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Can i beat the system?(4 posts)

Can i beat the system?sctri
Mar 7, 2002 5:15 PM
Usually its a better deal to buy a complete bike, but there are some good deals out there on individual kits and frames..

what do yo think?

lookin for ultegra and and aluminum frame...
any suggestions?

thanks
re: Can i beat the system?cabinfever
Mar 11, 2002 10:47 AM
Not sure what you want for a frame, other than "aluminum". Try wrenchscience.com if you want a top of the line aluminum frame. If you are looking for best value above all else on the components and wheels, check out the Scattante Zonal complete bike at Supergo.com. Full Ultegra, Mavic Cosmos wheels for $1,299 (I think that was the price). Another choice is www.gvhbikes.com. And finally, one of the best value bikes I've seen at my LBS is the new Felt F50. Ultegra drivetrain, 105 cranks and brakes, Cane Creek headset, Selle Gel saddle for $1,299.
Sure, but you'll pay with your time.jw25
Mar 16, 2002 2:33 PM
I just did something similar. It all started with a bid on Ebay, for a no-name Italian-made Zonal frame, with perfect geometry for me. Nobody else bid, so I got it for $170 shipped.
Then I shopped around on Ebay (it's an addiction), and gave it new D-A STI and cranks, with Ultegra everywhere else. I did steal a few parts off my old road bike (bars and pedals), and the wheels were built and waiting (Am. Classics to CXP-33's), but all told, I've got about $1100 in the thing, with Dura-Ace shifting, which is well worth it.
It just fits, too, and is a lot more comfortable than expected. It's not exactly superlight - about 19 lbs via the bathroom scale method - but again, better than the old bike.
So, you can shop around, but it's a lot more effort-intensive, and you'll either need to assemble it yourself, or pay a shop.
re: Can i beat the system?swimbikerun75
Mar 25, 2002 3:37 PM
I just bought an Ultegra built Scattante Airplane, which is one better than the Zonal with Columbus tubing and Columbus Carve carbon fork and seatstays (as opposed to the Weyless brand carbon found on the Zonal.) This was $1499, and can be financed 12 months same as cash if you're lucky enough to live near a store in CA or AZ.