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Fondriest riders (and others) sound off(10 posts)

Fondriest riders (and others) sound offjptaylorsg
May 19, 2003 12:05 PM
I'm looking at getting a new frame. The Fondriest Madonna dí Campiglio at $799 looks like too good a deal to pass up. I'd probably just swap in my current bike's 105 group. Anybody on one who wants to relate your experience? Anyone with anything to say about any Fondriest? I'm a clydesdale (6'4" - 220), will the bike manage my considerable girth? Any suggestions for other alum/carbon or steel/carbon road frames?
re: Fondriest riders (and others) sound offM_Lou
May 19, 2003 12:37 PM
I've been riding a Fondriest Don Racer for about 6 months now. The ride has been excellent (stiff, responsive, climbs wonderfully); however, the Don Racer is suited to scrawny people (weight limit recommended 154 lbs) so I can't speak to your size issues. The people at Fondriest have been very helpful - I bought the frame at another dealer but Will Atencio at Fondriest has been great to deal with. You can contact him through Fondriest's website if you have concerns about the MDC ability to handle a rider of your size.
Fondriestafrican
May 19, 2003 12:41 PM
Here is a picture of my Fondriest. My bike will be ready tomorrow from the LBS (getting built up). I can't wait to ride it. So anyway I will post pictures and a related story. I think the $799 is a steal for that bike. I almost bought that bike last year for $1300. Personally I don't like the carbon seat stays and I would rather have a full allum or ti bike. You can get new parts from performance and with a 20% discount (get coupon from latest outside magazine) upgrade your 105 to ultegra. Put new ultegra on Madonna Fondriest and you will have a awewome bike there mate.
I like my Top Levelterry b
May 19, 2003 12:56 PM
It's a well built bike, and Fondriest USA is tops. Call and ask Will Atencio for help on your weight questions. He's really easy to deal with and did a great job getting me my Top Level.

I think the MdC for that price is too good to pass up if you're in the market for an AL/Ca frame. Looks pretty sweet too. If I didn't already have one, I'd be thinking about one right now.
what seat post is that? nmafrican
May 19, 2003 1:02 PM
what seat post is that? nmterry b
May 19, 2003 1:11 PM
That's a Ritchey WCS post. Get one, you'll like it. I've started updating my older bikes because I like it so much.

Don't know if you ever shop eBay, but there's a dealer on there named 123ph, moniker for a guy name Peter McClaren. I've bought 3 posts from him, all 20 or so bucks below mail order. He's a great parts resource.
here...funknuggets
May 19, 2003 2:17 PM
Love my Fondriest, and a tad more girthy than some of the the other guys here, Im 5'9" and 174 and it takes all I can dish out. It is freaking stiff as a board and rides fantastic for a full aluminum frame with a steel fork. I just want to save up to put Campy on the thing to do it some justice. I did the same and originally had the 105 stuff on it, but swapped out ultegra on the front and R derail and have a bit better performance, especially on the rear (could be tuning, though). Paint looks awesome...

ciao,
Chris
Fondriest...Bixe
May 19, 2003 4:26 PM
I got rid of a 5900 to make a place in the stable for this P4/Record. no regrets.
i None.

Stiff, responsive and not a single hiccup in 7k miles. The HED Alps split duty with a set of Eurus. The ride is wonderful. Even though I've never warmed up to that pinched top tube, this one's a keeper..
NICE BIKE DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nmafrican
May 19, 2003 5:59 PM
Man! Wiping the drool off the keyboard! What's the specs on that beauty? nmBowWow
May 19, 2003 10:20 PM