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    Thoughts on Scattante R670?

    Looking at the Scattante R670. $1k with Ultegra on sale right now seems pretty good. But what I've read in some other threads is that Performance/Scattante tends to skimp in other places with some cheap parts. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could take a look at the specs and let me know if you think there are some lower quality parts on here and how that would affect your decision on this bike. Still a good deal at 1k?

    Or if anyone actually has experience with the R670 specifically - I'd love that perspective also!

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...89509__1789509

    BTW, about me - I still consider myself a novice. Been riding a borrowed bike that is a little too small for me and ready to get my own, but don't want to break the bank. I'd like a road bike that I can use for individual and group rides that can handle medium to long rides, and I'd also like the flexibility to be able to do a century or some sprint tri's now and again. And I prefer a comfortable riding position.

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    That's a fantastic bike for a great price. The bike snobs here generally dislike PB, but in reality, there isn't any difference between this bike others in the same price range. And as a novice rider, this bike will serve you well for years withtout breaking the bank. Hell, this bike is more than enough for probably 99% of the people on this forum. Plus, if you get their PB card, you will get 10% back in store credit. Use it to get pedals, shoes, whatever...
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    Buy it, ride it, ride it some more, when you feel the need, upgrade the wheels or buy a new bike. I had a similar scattante for my first road bike, 560 i think it was called with ultegra group. It served me well, never any problems, raced on it, group rides etc. Hard to buy a better bike for the money.

    Yes there are some "cheap" parts on it, stem, handlebars, seatpost, cassette, wheels...they are just a little heavy, still durable. that's why it's cheaper than other ultegra bikes, but those can always be upgraded down the line if you feel the need.

    Some people pass judgment in the group rides but let the legs do the talking

    Just make sure you get a proper fit, take it to a nice shop, I wouldn't trust performance stores to do a fit. I found my old scanttante comfortable and did rides of 100+ miles, but it's certianly not designed as an "endurance" road bike like the roubiax, volagis, synapse etc. A lot depends you personally.

    You can always ride if for a few years and keep the groupset for a new frame, that's what i did

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    I'll give a '+' to the two posts above. But add this: limit your upgrades on this bike if you buy it. I'd be thinking saddle, brake pads, tires (when worn)...rather than full cockpit, calipers, crankset, front derailleur, wheelset, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
    I'll give a '+' to the two posts above. But add this: limit your upgrades on this bike if you buy it. I'd be thinking saddle, brake pads, tires (when worn)...rather than full cockpit, calipers, crankset, front derailleur, wheelset, etc.
    yup, this. sad to say, when you are ready to 'upgrade' to a new bike the scattante name won't fetch big dollars so don't put money into it that you can't take with you to your next bike. just ride the piss out of it and when you feel you need/want a newer bike then go for it.
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    Looks like a good buy to me.

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    Bottom Bracket:FSA BB-6000, external bearing Some people have problems with these, but you would need to replace crank to change it
    Brakes:Tektro R320 You may want to upgrade the pads here to Koolstop for $20
    Cassette:Shimano Tiagra, 11/25 Less than Ultegra, but fine. Use until it wears out
    Chain:KMC X10 10-speed Fine.
    Crankset:FSA Gossamer 50/34 Compact Some people are fine with these, some report much better shifting with Shimano
    Fork:Carbon fork, aluminum 1 1/8" steerer, 45mm rake
    Frame:700c Aluminum Frame, standard 1 1/8" head tube, replaceable rear derailleur hanger, double water bottle mounts
    Front Derailleur:Shimano Tiagra Less than Ultegra but should work fine
    Grips/Tape:Velo Eva
    Handlebar:Alloy, 31.8 clamp
    Headset:FSA 1 1/8"
    Levers:Shimano Ultegra
    Pedals:None
    Rack Mounts:None
    Rear Derailleur:Shimano Ultegra
    Saddle:Velo, satin steel rails Saddles are personal. Give it a try. Give it some adjustment. If it still isn't comfy, try a different one.
    Seatpost:Alloy, 31.8mm
    Shifters:Shimano Ultegra
    Stem:Alloy, 31.8 clamp, 7 degree rise
    Tires:Hutchison Equinox, 700x23, 66 TPI These are crappy, you could use them until they wear out, but for $25 each you can get good tires and for $40 you can get great tires
    Wheelset:Shimano WH-RS10 clinchers These wheels are OK. Use until you have a problem. Then do a search for wheel threads and learn up.
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    Also, one thing is, the frame might just be thicker/slightly heavier then if you bought a similar spec'd bike from the bigger makers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBC View Post
    Looking at the Scattante R670. $1k with Ultegra on sale right now seems pretty good.
    I have a 570 and think Scattante's are very good bikes for the money. I haven't had any issues with mine however I have replaced 70% of the parts.

    The Shimano wheels are good but on the heavy side. Same with the fork. Not a huge fan of the brakes but those are easily replaced. The crank should be fine but when the bottom bracket wears out I would put a Shimano 105 crank in its place.

    Overall I say thats a good buy. Don't forget to join the performance club or whatever. You should NET $70 bucks to put towards a good helmet or clothes.

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    I have an R670 I bought about 4 years ago. I think mine came with an Ultegra FD. In any case, it shifts like a dream - better than my $4k Specialized. It came with 53x11 FSA.

    I replaced the saddle (for comfort), the brakes (went to Ultegra - it was a good change), and the tires. Eventually replaced the wheels, but not because there was anything wrong with them , I just wanted to build some up some 23mm rims (another good choice).

    I've put a lot of miles on it, and it's been a good bike. I still like riding it.

    For $1k, it's a good deal.

    But to echo the above, *don't* have the fit done at PB. In fact, figure out what size you need independently - don't even rely on them for that. They sold me a bike that was too big for me (shame on me for not knowing better).

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    Thanks for all the replies - this has been extremely helpful!

    I went and saw both bikes today, and I rode the R570, which is pretty much the same specs except 105 components in place of ultegra components. At least that's what they told me, but there may be some other differences as well.

    Unfortunately I got there close to closing time and they didn't have the R670 built in my size, so I couldn't ride it.

    I really liked the ride of the R570, it fit me well and was a comfortable riding position for me. And for $800 I think that's a great value. I'm wondering if it is worth it to spend an extra $200 for the Ultegra? Any opinions/advice would be greatly appreciated. I really liked the 570 and the price point is perfect, but wonder if I'll regret down the line not spending the extra $200 for the ultegra components. Plus as a few of you mentioned, I may want to upgrade the frame one day and move all the parts over.

    Thanks again.

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    The website lists the R570 as a triple crank. Is that acceptable or was the in store bike a compact double as the R670 spec shows?

    Also, and this may be typo as it seems odd, but the R570 lists a 27.2mm seatpost in lieu of the 31.8 on the R670. If that is true it indicates a different frame.

    Wheels and tires are different, too.

    I think the $200 is worth it for the R670, but that does mean you won't enjoy the other. But if you end up upgrading pretty much anything you will have spent the money for the R670.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
    The website lists the R570 as a triple crank. Is that acceptable or was the in store bike a compact double as the R670 spec shows?

    Also, and this may be typo as it seems odd, but the R570 lists a 27.2mm seatpost in lieu of the 31.8 on the R670. If that is true it indicates a different frame.

    Wheels and tires are different, too.

    I think the $200 is worth it for the R670, but that does mean you won't enjoy the other. But if you end up upgrading pretty much anything you will have spent the money for the R670.
    Thanks for responding. Good catch - the 570 that I rode was a triple crank and I would prefer a compact double, so that's another plus for the 670.

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    Its a great bike, i have test rode one at my bike shop i work at.
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    Spring for the 670/Ultegra - just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southlogan View Post
    Spring for the 670/Ultegra - just my opinion.
    I agree completely. I would much rather have a double Crankset as well as the Shimano Wheels over the Alex. Like the color of the 670 better as well.

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    I'd like them a whole lot more if they weren't called "Scattante".

    Nice bikes, dumb name.
    Good night...and good luck

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