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new carbon fiber bike(6 posts)

new carbon fiber bikespeedyd
Jan 5, 2004 7:15 AM
I was considering a new trek 5200 but am now considering the scattante cfr from supergo for almost 1/2 the price.I read the reviews on this site and they all sound great but I am a little apprehensive about an off brand.Can anyone quell my skeptism on a deal that sounds to good to be true?
hey, now, where did that picture go? nmcollinsc
Jan 5, 2004 7:34 AM
re: new carbon fiber bikeDave Hickey
Jan 5, 2004 7:53 AM
It might not be as "off" brand as you think. The frame is sold under various names such as Pedal Force, EXP, and BP Stealth. I have no experience with this particular frame but I've owned another carbon frame made by the same manufacturer. I've had no problems with this frame...
Without directly responding to your question, I offer mybill
Jan 5, 2004 7:57 AM
experience with a Douglas frame. I bought, pretty cheap (cheap, but not stolen) a scandium alu frame from Colorado Cyclist. It's badged Douglas, which is CC's house brand.
It's a perfectly fine bike, worth what I paid for it, but I never ride it. Why not? Because it's an off-brand. I don't think I'm motivated entirely by snobbery, but when I'm choosing which bike to ride, the "name" bike always seems to make more sense, under the life's-too-short-to-drink-cheap-wine analysis. My Fondriest is a better bike -- not worlds better, but better.
The only thing dumber than spending a bunch of money on a bike or a part or a tire or whatever is spending some percentage of the bunch on something that you never use, because you then didn't save anything. By not spending the extra couple of bucks, you not only still spent a bunch, but you still don't have what you really wanted all along.
If you can afford it, go with the 5200...........BIG RING
Jan 5, 2004 3:51 PM
the customer service is second to none if something goes wrong with the frame. What is the recourse with Scattante? As a rep from Trek in Wisconsin told me, "with the popularity we now have mainly due to the success of Lance, the only way we can screw up our good name is to offer crappy customer service and warranty service." That said a lot to me. Also, my LBS deals with them and they think they are great, so, it isn't just lip service to one guy.
re: new carbon fiber bikeMaddux_MJ
Jan 27, 2004 6:32 PM
If you are looking for an economy carbon frame check out the Fondriest Domino Carbon. The frame, fork and headset is $1999. There is a review on the Fondriest USA website and it sounds like it has it all. Sadly even $1999 is out of my range but a guy can dream, can't he?