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Pinarello Surprise - opinions?

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Old 03-09-07, 05:08 PM
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Pinarello Surprise - opinions?

I've been offered a NOS 2003 Pinarello Surprise frameset in my size (carbon fork, steel steerer) for a good price. I realize this is a "lower end" Pinarello, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience to share on how it's likely to ride.

I'm not a racer - the planned use is a 20-30 mile bike in hill country, so I'm looking for something that doesn't mind climbing and handles well in rollers.

Is it a decent ride, or is it a piece of scrap that should be avoided at any price? Anyone?
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http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/20...1_1610crx.aspx

It gets glowing reviews at RBR. I'd go for it.
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How much are they asking for it?
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Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey
How much are they asking for it?
$300 for the frame and carbon fork.
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does it fit?
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Originally Posted by botto
does it fit?
Yes - 2003 NOS and in my size. So, that being the case - $300 isn't a bad price for the fame and carbon fork?
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I was actually thinking the same thing b/c GVHbikes.com has a suprise for $300 as well. But I have no idea why I'd be getting it since I have no components to build it up.
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AFAIK Pinarello's geometry hasn't changed in a long, long time, so I think my experiences with an '06 model apply to your '03.

It's definitely a quick-handling bike. It's designed for racing. That being said, all that means is that when you first ride it, you'll feel like the bike is "twitchy" in the front end relative to other bikes you may have tried. By the end of your first ride you'll appreciate it, and once you're really acquainted you might want to race a crit just so you can feel it track through a hard turn.

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Originally Posted by bigbossman
a "lower end" Pinarello
I'm having a hard time with this. exactly what does this mean - can I but a pinny at xmart now?
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Similar to discussions in other threads, a 'lower end' Pinarello is till like a lower end Porsche.
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The frameset is "in the mail".

I just got back from checking out this CL listing:

Front Wheel:
Campy Chorus 32h hub
DT Swiss RR 1.1 700c 32h Silver rims
DT Competition 2.0/1.8 silver butted spokes
DT 2.0x16mm brass silver long nipples

Rear Wheel:
Campy Chorus 9/10 Speed 32h hub
DT Swiss RR 1.1 700c 32h silver rims
DT Competition 2.0/1.8 silver spokes
DT 2.0x16mm Brass silver long nipples


Had to cough up $280 for them, but they included skewers and Campagnolo lock ring. Hope I didn't get burned too bad for them - they cost near as much as the frameset!! Should be a good wheelset for this frame, no?
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I have 32h Campy Chorus/Open Pros on my Casati and they have been great hubs/wheels.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
It's definitely a quick-handling bike. It's designed for racing. That being said, all that means is that when you first ride it, you'll feel like the bike is "twitchy" in the front end relative to other bikes you may have tried. By the end of your first ride you'll appreciate it, and once you're really acquainted you might want to race a crit just so you can feel it track through a hard turn.
So......... are you saying I might notice a difference coming off of the Giant OCR carbon bike I'm riding now?
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
So......... are you saying I might notice a difference coming off of the Giant OCR carbon bike I'm riding now?
I've never ridden the Giant, so I'm not sure, but I think it'll feel a little different. Only one way to find out...
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