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Tommaso Monza @ RS for $659.00 Should I buy?

Old 12-21-09, 12:32 PM
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Tommaso Monza @ RS for $659.00 Should I buy?

Been trying to price out a cheap build on a Nashbar frame I bought years ago. I just want a beater to ride in the winter. All of my other bikes are somewhat new and not at the point where I want to ride them through the muck on the roads of NE PA. Anywho, I found this deal at Randall Scott; Shimano 105 and Tiagra mix



Seems like a good deal for a "new" beater. What are your thoughts?
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So tell me...do fish get thirsty?
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Thats a good price for a Tiagra bike, and it looks pretty good too.
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Yes, cheap, buy it.
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Good deal.
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Old 12-28-09, 09:34 AM
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What the heck...I bought it. I swapped out the bars/stem/seat and seatpost with some stuff I had, torqued everything and transferred the measurements from my other steeds and here we are; my new winter bike. This is a 58cm. The top tube is only 56.8. I usually prefer a 57.5cm.

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Old 12-28-09, 10:21 AM
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That 7 millimeters sure is a ***** to overcome. Maybe you could get a custom frame builder to cut apart the frame, put in some spacers, and weld it all back together?
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The TT length means nothing without a seat tube angle to go with it. To compare the fit to another frame you need both dimensions from both frames, unless the two have the same STA. The frame with the shorter TT length could have more reach if the STA is 1 degree steeper.

Correcting a 7mm reach difference in not difficult. One size longer stem more than does that. Handlebar reach and brake hood positioning must also be figured into the total reach.

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Doesn't look like a bad ride. Maybe upgrade the wheels to op/ultegra and that is an awesome winter ride at a steal. What does it weigh?
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Good deal, but you are supporting a crooked company that ruined Iron Horse, renigged on warrantees, etc etc.
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I mulled over the Monza for a long time before deciding to buy local. Mainly because of the lack of reviews and my personal experience with equipment. I still kinda want one.
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Looks sharp. Ride the snot outta it.
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
That 7 millimeters sure is a ***** to overcome. Maybe you could get a custom frame builder to cut apart the frame, put in some spacers, and weld it all back together?
I dont understand the sarcasm? You sound insecure about yourself and your gear.

To the other posters...I overcame the difference in top tube length, seat tube angle difference and bar reach by installing a 125mm Deda Newton stem (yes the do make 125.) This brought my handle bar reach, measured from the tip of my saddle to the brifters, to within 2mm of my usual set up. The bars I put on had a bit more reach than my other bikes so that took care of some of the difference.

I rode it, beat on it a little, and it rides quite well for the price. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend this to a friend who is looking for a good cheap winter ride.

BTW, I ordered this last Monday night 12/21. RS Company had it at my door on 12/24. Free shipping to boot.

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I assume the STAs are the same? Often overlooked when it comes to figuring reach.
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The bike the way it is pictured w/o pedals is 20.2 lbs. I rode it again today. It was 22 degrees with 45mph gusts. I enjoyed the ride. No buyers remorse here!
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Originally Posted by govm4
you sound insecure about yourself and your gear.






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No really. Thanks, you made my last five minutes quite entertaining.
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