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Felt 65 vs. Mondonico EL-OS (posted on components forum also(4 posts)

Felt 65 vs. Mondonico EL-OS (posted on components forum alsoglobalhelipimp
Jun 17, 2003 11:11 PM
I apologize for double posting, but I want to get as many opinions as possible.

Well, I've finally decided on either a new Felt 65 ($1100) or a used Mondonico EL-OS ($1200 ).

I'm curious to see what your thoughts would be. The Mondonico listed is in a store about 15 minutes from where I live and I went to see it today. The frame and components are amazing, but style is no where near as nice as the Felt (IMO).

Suggestions, comments, criticisms? ALL APPRECIATED.

Any other bikes I should be checking out?

Do any online retailers sell Felt road bikes?


re: Felt 65 vs. Mondonico EL-OS (posted on components forum alsogeeker
Jun 18, 2003 6:35 AM
Mondonico has a great reputation. Still boils down to whatever fits better and "turns you on". Check the geometries. I expect (but might be wrong!) that Mondonico would have more of a "stage racing" geometry, with slacker angles and longer chainstays than the Felt, which would be more "criterium" geometry.

One thing to be careful of with the Mondonico: is the "full Dura-Ace" 9-speed? That old a bike might be 8-speed, which I'd avoid; *very* tough to get shifters if they break down. (This from experience, having recently replaced a D-A right lever with a Sora.)

I think I've seen Felt bikes online, but don't recall where. Google might find some vendors.
believe that mondonico should be.....rufus
Jun 18, 2003 9:30 AM
54cm seat tube, 54.5cm toptube. those are the measurements from the torelli website. also, right off the top of my head, it's a 73 degree head angle, 74.5 degree seat angle, so not long and laid back at all.

everything i've heard and read about mondonico's say they are great bikes, and ride very smothly and comfortably for such steep angles. someday i'm gonna get one myself. this one is just my size too, but alas, no cash. not really my color either.
re: Felt 65 vs. Mondonico EL-OS (posted on components forum alsoSpoiler
Jun 18, 2003 2:32 PM
Criticism: "Bike sold new for over $3500. Comparable road bikes will now go for over $4000."
This is not quite true. A 7-year-old steel frame with a steel fork? It was probably a $2,500 bike when new. On ebay, this bike should go for $700-800. If you're used to clinchers, you'll have to either deal with the tubular wheels or try to resell the set that comes with the bike.