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Old 12-16-04, 02:11 AM   #1
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De Bernardi

I love the de bernardi thron track frame

but i cant decide if it is worth the 200 bucks over iro, surly, or soma

what do people who have it think of it in comaparison to these bikes?

is it heavy? is it durable?....durable enough for city bashing or would i want to keep it safe inside for the track and special rides?

i know the paint is supposed to be junk...im not to worried about that...

answers asap would be awesome...ive got my eye on that one on ebay
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Old 12-16-04, 06:30 AM   #2
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I dig my as it feel quick and light, "skippy" if you will. This is after riding about 3 years on my Surly Steamroller. I think it is well worth the money and I have enjoyed every moment on mine. get it
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Old 12-16-04, 08:34 AM   #3
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I agree with [165]. The De Bernardi is a good stuff. It is not heavy, handles well, and mine is happy on the street. I don't regret the money I put down for it one bit.

I recently had the chance to take both an IRO and a Circle A custom track bike for a spin around the block, and it very quickly gave me a sense of what $1500 buys you. The IRO felt a lot like my old fixed road bike--no great shakes. The Circle A was nimble, so responsive, and it wanted to go. If I were to put those at two ends of a continuum, my De Bernardi has noticeably more "track" handling than the IRO, but could never compete with a custom bike. But then which would you feel comfortable locking to a no parking sign in front of a bar? As a sub-$500 mass-produced frame, the De Bernardi is pretty damn good.

Where are you getting your pricing? I seem to remember that the DeBer was only $50-75 more than a Steamroller at most places, and about the same as the Soma Rush.
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I love my De Bernardi to bits! Best bike I've ever owned. At the time I was looking it was either this or a Soma Rush. The Soma was alright but it just didn't speak to me the way the De Bernardi did. I also had an interest in IRO's MarkV frame but they didn't have a size that fit me right.

I'd rather have 2 De Bernardis than 1 custom bicycle. One brakeless and geared to haul ass, and one with two brakes and geared for centuries/recovery days.
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surly is like 375 ish i think...right?
yellow jersey sells the debardini frame for 600
ebay has one for 500...eh...if im gonna drop that much cash id prefer a dealer
do you have another source?

thanks for the great reviews fellas....and 165....your bike is amazing...i have the same seat all packed away for when i get mine
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surly is like 375 ish i think...right?
yellow jersey sells the debardini frame for 600
ebay has one for 500...eh...if im gonna drop that much cash id prefer a dealer
do you have another source?

thanks for the great reviews fellas....and 165....your bike is amazing...i have the same seat all packed away for when i get mine
world class cycles has the deber for less than $500.
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you beat me to it, habitus.
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Yojimbos garage in Chicago has one on sale:

"-55cm De Bernardi Thron frame and fork. Was $572, now $371.75. Columbus Thron cromoly. Red."
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woweee!

thanks guys
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not to mention <a href="http://www.worldclasscycles.com" target="_new">world class cycles</a>, who has the frame priced at 450...
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oops, i thought HTML was supported.
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i am in the exact same boat as you emayex, but i need a 50 - 51cm. if anyone see's one of these or has it used, let me know. thanks in advance.
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i am in the exact same boat as you emayex, but i need a 50 - 51cm. if anyone see's one of these or has it used, let me know. thanks in advance.
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im lookin at a 57, 59, 0r 61....cant deicde
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and ill gladly pay 450
now all i have to do is get 450
maybe next summer
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thanks. also if anyone knows of a used one, that would be a bonus. i don't think i could ever ride anything brand new in nyc, especially if it's red.
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just reviving this thread....i need more de bernardi reviews...common guys....you love your bikes....tell me why the deb is better than the rest
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