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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 09-10-10, 03:11 PM   #1
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I bought a fezzari CR3 - not asking about that bike vs. another.

I am going to post this thread because I have not found any relatively valuable information regarding this bike or experiences with Fezzari from actual owners. I feel that I did a lot of research on bikes between $2,000 and $3,000 - but I'm sure I missed some stuff. I will randomly write about receiving the bike, putting together, ride experiences and ongoing quality (good or bad).

I have been really happy with the service I have received from Fezzari talking with different reps and they took a lot of time helping explain my choices and taking me through many pictures explaining why this and why not something else. I understand that online pictures and phone calls are not the same as seeing and touching and riding in person, so please do not tell me that.

You can assume I am a shill, but if you call me that don't get mad if I assume your an a$$hole. I don't care if you do not think anyone should own a "noname" bike. I did and I am writing about my experience, not looking to get insulted by someone who would not make the same purchase.

I am not sure what my actual saving is over a "bigname" because the different frames and specs costs are so varied. But I can say over other direct sellers I believe they are about $300-$400 more expensive and about $1,000 over BD. I decided it was worth it because of all the help they gave me, I can call back with questions etc, they design their own frames, have a race team, have great feedback on mtn bike frames, a 30 day unconditional return policy, taking measurements to get initial sizing correct and the fact that the bike comes 95%complete.

They already pulled the money from my account, so please do not try and convince me to buy another bike or tell me I should have bought a different bike - that is of no value! Oh, and for the record, I do not care either if you hate the name. examples of great feedback.

I am am 168 lbs, I road ride about 100/week, mtn bike advanced x-country 3-4 hrs week and race 4-6 sprint/olympic triathlons a year.

if you have a question regarding the bike or my experiences with fezzari let me know....
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There's no reason to automatically assume that someone is going to insult you. There's also no reason for the preemptive a$$hole comment. How about a link to the bike you bought, instead?
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Better yet, we need pics, following BF protocol
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There's also no reason for the preemptive a$$hole comment.
You can say *******
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hi guys - I know I had a bit of attitude in there, but to be fair after reading hundreds if not thousands of posts from people trying to talk honestly about a major purchase. Almost always when it included a "noname brand" it turned into a thread of responses insulting OP about either their orginal question or about what they were thinking of doing. I just wanted to try and avoid that from starting on this thread and keep it "on point" if you will. I will have pictures up once the box is received, as well as the bike put together. I hope to bring those interested along for the experience so they would know what to expect.

here is the link to the bike http://www.fezzari.com/products/index/Foré_CR3/5/19
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I see the OP has been lurking for quite sometime
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I just wanted to try and avoid that from starting on this thread and keep it "on point" if you will.
If you were really paying attention you would have noticed that telling people what not to do is the surest way to get them to do exactly that.
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I look forward to your ride report and PHOTOS.
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You learn something new every day. I don't, in general, find a need for it.
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You learn something new every day. I don't, in general, find a need for it.
You found a need to say "a$$hole", I'm just letting you know you don't have to censor it.
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You found a need to say "a$$hole", I'm just letting you know you don't have to censor it.
You do realize that was the way the OP spelled it. That's why I did that. And as I said, I've learned something new. Which is not to say I'll be using it any time soon. Is that more clear?
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I didn't study the OP's drivel with a magnifying glass, sorry.
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hi guys - I know I had a bit of attitude in there, but to be fair after reading hundreds if not thousands of posts from people trying to talk honestly about a major purchase. Almost always when it included a "noname brand" it turned into a thread of responses insulting OP about either their orginal question or about what they were thinking of doing
That's because there are a lot of people on here from BikesDirect that like to pretend to be ordinary buyers and they shill their products. I don't mind being sold on something but at least go by it honestly. Are you a shill? If you are then you deserve the scorn you get here, if you aren't then I hope that folks around here treat you kindly. Although I don't know why they'd want to try something so radical.
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Good entrance.
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I didn't read the OP's message, just the thread title and all I have to say is that he should have bought a different bike.
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I didn't read the OP's message, just the thread title and all I have to say is that he should have bought a different bike.
Are they just fancy sounding BD?
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Are they just fancy sounding BD?
I think so.

But I was just being contrarian -- I would have responded to the thread w/ the same sentiment no matter what brand the OP bought.

That's probably because I'm an *******.
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There's no reason to automatically assume that someone is going to insult you. There's also no reason for the preemptive a$$hole comment. How about a link to the bike you bought, instead?
well, this is BF. That is a pretty safe assumption.

Fezzari uses the BD business model (which is also Airborn's model, etc.), but I don't see any connection between the two vendors. Is there one?
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that bike comes w/a dork disk???? its pictured on the web page.
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That bike looks pretty badass. I like it. I also like how they dial in the fit to a degree before you even get it - that's frickin awesome.
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Cool looking fake-Italian bike. You should have purchased their top of the line model, the Cornudo.

Best of luck with the new ride!
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they were off by couple of days "promised" received by time, which meant it was not here in time for weekend race. I asked two people specifically about wanting to receive it before the weekend. So either they just wanted to get a sale or really didn't know how long it would take to ship to east coast. Both reasons are bad IMO. Very happy how bike was packaged and put together, not much to do. Seat and handle bars and pedals and it was ready to ride - no adjustments to anything else.

couple frame design notes i noticed so far - the headtube hourglass shape, downtube starts off triangular and ends square at large bottom bracket area, the outwardly curves seat stays and the toptube starts oval and ends rounds at seattube. let me know if anyone wants a specific pic or question. I should get a couple rides in this week.

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