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I went local...first Italian road bike...with a surprise!(7 posts)

I went local...first Italian road bike...with a surprise!Gemini Jim
Dec 6, 2003 2:38 PM
Thanks to AJS, Mariowannabe, crewman, Live Steam & DanoK for their advice. After considering the plethora of mail-order options, quite a few local shops, and even visiting the Pinarello factory showroom, I decided to go with a local (northern Italy) bike shop. I ordered a completely custom Aluminum frame with carbon seat/chain stays, complete Campy Centaur group, hand-built wheels with Mavic Open Pro rims for the low, low cost of $US1400.

Now the surprise: I did a little more research and found out the "local frame" I ordered is made by the Fondriest factory in Padova. Apparently, I got the frame just one model down from the "Carb Level Plus." Pretty much the same all around except the Al tubes do not have their "water quenching system" treatment.

I'm stoked & the bike should be delivered in about 4 weeks.

Gemini Jim
re: you left out the important details, mancollinsc
Dec 6, 2003 3:33 PM
What shop is this?

(Inquiring Fondriest owners want to know!)
MC Bikes in Vittorio Veneto...Gemini Jim
Dec 7, 2003 1:43 AM
unfortunately, it's just a small shop in V-V at the foot of the Dolomites. I would've never found it without my friend showing me first. Otherewise, it is just a non-descript bike shop. He doesn't have e-mail or a web page. I'll post some pictures as soon as I take delivery in Jan 2004.

Jim
Nice findconfig
Dec 8, 2003 1:11 AM
Gemini Jin - I'm in Aviano as well and was in the same situation as you a year ago. I really wanted to purchase a Pinarello but after much deliberation decided I just didn't deserve one - yet. (I didn't want to be the owner of a nice high-end road bike and then be passed by a local Italian on a mountain bike) I ended up with a Centaur equipped (triple), aluminum frame with carbon seat-stays/fork at the Salvador bike shop in Sacile for 1600 Euro. I'm real happy with it.

When I was picking my bike up they had this carbon bike on his top display which was identical to the Fondriest with the 'squished' top tube (I forgot the model) but of course had his "Salvador" name on it.

I passed by that bike store you're saying in Vitorrio Veneto a couple months ago on our way to Cortina. I should go back there someday - looks like you got a hell of a deal.
I leave next year and I might just get myself either a Pinarello, De Rosa, or Fondriest before I leave. I just have to make it up Piancavallo first. I know that's nothing for DanoK and maybe yourself to do. Once I accomplish that a few times then I think I deserve to upgrade to one of those known brand names :-)
Do you ride MTB too?Gemini Jim
Dec 8, 2003 10:56 AM
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aviano_mtbers/

Let's set up some rides. Obviously, I'll be primed for road riding in Jan !

Gemini Jim
I used to but not since I've been hereconfig
Dec 9, 2003 11:23 PM
I live near Cimpello so I commute to work (approx 20km) when I can. I did it first using my MTB with semi-slicks on but theh I decided to just get a roadbike. For now, I need to get some warmer clothing so I can continue to commute t owork. I just don't enjoy riding in the rain so I avoid that as much as possible.
Can you give me the addresscrewman
Dec 9, 2003 6:01 PM
I am glad you decided to go local, I knew that you would find something.
Now about that bike shop, I will be heading back to Northern Italy this May to catch the GIRO and will be buying a bike that I can keep at my cousins (San Danielle)
Do you remember the Town and the name of the shop so I can get my cousin to check it out.
Thanks
Crewman