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Old 12-31-07, 08:30 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-31-07, 08:32 PM   #2
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IROs are soooo 2007, dude.
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Old 12-31-07, 08:44 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 12-31-07, 08:50 PM   #4
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I'd buy a SOMA.
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Old 12-31-07, 10:19 PM   #5
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i missed the iro 07's group buy by a week. and on ebay they easily go for over 300 now.

but now that i look back at it. i see way more people w iro's over my pista. i guess its cause the bianchi pista is 06 and the iro was 07. whats in store for 08 ?

the $300 brass knuckle frame and fork has been callin my name though... i really like the leader 735 as well but its kinda pricey considering it doesnt include a fork.
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Old 12-31-07, 10:28 PM   #6
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Old 12-31-07, 10:44 PM   #7
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nah lets get away from frames and such

lets source a lockring to group buy, maybe chain ring bolts
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Old 12-31-07, 11:45 PM   #8
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Suggestion Links

Here are some links for the two suggestions posted thus far... Are these the ones you're talking about?

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. Somebody should attempt to arrange a Soma Rush group buy.
http://www.somafab.com/rush.html

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the $300 brass knuckle frame and fork
http://www.revolutionbicyclerepair.c...t/Detail?no=83

Also... voice your opinion... you interested in more of a track frame or road frame geometry?
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Old 12-31-07, 11:56 PM   #9
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White somas r hawt
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Leader 720TR

The thing's only $150 normally.
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a zillion feet of that shrink wrap crap
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i really wish we could do a bareknuckle group buy.


didn't someone try to contact eai and they were like "no".


in any case how 'bout jerseys or somethin'?
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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.

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Leader 720TR

The thing's only $150 normally.
Good call, I'd totally pick one of these up for 75 bucks.
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Yeah, but the Leader guy is absolutely ****ing nuts. Keep that in mind, if you're going to arrange a group buy.
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the $300 brass knuckle frame and fork has been callin my name though... i really like the leader 735 as well but its kinda pricey considering it doesnt include a fork.
+1

Really, I would be really interested in any frameset as a group buy, or a nice set of wheels.
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Here are some links for the two suggestions posted thus far... Are these the ones you're talking about?



http://www.somafab.com/rush.html

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http://www.revolutionbicyclerepair.c...t/Detail?no=83

Also... voice your opinion... you interested in more of a track frame or road frame geometry?
heres another link for the "cheaper" brass knuckle
http://www.thebikebiz.com/product_p/bk-trk-eai02.htm

the leader 720tr is decent as well it jus looks funky with that huge downtube. it isnt bad for 150 on ebay.

i wouldnt mind seeing the 735tr on a groupbuy. but that iro gb price is pretty damn hard to beat. heck even the mercier kilo tt frameset has a price set of 175 but i think that comes out in feb
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i really wish we could do a bareknuckle group buy.


didn't someone try to contact eai and they were like "no".
Something like that. Bareknuckles sell about as fast as they can make them, so why would they bother with a group buy?
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Really, I would be really interested in any frameset as a group buy, or a nice set of wheels.
I'm possibly interested in wheels. What do people have in mind?
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i missed the iro 07's group buy by a week. and on ebay they easily go for over 300 now.

but now that i look back at it. i see way more people w iro's over my pista. i guess its cause the bianchi pista is 06 and the iro was 07. whats in store for 08 ?

the $300 brass knuckle frame and fork has been callin my name though... i really like the leader 735 as well but its kinda pricey considering it doesnt include a fork.
Kilo TT Pro, son.
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A tubular and clincher GB would be word...
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Best idea yet. Cane Creek already sells direct to the public through their website, so they might be perfectly poised to take advantage of this. I know I'd be down for a set for Volo tubulars.
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