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Scattante Bicycles- ONLY owner opinions, please!

Old 06-02-10, 05:19 PM
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Scattante Bicycles- ONLY owner opinions, please!

Yeah, yeah, before someone tells me to use the "Search" feature, I have, and I didn't find much other than people either bashing them or posting photos of them.

Anyway, I just got a new Performance Bicycle catalog in the mail and was looking at some of these CFR bikes. I didn't realize Scattante was a house-brand until I just read these forums a few minutes ago.

So, I'm on a search for a good road bike, and I couldn't help but to notice the awesome price on one of these carbon fiber bikes. I almost had to do a double-take. Then, I found the frame for sale separately (CFR Race model) for $999.

Can I get some opinions from you Scattante owners as to the pros and cons of these bikes, whether you'd buy one again, etc.?

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If that's all you need, just go ahead.

If you are into serious cycling, a lot of other stuff moving around. Pedal force for example.

Ps: wonder how many people is actually racing an scattante. /bike forums/Road Racing/
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Old 06-02-10, 05:37 PM
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buy it when its on sale
we have a XRL Comp my wife rides nearly every day that cost $199 (frame fork etc) and we could not be happier with it.
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Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
If that's all you need, just go ahead.

If you are into serious cycling, a lot of other stuff moving around. Pedal force for example.

Ps: wonder how many people is actually racing an scattante. /bike forums/Road Racing/
Good question. I do plan on eventually trying to do a century run, so I want something I can ride a lot and do some long distances on without breaking anything. Even though Scattante is a house brand, those CFR bikes still cost a good amount of scratch.

Basically, what I want is a bike that I can be happy with for years to come, and put a ton of miles on. I'm not so worried about components as I am the structural rigidity of the frame/fork.
 
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I rode a CFR for a summer and I was happy with it. It is what they say it is- a solid carbon frame with good components for the price. If you have the money, I say go for it.
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Old 06-02-10, 07:14 PM
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Those $199 XLR frames are one of the best deals out there for a nice budget build.
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My riding buddy has the CFR and really likes it. He can usually kick my buotay on it. Don't hesitate. The only downside is "Scatantte" in big white letters under the clear coat. Other than that a great bike.
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I have a 2008 CFR. The 2009 is the same, but the 2010 is a different bike. BB30 and what not. The 2008/9 is the same frame as the Pedal Force ZX3 with a slightly lower modulus carbon in the layup. Still plenty stiff and rides great. I ride a 61cm and am about 205#.

Mine is a "COMP" - came with mostly 105. I've changed the wheels, seat/seatpost, and drivetrain over time and now can't come up with any reason to upgrade bikes for awhile. It's light enough (a bit under 18# - 61cm - should drop to low 17's or high 16's with a new all carbon fork). The stock fork is stout, but heavy (alloy crown and stearer).

I've raced mine and do the weekly training rides with a local race team. The bike is not holding me back and I really only get grief from people who think the brand on the bike matters. More often than not those types get dropped before me.

and I like the way it looks...
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The new frames seem a lot different than the last two years' frames. If i destroyed my CFR frame somehow, I don't think I'd mind riding one of the new ones with BB30, different chain/seatstay design, etc.
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Damn that black on black is sexy...
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Originally Posted by Herbie53 View Post
I have a 2008 CFR. The 2009 is the same, but the 2010 is a different bike. BB30 and what not. The 2008/9 is the same frame as the Pedal Force ZX3 with a slightly lower modulus carbon in the layup. Still plenty stiff and rides great. I ride a 61cm and am about 205#.

Mine is a "COMP" - came with mostly 105. I've changed the wheels, seat/seatpost, and drivetrain over time and now can't come up with any reason to upgrade bikes for awhile. It's light enough (a bit under 18# - 61cm - should drop to low 17's or high 16's with a new all carbon fork). The stock fork is stout, but heavy (alloy crown and stearer).

I've raced mine and do the weekly training rides with a local race team. The bike is not holding me back and I really only get grief from people who think the brand on the bike matters. More often than not those types get dropped before me.

and I like the way it looks...
Not quite sure what you mean by a "BB30" or when you say, "came with mostly 105."

I'm not familiar with "Pedal Force." I'm very green to serious biking. I hadn't been on a bike for 21-22 years until the beginning of April, so I'm not familiar at all with these brands or anything.

Anyway, as was already mentioned, that black/black is really awesome looking on that bike.
 
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Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
If that's all you need, just go ahead.

If you are into serious cycling, a lot of other stuff moving around. Pedal force for example.

Ps: wonder how many people is actually racing an scattante. /bike forums/Road Racing/
Pedal Force sells the same carbon frame that Scattante uses.
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Originally Posted by Quel View Post
Pedal Force sells the same carbon frame that Scattante uses.
Okay, just did a Google on Pedal Force. Their products appear to be reasonably priced. Are they decent products?
 
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Originally Posted by RatedZ View Post
Not quite sure what you mean by a "BB30" (is the new beefier bottom bracket supposed to be super stiff) or when you say, "came with mostly 105 (mostly Shimano model 105 components - probably has some lesser components)."

I'm not familiar with "Pedal Force (inexpensive carbon fiber bike brand)." I'm very green to serious biking. I hadn't been on a bike for 21-22 years until the beginning of April, so I'm not familiar at all with these brands or anything.

Anyway, as was already mentioned, that black/black is really awesome looking on that bike.
Some say that Fuji makes the Scatante brand.
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Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
Some say that Fuji makes the Scatante brand.
The Scattante CFR and Pedal Force ZX3 frames were/are sourced from ADK in Taiwan(ADK linky). Fuji and many others may be sourcing frames there as well.

I believe the 08/09 CFR is ADK frame AKFM05.. handy for Trivial Pursuit. This is a good write up on bike manufacture / sourcing.

where was my bike made?

Since your new after a long break, maybe it would be best if you found a good LBS that could help you with selecting the right level of equipment and a proper sizing.
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Originally Posted by gus6464 View Post
Those $199 XLR frames are one of the best deals out there for a nice budget build.
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Apparently also Element6 frames are the same as the Pedal Force and Scattantes. Carbon frames don't tend to come from many places nowadays.

https://www.element6bikes.com/
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i've a pedal force cg1. great bike.
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The Pedal Force Fusion Ti/Carbon frame looks pretty swanky too.

https://pedalforce.com/online/product...roducts_id=347
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If your First bike , DO IT, It was mine, did over 7000 miles in less than 2 yrs, now I have a Cervelo S2 also, rode the SCAT today. still going strong for a cheap priced CFR...you cannot match the dollar value
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I race a scat.... but the Ti lynskey built frame. I love the bike.

I previously raced my fuji.... which is nice, but flexy. Regarding best bang for your buck.... thats a lie. I wish I would have waited for a CC deal or
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I have a CFR comp and am very pleased with it. Not the lightest, but either am I. It is a comfortable, compliant frame with solid components, mine came with 105/Ultegra mix. In short, I have absolutely no complaints. Oh and black reflective tape took care of the Scat logos.
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After applying a boat load of team points I had banked during 2009, I bought a XLR Comp frameset last Christmas for $47 out the door (including taxes). It's a solid frameset but with a few caveats. You should have the bottom bracket shell faced. If my frameset is any indication, the BB shell on these are not flush for a BB or BB cup to screw onto. Second, you'll need to press the headset cups if you use the included internal (not integrated) headset. This requires tools and a little know-how, else you'll need your LBS to carry out that task. The headset is fine, so don't let it dissuade you. Finally, you'll need the following accessories to round out the frameset: bottle cage bolts, bottom bracket cable guide, and downtube barrel adjusters. A hassle, but your LBS can hook you up.

As for ride quality, it's pretty good for full aluminum. Ironically, the frameset has a sticker on it referring to carbon stays, but that's a known glitch and has probably been corrected in current year models. You can do far worse, and with the greenbacks you save, you can invest in decent components and wheelset. Furthermore, it's a bike you can just ride. It's not a museum piece. It's value will reside in how much you ride it. And isn't that what it's all about?

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I'm still trying to figure out why so many people have such an issue with the "Scattante" name on the bike. Is the reason because it's a "generic" brand, or what? If they're good bikes, it shouldn't matter what the name on the frame is...
 

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