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any thoughts about Princpia bikes?(7 posts)

any thoughts about Princpia bikes?OZ1
Nov 13, 2002 10:01 PM
It's hard to find an information about that Danish's
maker and I will be happy to hear some information
about them. I would like to buy the model RCL for racing.
re: any thoughts about Princpia bikes?castrello
Nov 14, 2002 12:49 AM
Check out

IMO, they are mighty fine bikes. A Finnish cycling mag tested the RCS6 (or what ever the cheapest model is called..) and they were very impressed with what they saw. The division II team EDS-Fakta use the bikes and, although it´s still unofficial, they might be in Division I next year and hey, they might even be using Principia bikes next year...

Also, check this out...
Second-hand informationStampertje
Nov 14, 2002 1:53 AM
They're consistently rated among the absolute best by the Dutch "Fiets" magazine ("at first sight, it's like the Cannondale, but Principia really knows that what you do to the material is what makes a good bike", "technically perfect", etc.)

They're also pretty reliable, according to

Linda McCartney rode them (not the deceased spouse of Paul McCartney, but the team she sponsored).

All that being said, I have never ridden one. I've seen them up close and they're beautiful, but beauty is only paint-deep.
Second-hand informationdivve
Nov 14, 2002 3:37 AM
...sorry but that magazine has zero credibility...on their website I read their huge frame test...according to them Cannondale CAAD5 has a flexy bottom bracket...anyone that has every ridden one knows how damn stiff they're.

BTW, nothing bad to say about Principia. They're aluminum specialist on par with Cannondale.
Not zero...Stampertje
Nov 14, 2002 4:13 AM
...but I'll agree that
a) you have to be very careful about reading between the lines
b) numbers aren't everything.

I always wondered about their opinion on the stiffness of Cannondales myself. But their component tests are usually really good.
January 2002 Cycle SportKerry
Nov 14, 2002 4:51 PM
They really liked the RS6 Pro-Ultimate. Can't say they do any rigorous measurements, just ride it and report their experience. This bike was $6K with all kinds of doo-dads ($1100 Lightweight wheels) and came in at 16 lb.
re: any thoughts about Princpia bikes?the flying bean
Nov 15, 2002 5:09 AM
My LBS is run by a former Tour De France rider. He has been selling Principias for a couple of years and they have proved very popular. I ride one and it's an absolute beauty. The welds, on mine, have been hand finished and are perfectly smooth. A very comfortable ride eg 133 miles and no aches or pains.