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Input on Fondriest for 2k3(5 posts)

Input on Fondriest for 2k3Ron L
Oct 21, 2002 12:06 PM
What are your thoughts on the 2k2 and 2k3 Fondriest line of framesets, Mizuno forks they use and pricing?
Top Carbon
P4 Carbon
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Don Racer
re: Input on Fondriest for 2k3maurizio
Oct 21, 2002 12:58 PM
Fondriest bikes are my absolute favorite. They are small enough that craftsmanship is not lost. They spare almost no expense with materials, etc. They also charge amongst the highest of any manufacturer. I suspect thier biz plan is to be recognizable with names like colnago and derosa.
With that being said, for the money, you could buy almost two complete mass produced bikes for what they want for just a frame.
Simoni said it best. In summation, he regarded Fondriest as a great bike and good company, but when he switched teams to Saeco and was introduced to Cannondale, he commented on how advanced and supportive they were. this was in terms to research, resources available to the teams, the ideas, etc.
This may also be the mentality of an american company that is willing to test as they go vs. the italian that is more of a traditionalist mindset.
Ask yourself, will a frame that costs $3995 really make you a better rider vs. a stock, mass produced ride? Shoot for teh difference, you could almost fund your event travel for a season!
you want my thoughts......african
Oct 21, 2002 1:04 PM
On Fondriest.......just get one. Heck I love mine. Not even sure what kind it is. U107 time trial version. SWEET!!!

Sorry I can't be of much help other than to tell you to get one.
re: Input on Fondriest for 2k3pina
Oct 21, 2002 9:10 PM
I have a Fondriest. A nice bike and i have several to compare it to. Think their prices are excessive but i don't know if that is Fondriest or the importer responsible for that. If money matters, buy one of the Lampre team color frames at a marked down price.
P4 CarbonGeex
Oct 22, 2002 4:18 AM
This P4 Carbon is built with Campy Record and Eurus wheels, TTT Prima/Zepp, an Aliante saddle on Deda Blackstick post (32.4mm). Please forgive the sin of including Speedplay X/1's on this otherwise Euro ride..

This ride is still inside its first thousand miles and I've enjoyed every foot of it. It has excellent dampening without over-doing it and without compromising road feel (if that makes any sense). The handling is snappy yet still stable at speed; I believe this is due to the slightly tweaked front end geometry, but Fondriest doesn't provide much geometry info and I haven't measured it yet.

Xpensive. I'm the sort that builds what I'd like and saves up the $$$. Would I do it again? Without flinching.