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Leader L735TR - not a coffee bike

Old 12-07-07, 02:10 PM
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Like I said, I don't care about what the owner of the bike in the pic does with it, and no it doesn't surprise me. I just wanted to see what that particular frame looked like set up as an actual track bike since it looks perfect for an entry level veledrome-only bike (thanks for pic bonechilling, kind of hard to see it though). For street use, that massive downtube must really suck...
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That frame just makes me second-guess my BFSSFG Iro frame..I want tighter geo
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who ****ing Cares?
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Originally Posted by pitboss
see above quote: definition of tarck bike culture - and it is for sale!
like the ronin, mifune.
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A new teammate has one set up for the track, sort of. He's got drops, FSA Vigorelli cranks, and proper gearing. His wheels wouldn't have been my first choice, something like Deep V Formulas. I'd have taken the money he spent on some of the nicer components on the bike and put it into either some stock Ellipses or done a DA Aerohead or DA Pro Elite build. Anyway, it looks kind of cool, but the build kit wasn't really unified, it was kind of all over the place in terms of matching parts, etc - he's very new rider in general, so when we were at Hellyer together it was hard to gauge how the bike performed just by watching him ride.

Another teammate had to take a year or so off after snapping his collarbone, so he turned his leader into a cafe cruiser by adding fenders and a front basket on risers. Looking at it is sort of like looking at an MC Escher drawing, it just doesn't make any sense (I guess until you realize that the frame is only $250).
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Originally Posted by roadfix
Track bikes are ridden on the street, at least here in Echo Park. The closest velodrome is 25 miles away!
25 miles? Are you serious? Hellyer's 50 miles away and I thought that I lived close to a velodrome.

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The veledrome here is 25 miles outside of town, but then again, so is everything else. I consider that pretty close. Ahh Texas...
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Originally Posted by kmart
The veledrome here is 25 miles outside of town, but then again, so is everything else. I consider that pretty close. Ahh Texas...
It's closer than that. Dairy Ashford is still Houston.
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Old 12-07-07, 04:41 PM
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Alkek is only 20.9 miles from my house. And I'm almost finished with my track bike.
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Originally Posted by hanjin
Alkek is only 20.9 miles from my house. And I'm almost finished with my track bike.
Almost finished? Your Velospace shows two track bikes.
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Awful looks aside, I've heard that these Leader frames are very stiff and not very forgiving on the track, I cannot imagine what the ride is like out on the street. From looking at them on eBay, the quality looks sub-par. Coupled with that BS eBay mis-representation thing a couple of years ago (Leader was selling them on ebay at a big discount under an alias'd eBay seller), this is one frame I wouldn't buy.

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Almost finished? Your Velospace shows two track bikes.
Neither would be allowed on a velodrome setup as they are.
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Old 12-07-07, 05:04 PM
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Have you ever ridden a massive tubed alloy bike for 10 miles? If you think that's uncomfortable grow some balls. Ever sat on an alloy TT bike for 40 miles sitting on the edge of a Flite? They aren't that bad. Let your tyres down.
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my friend has that frame. it's a stiff, brittle ride for sure. not very enjoyable compared to either of my steel frames though, but would likely be better suited for the velodrome.

i'd rather have a pista concept if i was going to go aluminum though, having ridden both frames.
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Originally Posted by shogun17
Have you ever ridden a massive tubed alloy bike for 10 miles? If you think that's uncomfortable grow some balls. Ever sat on an alloy TT bike for 40 miles sitting on the edge of a Flite? They aren't that bad. Let your tyres down.
Come up here and do 60 kms in -3 degrees temperatures with 10 cms of snow on the ground and SUVs slicing past you with only millimeters to spare and then you can talk about balls.
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
Neither would be allowed on a velodrome setup as they are.
So he'd have to put on drop bars. Shouldn't be too hard.
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i have one.. love it for short hops around town, and for not worrying about if i happen to lock it in a sketchy area...

it's a light, stiff, and cheap frame that does it's job.



and... if you crash it...


"CRASH REPLACEMENT PROGRAM

The original owner of each Leader Bike USA frame and/or fork is protected for his or her lifetime by our crash program. If, in the event of a crash, the frame and/or fork are repairable, Leader Bike USA will repair it at cost. If the frame and/or fork is irreparable, Leader Bike USA will replace it at a cost less than wholesale price through an authorized Leader Bike USA dealer"


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on days like today (freezing rain, icy roads), im sure as hell not gonna ride a 2000$ brakeless track bike around town, thats for damn sure...

they serve their purpose, whether for track, street, posing, crashing, etc...
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an authorized Leader Bike USA dealer
are such animals common?
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Old 12-07-07, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by visitordesign
are such animals common?

not likely, but i know there's gotta be at least one.
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Originally Posted by shogun17
Have you ever ridden a massive tubed alloy bike for 10 miles? If you think that's uncomfortable grow some balls. Ever sat on an alloy TT bike for 40 miles sitting on the edge of a Flite? They aren't that bad. Let your tyres down.
I think growing balls would only make the situation worse, especially on a Flite...Also, if I have to go below 120psi on a 700c tire on any bike just to feel comfortable, then that bike sucks.
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Old 12-07-07, 08:02 PM
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I have one also.....rode it on the track and now that I gave that up i ride it on the street. It is stiff and not forgiving at all. As for long rides it all depends on your setup. I've done alleycats and up to 20 mile rides set up the way you see it with no problems or discomfort.

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Old 12-07-07, 08:20 PM
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that bike looks great.
 
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I should post my bike. You all would just be so pissed off haha.
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I doubt anyone actually gets pissed off about seeing anyone's bike.
Thats just plain stupid.
Go smoke more pot.
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Old 12-07-07, 09:54 PM
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I doubt anyone actually gets pissed off about seeing anyone's bike.
Thats just plain stupid.
Go smoke more pot.
I'm pisssed just thinking about his bike. Him and his stupid bike! I hope him and his bike go to H.E double hockey sticks!! Gosh darn it!
 
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im keeping an eye out for one on ebay for my next build
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