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My new ride!(5 posts)

My new ride!speedisgood
Apr 29, 2003 8:25 PM
Just got my camera working again so I thought I'd share a pic of my new ride with you guys and gals. It's a Pedalforce QS monocoque carbon frame (www.pedalforce.com) that I got new off ebay for a measly $325 plus shipping ($28) from Singapore (SARS not included). It was discounted from the $599 retail because of a barely noticeable blemish in the paint. Not a bad deal at all! I swapped out some drivetrain components (DA) off of my GT ZR 1000 (just behind the new one), had some old handlebars (ITM 260's), wheels, etc. and got new DA shifters, Ultegra crankset, and Flite saddle (the old Flite is starting to sag like a hammock). The fork is a closeout $130 Kestrel EMS Pro (1" cro-mo steerer for stiffness) from Nashbar (thank you 20% off coupon!) for $103.

The quality of workmanship is good but not super stellar, but then this retails for $600 and I'm very satisfied. The paint is thick, deep and luscious looking. Aluminum shells make up the head tube and BB shell. Cable routing is internal for the rear brake and derailleur cables. The entire rear brake cable housing is passed thru the top tube while the derailleur cables go thru their tunnels "naked". I wonder about the design of the derailleur cable tunnels as they appear to be designed for the cable housing to butt against the front end of the tunnel even though the cable housing ends at the derailleur adjuster stops.

I've put about 100 training and about 65 racing miles on the bike so far over mostly rough NE Ohio pavement. All I can say is that after riding a stiff aluminum frame for 2 1/2 seasons, carbon is MUCH more comfortable while being as stiff or maybe even a little stiffer in the front end and BB. The first ride I took on the new rig I had to keep checking that my tires weren't going soft! It truly felt like I had 28's on the rims. FYI, the geometries are close to identical (STA=74, HTA=73, TT=54 cm) except for the QS is I think 5 mm longer in the wheelbase. I also ride with the same training wheels as with the GT. All told, with the HEAVY training wheels, the bike is exaclty 20 lbs. on a certified scale. My guess is that it's around 17 with the Zipps.

If anyone is in the market for a new carbon frame, I highly recommend Pedalforce. I dealt with Mike, who answered all my questions quickly. Shipping took less than a week and they even put the value of the frame @ $50 and marked it "gift" for customs. Not sure if that's good if the frame is damaged in transit tho.
Sorry about the double post!! [nm]speedisgood
Apr 29, 2003 8:34 PM
... I don't own one...Akirasho
Apr 29, 2003 11:15 PM
...I've only seen a couple... but my brief impressions and the comments of owners have been positive...

You can imagine how much I paid for my first EMS back in '97.

Now, pull that GT Vengeance out from the background...

Be the bike.
who is the seller on eBay? Im looking now... [nm]komatiite
Apr 30, 2003 5:35 AM
"Pedalforce.com"speedisgood
Apr 30, 2003 4:32 PM
I don't think they have any regular auctions like Leader Bike. I think I just got lucky on a once-in-a-while deal.