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Old 11-08-07, 01:40 AM   #1
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Most cost efficent track bike

I'm looking for a decent carbon track bike, i currently have an avanti pista pro 2005 model but i'm looking for a serious upgrade, keeping money in mind what is the best track bike?
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Old 11-08-07, 06:18 PM   #2
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The Avanti looks pretty decent as a starter setup. I like it.

Giant offers a pretty nice bike, several of my team mates are on that.
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Old 11-08-07, 07:19 PM   #3
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You've got several phrases there that don't belong in the same conversation.

cost-efficient
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Carbon track bike

Pick two of them. There are not many affordable carbon fiber track bikes and you don't need CF for a significant upgrade from what you've got. There are great alloy bikes in between - Van Dessel Drag Strip; Tiemeyer frames are $1200 & up; Raleigh Rush Hour Pro all look a lot better that what you've got. I've seen mixes of CF and alloy under $1,000 like the Flyte Sortie which you can't buy anymore.

The only good carbon fiber frames I know of are Tescher, BT, Dolan and Anchor but they are all $2K+ for frame/fork/headset.
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Old 11-08-07, 08:30 PM   #4
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You can't go wrong with a Raleigh Rush Hour Pro, a Specialized Langster S-Works, Felt TK2, Bianchi Pista Concept, or a Fuji Track Pro.

If you want CF, go with the above mentioned names, along with Bridgestone (a.k.a: Anchor), BMC, Pinarello and Cervelo
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I don't know anything about the avanti frame but judging from the parts that are hung on it are any of those bikes enough better to be worth purchasing?
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Old 11-08-07, 10:08 PM   #6
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Yeah, looking at this bike on the internet, I can't see why you'd need an upgrade, unless you're competing at the international level against guys riding $10,000 Cervelos. If that were the case, then you'd likely have a team or other organization to provide frames for you.
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The new Avantis seem pretty stacked. If yours is a 2005 I'd keep the frame and look for upgradeable parts you can transfer to a new frame...go for a new tubular wheelset first then a crank with some quality rings like Sugino ZEN; not ZEN Messenger. If they're less than about $80 new they're Messengers. By the time you have swapped all the parts that could use an upgrade you'll know what frame you want to buy next. Good luck.
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hey callum, if ur intrested in staying with avanti this year they have just released a CF aero frame, http://www.avantibikes.com/track/pista-pro.aspx?bid=101, the frame has a oval track fork, with a split in the middle which is angled to direct air away from the wheel http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...007/news/10-23 which claim to save as much as one minute in a one hour time trial, the frame like many others is in fact not made by avanti, it is more than likely that giant produce it and it is labelled as a avanti, the focus (a uk brand) chrono uses the same frame http://www.bikeradar.com/road/news/a...08-12549?img=9

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A good carbon track frame is the Dolan. Many riders are using the frame at World Cup events.

Put a Corima disc at the back and a Planet X 80mm rim at the front and you've got a great bike for about a third of the price of a top of the range Look-Mavic iO-Mavic Eclipse set up.
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the dolan is the same as the teschner frame.
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i was just looking at those planet x rims the other day. does anyone know offhand if you can order just the carbon rims through them? all i've seen are wheels already built up. still not a bad deal.
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Yes, you can buy the rims on there own - and they're on sale right now. A tad heavy, but they do the job.
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