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My New Fondriest Carb Level(13 posts)

My New Fondriest Carb Leveldirthead
Jul 31, 2003 3:11 PM
Well.....I purchased a Fondriest Carb Level frame from P4 group about a month ago and built it with Dura-Ace components and Campy Eurus wheels. The rest of the parts consist of Newton bar and stem, USE Alien carbon post, SLR saddle, and a Flight Deck computer.

I have a little over 300 miles on the bike, and couldn't be more impressed with the ride. It is quite comfortable on long rides, yet very stiff for sprints and climbing. I was expecting it to be on the side of harsh, but it dampens road vibrations quite well. The top tube slopes slightly, which I think I like over traditional geometry.

Like I mentioned earlier, I purchased the frame from P4, since it was on sale. And I bought everything else (except the wheels) from Performance using a 20% off coupon code. I think I got quite a deal on it! At least I am satisfied.

The paint on this bike is unbelievable. It feels like a soft rubber. You can actually put a fingernail impression in it, but it is very durable. I have never seen anything like it before, at least not on a bike frame. It is more like a very thin coat of polyurethane, like a spray in pickup bed liner.

Anyway, just wanted to show off my new ride a bit. I know there are more exotic, expensive bikes out there, but this one is mine, and I love it.
....the picturedirthead
Jul 31, 2003 3:18 PM
....the pictureflying
Jul 31, 2003 6:02 PM
Very nice!!
I have those wheels in tubular & love them.
must be radar absorbing paint nmDougSloan
Jul 31, 2003 3:23 PM
must be radar absorbing paint nmdirthead
Jul 31, 2003 3:25 PM
Not needed with me riding it! I don't think radar waves would bounce of something moving that slow!!
re: My New Fondriest Carb Levelafrican
Jul 31, 2003 4:15 PM
Very very nice. As a Fondriest owner myself, I am impressed. Your ride looks great. Take care of her and enjoy. I will post a picture of my Fondriest soon as I get my camera from work and get a decent picture taken. Cheers,
I love Fondriestterry b
Jul 31, 2003 4:59 PM
yours is a beaut, welcome to the club!
I love Fondriestutxjohne
Jul 31, 2003 5:26 PM
I waited at a light outside of NYC with a guy with a new Fondriest and since I have been looking at them I asked him about it. He said he had it three days and on mile 70 with it. He also owns a C-40 and like this bike better. Based on what I've seen I hope to be an owner soon.
I love Fondriestterry b
Jul 31, 2003 8:25 PM
I've got 11 bikes, and if someone told me I could only keep one, my Top Level would be among the candidates. It rides like a dream and is sexy as hell.
great minds think alike :)nazgul
Jul 31, 2003 6:01 PM
I recently built up a matte black Don racer (posted in the gallery) and we made some very similar choices. I also went for DuraAce/Eurus and saved a bundle by using a Nashbar coupon. After more than 700 miles and toughing it out for third place in one of the local hilly races I couldn't be happier. Enjoy your Carb level!
re: My New Fondriest Carb Levelaliensporebomb
Jul 31, 2003 6:39 PM
Gorgeous! Love it!
Ditto on the Carb Level !Crash
Jul 31, 2003 10:37 PM
I've had mine for just over two weeks and just under 300 miles. Not only does it handle great, but it has a fantastic combination of stiff BB and comfortable ride. It's the first bike I've had that compells me to go further than I had planned, every ride. Mine is the SAT white / yellow (looks GREAT, but is some work to keep clean) with full Chorus and Velomax Orion II wheels.
I find myself conflicted between wanting to tell everyone to go out and buy one and enjoying the fact, that at last for now, it's very exclusive.
Now that's purdy!Live Steam
Aug 1, 2003 10:29 AM
Just spray her with some household furniture polish and the dirt, grime and tar will just wipe off. I hope your screen name doesn't reflect your riding if you want to keep it looking new :O) Enjoy it!