorado Cyclist and see that you can get a Litespeed Vortex w/ full Dura Ace and shimano rims for $3995, pretty close to a Q pro and about 1 lb heavier...my boss swears by his, and they have a C40 w/ dura ace for $4129 w/ open pro rims...

but they are unknowns for me...nice problem to have...but I am torn!!!

and the lbs has ONE Q pro in a 56, my old one was a 55, I have to see how the fit is...
re: replacement bike (accident)No_sprint
Aug 15, 2002 1:29 PM
I don't know where you are, but I recommend Leucadia cyclery in Leucadia, CA. I believe he sells the most Kleins in the U.S. I think he has a stock of over 100 Klein roadies in his shop and storage.

I was talking to the local Trek rep here about 6 months ago. He was talking about how Klein buyers are brand dedicated, he knows why too... Once you ride one, you know why...
re: replacement bike (accident)qp-rider
Aug 15, 2002 3:06 PM
I'm not sure where Leucadia is...I'm in the San Francisco area, and the remains of my bike are at the Palo Alto Bicycle shop...great shop in business 72 years...
re: replacement bike (accident)yeah right
Aug 15, 2002 3:24 PM
I've set foot in Palo Alto Bicycle twice, and I don't think I'd ever buy from there. The prices reflect the location, and if you're getting a certain amount of money, you could probably do better elsewhere, value is not their forte. It's a nice shop to look at though.
re: replacement bike (accident)qp-rider
Aug 16, 2002 1:04 AM
you are correct...they aren't the place to go for deals, although, unless you time it right, all of the other shops I have checked have the Kleins at full retail...haven't seen deals until the end of the season (when I was looking a few years ago).

btw, when I priced the De Rosa planet through them and then compared w/ a popular online seller, the frame price was the same and the group price wasn't much different either!

but, this is my first dealing w/ them, and I went there b/c the only other Klein dealer near me on the peninsula wouldn't service my old klein b/c I didn't buy it there...they have too much business! so I went to PA.

In this case, I feel fortunate that the insurance isn't going to fight me on the age of the bike, etc, and is just authorizing a new qp at list price...nothing out of my pocket.

john
re: replacement bike (accident)No_sprint
Aug 16, 2002 7:33 AM
Leucadia is down near San Francisco. It just might be worth a weekend trip or two. Give Fred a call or email me at: No_sprint@yahoo.com if you want more info.
oooops aboveNo_sprint
Aug 16, 2002 7:34 AM
It's near San Diego.
Reach in your pocket and go for the Merak. The best Jerry.onespeed
Aug 15, 2002 12:59 PM