(if anyone reading this page can ID the model, please contact me)
This bike has become my favorite. It fits me perfectly and has a buttery, silky ride. It flexes a bit when I stand and pedal (I weigh 235lbs as of this writing) so there's a bit of chain rub with certain front/rear derailleur combinations, but it just doesn't matter.
The build on this bike is as follows:
The bike weighs 21.5+ lbs with pedals, bottle cage, and computer.
I couldn't just let this box of super-nice components sit around, so naturally I started shopping for a frame. Not just any frame, mind you, but a fine italian steed, and preferably a Colnago. I've wanted one since the 80's when I began riding. After a few false starts, I bid on, and won this frame on eBay. The selling price was $355 including a bottom bracket, headset and Shimano 600-series brakes. Turns out the bottom bracket and headset were trashed, but it still seemed like a good deal.
Once I started building the bike up I noticed some irregularities in the top tube. Long story short, after I took some carefully lit pictures and posted them to http://forums.roadbikereview.com, it was determined that this frame must have been wrecked (pix). I contacted the seller and he graciously refunded $150, making my total outlay $205 for the frame and brakes. If the frame turned out to be rideable, then it was a great deal. If not, then a lesson had at least been learned.
As it turns out, the frame is very rideable. It's my sweetest-riding bike, for sure. There's something about how nicely it tracks and yet turns in so smoothly. It feels "alive" underneath me. All this, when I expected so little of it, given that it's likely been wrecked (or driven into a garage wall on a roof rack).
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