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Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!(10 posts)

Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!trekster
Jun 22, 2002 5:45 AM
I just bought my first road bike. After searching bike shops and online sites for the best deal, my boyfriend found "The Bike" for me. We got it through Colorado Cyclist Catalog. It's a Douglas Fusion. If you're looking for quality components and a light bike, but are on a tight budget, this is the bike for you. They added a Triple for an Extra $50 so the whole bike was only a little under $1600 w/shipping. It's only available in white, but I wasn't looking for something fashionable anyway. I dressed it up a bit with some bar tape and my skewers and waterbottle cages are blue anodized aluminum. I was also able to "test drive" the bike by having a bike fitting done @ Wheelworks bike shop in Belmont Ma. They were able to build the bike on a size cycle using the Specs from the frame. I would recommend this shop and service to anyone looking to buy a new bike. They have a website @ www.wheelworks.com. Definitely check them out.
re: Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!Maggiefan
Jun 22, 2002 12:49 PM
Great to hear about the recent purchuse! I also have been looking around for a bike between $1000.-1500. and I'm considering the Douglas "Fusion" or even the "Motive". How does the bike feel and is the frame nice? I use to bike years ago and lost the interest until recently. I wonder how much better the "Fusion" is compared to the "Motive"? Any feedback would be appreciated!
re: Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!Maggiefan
Jun 22, 2002 1:54 PM
I'm also a little hesitant about getting one of the Douglas's because I haven't tested it in person and would be buying it without seeing it or riding it.
re: Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!trekster
Jun 23, 2002 7:44 AM
I've ridden the bike about 185 miles since I got it and I think it rides pretty damn good! The Carbon seems to absorb some of the road shock. The finish is nice, the welds look good, and they got it to me without a scratch on it. The wheels are the Balls!!! Incredibly light and fast. The hubs are sweet and roll nice too! My average speed increased by about 3MPH. I don't know what you used to ride, but I was riding a Jamis Dakota AL mountain bike w/ high pressure 1" road slicks, so this bike is a huge upgrade. I definitely feel I got a good deal. We priced all the components separately, and the bike is worth well over $1700 without the frame. I'm not sure about the comfort of the seat as I have a Terry Butterfly Ti that I put on it. I would also highly recommend having a Triple crank put on it. It will cost an extra $50 but the extra gearing is worth it, especially if you haven't ridden in awhile. I live in NH, where every route you ride has HILLS! I'm liking the lower gearing. Where are you? Overall, I think this is a bike I'll have for many years before needing to upgrade. Let me know what you decide on.
re: Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!Maggiefan
Jun 23, 2002 9:22 AM
Years ago, I use to ride a Miyata 710 road bike. At the time, it was considered a middle of the line bike. Back in 1996,I got really sick and had to be hospitalized for a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. I haven't done my share of exercise and have been thinking of getting back into a cycle routine. Will a Serotta fitting bike give me a idea how the frame geometry of the Douglas be? I live in North Carolina and in my town it is pretty much flat. Any other people out there who have either the Douglas Fusion or Motive and your opinions?
re: Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!trekster
Jun 24, 2002 12:55 PM
Yes, a Serotta fitting bike will do just fine. You should go to the Colorado Cyclist website and get the bike dimensions. Take those when you go for the fitting and they should be able to set up the fitting bike to match the Douglas. That way you actually get to try it before you buy it. The bike shop I went to for my fitting was wonderful. The tech spent about 2hrs with me, settting up the fitting bike to different sizes so I could determine which was more comfortable. I hope your fitting is as good as mine was. Good Luck!
re: Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!Maggiefan
Jun 24, 2002 2:33 PM
I think I'm leaning towards the "Fusion" instead of the "Motive" Douglas bike. I called Colorado Cyclist the other day and asked a guy the difference between the two. It sounds like the biggest difference was the carbon seat stays on the "Fusion". I tend to usually go towards middle of the line in products, so thats why I'm considering the "Fusion". How are you enjoying your bike and have there been any problems? Plan on going to the bike shop tomorrow with the bike dimensions and see how well they fit me. Thanks for your replies and I'll keep you posted!
re: Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!trekster
Jun 25, 2002 8:26 AM
I love my bike!! I haven't run into any problems yet. As I said before, I put my Terry Butterfly Ti seat on it and put the Selle San Marco seat on my mountain bike. So, I don't know how comfortable the seat will be. My boyfriend also inverted the bar stem so I could ride a bit higher on the bars. I'm only 5'3" so my reach isn't very long.I also don't like to lean heavily on my arms as it bothers my shoulder. I crashed it this weekend, but no serious damage done to me or the bike. Thank God! Scraped up the shifters and Skewers a bit, but they can be fixed or replaced. Everything held up pretty well. Overall, I'm very happy with it. Good luck and let me know how you make out.
re: Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!Maggiefan
Jun 25, 2002 2:12 PM
Sorry to hear about your crash, but its good that you and the bike are ok. Today I went to the bike store to try the serrota fitting bike and concluded that the 53cm frame should fit me pretty good. Even the guy at the bike store mentioned that the Fusion is a killer deal! After I get done writing this, I'm going to order the Douglas Fusion! Can you recommend pedals for the Fusion?
re: Awesome bike @ a phenominal price!trekster
Jun 25, 2002 4:33 PM
I just ordered pedals from Performance Bike. I got the Forte Pro MG Ti. They were on sale on line for only $70. They're regularly $90. They're wicked light at only 200 grams and they're SPD compatible. I prefer the SPD as you can walk normally. I'll let you know how they are as I'll be getting them tomorrow. Going to test them tomorrow night. My shoes are MTB Dominator 4's. Love the shoes too!! Got those at Universal Cycles for only $ 156 delivered. So glad you decided on the Fusion. You're really going to love it. Buy some cool bar tape! Let me know when you get it. My e-mail address is danlanger33@attbi.com. My name is Brenda.