Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Queens New York
Bikes: Bianchi Pisa, LeMond Poprad
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What about the Trek XO? The Poprad is a better deal though, but the XO is aluminum and made in the US too (I think). The Poprad is handmade in Wisconsin (although some will argue that a handbuilt bike isn't as good as a machine welded bike... I know my water bottle rivets were poorly done, but have seen the same thing on some made in China Specializeds).
I like the Poprad, I don't feel it flexing much when I ride, even in sprints, it's pretty stiff and it's pretty light with the air-hardened tubing. My 52cm Poprad (with all its components) weighs about the same as my 51cm Pista.
I upgraded the crappy Aheadset to a Chris King though and put on a carbon/aluminum stem (the Bontrager wouldn't work with the CK headset). Anyhoo, the Poprad is a good riding bike.