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Old 07-10-10, 04:11 PM
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2010 Mercier Galaxy

Anyone know anything about this beast? Are the chainstays really 410? Does any know about the stem? Is it welded to the steering column as some sort of pseudo-quill fork?

Is the weld quality ok?

How about the wheels?


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Old 07-10-10, 07:46 PM
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I would think it would as listed. There are plenty of generic parts (hubs, bottom bracket) and it is 8 speed Sora. The chain stays are a little short.

Like any of their bikes it needs assembly and I am sure a good check of the wheels for tension and true.
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I would think it would as listed. There are plenty of generic parts (hubs, bottom bracket) and it is 8 speed Sora. The chain stays are a little short.

Like any of their bikes it needs assembly and I am sure a good check of the wheels for tension and true.
I tried to email them! No response. It would sure help if I knew exactly what the stem and fork are.
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I don't know about that particular model, but I bought a different bike from them a couple of years ago. They tend to list every component that is name brand. If it isn't listed on the web site, chances are it is low-end generic stuff. If the wheels and stem aren't described, it is likely components from generic Taiwanese manufacturers like Joytech, Chin Haur, or Wei Hau. That isn't to say it is all bad, but my guess is that if you don't see a component listed, it was made by some company you've probably never heard of.

I also found customer service frustrating. They shipped my order quickly, but I had no phone number to call for support, and e-mail response was spotty. I'd still order from them again, but you need to know that you have to rely on yourself or local bike shop for support after buying something.
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If this is a Bikesdirect item and you want a touring bike I would check out the Windsor Tourist. Its got longer chainstays and may have more relaxed geometry. I bought one and am very happy with it. If you buy one get the wheels trued by a LBS or if you have the skilld so it yourself. There are some other basic issues to make sure of such as checking the preload on the bearings in the headset and the axle bearings.Mine were a bit too snug and after I loosened them up a tad the bike rolls and steers much nicer. There was a thread about a man and his daughter and her friend doing a cross country tour in the Tourists and they were well pleased. Just a thought. The Mercier looks pretty cool and really has that old school look.
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Well,

I don't think that I am going to go with either one. They did not REPLY to me. These bikes are SMALL. The 64 cm bike on the Windsor only has a 585 top tube. It is crazy. I am anticipating that it would cost a lot of money to replace these welded one piece riser/stem combos. I am going to end up with some adaptors, new stem, and headset to get the darn thing to try and fit right.

I really do not want to a buy a custom bike and as far as I am concerned some of the touring bikes are just too expensive for what they get.

They seem to like big profit margins on these bikes.

If I can get a racing bike with 105 for $900 at my LBS, then why do I want to pay 1500$ for a Trek 520 with bar levers?

I find it very frustrating. I was looking for a way to equalize it. I can get the Fuji touring bike for $1000. I might do such.
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then why do I want to pay 1500$ for a Trek 520 with bar levers?
Dunno, because when I priced a new 520 my quoted price was $1050.

Your 105 racing bike is an aluminum frame with probably cheap wheels at that price point.. The 520 is a steel tourer that's ready to ride
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Word on the street is that the 2009 Fuji was the same bike as the Windsor Tourist. Different paint, and different price.
The 1 inch steerer tube is odd but functional. If you don't like the rise/reach you can get a quill adaptor/extension for about $25 online and use a more typical threadless stem.
How tall are you? I'm 6'2" and wouldn't want more than a 585 TT on a touring bike.
It seems to me that the Windsor is a smokin deal if you are on a tight budget.
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... I am anticipating that it would cost a lot of money to replace these welded one piece riser/stem combos. I am going to end up with some adaptors, new stem, and headset to get the darn thing to try and fit right.
It is just a standard 1 inch quill stem. There are plenty still made. You can get nice cheap ones made by Origin8.

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... If I can get a racing bike with 105 for $900 at my LBS, then why do I want to pay 1500$ for a Trek 520 with bar levers? ...
Those two types of bikes are totally different. What do you want? A racing bike will have very different wheels, frame geometry, and braze ons compared to a touring bike. Those two types of bikes are designed for totally different purposes.

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...I find it very frustrating. I was looking for a way to equalize it. I can get the Fuji touring bike for $1000. I might do such.
I think the Fuji touring is a fine bike, but not that much of a bargain over the Trek 520. The Trek has nicer wheels, brakes, and crankset than the Fuji.
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Actually I think that the wheels are better. Nor do I think that aluminum is any cheaper than steel. It is absurd. It is just a different material.

The Fuji bike has a better stem/headset and steerer. This is a big difference. I was trying to check out replacement forks. There are not many available in 1" for a reasonable price. Bikesdirect does not seem to be very cost effective. I did find that I could buy an adaptor on Amazon for 25$. This was interesting.

to surlydave - My road bike is 595 and is too small. The headtube is too short. I have a slanted 120mm stem on my racing bike. It is not ideal. If the stem on the bikesdirect is 80mm or 90 mm, then it would never work.
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The Fuji bike has a better stem/headset and steerer.


to surlydave - My road bike is 595 and is too small. The headtube is too short. I have a slanted 120mm stem on my racing bike. It is not ideal. If the stem on the bikesdirect is 80mm or 90 mm, then it would never work.

Ok. Looks like the same bike as the Windsor to me.

Sounds like you are a larger fellow but remember roadie geometery is not what you should look for in a tourer.
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