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What's the deal with Fondriest?(9 posts)

What's the deal with Fondriest?elviento
Apr 23, 2003 12:18 PM
They have tons of ads everywhere but I haven't seen one on the road in a while. And they just lost their sponsorship of Lampre. Smells like a bad marketing department?
Fondriest USA cut out dealers, went to direct sales (nm)geeker
Apr 23, 2003 12:29 PM
Good Question...funknuggets
Apr 23, 2003 12:55 PM
I actually have one of their Mega Alu frames which I like a great deal and have been considering grabbing another one, especially since they are running all sorts of promos these days.

Their primary sales guy is really responsive to email and recently sent me a full color catalog and some cool stickers just for the heck of it. I had enquired about some of the Fondriest "labeled" components like the stem and seatcollar. They have some cool looking stuff, that I wish I could afford. Unfortunately the tax refund is going to a new roof, but if there is anything left... I may have to splurge again. The Don Racer or the Titan Level are quite trick, but likely beyond my reach.

I asked him the same question regarding Lampre and he stated: "The separation was very amicable and it
took place because of philosophical differences between Team Lampre and Fondriest."

I think Lampre went to Wilier, but dont know the specifics. Here is his information.

Will Atencio
email:info@p4-group.com
Phone: 866-742-4537
Web Site: www.fondriest-usa.com

Later:
Chris
Second thatterry b
Apr 23, 2003 1:28 PM
I bought a Top Level from Will about 6 weeks ago. Great frame, great price and Will is a pleasure to deal with. He made it very easy from start to finish.
Second thatCrankist
Apr 24, 2003 5:31 AM
Given your ever-growing list of terrific bikes, it seems likey that your car(s) sit lonely and pathetic in the rain while the bikes completely fill the garage (which must be a heck of a sight!)...Let me know when it's time to dump the 'Nag!
What tires did you install on the new one? So tired of flatting, I've tried the Specialized 'slime' tube and the Spec. 110 gr. thorn-proof tube with little success, along with all manner of liners. I've recently installed the nasty 23 Armadillos in a fit of frustration. Admittedly they're not as horrible as I'd anticipated, but I'd sure like to find a way to ride on better tires.
Congrats, post pics, have fun,
Mike
re: What's the deal with Fondriest?hppy4u
Apr 23, 2003 1:58 PM
I recently posted a picture of my Fondriest P4 and didn't mention how helpful they were in assisting me in my buildup. To make a long story short I ordered the frame and fork from Colorado Cyclist and the expander wedge that came with it was actually for a 1" steerer whereas my fork was a 1 1/8" steerer. I emailed Scott Mellin from the P4 group and he responded immediately and sent me the correct wedge and brake caliper nuts Fed-Ex (which he did on his own initiative). This definitely left a positive impression on me in the event I am looking for another frame.

With regards to the Lampre-Fondriest split, I remember reading somewhere that Fondriest's philosophy on marketing involves the international consumer whereas Lampre was not willing to sign on/enlist any international riders. Makes perfect sense to me.
I am not saying they have bad customer service or bad productselviento
Apr 24, 2003 7:58 AM
I am only puzzled they seem to have more ads than anyone else these days but there are so few of them on the road. Big contrast
They haven't won a Tour lately!russw19
Apr 24, 2003 9:01 AM
Treks have won the last 4 tours... here in the states, that's about all that matters.

Even when Lance won Worlds on a Merckx, Merckx's sales here in the US remained about the same.

US riders like US bikes (the whole of the population, not the enthusiasts) and when a US bike is doing well over seas, Americans like it and buy. Trek, Cannondale, Giant, and Specialized have all greatly benefitted from sponsoring Euro based teams with increased sales. But much of their sales increases were here in the good ol' USA.

Russ
re: What's the deal with Fondriest?african
Apr 23, 2003 3:41 PM
I got a team lampre fondriest time trial bike, I have yet to build it but once I do you will sh*t your pants cause it is SWEET.