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Old 02-28-10, 08:50 PM   #1
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which frame? help

i just started on the track and as everyone warned me, i am hooked. i am trying to decide which bike to get. budget is around $1700
Choice:
1) 2010 fuji Pro
2) 2010 Felt TK2
3) 2010 Jamis Sonik
4) 2010 Motobecane Track frame and adding Cne Creek wheels, and other components
5) 2010 Bianchi Concept Pista adding very basic wheels and components
6) Colnago Pista bike -so far this is my favorite, but, its components are decent and i would not have any money left to upgrade wheels.
7) Giant omnium
8) Javelin Vigorelli

am i crazy by thinking that the Motobecane seems the best way to go? i do not know anything about the frame, but, i can get some nice wheels and components.

Track type: ADT (Los Angles ) track. indoors and pretty step banks.

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Old 02-28-10, 09:19 PM   #2
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I can't type a long response right now, but:

I vote for (in order of preference):
1: Felt TK2
2: Fuji Track Pro
3 Pista Concept

No opinion on the Jamis, Colnago, or Giant. I'm not fond of the Motobecane.
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Old 02-28-10, 10:46 PM   #3
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I can't comment on the other bikes, but I'll tell you my thoughts on the Jamis Sonik. Wheelset - American Classic 420's, light, spin up well, aero spokes, could be a bit stiffer, but then you're looking at carbon. FSA Carbon Crankset. Light stiff frame with stainless inserts.

On the track, the frame's short wheelbase and steep fork offset make it very lively. It's one of the most aggresive geometries of all the bikes mentioined.
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Old 03-01-10, 08:52 AM   #4
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Part of your choice comes from what the track will be like. I ride a "converted" track, ex-kart track (New England Velodrome), with very shallow banking. Speeds are pretty low so aero doesn't count as much as snap (I may eat my words later but I used a TriSpoke/HED3 front in 2009, will use a less aero, much lighter wheel in 2010). On a track like the one I ride a stock bike would be fine (I'm partial to the Jamis but that's just me).

Use a non-QR skewer and you should be able to use a road front wheel, and since that's the wheel that really counts for aero, you can do that. I bought a set of non-QR skewers and plan on using my main (racing) front road wheel on the track.

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do you mean a mb team track?
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I would go for the Javelin out of that list. Looks like a very smart frame. But I would probably end up buying based on which dealer I liked best...
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The Felt TK2 is a really nice frame. Also, people might thumb their noses at Bikes Direct but that Motobecane Team Track is a pretty good deal for the money.
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