Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Slightly Off Center
Bikes: Trek 1200c, BMC Streetfire, Gary Fisher Wahoo
The Cheap Bike Report
2007 Windsor Wellington
$240 off ebay from Bikes Direct
Planned usage - backup/mount to trainer
Ordered the bike on a Monday, it arrived the following Monday. The purchasing process went smoothly and BD answered my questions promptly.
The bike comes "dealer ready", that is packed with partial assembly required. There was one minor hole punched in the shipping box were the rear skewer had poked through, no damage to the skewer. The rear wheel and drive train is already mounted with the handlebars, seatpost, seat, front wheel tie wrapped to the frame. See pics. Pedals, stem, front brake, and other bits are in a smaller box.
This is pretty easy, the basic procedure is:
Mount front wheel
Install Stem and shifters
Install front brake
Adjust brakes and derailluers
Frame - Kensis 7005 Alum. I was actually impressed with the frame. There was not a mark or blemish I could find and the welds are every bit as good as my Trek.
Fork - Dura-Forte Cromoly
Drive Train - Completely Shimano SiS, 53/39 crank, 7-speed 11-28 cassette
Brakes - ProMax, couldn't find a model #, ProMax levers
Wheels - Alex RP15 rims (their lowest model), no name hubs, both wheels were true
Tires - Maxxis 700-23 xeypher
Seat - Velo
Shifters - Shimano stem
Stem - No name quill stem
Pedals - Alum platform w/straps
Weight - 23.8 pounds (same as the Trek 1200c)
The RD was way out of adjustment.
Initial Ride Impressions
Took the bike for an 8-mile ride last night on my usual hilly course to the center of town and back. There is a definate difference between riding a triple (my 1200) and a double. I usually stay ptretty much in the 42T ring but found that sometimes the 39T of the double wasn't doing it so shifted to the 53T which ended up being a little too much without cross chaining it. So sometimes I hunted for a gear to get comfortable in. This of course is not a bike problem, but a rider problem. OTOH, I thought I would really have a hard time on the big hill that I normally use the granny on, but did not. The 39/28 combo did OK, in fact this bike seems to climb a little easier than the 1200c.
The frame was suprisingly smooth, I expected it to be a little rough because of the steel fork vs the carbon fork on the Trek, but it was not. In fact it felt a little smoother.
The bike also seems faster. On the hill leaving my neighborhood, I can reach 17.9mph on the Trek just coasting. On the Windsor I hit 20.2mph, just coasting. It also accelerates better from a stop.
Overall I really enjoyed the ride, except for some comfort issues.
The stem is too short so I am way too low to be comfortable. I can use a MTB stem which is longer to get the bars up about 1-2 inches. You can get these at Nashbar for 14.95. Or I cound get the Threaded-Threadless adapter and an adjustable stem.
The seat post has no front-to-back tilit adjustment and the front is down a bit so I kept sliding off the seat. I will have to replace the seat post.
The RD still needs some adjustment. If it gives me trouble I will just change it to a Tiagra or 105.
This is a decent bike considering the price. It's much better than an xmart bilke and with a few upgrades would easily compare to a Trek 1000. It's a good value for the money, or a good first bike for the person not wanting to spend $700+.
Once dialed in I will probably ride this on all my nightly 10 mile rides.