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Old 09-27-06, 11:36 AM
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Windsor bicycles

Hello all. Does anyone own or can comment on the Windsor Mfg. quality? They seem to use Kinesis tubing which from what I can remember used to be a descent tubing. Anyone please? Thanks.
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Do a forum search for BikesDirect.com. The frames are adequate but assembly quality is questionable.
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Thanks, I'll do the search. Assembly I can adjust myself as long as the frames are solid.
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i have a windsor bristol and i have put about 1000 miles on it since may and it is still great. I bought it to see if i would love the sport and, the sport has become an obsession, so in about a month the windsor will be benched, but i am very happy with it, and u cant beat dropping a dude on a cervelo r3 with zipps. it doesnt get much better than that with a 500 dollar bike.

if u have any questions just pm me

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I bought my girlfriend and windsor willow from BD a while back....been trouble-free and she loves it....

pretty damn heavy for a 48cm though...
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Originally Posted by kchrist
cant beat dropping a dude on a cervelo r3 with zipps. it doesnt get much better than that with a 500 dollar bike.
lol....

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Originally Posted by bfloyd
Thanks, I'll do the search. Assembly I can adjust myself as long as the frames are solid.
Assembly is not the same as adjustment. If you read some of the other threads, owners of these bikes are recommending stripping the frame of all the components, chasing and facing all the threads, then reassembling with some good anti-seize compound. Then you adjust the fit and cables.
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Man, Bikesdirect sucks. Especially when they have their employees spam the forums.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm thinking about picking up a Dover. For the price, as long as the frame is solid and I don't have much of the threading problems, should be a good deal.
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Wow, I just did that Bikes Direct forum search and it appears that they are not liked much here. Don't worry, I'm not a BD shill. My unfortunate dilema is that my funds are very, very limited and buying this way fits my wallet. I've wrenched before so that doesn't bother much as long as the bike is not damaged. Are they known for taking back things that are damaged or do they give the run around?
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Everyone that I know of on this forum who has had a problem with a BD bike has had it resolved to their satisfaction.
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I bought a Windsor Kennet to originally ride but later stripped its parts for a new built.

Functionally: 9/10
Cosmetics: 3/10

The paint job is terrible, paint chips in less than 2 weeks of ride. Imagine placing a vinyl adhesive sticker on the frame and upon removal, paint comes off with it The ride is descent and their bikes are not as light as they advertise. My Windsor Kennet, with full Ultegra and WHR550 wheels, come at about 19.2 pounds with a 52 cm frame. A lot of people said that they buy the BD Windsors for parts but it is not the smartest route. That was my original mentality: if I can't ride it, heck, I'll just strip for parts. As it turns out, the handlebar and stem don't match well for some people, the saddle is hideous, and the R550 wheels suck.

Unless this is your first road bike purchase(and you have a decent budget.i.e. up to 1300 USD) then by all means buy a BD windsor. Otherwise, you can do better buying parts and put the bike together yourself.

Ebay alum frame with carbon seatstay: around 300 Bucks.
Wheels: Say R600 wheels: around 250 USD with some patience on Ebay
Full Ultegra: 450 from a Taiwanese Seller with Excellent feedbacks
Other parts and shipping cost: 300 USD.

QUOTE=bfloyd]Hello all. Does anyone own or can comment on the Windsor Mfg. quality? They seem to use Kinesis tubing which from what I can remember used to be a descent tubing. Anyone please? Thanks.[/QUOTE]
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Originally Posted by samsation7
I bought a Windsor Kennet to originally ride but later stripped its parts for a new built.

Functionally: 9/10
Cosmetics: 3/10

The paint job is terrible, paint chips in less than 2 weeks of ride. Imagine placing a vinyl adhesive sticker on the frame and upon removal, paint comes off with it The ride is descent and their bikes are not as light as they advertise. My Windsor Kennet, with full Ultegra and WHR550 wheels, come at about 19.2 pounds with a 52 cm frame. A lot of people said that they buy the BD Windsors for parts but it is not the smartest route. That was my original mentality: if I can't ride it, heck, I'll just strip for parts. As it turns out, the handlebar and stem don't match well for some people, the saddle is hideous, and the R550 wheels suck.

Unless this is your first road bike purchase(and you have a decent budget.i.e. up to 1300 USD) then by all means buy a BD windsor. Otherwise, you can do better buying parts and put the bike together yourself.

Ebay alum frame with carbon seatstay: around 300 Bucks.
Wheels: Say R600 wheels: around 250 USD with some patience on Ebay
Full Ultegra: 450 from a Taiwanese Seller with Excellent feedbacks
Other parts and shipping cost: 300 USD.
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Originally Posted by bfloyd
Are they known for taking back things that are damaged or do they give the run around?
The latter.
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