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Old 01-14-16, 02:58 PM   #1
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Crosstar.... ?

1st post here.

Found this bike and it looks nice although there are no specifications for the parts and I wasn't able to find any info about the manufacturer. Anyone got info on who produces these bikes and what is the quality of its parts/frame?

http://www.amazon.com/Fixed-Bicycle-...P8RFKTH32NSH3Y
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Old 01-14-16, 03:49 PM   #2
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Maybe you're the "manufacturer"

bike is shipped from china so I'm guessing some generic stuff all around.
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The only good things on that bike are the bars and stem assuming they are actual Mash and Cinelli stuff and not "Cinerri" knock-off and I guess the tires are semi decent.

I wouldn't want to ride that thing and I could probably find those parts for much cheaper than buying the bike for those parts.
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This.
Are you guys referring to the huge Kilo TT thread? A Mercier would've been my first choice indeed in that price range (of the bike I posted about).
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Following the links,
Crosstar also makes this bike:
http://www.amazon.com/Crosstar-Alumi.../dp/B01389FP4A

Which seems to be highly related to the famed Machete.
http://www.amazon.com/VISP-A01-Fashi.../dp/B00RQNRTUS
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Spokes-B.../dp/B00T38QQW6

The Machete is listed as "VISP", but it is most likely that Crosstar and VISP are just brands being used by the same company, or perhaps just small companies who are marketing the stock.

I doubt the bars are genuine Cinelli.
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Some of the reviews are destined to Amazon review greatness...
[SUB]When this bike showed up at my doorsteps I felt a surge of energy through my veins and muscles. Just touching the box alone was enough to have the ladies drool all over my shaved legs. Once removed from the box, the bike practically put itself together automatically and adjusted everything to my liking. On the first ride I easily broke the sound barrier. I was so fast that got me practically banned from any race all over the world and UCI had me under investigations for doping or something. As we speak I am having a hard time keeping the ladies away from clinging on to me and I can hardly participate in any race or ride without having a couple of hotties clamping onto my muscular and manly shaved legs. And the color matches my pro kit perfectly to every detail the white is a magical white and the red is the color of glory. Some nights I wake up just to make sure I haven't been dreaming of owning such beauty only to find it automatically tuning itself while I am sleeping at night. Recently I have noticed that I don't need to take Viagra anymore since this bike has been in my possession. If you live at or near my town please make sure not to buy this bike. No city is big enough to house two of these beasts.[/SUB]
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Some of the reviews are destined to Amazon review greatness...
[SUB]When this bike showed up at my doorsteps I felt a surge of energy through my veins and muscles. Just touching the box alone was enough to have the ladies drool all over my shaved legs. Once removed from the box, the bike practically put itself together automatically and adjusted everything to my liking. On the first ride I easily broke the sound barrier. I was so fast that got me practically banned from any race all over the world and UCI had me under investigations for doping or something. As we speak I am having a hard time keeping the ladies away from clinging on to me and I can hardly participate in any race or ride without having a couple of hotties clamping onto my muscular and manly shaved legs. And the color matches my pro kit perfectly to every detail the white is a magical white and the red is the color of glory. Some nights I wake up just to make sure I haven't been dreaming of owning such beauty only to find it automatically tuning itself while I am sleeping at night. Recently I have noticed that I don't need to take Viagra anymore since this bike has been in my possession. If you live at or near my town please make sure not to buy this bike. No city is big enough to house two of these beasts.[/SUB]
I might need to buy one then. That sounds like the best bike ever!
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Follow the link, there's some real talent on display in those reviews. Plus some excellent customer questions.

"34lbs sounds REALLY light for a road bike. Is it really that light?"
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Did we loose the OP?

As far as the original bike posted, 1.6 kg for the frame isn't bad for an aluminium frame... I think. Does that include the fork? Reading the Q&A, the bike is listed at 11 kilos, putting it at about 24.2 lbs. A little heavier than I would expect, but not too bad.

I think I would probably choose a spoked wheel instead.

The crankset can't be that bad. It appears to be a typical 130 bcd with a removable aluminum ring. Where does "vintage" come in?

I'm a bit mixed. I've been riding the same bike for the last 30+ years. But, perhaps a bike doesn't have to be a forever bike. Nonetheless you could think of this as having some of the basic building blocks which you could change out later if you wish.

You could also just buy the bare frame and build to your own specs.
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Did we loose the OP?

As far as the original bike posted, 1.6 kg for the frame isn't bad for an aluminium frame... I think. Does that include the fork? Reading the Q&A, the bike is listed at 11 kilos, putting it at about 24.2 lbs. A little heavier than I would expect, but not too bad.

I think I would probably choose a spoked wheel instead.

The crankset can't be that bad. It appears to be a typical 130 bcd with a removable aluminum ring. Where does "vintage" come in?

I'm a bit mixed. I've been riding the same bike for the last 30+ years. But, perhaps a bike doesn't have to be a forever bike. Nonetheless you could think of this as having some of the basic building blocks which you could change out later if you wish.

You could also just buy the bare frame and build to your own specs.
After reading the comments it seemed that taking the offer for a Kilo TT for 350$ (off of cragslist) would make more sense than this, since there's not enough info on the parts. I still haven't made my decision, and to give some more background, I would mostly use it for commuting eventual longer rides on the weekends. It would definitely not be a 'heavy' use, so I feel like I could upgrade part little by little if there are issues with them.

Thanks for the complete response, by the way.
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I bought a Crosstar frameset back in 2014 off eBay. Unbadged, it cost me$160, shipped. It took a bit to arrive (expected) but had a lightly crushed headtube upon unboxing. The manufacturer offered me half back and I keep the frame, which I accepted. I was able to press the damage out and build it. The stem and headset provided were ****, so those got donated. I used the frameset heavily for messenger work here in Columbus. Never had any major complaint except my Campy headset would not keep tension. This past January, the front end started feeling squishy, so I swapped forks and headset out. Today I went to clean the old forks for reuse and discovered a crack starting " from crown face brake hole, continuing up the face, around the junction of the crown and steertube, all the way around to the other side and down the face ending opposite of where it started...found the 'squish'. Frame is still holding up to abuse though. Even with the damaged headtube. I wouldn't exactly recommend it, but I had a fair experience with the manf. and knew it was a cheapo and might be a problem.
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bet that wheelset weighs 12 lbs
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