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Looking for a "distinct" bike(18 posts)

Looking for a "distinct" bikedez182
Jul 15, 2003 12:41 PM
Hey all,

I've finally save up enough money to buy a new bike, but now I'm trying to decide what to get. I want a bike that not very many people have, and that looks really cool (yes, performance is important too). I also don't want to spend a fortune. Most people in my area are on LeMonde, Trek, Specialized, and Klein. I'd like something with Ultegra, and I'm not a big fan of steel bikes. Would prefer aluminum with carbon stays. Anyone got any suggestions?
Fondriest having a big sale, alu/carbon stays $800 (nm)geeker
Jul 15, 2003 12:47 PM
2nd the Fondriestafrican
Jul 15, 2003 5:47 PM
I have a Fondriest that is one of about 20 in the world. A team Lampre time trial bike from last years tour. The serial no is L 13 you don't get much cooler than this bike (my opinion anyway). So I know where you are coming from wanting a really hot bike that not many people have. I have a colnago as well, but there are quite a few of those now. Here is the link for Fondriest USA (they have such good deals now is the time if you want one).

Other bikes that I would consider:


Don't rush into this, take the time and look around, look at all kinds of bikes and from all places, LBS, online, overseas. I took my time, got the colnago, then found the fondriest and ended up with 2 bikes and credit card debt but no worries I have no wife or kids so I can spoil myself.
Check out they have some hot bikes as well.

Here is the pic of the monumental sat fondriest, see the fly sat behind it, way way way hot....
re: Looking for a "distinct" bikeNo_sprint
Jul 15, 2003 12:54 PM
Orbea, Ciocc both make some seriously nice scandiums with carbon stays. Relatively affordable considering two years ago the frames were going for $2000. Half that now I think if not less.
i second the CioccThe Human G-Nome
Jul 15, 2003 3:16 PM
as long as you don't live in the Bay Area, i highly recommend this bike (if you do live here, don't buy it! i want mine to continue to be the only one i ever see on the road). i bought the silly light Hurricane with carbon stays and outfitted it with Chorus/Record. it's the sweetest, best climbing bike i've ever ridden bar none. not to mention it's as stable as can be and a monster on descents as well.
saw this one in the classifiedsFrith
Jul 15, 2003 1:24 PM
Well..actually it's a frame but if it's your size it doesn't get any prettier IMO than this...I don't know the seller just stumbled across it today in the RBR classifieds. It's my size and if I hadn't already spent way too much on bike stuff I would be snapping it up instead of telling you about it.
saw this one in the classifiedsPygme
Jul 15, 2003 5:48 PM
I have a similar bike. The Cinelli Starlight (Same color) with campy record. In 12 months, I have only seen one like it. Well, kinda like it. It was built up with ultegra.
me too52-16SS
Jul 15, 2003 7:14 PM
I also have a stalight - love it
If you stay away from Houston, I'll stay away from where ever you live 8^)

LBS says nice things about Gurujptaylorsg
Jul 15, 2003 2:40 PM
They're a Canadian company, I've seen them in the shop and they're really nice, but never seen one on the road. Good looking bikes and race proven.
Fondriest Carb Level at $1299 is an incredible bargain, too.
The Orbeas are really nice, but better hurry, everyone's watching the Euskatel guys like Mayo ride in the Tour and will be wanting one.
how about this?climbo
Jul 15, 2003 5:06 PM

Bet you don't see many of these in the US?
Fondriest MDC in ClassifiedsCrash
Jul 15, 2003 8:15 PM
There's a guy selling an 'as new' (still has the warranty card) Fondriest MDC in the classifieds. If I hadn't just bought my Carb Level I would have given it serious thought. I've never ridden the MDC, but the Carb Level is an incredible bike. If it fits you it seems like a great deal.
Guru, Argon 18empacher6seat
Jul 15, 2003 9:26 PM
Guru makes some pretty wicked tri-bikes, and I believe they have some high end road bikes as well. I was just on the Argon 18 site and was drooling over some of the rides. Very good quality. They're a pretty new company and they've really hit it off locally (BC, Canada).
How about a Scapin or Rossin?spookyload
Jul 15, 2003 11:00 PM
Both are great Italian steeds with a rich heritage. I can promise nobody has one where you live. They are on Ebay quite often. I believe the only importer is out of Miami. Rossin has a couple of bikes with carbon seatstays. Look at the Litespeed Ultimate. Has carbon seatstays too.
Calfee..sweet Calif carbon...nmzooog
Jul 16, 2003 7:36 AM
Corima - Pumawink
Jul 16, 2003 8:06 AM
This your bike!
a distinct bike with Ultegra?ColnagoFE
Jul 16, 2003 9:08 AM
Just kiddin ya...but Ultegra is a dime a dozen these days. Nothing too distinct about it. If you want distinct then piece custom components together yourself. As far as frameset I like the looks of some of the Pinarellos and that curvy CF fork is cool, but these might be beyond your budget. ANother possibility is the Gios framesets that Excel Sports carries. Cool and probably not many have them.
Go Custom!MShaw
Jul 16, 2003 9:30 AM
Can't beat custom for unique! Road Shark, Strong, Sycip (steel), Vanilla (way cool looking bikes), Russ Denny (SoCal), Andy Gilmour (AZ), Brew (NC), and on and on.

I have a b1tchin looking pearl black Russ Denny custom track bike. Here in San Diego there's a bunch of Russ Denny's bikes around, but only one pearl black one.

re: Looking for a "distinct" bikeal0
Jul 16, 2003 12:39 PM
If you really want distinct bike take a look at They have really good bikes at modest prices (even with high euro rate). I amn't sure if they would sell oversea but you may try. You may call them +49-561-9200930
Note that all their bikes save Yoke series have compact geometry.