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I'm in the market for road frames (De Rosa, Pinarello, etc.)(9 posts)

I'm in the market for road frames (De Rosa, Pinarello, etc.)bike pimp
Oct 29, 2002 1:43 PM
I'm in the market for road frames, particularly De Rosa, Pinarello, Fondriest, Pegoretti... What are the differences in these different companies. I know they are made in Italy, but what would make me buy any one of them? Thanks for your time.
You know what I am going to suggest...Merak/Record 10 (nm)onespeed
Oct 29, 2002 1:46 PM
You know what I am going to suggest...Merak/Record 10 (nm)bike pimp
Oct 29, 2002 2:03 PM
Yeah, I've been leaning on the Merak, particularly because of the V107 tubing. But what would make me get this than a Pinarello, for example?
I hate to say this, but...MXL02
Oct 29, 2002 2:12 PM
if you have to ask, you probably shouldn't be spending thousands of dollars on a frame. There are so many different variables in terms of geometry, quality of ride, what you plan to do with the bike, etc. that unless you have a lot of experience and know exactly what you are doing, you may end up making a very expensive mistake.

Having made that disclaimer, however, any or all of the brands listed will be excellent. Which one to pick may be due to several factors, some of which have little to do with any perceived differences in quality...many people in my area buy Colnago because the US distributor happens to be located in our fair city, making it easy to find a wide array of sizes and colors and making warranty work easier.

The bottom line is that all these makers are top of the line, and you can get an excellent frame from anyone of them.
Excellent advice!!Snyder
Oct 29, 2002 2:27 PM
US made frames aren't less expensive...Bruno
Oct 29, 2002 3:41 PM
Look at Litespeed, Dean, Specialized, Serrota, Merlin, Trek, etc, etc. They all retail for about 1500-2000 which is about the same as Italian frames. The difference isin the import taxes but in either case you end up paying thousands of dollars.
the cost is not in import taxes, it's in distributor markuplonefrontranger
Oct 29, 2002 5:03 PM
Here's a little industry secret they really don't want you to know. You can buy many Euro frames for even less than the Euros can (because you don't pay VAT) via European dealers using Internet sales. For example: import tax on a US $1000 frame from the UK is roughly $60. Sales tax on the same frame (depending on the state you're in) would probably run over $150.

The extra cost is in the markup from the U.S. importers / distributors charging what they believe the U.S. market will "stand" for the snob factor of an imported frame. In many cases by skipping the middleman, you may spend less even than U.S. wholesale (i.e. even cheaper than the "pro" deal your Cat I friend is getting from the shop). The catch, of course, is that it's a "sight unseen" sale, using the Internet, and you could get burned with cheap "name-brand" ripoffs. There has been a growing market of established vendors however, which you can locate by browsing through the reviews on this site.

Of course, you don't get the instant gratification of buying something off the rack and riding it the same day. Only you can judge how much that's worth. If you're a savvy experienced rider who's confident of fit, Internet sales have become a good bargain option.
Oct 29, 2002 4:10 PM
Thats my .02
re: I'm in the market for road frames (De Rosa, Pinarello, etc.)pina
Oct 29, 2002 10:08 PM
The only one of the four that you mention that i don't have is the Pegoretti. They are all nice bikes and you can't go wrong. They all offer similar products that would make you happy. You just need to decide what qualities you are looking for in your bike. Once again, they are all can't misses.