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View Poll Results: Iron Horse Victory 3.0, Yea or Nay
YEA. For $800, you can't go wrong. Buy it!
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NAY. I wouldn't ride an Iron Horse if the only other choice was a unicycle.
2
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Iron Horse Victory: Thumbs Up or Down?

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Old 09-12-07, 08:40 AM
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Iron Horse Victory: Thumbs Up or Down?

I've got a friend who commutes on a beat-up MTB. It's fine for the city, but he wants something nicer for weekend rides. So for his 43rd birthday, he's buying himself a bike; he's looking to spend $1,000. I found this Iron Horse Victory (last year's model, which retailed for $1,500) for about $760 plus shipping. (I posted this first in the road forums, and they got all sniffy.)






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I have a 2001 Ironhorse victory. It is 853 steel full Ultegra 6500 series, even cranks. It is pretty light frame and rides beautifully. This one is quite differenet, aluminum with decent specs. I'd say go for it.
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Old 09-13-07, 08:45 AM
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I bought one for my wife last night. a 50" cm of the 3.0 version. with 20% off it came to $419 + S/H. So, I will let you know how it goes.
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That's a lot of bike for $800. No way for $1500 though.
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The sniffing you hear in posting on the road section is the sound of them breathing the smoke from yet another commuter who's dropped them...there's not a thing wrong w/t bike you've asked about. And there's alot about it that's right. The ratios are closer than the standard 53x39-12x25 compact double. The gearing gives plenty of room on the low end and 50x11 on top is fine. My #1 commuter has 48x26x12 7 sp and I rarely 'pedal out' except on this one 14% grade on my regular rides. For weekend rides I'd say go for it.
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Sounds like a good entry-level road bike. If he gets into the sport, he may need to upgrade in a couple of years, but for a beginner bike it's got decent specs...and, the price is right.
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Old 09-14-07, 05:22 PM
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Sora is entry level. That bike with those components could last for years of hard riding. That's a smokin' deal for 800 bills.
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Old 09-15-07, 05:28 PM
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I wanna know where you guys found such awesome prices on these bikes!

I've been eyeballing the one at Nashbar for just shy of $1000 and hesitating because of the price, but if it was as low as you guys paid I'd pop without thinking!
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