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carbon bike question(10 posts)

carbon bike questionzooog
Jan 30, 2003 2:50 AM
Seriously considering adding a Carbon frame bike to my choices of rides. I know of all the well known Carbon frame makers...trek, Look, Calfree ect. Are there any small, idependents out there that I might take a look at. Thanks.
re: carbon bike questionpmf1
Jan 30, 2003 4:43 AM
I would hardly consider Look and Trek to be small independents. If you want to focus on small builders, Calfee, Parlee and Aegis come to mind. A bit bigger company is Kestrel.
re: carbon bike questionsnwbdrhoon
Jan 30, 2003 5:10 AM
Think about some of the Euros too...
Colnago, Merckx, Pinarello, etc.

If you want custom, go with Calfee or Aegis. If you want production, go with Trek. The 5500's are a sweet bike. Oh don't forget Giant.
Ask Akirasho. He seems to find all kinds of mfgs. -nmcydswipe
Jan 30, 2003 5:41 AM
re: carbon bike questionJimP
Jan 30, 2003 11:28 AM
Aegis and Calfee build mostly production bikes but it is very easy to get your LBS to build up the production frame to your specs. I ride an Aegis and have talked to riders with Aegis and Calfee frames and haven't found anyone disapointed with their choice or would consider a different brand.
re: carbon bike questionbmb
Jan 30, 2003 1:19 PM
I'm also considering a new carbon frame. I can ride Trek's here, but getting to ride a Calfee (my other choice) is more difficult. Anyone out there rode both, is a stock Calfee worth looking for? I'm average ht & wt and would not be getting a custom frame.
re: carbon bike questionpmf1
Jan 30, 2003 1:39 PM
I don't have a Calfee bike, but IMO, custom bikes are totally over blown. 99% of us men do not need them. For a woman, they might make more sense because bikes are generally designed for the male dimensions.

Unless you have unique measurements of some sort, you don't need a custom bike and its silly to pay extra for one. There's plenty of adjustment room in spacers, stem choice (both length and angle) and saddle position. Don't be afraid of getting an off the rack frame.
re: carbon bike questionwolfereeno
Jan 30, 2003 3:07 PM
Love my Kestrel 200sci. I like that it's one piece and not made up of bonded tubes like most of the other frames including Look, Trek, Colnago C-40...

Then again, bonded tubes make it easier to make a wider variety of sizes. And I'm sure the bonds are pretty good.

But all things being equal, I like the kestrel. I love the clear coat finish - mine's ruby red.

Bought it from RA in Brooklyn for a good deal.

re: carbon bike questionraptorUW
Jan 30, 2003 4:56 PM
not mentioned so far would be Parlee. I think one of the posters here (sherpa23?) has one. tyler hamilton rode a re-badged parlee for much of the giro. beats calfee hands down in terms of cool/rare factor.
re: carbon bike questionRoubaix
Jan 31, 2003 9:50 AM
I have a Colnago Carbonissimo. I love it.