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Empella Bonfire(5 posts)

Empella BonfireDukede
Jun 17, 2003 5:12 PM
Does anyone know about the Bonfire? You can't read anything on the website. The bike looks pretty good and has alot of highend parts.
Also has anyone else purchased a bike online? I'm a little concerned not being able to ride it and take look at it without before buying it.
And last question I'm 6ft and the bike is a 57.
Frame/fork - Empella Bonfire. Campy Record - hidden headset. Dura Ace - front/rear derailuers, bottom bracket, chain. Ultegra -STI levers and crankset. XT cantis and Tektro top mounts. Ritchey Pro Logic bar in 3T Zepp stem with Ti hardware. Sella Italia gel saddle with Easton EC70 post. Wheels are prototype Maguro Compact Pros - deep v w/24 spoke front and 28 spoke rear in a paired spoke design with sealed bearing hubs. Tires are IRC XC's with xlite tubes. No pedals.

Any help you can give me would be great.
re: Empella Bonfirerussw19
Jun 17, 2003 5:59 PM
From what I know it's one of the best cyclecross framesets on the market today. It's right up there with the Ridely Crossbow.

Try asking about this in the cyclecross forum... they will know more.

re: Empella Bonfiremosovich
Jun 17, 2003 6:11 PM
I got one a few months ago and it rocks! I think that's a deal on the site! The only difference between mine and that one is that I have a carbon fork. You can easily replace the fork at As far as frame size, I'm 6ft, have a 32 inch inseam and it fits me fine. The TT seamed a little short, but I just used a longer stem. I'm using a 130. It rides great though. I've included a pic of mine.
re: Empella Bonfireheldveld
Jun 18, 2003 6:50 AM
I have a Bonfire and really like it. The welds and finish of the bike are great. It is the top cyclo-cross frame as far as racing goes, two of the last three world championships. The Ridley frame I would compare it to is the Supercross not the Crossbow.

I use it for everything; road, trails and cross racing. It does all with no complaints (from me). Not the lightest frame but, good and beefy so it can take a beating. I also went with the carbon fork. My opinion is that it rides better than a steel Bianchi cross bike I had before, though I do ride a large size (63cm).

Purchased from Cyclocross World. Awesome customer service and extremely friendly, definitly recomended.
re: Empella Bonfirepedalpete
Jun 18, 2003 9:25 AM
I was thinking about getting a bonfire as a cross/touring bike, and was looking at the 57. I'm 6' as well, and I have bought a few bikes over the net (always new), and I have not had an issue with size yet.
Go by top-tube length. I think the top tube on a cross bike is supposed to be shorter than on a road bike (more upright position, etc).
Do you have another bike? Measure the top-tube and compare it.
The Bonfire is .5cm shorter top tube than my current frame. I'm confident that I can make that work.
If your current frame is a 57cm top tube, the 2+ cm difference may be too much for you.
That sounds like a great deal. Is it a new bike? or are you buying it used?
If it's new, (and they have more than one), can you send me the address to the site? I might be interested, but I wouldn't want to steal the bike out from under you.