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Old 03-05-09, 02:37 AM   #1
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Lespo Rally???? Any good?

Does anyone know anything about this bike? It seems to be one of the only road bikes available here in my new home of South Korea and I am looking for a commuter, utility bike. The price is 350,000 Won which equals about 240-260 US $. A steal if it will be safe and reliable. I realize the brakes look cheap but will they stop me? How about fender clearance? I dont think I will ride much in the rain but i may happen.... I think the tires are 25cm wide but they look like they could go up to 28 with room! Any thoughts at all?

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Old 03-05-09, 03:14 AM   #2
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honestly, the bike looks like crap. No good components. Probably the lowest quality Shimano drivetrain components. Unreliable, crappy alloy single pivot brakes. I would not ride this bike.
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Hi Zeppinger
If you go to plushbikes in Kangnam in south Seoul they can get you a Surly LHT.
I paid 1,300,000 won for mine. About a grand in dollars.
BTW where are you in Korea?
I'm north of Seoul by the DMZ.
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Hi Littleal,

I am in Gimhae just north west of Pusan. Seoul is a bit far for me but it is the only bike shop listed on the Surly website in South Korea... Maybe Ill have to make the trip? At current prices 1,300,000 won is only 830 dollars. I have e-mailed plush bikes a couple of times and they have never gotten back to me. I would be willing to pay a finders fee if you could talk to the guy to make sure they could import one in my size!

What do you think of this lespo? Would it work? Would it be safe? Im only here for a year or two so maybe a cheap-o bike is the way to go. Plus how scary would it be to leave a nice bike like that locked up next to a bunch of 100 dollar bikes?
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Looked it up, found the company home bag. Looks to be the very cheapest bike in a line of cheap bikes. The US equivalent would probably be the GMC Denali bikes that Walmart sells. If you just need a bike to get around for a couple months it would probably work. If you want something you can depend on and is fun to ride, probably not.
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can you post the link to the home page? I could not find it!
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Sorry meant to do that, the maker is a big company, Lespo is a brand for them.

http://www.samchuly.co.kr/english/pr...ml?brand=LESPO
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Call the number on the website and they do speak English.
Quite well in fact.
I've tried the cheap bikes here and I just break em too easy.
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Sorry meant to do that, the maker is a big company, Lespo is a brand for them.

http://www.samchuly.co.kr/english/pr...ml?brand=LESPO
I just noticed that another one of their brands is "Next". You can get those at WalMart.
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Hey zeppinger, I know from the other thread that you ended up buying the surly, but I wanted to post some info about the bike in case anyone else was looking into it.

(info from their website)
Lespo Rally:
14 speed road bike
Frame: not much info, just that it's aluminum (size goes only to 510 or M according to Giant's standards, which is strange given most Koreans nowadays are over 170 cm, maybe the frame sizing is used differently in Korea...)
crankset: aluminum 52-42T
brakes: aluminum caliper
total weight: 11.3 kg (without pedals)

there was a little bit more info on the site. I just put down what people might be interested in. Overall, though, the site did not really give specific info.

As was mentioned, the maker is Samchuly, and they do make higher-end bikes. You can view the more expensive brands at cellosports.com. They also custom make bikes and give better info for the more expensive models. As for the Lespo Rally, the reviews from Korean bloggers seemed favorable, and when I tested the bike out, I thought that it was a nice bike for the price. As you noticed, there's room for thicker tires and I asked the local store owner if the frame would support knobbier 700x30c and he said that it would. He kept telling me though that that would slow the bike down and why anyone would do that was beyond him... o.O I stopped asking him about the bike after that. I tested out the white and red bike, and I noticed it attracted quite a few stares (in a good way). I only rode the bike for about an hour, but it wasn't noticeably worse than my Fuji cross. I did have a problem with the gears shifting. After repeatedly switching gears back and forth, I noticed that it wasn't as accurate as I would have liked it. All in all, I think it's a nice bike to have while you're just looking around the country, especially if you don't want to fork over $1000 extra for a bike you'll have to ship back with you when you go back home.
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