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Columbus Zonal Alu.(3 posts)

Columbus Zonal Alu.heldveld
Dec 29, 2002 8:11 PM
I am looking for opinions from people who own frames made from Columbus Zonal Alu. I know several companies produce these bikes and found a few in the reviews section. Let me know what you think about your bike.
Have an Orbea Zonalsjomi
Dec 29, 2002 11:04 PM
Got an 2002 Orbea Zonal in standard geometry. Don't know about others but Orbea uses diamond shape tubes so it is super stiff but doesn't resonate like my Cannondale CAAD5 did. Much more comfortable riding.
Have had the bike 1 month have have almost 600 miles on it. I would summarize it as superstiff, comfortable, and durable. It is not a really light frame, probably average. But even though I only weigh 135 pounds I prefer durability of superlight.
My complete bike with Zues all carbon fork, velocity aerohead wheels, campy centaur, and bottle cages & pedals comes in at just over 19 pounds which is good enough for me.

If you are really concerned about weight go with the Altec2, Airplane, or Starship. If you just want a really good bike without spending a ton of money Zonal was perfect for me.
re: Columbus Zonal Alu.scruffyduncan
Dec 30, 2002 4:32 AM
I ride a zonal frame, it's light and stiff, very responsive I like it. The price increase to the higher end columbus tubing is quite big, but it is lighter.