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Groupo prices in Spain - fork rakes & fit ???(5 posts)

Groupo prices in Spain - fork rakes & fit ???Lizzzardme
Nov 12, 2002 12:51 AM
Hi all. I bought my hubby a new frame today that came with an Ouzo Pro fork with a 40mm rake. The frame is a Litespeed Vortex. The Litespeed catalog says their 2002 Vortex's are spec'ed with a 4.4 rake. Any thoughts as to the positive or negative effects of the 4mm difference in rake? He's about 5'9" with longish legs. His measurements put him squarely on a 55cm which is what this frame is.

Also - we're moving to Spain in about 2 1/2 weeks and I was thinking that we should wait to buy the wheels, but what about a Campy Record groupo? I can get the group minus hubs/wheels here for $950 new. Do you think they'd be any cheaper there?

Lastly - I've come upon a web site that uses a fairly sophisticated computer method for determining exact bike fit & sizing for about $35 called BioFit through B & J Bike shop. Has anyone ever used this method? It's at www.bjbicycle.com/biofit/index.html.

I eagerly await your reply's. -Lizzz
re: Groupo prices in Spain - fork rakes & fit ???Fez
Nov 12, 2002 6:16 AM
For the last few years, Litespeed has spec'd 40mm on the 55cm and larger frames w/ race geometry. You have the correct factory spec fork. Only the smaller sizes have the 45mm rake, possibly to reduce toe overlap more than anything else.

Either way, some say there isn't a lot of difference in road feel b/w a 40, 43, or a 45mm rake. BTW, Reynolds doesn't make a 44mm rake so you probably read a typo.
re: fork rakeChen2
Nov 12, 2002 9:08 AM
I think the Vortex head tube angle is pretty steep. The 40mm rake was probably the best choice. It should feel slightly more stable than a 43. A 43 should turn slightly quicker. I would not worry about the 40. Ya done good.
~Al
re: Groupo prices in Spain - fork rakes & fit ???pmf1
Nov 13, 2002 11:26 AM
I don't know about Campy in Spain, but Shimano sure is cheaper here as opposed to Italy. Another thing working against you is the exchange rate. The dollar is not nearly as strong as it used to be. Isn't there any Spanish shops on the web?

$950 is a pretty good deal for a Record (less hubs) group.

Nice Christmas gift.
Thanks for the reply's!! n/mLizzzardme
Nov 14, 2002 7:51 PM