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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 04-23-07, 09:16 PM   #1
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Anyone riding a leader bike?

Was wondering if anyone out there is riding a leader bike. Im looking into buying either their 730r frame http://www.leaderbikestore.com/pd_ld_730r.cfm or the 736r frame http://www.leaderbikestore.com/pd_ld_736r.cfm# They seem to have good reviews and pretty inexpensive.
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Old 04-23-07, 09:51 PM   #2
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A couple of my friends have Leader time trial frames; they're happy with them. The caveat is that they're experienced racers and mechanics who know what fits and how to assemble their own stuff.

I'm currently building up a 735r road frame that I picked up for $100, new and never built. I'll post pictures and my impressions in a couple of weeks when it's done.
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Old 04-23-07, 10:37 PM   #3
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Just dont call their office trying to get any tech support and you should be fine.

"Is your seatpost a setback?"
"Yes, it fits our frame"
"But is it a setback?"
"Ummm.. you'll have to send an email about that"
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Old 04-24-07, 12:57 AM   #5
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Thats one nice looking bike, how does it ride? Do you know anything about the step down 730?
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I'm running one of Leader's track frames and I love it. It's a bit heavy, but for the price it's a steal!!
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Old 04-24-07, 12:53 PM   #7
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I'm running one of Leader's track frames and I love it. It's a bit heavy, but for the price it's a steal!!
the track frame on their site looks pretty hot. I'm going to be broke for the rest of my life at this rate
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Old 04-24-07, 01:14 PM   #8
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Was wondering if anyone out there is riding a leader bike. Im looking into buying either their 730r frame http://www.leaderbikestore.com/pd_ld_730r.cfm or the 736r frame http://www.leaderbikestore.com/pd_ld_736r.cfm# They seem to have good reviews and pretty inexpensive.
I had a 730R, purchased new from Pricepoint for $179, built up with 9 speed mirage.

Decent frame, fairly good quality, I sold frame on e-bay because it was a bit big (my error). never replaced, as other targets (Cinelli, Lemond, QuintanaRoo, QuattroAssi) came available. I still have the parts/fork, and was going to pull the trigger for another, in the correct size, about 4 weeks ago when a thread spoke to the possibility of a group sale/discount, but I never got around to it.

Having tasted the Lemond, the Leader may not happen.
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I got one in about 2001/2002. I think it was a 785R model which I don't believe they make any more. It lasted a good 4 seasons of racing and training before it broke. All in all it was a good bike but I was hard on it and it was ultra light weight AL/Carbon. It felt real nice on the road and fit like a glove. It's hard to beat that price even if they only last a few years.
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My 12 year-old daughter has the 730. She rides it hard! Waiting anxiously for her racing season.
Keeps asking when she can come to Italia with us.


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Old 04-24-07, 03:43 PM   #11
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here is a link to over 2000 customers who bought Leader products.

http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAP...me=STRK:ME:UFS

Reviews:

http://www.roadbikereview.com/mfr/le...2_2493crx.aspx

and write up:

http://www.truesport.com/Bike/2007/t...der010507.html

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I've been looking at getting either the 730tt or 735tt frame. Does anybody (ahem, Leaderbike) know the frame weights for these frames in a 56cm size?

Thanks
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TT frame info

Similarities between the 730TT, 735TT and 780TT:

1. geometry
2. horizontal dropout system (780TT higher end dropouts)
3. down tube size
4. both use the same component specs
5. ultra smooth welded frames

735TT has a lighter grade aluminum. Flat welded cutout instead of a pressed in version like the 730TT. Lower profile seat and chain stays. Better seat post binder system. Larger top tube for better stiffness.

780TT had the super stiff carbon seat stays, higher end dropouts. Overall this is the lightest TT frame we make.

Weight typical 54cm frame:

730TT 3.40lb $249 (black only)
735TT 3.10lb $199 (black) Price Due to the cosmetic shape of the cutout Original $389
780TT 2.90lb $499 (50cm red only)

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Hi LeaderBike,

I am interested in either the 730R or 736R aluminium road frame. Cannot find weight specs on the Ebay listing nor on your website. And what is the main differences between these 2 frames?

Thanks.

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