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hey spirito, why is that tommasini so cheap?(8 posts)

hey spirito, why is that tommasini so cheap?bianchi boy
May 21, 2002 6:00 PM
I'm just a short nudge from buying that blue Tommasini at Renaissance bikes. I just can't figure out why it's so inexpensive. Am I missing something? It seems nearly identical to the Tommasini Sintesi sold by colorado cyclist for $999, except I'm sure the steel is a little heavier.
dunno...ask 'emSpirito
May 21, 2002 8:15 PM
figure its a few years old...youll notice the head tube lugs aren't chromed like the newer versions.

all those frames and parts they buy from trips around europe seeing whats in a lot of old bike stores. they are good guys and will respond to all your emails.

vintage frames over in europe dont command as much as they do here. when you can buy a custom mercian for under $500 its hard to sell an older but new tommasini for more than that i suppose.

i have been very happy in the few times i have bought from them...and i think tarwheel has ordered a frame from them and had good results (see a few posts down)....... always ask what they dont have on the webpage as they get a lot of stuff in and a few people have orders for some things. it might be worth calling as that way you can get an immediate answer.

im a wary one with credit details and they were cool about me faxing them my c/card # and such.

i actually like the older marbled style paintwork on the model they have - the other frames they have look nice as well.

good luck if you do - at worst if it arrives and you dont dig it im sure it would sell at minimum on ebay for what it cost you. i see used frames sell for higher. if you do order something from them i need a set of toe straps and have nothing else to order so i have held off. if you wouldn't mind ill send you some coin for them. cheap bastard i am - yes, but its a little tall just a set of toe straps and have them shipped from eindhoven.

i did list it here as i really wanted someone to buy it - in my opinion it looks a good buy and a good frame.
hey bianchi boy....I Dare Ya.....Spirito
May 22, 2002 12:12 AM
i just had a look at that frame again and damm its a looker and a half.

put it this way - if you buy it and dont like it ill buy it off you for the cost of purchase and shipping! i dont need another frame but its quite a bargain and i would rather someone here have it.

im serious....

sorry to confuse you, buttarwheel
May 22, 2002 4:13 AM
bianchi boy = tarwheel, different name for different computers. I contacted renaissance and they said they had the tommasini listed at the wrong price but would sell it to me for the $325. I'm just waiting on some final details because the dimensions seemed like they might be wrong as listed. The Tommasini frames sold by colorado cyclist are measured center-top, so a typical size would be 57 c-t (or 55.5 c-c) seat tube, 56 c-c top tube. This one is listed 57 c-c seat tube, and 56 c-c top tube -- which is just right for me, but not typical for all the Tommasini size charts I've seen. I know this because I almost bought a Sintesi from colorado cyclist last year. Renaissance told me the sizes were correct as listed but that European frames are often sized differently than the ones they well in the States.
here's my dilemma ...tarwheel
May 22, 2002 4:20 AM
The Merckx frame I got on eBay a few weeks ago would fit me perfect, but it's damaged. The owner refunded my money and told me to keep the frame. I can get it repaired and repainted for about $400, which would take a few weeks or perhaps longer and involve a fair amount of hassle. But it's a very light frame for steel (<4 lb.) and it would be kind of fun picking out the colors, etc.

The Tommasini would cost about the same amount by the time I pay shipping. It would be slightly heavier than the Merckx but a beautiful frame nonetheless. I also could get it shipped and built up much quicker. I'm not in a big rush, either way, as I still have my main ride, the Gios. I'm just trying to decide what would suit me better. Either one would make a very nice ride.
well then.....Spirito
May 22, 2002 5:00 AM
thats cool....that they will give you their misquated! uncle spirito came through.

i love oversquare frames which is why im fond of casati as they often build them like that. very cool.

so do you think there is room in the frame box for a pair of toe straps. email me and ill send you the $'s for whatever it costs (voice of desperation) of course pending on whether the frame is to be yours :-)

i would order them but there is nothing else i really want from them at the moment. perfect match for the merckx build

sure ...tarwheel
May 22, 2002 6:38 AM
If I buy the Tommasini frame, I'll be glad to order the toe straps for you. I'll let you know, one way or the other. What's the catalogue number and where are they listed on the website?
in "new arrivals" section ...part # NA729a ..... :-) NmSpirito
May 22, 2002 9:11 AM