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Join Date: Apr 2006
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Langster v. Pista(s)
My wife says I have more money than sense, and I'm out to prove it by getting into track cycling (after a few years of time trials and triathons), and buying a bike for it. I prefer to go with what my favorite local bike store has, which means Bianchi or Specialized. The perceived problems:
Specialized Langster Comp: Have heard the the Alex wheels are crap, and particularly for heavier guys (like me at 230).
Bianchi Pista: Have heard that the frame is nice (if not overly "track"), but the parts are substandard, with stories of shearing off bolts and stuff. Also, maybe too damn trendy -- I ain't a Frisco messenger.
Bianchi Pista Concept: Getting a bit pricy, but I'll bite the bullet if it's worth it. While the package looks great, the stock wheels are tubular, and I'd rather have clincher (because I don't trust myself with tubulars, don't want to rely on the shop every time they need a tweak, and may use the bike some on the road).
Any advice on the direction I should go with this? The Pista Concept frame and crank with different wheels, maybe? If so, what wheels?
Thanks for the help . . .