Pinche wrote:I read up on there and another forum quite a bit before dropping the loot on one. There really isn't any bad I read about them besides someone saying my was so and so grams heavier then what it stated. But durability and quality and fit were great. I didn't build it up as I don't have alot of the little speciality tools to install the cranks/bb and never setup up brifters before so I let someone else build it up. He said he didn't have any issues and everything went together perfectly. I just had some decals made up in a retro panel style with my last name. I'm still debating on them but their easily removable and don't leave any residue.
As for the ride. It's the first time I rode on a carbon bike so it's hard to say as I have a newer decent aluminum frame and some vintage steel also. The builder took it out to test it out and said it rode fine. He just built a Wilier and a Kestrel and races for a local store on Cannondales so he's around some high quality stuff and was really surprised how nice it was for so cheap. I've got $1500 into it and tips the scales at 16.7 lbs. I'm still debating on the full carbon saddle if I like it or not. lol. It's a bit on the stiffer side.
that sounds good. I really like the look of that frame and considered one myself as a long term build-up with on-sale and lightly used components.
I bought a Kestrel from BD summer of '09, and paid $1600 (if memory serves correct) and it weighs just about the same. I don't like the SRAM, it's too clunky. I might convert it to 105 this winter. I like the industrial look of the Kestrel frame:
since this photo I added carbon cages.