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Old 03-23-07, 03:24 PM   #1
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New Bike Conundrum

I am finally getting tired of lugging my 25+ lbs. Reno up hills and what not, so I decided that it was time to get me a "nice" frame built up with DA or Record hopefully weighing in around 16 lbs. or so, I am thinking a LOOK 585, Scott Addict/CR1 or a Canyon Ultimate CF.

So here is my problem, the LBS that sponsors the team only carries Trek, LeMond and Orbea, none of those are anywhere on my list of frames to look into. Is it be considered poor form to ride a frame/brand that your LBS does not carry, I have already got a few comments that lead me to believe this. Also, should I just suck it up and grab one of the three mentioned above and enjoy my 15% off on the frame?

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Old 03-23-07, 03:36 PM   #2
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Orbea Opal. It's a 1000g frame, and is easy to build to a 6.8kg bike.

Plus it's stiff, and Orbea has hot paint jobs...if you're getting 15% off, that's what I'd do.
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Old 03-23-07, 03:40 PM   #3
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Dude come on, you mean you wouldn't consider an Orbea Orca? Man I'd give my left %&# for one of those.
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Dude come on, you mean you wouldn't consider an Orbea Orca? Man I'd give my left %&# for one of those.
I actually do not like that bike, I have also heard that it is not really that stiff. Of the three options I am leaning towards the SSL 6.5, we will see though, I am still attempting to get a special order through the LBS so i can use my discount.
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Old 03-23-07, 06:01 PM   #5
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don't keep something off your list until you try it. i never would have considered a C'dale Synapse.....then a great LBS recommended it and BOOM, that was it. I had a list in my head from internet shopping, but riding is believing. If you're getting a discount, try the Madones and Lemond Triomphes and Orbeas. All great choices...

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I'll go ahead and add the Pinarello Paris Carbon or F4:13 to the list. The ride is amazing. Go for the Competitive Cyclist demo program and you can try it out for a week.
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I actually do not like that bike, I have also heard that it is not really that stiff. Of the three options I am leaning towards the SSL 6.5, we will see though, I am still attempting to get a special order through the LBS so i can use my discount.
Unless you prefer a stiff frame for feedback comfort, it's not going to slow you down. If you're riding a 25 lbs bike right now , you've got nothing but improvement in your future.
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a lot of stores order through qbp, so they will probably have access to bmc. if any of bikes on your "list of frames to be looked into" are bmc's, the store might be able to get them. just an idea.
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all these threads make me wish i needed a new bike
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