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The most INSANE bike you will ever see

Old 01-19-09, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by sheddle
Someone on another forum I'm in posted a $10K LaPierre all messed about, saddlebags, rack, and everything. Sad sight.
Why is it sad?

Our customer with the Soloist Carbon is very, very wealthy. He rides his bike - every day - 40 miles or so to have breakfast. His "personal assistant" brings the bike in every 1000 miles for new tires. We keep the old ones to use on the trainer or as spares. Twice a year he brings it in for a complete overhaul. Every few years he drops another several thousand on a new bike. He rides the holy hell out of his bikes. So what if they don't look like the ones in the TdF? He's 60-something, healthy, and loves to ride. What more could anyone want?
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Old 01-19-09, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by PlatyPius
Why is it sad?

Our customer with the Soloist Carbon is very, very wealthy. He rides his bike - every day - 40 miles or so to have breakfast. His "personal assistant" brings the bike in every 1000 miles for new tires. We keep the old ones to use on the trainer or as spares. Twice a year he brings it in for a complete overhaul. Every few years he drops another several thousand on a new bike. He rides the holy hell out of his bikes. So what if they don't look like the ones in the TdF? He's 60-something, healthy, and loves to ride. What more could anyone want?
Guy implied that the thing was hardly ridden, and was just purchased on a whim. Don't really think less of the buyer (was the guy's boss, guy asked if he could try it out for a weekend), but a bike like that just begs to be ridden.
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The dual mirrors make it.
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Old 01-19-09, 11:32 PM
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Is anyone else surprised that there aren't any reflectors or a dork disk?
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For one of the charity rides a while back, the big bike shop in town had a Madone that was being raffled- it was on display with a wicker basket on it.
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Old 01-19-09, 11:36 PM
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That beats the Orbea Onix I saw last year set up similarly - riser bars, platform pedals, big cushy saddle on top of a suspension seat post...

wow.
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Originally Posted by StephenH
For one of the charity rides a while back, the big bike shop in town had a Madone that was being raffled- it was on display with a wicker basket on it.
All bikes should have wicker baskets.
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Originally Posted by Tariq08
honestly, the guy was secure enough to spend his money on stuff that he liked and that suited his needs without worrying about what other people thought, i hope i'm that cool someday too
False, its impossible for a bike in this configuration to suit anyone's needs. Its not possible. Imagine any type of bicycle rider and there's a component on this bike that is way out of wack for his riding style.
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Old 01-20-09, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by cedricbosch
I walked outside of the coffee shop this morning and nearly spit out my bagel when I saw this thing. Project One frame, riser bars, freaking 808's, all locked up with a blue cable lock.

Oh and, tubular tires and a rear rack, of course.

I asked the guy why he chose the wheels and he told me they were "very efficient."
Any gains with those wheels are negated by that riding position. Sheesh... he really doesn't have a clue, does he...

To me, that's the pisser about this bike. There are things that make sense in other terrain and uses, but to try to put them all together turns the package into crap. Fast 808s that, at best, need a can of goop to fix on the road because you don't have a team van following you; big MTB bars that work better for riding down the staircase at City Hall than for any flatland speed over 15 mph; a rack & cheap-ass trunk bag that, while handy, is even handier on a step-thru frame (and I'll also contend that a basket is handier than a trunk bag); and, to top it off, a nearly-useless skinny cable lock.

If the guy wants to spend money, let him -- but if he spends it wisely, we'll be impressed and/or jealous, not full of derision.
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This is how I fear Pcad's Cervalo is going to turn out.
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Old 01-20-09, 12:43 AM
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Seems to me, too many of you are assuming this guy has no idea how crazy this is. I bet it's just the opposite. If so, that takes some big balls. Kudos from me.
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Old 01-20-09, 01:39 AM
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Originally Posted by kylejack
False, its impossible for a bike in this configuration to suit anyone's needs. Its not possible. Imagine any type of bicycle rider and there's a component on this bike that is way out of wack for his riding style.
i remember when i was in junior high i wore an adidas shirt with nike shoes, and these girls ragged on me because my brands didn't match, i truly didn't get it as i just wanted to wear stuff that i liked, i didn't see why it bothered them so much

that's kind of what you guys remind me of right now, junior high school girls, except nerdier
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Old 01-20-09, 01:52 AM
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nice clean drivetrain, someone takes pride in their bike.
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I'd race it.... as is.... it's the engine right?
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Old 01-20-09, 03:47 AM
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Among the top threads of 2009, without a doubt.
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Old 01-20-09, 06:08 AM
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Originally Posted by sheddle
Madones start at about $2500, wheels probably cost say, $1200 or so. Add all the "upgrades", and $5K is in reach (and that's assuming he has the cheapest Madone)
I think you're a good bit low. We just sold a P1 Mad Madone with Ultegra SL and Aeolus 5.0 clinchers for $6900 I believe. I think the Zipps retail for a tad more than the Bontragers, plus add in all those super-sweet accessories and you've got one high rollin bike!
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Old 01-20-09, 06:12 AM
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I don't really get why you guys are such ****ing hard ons. I reckon the guy would drop more BF folks than Liz Hatch. If that's the stuff on his coffee shop bike, imagine what his race bike looks like. For that matter, wtf do you think I do with my extra race stuff?
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i doubt he glues his own tires on.
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I am turning green.....with envy. Who wouldn't want to be able to have that bike as a commuter? The only problem with it is it is posted in the wrong forum. Post it up in the commuter forum and I bet you'll get a much different take.
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Old 01-20-09, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Capgemini
I'd race it.... as is.... it's the engine right?
Actually, it would be fun to race it. Take a flyer off the front. No one would bother to chase you. As soon as you're out of sight, get in a deep tuck, hand in by the stem,and elbows bent you'be quite fast on that bike.

Ok, I'd take the rack bag off first.
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Originally Posted by bidaci
I am turning green.....with envy. Who wouldn't want to be able to have that bike as a commuter? The only problem with it is it is posted in the wrong forum. Post it up in the commuter forum and I bet you'll get a much different take.
Wheels and tires would have to go. Bag cannot hold much stuff because rack isn't mounted well. It isn't hooked to anything to keep it from rotating. Head position would be too low to see traffic well. Chance of loss due to theft too high, you would have to wrap frame with electrical tape and put reflective tape on wheels to keep idiots in cars from splattering you on the road. No lights.

Sorry, wouldn't work there either.

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Old 01-20-09, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Tapeworm21


I really love this bike. My only gripe is what the hell is that second computer going to do that the Garmin 705 won't?
A lot of Garmin owners do that. They often already have the computer before getting the Garmin and keep it. Also a second computer is good to have when you forget to charge the Garmin, charge the Garmin and forget to take it, or go for a long ride and the Garmin runs out of charge.
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Old 01-20-09, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by sheddle
Yeah, like a bike store is going to stop someone from buying a $5k bike.

Besides, if he likes it, it's a suitable bike.
Dunno... You get customers coming in just saying, 'Give me the best thing you got.' You say you've got some really nice hybrids over here and they say, 'Why is this $1200 when those over there are $4000? Aren't those better then?' And customer gets what customer wants.
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Originally Posted by gsteinb
...wtf do you think I do with my extra race stuff?
Trade it for horse feed?
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Old 01-20-09, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by irish pat
What is the deal with this, I would not do it, but he wants to. He has the money, he like the wheels and the bike-it all suits his own personal riding style, he believes. Can't we live and let live, is there really a need to belittle him
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Hard to believe that some roadies are appalled to find out people think they are snobs....
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