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Not a Fan of Compacts, But...(14 posts)

Not a Fan of Compacts, But...Bixe
Nov 11, 2003 4:39 AM
I am occasionally given to setting aside skepticism to give something such as this a try.

Fondriest Domino Carbon. Everywhere I've seen the name, including correspondence with the P4 Group, it's ‘Domino' except on the frame itself where it says ‘Dominio.'

Campy '04 Record w/ Carbon cranks, Speedplay X/1,
Eurus wheels, Michelin Pro Race,
Cinelli Ram post holds up a Fizik Aliante saddle (until the Arione arrives),
Ritchey WCS stem, ITM Millenium Strada bar, Arundel cages.
This size L (57.0 cm effective top tube) weighs 17.1 lbs.

In my advancing years, I'm much less a masher and more a spinner (easier on the knees). There's not yet much pavement beneath this bike, but I can say this setup spins.
Me neitherCrankist
Nov 11, 2003 6:14 AM
...well I never used to be. A beaut.
Wasn't either, but now they're growing on meterry b
Nov 11, 2003 6:33 AM
Never really liked the looks, but as of late I'm beginning to change my mind. Bought a Fondriest from P4 this past spring - great experience and I like the looks of the bike although the slope on it is very little. Added an Orbea this year with a much greater slope and like it too. So much so that I just ordered a custom compact in S3 steel.

While I'm sure it's completely in my mind, the compact frames just feel faster to me. No empirical data, just a sense. But heck, if you feel faster, maybe you are.
Do us a favor and post a first ride review of the new S3! (nm)MShaw
Nov 11, 2003 10:06 AM
Seatpost is FUGLY.....nmTower
Nov 11, 2003 7:20 AM
not.. beautifull. plus it says cinelli. nmcolker
Nov 11, 2003 7:37 AM
I agree 100%stephenb
Nov 11, 2003 9:21 AM
I think a compact frame looks the best with a normal seat post. IMHO these aero type posts look out of place on anything other than a full on TT bike.
Aero seatpostsMShaw
Nov 11, 2003 10:08 AM
I've seen studies that say aero seatposts are less aero than round ones... or Cobb's site may have the exact details...

I agree! Change the post. nmCritLover
Nov 11, 2003 11:49 AM
The Seatpost May Go...Bixe
Nov 11, 2003 4:51 PM
It migrates into the frame. The frame clamp is torqued beyond comfort, but it still loses a few mm over the miles. I wonder that the 'Anti-Compression' channel that runs down the back of the post allows the post diameter to collapse a bit and slide into the frame. The existing inventory of seatposts, clamps and saddles will be rotated on and off the frame... We'll see.
Compact looks great, but watch out for the toe overlap!GeoCyclist
Nov 11, 2003 4:46 PM
I ride a compact frame De Rosa King that has a significant amount of toe overlap with the front wheel. When riding up steep switch backed climbs I really have to keep in mind the toe overlap.

Nice lookin' bike, but loose the seat post!
Hey thats my bikegabaguy
Nov 11, 2003 10:01 PM
I have one of those. My seatpost is a carbon selcof.
More info pls.Dangeruss
Nov 12, 2003 11:49 AM
Beautiful!! With the possible exception of the Record "swirly carbon" crank. Those just haven't grown on me yet.

Purchased complete, or build-up?
Your previous rig?

Nov 12, 2003 2:30 PM
As mentioned above, it weighs 17.1 lbs as it sits in the pix. I built it myself and haven't totaled the damage, but it'll be a bit more than US$4.5k..

b Other rides:
P4, KG486, OCLV 110 and 120, Vortex, VaMoots, Merlin, several others. The handful still in the stable are ridden regularly (11k miles in the last year).

b The Campy Carbon Cranks'
marbling doesn't have nearly the contrasting colors as seen in the pix at the shows, etc. I prefer the more conventional shape of last year's carbon cranks (they're on the P4), but that is a matter of personal preference.