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New bike 09 Scattante CFR Team

Old 07-28-09, 10:47 AM
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New bike 09 Scattante CFR Team

Well I wanted to do my best to help the economy so I bought a new bike. It was between this one the 2009 Scattante CFR Team SRAM Red Platinum Series. https://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400001_400001

Or this one from Douglas https://www.coloradocyclist.com/product/kit/DXXAAYX2
So it was go with a cheaper bike($2800 after discount)with SRAM Red, something I yet to try at all or go with a more expensive ($3200)bike with components I was used to. I did’t want to help the economy THAT much so I went with the former. Plus Performance offers the same life time adjustments and all that jazz if you buy from them AND their ship to store option is free shipping.
I’m upgrading from a 05 Specialized Allez with 6,500 miles on her and I was getting REAL tired of the triple chain-ring, heavy but weak wheels(three times in the shop for broken spokes) and difficulty of shifting from the drops.
First impressions of the bike are great. I like the mostly black color and the white tape. She weighed in at 16lbs on the dot with no pedals or cages. My first test ride was OK but the shifting was terrible. Mostly the rear dérailleur. After taking it back to Performance to have it adjusted it seems to be fine now. I have only done a short 15 mile ride so far but I already appreciate the lightness of the bike up my favorite steep hill along my “training” route. On a longer less steep hill the flat top wing bars were awesome! They fit perfectly into my hands. Saddle felt good but it was only 15 miles so who knows. I noticed a big difference in the braking feel from the Sora/Tectro brakes to the SRAM Red. Very solid. I’m 5’10” 156lbs and the Easton wheels seem like they will last me for a while with no broken spokes. No gripes about the bike yet although the wing bars made it a little difficult to mount my computer. Its mounted ghetto style for now though. I haven't really seen anyone on here rocking any Scattnte road bikes so questions are welcome.
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Old 07-28-09, 11:55 AM
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Curious about the weight, did you weigh it on a bike scale?
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Old 07-28-09, 12:02 PM
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Yeah I did. To triple check I first placed two of my 10# curling weights on the scale, hit 20# on the dot. Then I weighed my self with out the bike and with, 16#. Then I taped the rear brake so the tire wouldn't slip and so all I had to do was balance it and not hold it and #16 on the dot. I was hoping for less but oh well not bad for the price I guess.
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Old 07-28-09, 12:06 PM
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My name is Scorer75 and I ride a Scatante...

Ride it like you stole it, nothing wrong with it besides the name.
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Old 07-28-09, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Scorer75 View Post
My name is Scorer75 and I ride a Scatante...

Ride it like you stole it, nothing wrong with it besides the name.
Thanks man. Trust me I will!
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Nice bike. congrats.
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Im on an older CFR, love it.
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Old 08-09-09, 04:07 PM
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Just a little update on the bike so far. 105 miles on her finally. After taking the bike back to Performance at around 20miles to get the rear dérailleur tweaked I am still not happy with how its shifting or not shifting in the rear. I might have to come out of pocket and pay a more qualified shop to look at it because I had the feeling that the guys a Performance don't have much experience with SRAM Red stuff. I don't have a torque wrench so I undertightend my seat post and found out that after a ride my saddle had slid down an inch! Quick fix on that one though. I had to REALLY crank the front brakes down after finding out they were dragging halfway into a ride and thats after already tighting them down earlier. Still pleasantly surprised with the lightness of the bike when I go up mid grade hills and all. I'm debating whether or not to cut the nub sticking up from the head set after lowering the stem down an inch though.
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Originally Posted by gvonne View Post
Just a little update on the bike so far. 105 miles on her finally. After taking the bike back to Performance at around 20miles to get the rear dérailleur tweaked I am still not happy with how its shifting or not shifting in the rear. I might have to come out of pocket and pay a more qualified shop to look at it because I had the feeling that the guys a Performance don't have much experience with SRAM Red stuff. I don't have a torque wrench so I undertightend my seat post and found out that after a ride my saddle had slid down an inch! Quick fix on that one though. I had to REALLY crank the front brakes down after finding out they were dragging halfway into a ride and thats after already tighting them down earlier. Still pleasantly surprised with the lightness of the bike when I go up mid grade hills and all. I'm debating whether or not to cut the nub sticking up from the head set after lowering the stem down an inch though.
Yeah performance sells some great stuff, but their service department is pretty spotty. I would take my bike ANYWHERE else to get it tuned and adjusted. It will be worth your money and you will avoid lots of frustration.

I purchased my Giant from them in Dec of 05 an after maybe 50 miles of riding I realized that my CRANK was not tightened properly and it was moving side to side. As such I have never taken my bikes back to any one of there stores again.
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Old 08-09-09, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Scorer75 View Post
My name is Scorer75 and I ride a Scatante...

Ride it like you stole it, nothing wrong with it besides the name.
+1, have an '08 CFR, rides great, I just ignore the name snobbery.
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Old 08-09-09, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by dleesnowgs4 View Post
Yeah performance sells some great stuff, but their service department is pretty spotty. I would take my bike ANYWHERE else to get it tuned and adjusted. It will be worth your money and you will avoid lots of frustration.

I purchased my Giant from them in Dec of 05 an after maybe 50 miles of riding I realized that my CRANK was not tightened properly and it was moving side to side. As such I have never taken my bikes back to any one of there stores again.
Sometimes you just need to chat it up with the guys in back to find the one most competent. When I was living in OR there was a mech at the Beaverton PB (Skip) that could do wonders (and quickly).
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I had a Scattante R-330 and a friend of mine had an older CFR moldel and we both found them to be quite nice for the price.
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Old 08-10-09, 09:52 AM
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I bought a Scattante CFR Race (basically Ultegra all over) 2-3 weeks ago. I've got around 300 miles on it so far and am really enjoying the Shifting is still very crisp, but I'm expecting a tune up soon as the cables will likely stretch some. Performance's service does suck though. The sales guy that helped me didn't know the difference between Look, SPD-SL, or SPD style pedals.

It's still a young bike, but I'm extremely pleased with it for the money.
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Old 08-10-09, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by gvonne View Post
Just a little update on the bike so far. 105 miles on her finally. After taking the bike back to Performance at around 20miles to get the rear dérailleur tweaked I am still not happy with how its shifting or not shifting in the rear. I might have to come out of pocket and pay a more qualified shop to look at it because I had the feeling that the guys a Performance don't have much experience with SRAM Red stuff.
Learn how to do it yourself.

Seriously, the more often you can take care of stuff that doesn't require special tools, the more self-sufficient you'll become and the less time and money you'll spend in the shop.

https://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=64

Go to the Service section at SRAM's site for videos, too:
https://willyoumaketheleap.com/

You've already saved a load of money on the bike, so why keep spending more? Keep doing that and you'll only end up spending as much as you would have paid for the other bike.
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
Learn how to do it yourself.

Seriously, the more often you can take care of stuff that doesn't require special tools, the more self-sufficient you'll become and the less time and money you'll spend in the shop.

https://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=64

Go to the Service section at SRAM's site for videos, too:
https://willyoumaketheleap.com/

You've already saved a load of money on the bike, so why keep spending more? Keep doing that and you'll only end up spending as much as you would have paid for the other bike.
+1 Nothing like wrenching your own bike.
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Old 08-10-09, 11:21 AM
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adjusting your drivetrain perfectly is a very satisfying and EASY task. dont forget, you only have 100 something miles on it, so if you nail it down now, in a few hundred miles the cables will stretch and you will need readjustment.
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