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Odd new bike from Performance - Scattante R330 Flatbar

Old 01-25-07, 08:43 AM
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Odd new bike from Performance - Scattante R330 Flatbar




Wasting time this morning and ran across this. Nothing out of ordinary. Not an especially good deal, but it could be once combined with a sale and coupon late in the year. Anyway, what immediately grabbed my attention, and yours too I'm sure, is the seat-post-mounted rack.





What's particularly odd about this is we can see the seatstay rack mounts above, and here's a shot showing not one, but two eyelets.





Any ideas what would prompt them to do this? Is it strictly a looks thing? Someone thought this would look more sporting than a standard rack on the back? For me, this has less visual appeal, but I'm typically not a good measure of public sentiment.


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"Regular price" - $729 (as in the price that it will never, ever sell at)
Current price - $679

Frame: 7005 Double Butted Aluminum Road Frame
Fork: Aluminum w/ 28.6mm Alloy steerer
Rear Shock: NA
Headset: 1 1/8 Integrated, 36/45 degree
Crankset: TruVativ IsoFlow Road 3.0, 52/42/30T
Bottom Bracket: Power Spline Cartridge, Steel cup
Shifters: Shimano 2200 EZ-Fire Plus
Levers: NA
Handlebar: 6064-T6 Double Butted Aluminum w/ 5 degree bend
Stem: Ritchey MTN Adjustable, 28.6mm clamp
Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora, Triple, 31.8mm clamp
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sora, Triple, 8-speed
Cassette: SRAM PG-850, 12/26T, 8-speed
Brakes: Tektro RX-1
Wheelset: Formula Economic CXR-6
Tires: Kenda Kwick Roller Sport, 700 x 28C
Pedals: Wellgo WPD-998, Alloy
Seatpost: Forte Precision Alloy, 27.2 x 300mm
Saddle: Velo VLS-1063
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Old 01-25-07, 10:40 AM
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It's ok.......maybe for about 500.00......like youd said with a good coupon or somthing like that. Think I would rather get a Jamis Coda again for less.
 
Old 01-25-07, 11:34 AM
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The post rack is for looks I'm sure. Why did they put flat bars on it?
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They probably had a few palettes of seatpost mounted racks they needed to get rid of. What better way to get them off their hands?
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It's a shame they didn't put horizontal dropouts on it, just for verstility's sake.
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*Alum* fork? No thank you. My Big Buzz is currently sitting out of commuting rotation until that Nashbar carbon fork I ordered arrives. Skinny tires + alum fork = bout of carpel tunnel pain.
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It looks like a cape. Kinda like superman if he were a bike.
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady
It looks like a cape. Kinda like superman if he were a bike.
I was thinking more along the line of a scarf. Whatever. IMHO, it looks silly.
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Originally Posted by JeffS
Any ideas what would prompt them to do this? Is it strictly a looks thing? Someone thought this would look more sporting than a standard rack on the back? For me, this has less visual appeal, but I'm typically not a good measure of public sentiment.
Bolting a rack onto the seatpost takes a little less time than properly mounting a rack, and they're hoping to sell enough of them that the savings in labor cost will add up to something?
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