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Old 12-19-05, 12:22 AM   #1
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IRO Mark V or Specialized Langster '05

Well I have a delema...

I am looking at buying a new, complete, track bike.

I have been looking at the IRO Mark V for some time but recently found a store in DC that is selling the '05 Langster for 500. This means i can forgo the extra 80-100 dollars for the price of the IRO and shipping. Which is a better deal?
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Old 12-19-05, 01:19 AM   #2
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If the Langster comes with brake hoods, and a brake, then it may keep you off tracks that don't allow that, which is most velodromes. Do a search in the Singlespeed/FG forum for a ton of info on these two bikes.
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Old 12-19-05, 08:10 AM   #3
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An allen wrech will fix that.
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Old 12-19-05, 08:41 AM   #4
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Thats a good deal on that specialized.

I wanted one of those at the start of the year but nobody had them. I got an IRO MarkV. I'm really happy with it and don't regret the purchase.

Cant got wrong either way in my opinion.

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Old 12-19-05, 09:31 AM   #5
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go for the mark v. i've heard through friends that the langster geometry isn't really that good for the track. plus, you'll get mad cred for owning an IRO .
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Either is fine. The Specialized Langser is fine for most tracks. Our rental fleet at Hellyer is made up of mostly Langsters.
If you ride one of the steeper tracks, you might want a more "track" geometry bike..but I am not sure the Mark V is that much more "trackish"

If you are a 54, I would check out chucksbikes.com for his Fuji Pro(screaming deal) or the Fuji
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Lucky him hehehehe... u do racing? DC doesnt have any track that I remember of...

thanks
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I just picked up an '05 Langster for $400.
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They have another one but its a 54cm for 450.
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