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    Thoughts on this bike?

    A fellow forum-ite pointed me in the direction of these bikes, but I can't find much info on this brand.

    This bike has all the components that I'm looking for, and I like the idea of custom ordering. The price is a little better than some of the similar bikes I'm looking at....but I wonder *why* it's better (i.e. what's the compromise?)

    Other bikes I'm looking at are the Kona Zing, DeVinci Podium or Silverstone SL4, Norco CRD One.

    Anyone heard of Eclipse bikes?

    Eclipse Evolution

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    Quote Originally Posted by daz-o-matic
    A fellow forum-ite pointed me in the direction of these bikes, but I can't find much info on this brand.

    This bike has all the components that I'm looking for, and I like the idea of custom ordering. The price is a little better than some of the similar bikes I'm looking at....but I wonder *why* it's better (i.e. what's the compromise?)

    Other bikes I'm looking at are the Kona Zing, DeVinci Podium or Silverstone SL4, Norco CRD One.

    Anyone heard of Eclipse bikes?

    Eclipse Evolution
    If I were you I would spend an extra $100-200 US and get this bike: http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/APR-PRO-Details.html I currently have it and love it. You would get a lot more for your money and in the future instead of having to upgrade your components, you can get some nicer wheels.
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    Unfortunately, they don't ship to Canada. Nice bike, though...

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    Call your Taiwaneese frame maker, buy some parts, your in the bike biz.

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    I think most of the bikes in my price range come from somewhere overseas.

    I'm OK with that - I don't care where it's made as long as it rides nice and holds together.

    I *do* like the Canadian made stuff (just 'cause I'm a canuck), but I can't afford a Guru right now.

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    I think it's a Motobecane. Sure looks like the kind of cookie cutter bike they sell, which isn't that bad either.

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    I've found out a bit more info in another thread I have going - sounds like these are sort of a house-brand bike. GJS informs me that...

    Eclipse are primarliy sold in the Ottawa area using the Pecco's Cycling LBS http://www.peccos.com/ as their retail arm. The Eclipse folks tell me that demand is so strong that they are in no rush to expand beyond Pecco's and on-line. Their philosophy is providing the greatest value for the money and still offer a completely cutom bike experience. Many of the parts are under their own brand name (Atomic, Focus) and are sourced from the same Taiwanese factories that manufacture the big names (Shimano, etc), hence the drastic price cuts. Therefore the frames would be as well.
    I know that I've seen this frame somewhere before - it may have been a K2 branded bike or something along those lines.


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    Eclipse evo...

    hey dude, I'm kind of new in all this bike stuff but i can tell that i was lucky enough to get some amazing parts left over from a bike that had been in an accident, the guys from peccos help me looking for an affordable frame and some other parts like the atomic wheels, in the end i'm riding a bike with all shimano dura ace parts and carbon fork as well as carbon saddle and steam, the bike handles amazing i've got guys looking at what kind of bike i'm riding because i follow a longside with some big names out there like trek, giant, devinci and cervelo but this aluminum frame is very similar to that of the oldest version of the cervelo soloist is light,stiff and once you get it going you'll feel it.... that's all i can say about my Eclipse, i'm from Mexico but i've live in Canada for over 8 years and got my bike for almost 2 years now and like yourself like the Canadian products....maybe my next bike will be a Cervelo.

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    I have an Eclipse Flux 105, which I ride five hours a week on the road and on the trainer. It's got an aluminum frame with 105 derailleurs and Tiagra shifters (the invoice lists this as a "105 kit"). I picked an Eclipse because it's custom built (they measure your height, inseam, shoulders and arms and use component sizes to best match you) *and* it's cheaper than the competition - 999$ for the 105 like mine.

    I bought mine in April 2009, we're now in November 2009 and I had to return to the shop FIVE times because it keeps breaking. Three times they had to rebuild my wheels (crappy nipples and spokes) and twice they had to replace or fix my left shifter (I suspect they fixed it the first time and replaced it the second). On every account they fixed everything free of charges, both labour and parts, but it really doesn't matter, I don't trust my bike to go on long rides anymore. When it works it rides like a charm, but I am very disappointed in my purchase and will not go back to them for my next upgrade (thinking Trek or Cervelo, but hopefully this can wait a couple years).

    Service is somewhat annoying. Every time is the same: the bike goes in the basement to their mechanic while you wait upstairs. You then pick it up within a day or two without knowing what was done or if there's anything you can do to prevent it from breaking again.

    Prices are excellent, bikes look promising and they're really fast in repairing. With the one year warranty (4-5 years for the frame, 2 years for Shimano parts, 1 year for the rest) coming to an end in a few months, I really hope this was my last repair in many years. The bottom line for me however is I don't trust what I'm riding on, which is a real bummer.
    Last edited by nado; 12-01-09 at 07:13 AM. Reason: Trying to be more objective

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