Sparton Track Frame, Weinmann deep V rims, Paul Hubs, 48t Chainring 15t Cog
2008 Group Buy?
I'm starting to piece together a new fixed gear. In the process, I came across some of the group buy bikes from 07 selling on eBay for almost $400. So, I came to the forums to do some research.
I read a lot of the posts on the 63 pages of the 07 thread and noticed several things...
1. There was a lot of participation (somewhere close to 400).
2. Some people get very passionate and heated about the silliest things sometimes.
3. There were people who missed the buy the first time around that might be in for round two.
That being said, I'll admit that I know very little about the process of conducting a group buy, but I'd be willing to help make it happen.
Last time, it was a pretty sweet IRO that - from what I read - sold for about $160 (right?).... If you're sportin' one of those on the road, what do you think?
For those of you who didn't get in last time (or maybe you did), would you be in on the buy?
I feel like I'm opening a can of worms with this post, but I'm okay with that. Post your thoughts and suggestions.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Somebody should attempt to arrange a Soma Rush group buy. Its not going to be me. The last thing I need is another track frame. However, its a great looking frame with "track geometry" and with great tubes, and Soma sells to individuals....meaning their business model (like IRO and Pedalforce) appears to be right for a GB.
Why not go back to the well and try again with IRO? I guess the time of year may be off, because as I recall, Tony said that he wouldn't do another group buy that ended in the middle of his busy season (just as summer was starting). It might be worth contacting him, though.
As for Soma, they make a good frame, but how low can they really come down for a frame and fork to make it worth our while? In a few months, Bikes Direct will be selling a Kilo TT frameset made with OX Platinum tubing for "at or less" than $300, which is a better deal than I think Soma could possibly muster, for what amounts to essentially an equivalent bike.
Last edited by bonechilling; 01-01-08 at 01:01 AM.
Originally Posted by doofo
the main cause of fit problems is riding your bike
you should have just stopped riding so you could focus on color coordination