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Frame Choice?(4 posts)

Frame Choice?Kiwi Rider
Dec 14, 2003 1:18 AM
I'm getting near to building a new bike and am considering the following frames, but I have yet to ask for prices, so could play a factor in decision but here goes:
Fondriest Domino Carbon
Fondriest Magister
Giant TCR Composite

I currently ride on a Giant TCR Alluminium frame, so I would like to try out the Traditional frame geometry. I know the Giant is lighter, this is not my concern. Road surfaces in NZ are not very good so an influential factor will be comfort. I race competitively aswell, so stiffness is also a consideration. I will (hopefully) be getting Campy Protons and Eurus wheelsets (real splurge out) and Campy Centaur group set, not totally decided on stem/bars but edging towards Cinelli. I weigh 140 lb approx at the moment.
Thanks in advance
Kiwi Rider
re: Frame Choice?purplepaul
Dec 14, 2003 9:14 AM
I've got a riding buddy who has a Fondriest Madonna di Campiglio (aluminum with carbon stays), and he feels the geometry is off. When going fast and around curves, he says it feels squirrelly (he can't hang with me around downhill curves). The source has not been tracked down, so it could be the fork does not have the proper rake or that the frame's geometry isn't quite right.

I mention this just so you can try for yourself, if possible, and make sure that this isn't a problem common to Fondriest. Doesn't seem likely that they would put out such a flawed design, but I suppose it's possible.
not typical of Fondriest...C-40
Dec 14, 2003 4:15 PM
I've been riding a Fondriest MDC for the last 6 months on techincal mountain descents in Colorado, at speeds up to 47mph and I've found the handling to be excellent, really confidence inspiring on fast hairpin curves. It also tracks as straight as any bike I've ridden on a fast downhill.

The wheelbase and front-center are significant shorter than my Colnago, so it corners more quickly, but I have not found this to be a disadvantage.

Your buddy either got a lemon or he lacks bike handling skills.
Love the Domino...nmgabaguy
Dec 14, 2003 8:37 PM