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Pinarello FP3 (SRAM) alternatives

Old 08-11-10, 09:32 AM
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Pinarello FP3 (SRAM) alternatives

Hi there,

I am a bit in a pickle - and actually that is a really good thing this time. I (most likely) have a little extra money coming my way the next few weeks. About $4,000 and I feel like that I deserve a treat. Anf that is either a new camera or a new bike. I am willing to spend somewhere between 2500 and a little over 3000 of that.

Currently, I have a nice-ish old bike from the 80s (Puch Mistral steel frame with basic 1980s Campagnolo group) that after a few updates and restorations works really well and I got back into riding a lot more. So, I don't really NEED a new bike (my camera situation is a lot more dismal...). However, I keep fantasy-shopping for the Pinarello FP3 with the SRAM Force group. That would be at the higher end of my price range.

Why am I attracted to it? It's pretty. I've never been on one but it looks like something I may enjoy. Yes, I know, I wouldn't just go and order it without actually trying.

At that point I also want to consider alternatives in that range. And yes, I know there are a gizillion threads out there about this question but I wanted to clear my head a little.

So what am I looking for?

1. A modern road bike that is a little lighter than my current one.
2. Carbon frame and fork if it is reasonably stable and reliable (possible in this price range?)
3. SRAM or Campa group (no rational reason why I don't want anything Shimano...)
4. Stable resell value
5. Something that fits a 190lb / 8'2" guy
6. White, Red or bright yellow would be nice...

That's the basics. Everything else is happening (even more) at an emotional level, I suppose. American made would be great, but I don't think that's possible in that price range. And I know that the "Italian" bikes are not Italian either. When looking at Specialized and Trek I feel like I'd be overpaying.

So what else is there? Thanks and have a safe ride.
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#5, holy crap you're tall.

I just bought the Cervelo S2 in this price range and I love it. It's white and red, also.
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Well, at 8'2", you might need to have Zinn build you a bike! Ok, 6'2"... It is really easy to get caught up in visual attraction of this or that. Hell, it's a bike and visual bling is certainly part of the equation - I get that. However, many of the carbon bikes are going to have a different feel and you can't make the decision without riding a Trek, Giant, Look, Time, Cervello, Pinarello, Specialized, Orbea, Cannondale, Focus, etc etc. You might even get your self interested in a Ti bike and look at Lynskey, Erickson, Merlin, etc.

A friend of mine tested a number of different carbon bikes and interestingly enough ended up settling on a Stevens, a German made carbon bike. He lives in Canada and they are more common up there I guess. He still stands by this decision. Don't forget that wheels will give any bike that you test a certain characteristic in feel and comfort and can fool you. You might also invest in a profession fitting and know what geometry you are looking for based on that.

As for group, well, that is personal. I like my Campy 10 and 11 speed drive-trains and would not switch to SRAM or Shimano. However, both SRAM and Shimano are smooth shifting proven groups. Don't forget to check out buying the group from one of the UK online places, like Ribble, for a decent savings over US domestic prices.
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Originally Posted by ijen0311
#5, holy crap you're tall.

I just bought the Cervelo S2 in this price range and I love it. It's white and red, also.
8"2"
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Another option is the 2011 Cannondale Supersix 4 Rival/Force. It's about 17 lbs, full carbon frame + fork, Sram Rival group with Force crank, comes in up to 63cm size, and available in white with orange accent on headtube. MSRP is $2400.
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Ooops. That's of course 6'2"....
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my cousin absolutely loves his Pinarello. he has had it about 3 years now and he is pretty tall as well.

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Tell us about your camera situation. For $4k you should be able to get both a nice camera and a bike that would still be a significant upgrade from what you now have.
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I have a Blue, it's not american made but an american company. I really love it. I can also advise on the camera since that's how I make my living. My blue was about 1700 new and way's 18lbs. it has a mix of fsa and shimano but for a little more money you could upgrade to campy or Sram
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Forget the bike. You can make your money back with the camera if you have some business sense.
I have one of these. I wouldn't trade it for a Dogma.

I'm getting one of these soon
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I have a 2010 FP3 Sram bike in red/white/carbon and love love LOVE it. I am 6'04" and it fits me great. Just got some 50mm deep section carbon wheels for it. Sweet.

Always trust the Italians for go-fast stuff. Especially if it is red
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Originally Posted by crazyskillz07
Forget the bike. You can make your money back with the camera if you have some business sense.
I have one of these. I wouldn't trade it for a Dogma.

I'm getting one of these soon
Where's the handlebar mount?
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