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Living in Italy...looking for a new bike.(10 posts)

Living in Italy...looking for a new bike.crossITup
Oct 11, 2002 9:56 AM
I've been living in northern Italy for a year and will be here for at least 3 more. I've been mountain biking mostly and have dusted off the cyclocross bike a few times since being over here. Now, I've got the itch for an Italian road bike...problem is I don't have a clue when it comes to Italian bikes. I have heard of Bianchi, Pinarello and Colnago but I know there's lots more.
I'm looking to spend no more than $3000. I can get IVA back too with which I can save about 20%. I will be mostly road racing and training since I use my cyclocross and mountain bikes for commuting. Anyone have a recommendation of something I should look into? Thanks in advance.

Dave in Italy
Cant go wrong with a pedigree De Rosa Merak with Record 10.onespeed
Oct 11, 2002 9:59 AM
re: Living in Italy...looking for a new bike.Tunji
Oct 11, 2002 10:45 AM
Hi Dave, I think you're speaking of spending about $3000 on a complete bike? Well if, with patients you can find top Italian bikes in the UK & Ireland for under $4000 (Colnago C40's, DeRosa Kings, Pinarello Prince's) I would think that in Italy you can do even better. If I were you & able to speak Italian (after desiding which bikes) I would post on some Italian bike information source, the question, where can I find the best price in the country on "that bike". Some folks will write you back, telling what they paid, others will recommend where to go. I'm getting a C40 and I've been doing my homework, but if that bike cost more than you want to spend, you may want to check out a Look carbon frame. You see it in all the major racing tours. If I see anything I'll write you back. Good Luck Dave! Tunji
re: Tunji Read me!!!teoteoteo
Oct 11, 2002 11:46 AM
Something you may want to check into is wether the Colnago importer in the US will warranty overseas frames. I was told specifically they WOULD NOT by the local rep.

I wasn't buying one or even considering he just mentioned it in a chat we were having. According to him it's all tracked by serial number. Anyway check it out for your own good...
I got mine at the factoryking of Norway
Oct 11, 2002 2:29 PM
You can't go wrong with a Pinarello Prince which I purchased, custom fitted at the factory/shop in Treviso Italy. The price of the frame was less than half that in the states and if you take it out of Italy you avoid Italain taxes. I believe you have to take it out within a certain time frame, i.e. 3-6mths or so. The only other problem is that these bikes (Pinarellos, De Rosas, Masis, Colnagos, Bianchis, Williers)take 3-5 months b/w ordering and production. Depending on when you order it could take longer. They don't have any just sitting around the shop. However, Gios in Torino did have many extra frames in stock at their factory but, having owned one for 18+ years I was sadly disappointed to find out that Alfredo was going to charge me more for the bike than I could haven't gotten it from Excel in Colorado (Gio's importer).

I don't know about buying in an Italian bike shop but my guess is that, from what I saw most don't carry the kind of stock available like in the states. Having said that I noticed alot of very nice Italian frames at decent prices which aren't very popular in N. America primarliy b/c they don't spend huge advertising budgets to sell their wares. They tend to be more regional in nature. I saw very nice bikes like Bernardi (Treviso), several Bottechias, and 5-6 others that I just had never seen before (Spezzio?,O?) I also saw too many Italians riding Canondales and Specialized bikes. Clearly a result of Cipo and the grass is always greener theory. Hope this helps.
Go for Pinarello Prince/Opera, but...rengaracchi
Oct 11, 2002 6:30 PM
I also strongly recommend Pinarello Prince. If $3,000 is for the entire bike, go for Opera. It is a beauty and gives you amazing ride. You will never regret getting one. The waiting period some people mentioned above, however, is real, and it is something you need to consider.

I visited a bike shop in a small town in northern Italy before the biking season starts this year. They said that they no longer carry Pinarello because of the waiting period was too long. I learned then that the problem applies not only to us the end consumers but to shops as well. They had good selections of Colnago frames such as C-40 B-stay and CT-1, though. (Sorry, I cannot comment on Colnagos.) The shop was a typical family-run business, and people were extremely friendly. The best thing was that the daughter, Sonia, spoke good English! That is rare in a small town in Italy.

For just in case you live near them or are interested in Colnago, they are La Bici, and their mail address is

info@labici.it
or you can visit
http://www.labici.it/

Good luck!
Cannondale CAAD5 in Saeco Paintfracisco
Oct 11, 2002 10:32 PM
Sell it locally to somebody and then get something with a foreign accent.
re: Living in Italy...looking for a new bike.buddy101
Oct 12, 2002 12:12 AM
Hey Dave I also live in Italy, Sicily in fact and I would only recommend a PINARELLO. I have bought three in the last year. They are the best bikes i have ever riden. And if your interested i got a pinarello LS fo rsale in the classifides.

smrodberg@yahoo.com
'r u at Aviano?config
Oct 12, 2002 11:07 PM
Dave,
Are you at Aviano? I've also been here a year and still ride my MTB on the roads since I still have not decided what road bike to get. I'm seriously considering the Pinarello though. Especially since their located nearby at Treviso. I had planned to go the Milan Bike show last month but workload just didn't permit it.

Dennis
Yes...crossITup
Oct 14, 2002 9:38 AM
I work over in CS...a few guys from base I know ordered Pinarellos (both Surprises I think) down in Treviso. I think that's a lower priced model. They haven't got them yet though...I'll give them a look over when they get them. That DeRosa Merak is sweet...might bust the budget a little though. I'll have to find a distributor. Are you on the cycling e-mail distro list? I seem to remember a Dennis on there. Talk to you later...