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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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    IROs are soooo 2007, dude.

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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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    I'd buy a SOMA.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by darksiderising View Post
    I'd buy a SOMA.
    +1

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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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    Suggestion Links

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

    Quote Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
    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

    and

    Quote Originally Posted by Ep3licious View Post
    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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    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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    it really had to be said

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidtwisty View Post
    it really had to be said
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPr9_hQqbjI

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by blickblocks View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by doofo View Post
    the main cause of fit problems is riding your bike

    you should have just stopped riding so you could focus on color coordination

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ep3licious View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowandblack View Post
    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

    and



    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kyle! View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by frankstoneline View Post
    +1

    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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    cane creek volos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ep3licious View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by astrx View Post
    cane creek volos
    A tubular and clincher GB would be word...

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    Quote Originally Posted by astrx View Post
    cane creek volos
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by doofo View Post
    the main cause of fit problems is riding your bike

    you should have just stopped riding so you could focus on color coordination

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