It also makes sense why they chose to add them and based on what customers her at the shop say, I have to agree with them that the logos are generally preferred because they do look good.
@TT I rock Spandex in public too, still doesn't mean it's not silly.
One involves paying extra to advertise without getting an upgrade in quality, the other involves having a nice frame and wanting people to know it's nice and not an Aventon or a 17tooth bike.....
I agree that it's stupid to pay 20 bucks for a logo tee.
Plus I think advertising for a company that is good to you is an okay thing to do. I seriously doubt you've ever had a good interaction with ______ clothing company. Call them and tell them their tee shirt was defective and see if you get anywhere. Leader, on the other hand, would find a way to help you out.
I think the red one looks alright.
The blue looks pretty bad though, head tube looks kind of blemished up top and overall it's just kind of tacky.
Don't have a Leader yet, but I'm planning on purchasing the 2014 725 frame soon!
My favorite aspect from these frames are the clean welds. Definitely a plus in my books! Stay tuned
hey guys. so I'm picking up a 722ts frame tomorrow (the non-heritage/older one). I'm wondering what kind of fork i should get for it. I'm trying not to shell out more than $100 or so.
(1) City grounds has the s803 for about $60. It seems like a good match for the frame, even if it's a little heavy. also it seems like a decent fork overall. Only problem is cIty grounds only has it in Gold as a closeout. I wouldn't mind stripping it to raw to match the frame (also raw)
(2) Nashbar's carbon fork ( Nashbar Carbon Road Bike Fork - Normal Shipping Ground ) good weight, still affordable. I've never ridden a carbon fork before. I'm not super conscious about weight. Most of my riding is in the city and potholes and curbs are pretty regular.
(3) What about some of the leader aluminum forks? would the i806A V3 ( i806A V3 - Close-out Products - Shop | Leader Bike LLC )fit this frame? Is an alumnim fork on a steel frame a bad idea?
(4) I guess this could be another option.. would this fork fit? straight blade lugged track from retrogression? ( http://www.retro-gression.com/produc...ed-chrome-fork )
any input is appreciated. thanks
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The more I look at the retrogression chrome fork, the more it looks like a leader s803. it's pretty similar in rake, right?
I see. You guys have any suggestions on a fork that won't break the bank?
any thoughts on the renovatio? I'm looking to move parts from my vigorelli, which i've been feeling cramped on lately (56cm)...
I dig the understated look... but I feel like I'm between a 56cm and a 58.. any advice is welcome.
Ended up going with the s803 fork. It was only available in gold, but for $60 not a bad deal. I thought it was going to be super ugly, but it turned out alright… it doesn't clash with the raw frame as much as I thought it would. What a fun project - my first time hand-picking parts and building up a bike. I used my brother's old campy record wheelset that he gave me, and his sugino 75 crankset, bought the 722ts frame from Craigslist (some guy had bought it years ago and never built it!), and bought the rest of parts from a bike shop and universal cycles. Might change out the fork in the long run, but for now this set up feel great - my other bike is a ss 29er for getting around the city, so this leader bike feels way different in the best way possible.
Scrod, it was actually a hard decision for me. I stood over a 55cm 722 and it felt like it would have worked, but also felt like it was on the smaller side. The guy who was helping me at the bike shop said he thought I was in an awkward spot where 55 looked a bit small and 58 a bit big. He advised me that it's "easier to make a smaller frame feel big" than the vice versa (obviously). The problem is, I always end up going with the smaller frame when I'm "in-between" and use longer parts, but then later on end up regretting it and wishing I had gone with the larger frame and used shorter parts. I did this with a Steamroller a few years back and ended up selling it for that reason (I think it was 56cm). I admit that I could be on a longer stem and probably still feel comfortable, and I'm also still playing with the saddle height. With that said though, I feel really comfortable on the bike now (the saddle was raised just a few mm from the pictures, but not much). I went on a 25 mile ride and it felt awesome. I'm 5'11 for what it's worth. I still think I would have regretted the smaller frame. Either way though, I love this ride. My research shows me that you rode a 58cm 722 a while back, and that you're 5'10 or 5'11ish? how did the fit feel to you? --- you're right though, it almost felt too big. it feels good tho
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New member & new rider. I use to race BMX when I was a kid but I haven't been on a bike in probably 15 years. I recently purchased a used Leader 725 55cm Frame & Fork & Cranks off of a friend. I have been building it up slowly. I'm so glad I bought this bike. I'm hooked on cycling again & so far I have been riding every chance I can get. Only issue I have is this frame is a little too big for me. I'm only 5'8. Oh well.
Anyways here is a pic of my bike what do you guys think? Im still playing with seat height & seat angle. Trying to get it right & comfortable. Its been a battle....lolIMG_1613.jpg