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Differences between Softride Roadwing& Qualifier?(2 posts)

Differences between Softride Roadwing& Qualifier?CaliforniaDreaming
Aug 14, 2003 6:51 AM
I've found a '99 Roadwing for a relatively cheap price that I believe will fit well. My question is why the drop of the roadwing model, and does it differ from the Qualifier? The price is right and I'm just curious about the whole beam ride experience.

Thanks.

JM
re: Differences between Softride Roadwing& Qualifier?Softrider
Aug 14, 2003 8:05 AM
I don't think that there is much difference in the frame between the roadwing and the qualifier. Softride offers the qualifier as a package bike. The roadwing (and other frames) are only sold as frame/fork, and as far as I know they are not being dropped. The qualifier is just a way for softride to enter the complete bike market.

As a softride rider, I will say that I absolutely love the bike. The bikes are a bit on the heavy side compared to some of the AL and CF bike on the market (my large R1 is about 20lbs with Ultegra/DA mix). They are just the most comfortable bikes around. Probably wouldn't be my first choice for crit racing, but for long distance stuff it is great. It is fairly easy to get used to the beam. Once you have smoothed out your pedal stroke, bouncing on the beam is not an issue.