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Scattante Courier Series - any reviews? owner feedback?

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Old 07-23-09, 10:54 AM
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Scattante Courier Series - any reviews? owner feedback?

I just picked this up for $285 after tax, 15% discount, shipping, and ship-to-store assembly - ok deal?

http://www.performancebike.com/webap...http:ClickInfo

I know it's cheap, cheesy, a knock-off of a knock-off, etc. - but what about the quality? Will it be ok for short commutes, or general on road bashing? I have a Cannondale mountain bike which I don't feel comfortable locking up, plus it's not a road bike and I wanted to see how I liked the riding position prior to dropping big bucks on a name brand bike.

How about the gearing? Is it acceptable for general riding, and not so steep hills? Should I ride it as is and change it later as needed, or should I just get it corrected right away?

I got the 54cm model. I called Performance prior to purchase, and they told me the frame is a little short so someone taller should generally fit on a smaller bike due to this bikes geometry. I'd normally shop for a 56cm, so I'm slightly concerned about the 2cm loss, but since it's not costing me an arm and a leg I decided to go for it.

I know, lots of questions. Thank you in advance for the replies.

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Nice looking bike for the money
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Originally Posted by Porsche5050 View Post
I just picked this up for $285 after tax, 15% discount, shipping, and ship-to-store assembly - ok deal?

http://www.performancebike.com/webap...http:ClickInfo

I know it's cheap, cheesy, a knock-off of a knock-off, etc. - but what about the quality? Will it be ok for short commutes, or general on road bashing? I have a Cannondale mountain bike which I don't feel comfortable locking up, plus it's not a road bike and I wanted to see how I liked the riding position prior to dropping big bucks on a name brand bike.

How about the gearing? Is it acceptable for general riding, and not so steep hills? Should I ride it as is and change it later as needed, or should I just get it corrected right away?

I got the 54cm model. I called Performance prior to purchase, and they told me the frame is a little short so someone taller should generally fit on a smaller bike due to this bikes geometry. I'd normally shop for a 56cm, so I'm slightly concerned about the 2cm loss, but since it's not costing me an arm and a leg I decided to go for it.

I know, lots of questions. Thank you in advance for the replies.

Tariq
Well, since you asked...

Your questions are good ones to ask BEFORE you spend your money. It's rather not-smart to do so after. What good would answers do for you now?
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Old 07-23-09, 11:29 AM
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I've wondered about that bike also, so others could benefit

The Bikesnob link looked interesting, I'll have to read that when I have more time.
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The Bikesnob has a nice post, thanks for referencing the link dayvan. He doesn't get into the quality and components of the bike much - that isn't his main goal in the post. He does say this though:

My Empire State Courier performed well on the ride from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Since I'm reviewing the bike's street cred rather than the bike itself, I won't lapse into bike reviewer speak and try to describe the ride. All I'll say is that it rode as nicely as any inexpensive bike I've ridden, and that while there's absolutely nothing fancy on the bike it's all perfectly serviceable. (Apart from the flimsy toe clips, that is.) Basically, it felt like a singlespeed hybrid, which was probably due to the wide risers. I did conduct one highly technical test on the frame, which involved tapping it in various places, by which I determined the steel was straight-gauge, like the Pake or the Mission. (Also, if it was butted I'm sure Perscattante wouldn't let you forget it.) Anyway, assuming the thing fits you, you don't want to shift, and you're a competent mechanic there's not much wrong with it.


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