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Old 10-07-07, 02:01 AM   #1
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Purchasing a IRO complete?

Curious if anyone has any experience purchasing a complete bike through IRO site? Is the IRO wheel set very durable? Also any idea how much assembly might cost at the local bike shop and any additional expenses besides pedals baskets & straps?
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Old 10-07-07, 02:12 AM   #2
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I bought one as a first real bike and a first fixie. Wheel set was okay for me. As for assembly, I highly suggest you get yourself an allen wrench set and a 15mm wrench and just put it together yourself. Assembly expenses usually run about 30 for fixies.
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iro complete

When you say OK, I'm assuming you upgraded here and there?
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Hmm no not really, didn't have the chance to. Bike got stolen a few days ago, about 3 months after I got it. All I really had on it was flat bars, pedals, power grips, new tires (stock tires are crap), and a brooks saddle.
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Old 10-07-07, 04:11 AM   #5
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When you say OK, I'm assuming you upgraded here and there?
In all honesty there really isn't a need to upgrade until something breaks or for comfort/fit issues. Keep in mind that you are riding on the street and not in a velodrome where 1/10th of a second matters.

The Formula hubs which IRO uses are extremely durable.
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Old 10-07-07, 07:38 AM   #6
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i actually really like the wheelset. three months of heavy riding, and they're still as true as the day i got the bike.

i agree: the only upgrades necessary is when something breaks, wears out, or whatever. which looks like it might be a while.
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to repeat what has been said, there is really no need to upgrade the wheelset or anything really unless something breaks. wait til you get some time on the bike and then think about upgrades. i purchased mine through the website and everything worked out fine. i actually had it within a week and i live in the midwest (not really sure where it shipped from). there is really no need to take it to a shop for assembly, unless you wan't them to check it all out for you before you start riding it a lot. it ships with the frame/fork/headset/stem/bb/chainring/cranks/chain/cog/rear wheel already installed. all that's left to you is the front wheel and pedals (15mm wrench), and the bars and seatpost/seat (allen wrench set).
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a b seize, are you alex?
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Old 10-07-07, 02:04 PM   #9
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ha. yeah. i heard you got HIT.

EDIT: to relate that to this thread, that would be a case in which you may need to replace some parts on an iro.
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