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    I just pulled the trigger...

    Hi guys - just pulled the trigger on a Stradalli Como (limited edition for what it's worth - a Napoli with a nicer paint job). After doing 3 months of homework/research/ebay/bike stores and pulling my hair out, I went Chinese (or rather Taiwan).

    Had a 2004 Trek Project One and it was time.

    The reality was I needed to save costs with kids etc, and getting essentially a FSA, SRAM RED, sub 16lb bike was going to cost me $5k to $6k anywhere else, and Ebay is hovering around $2700 to $3500 for an almost new to 3 year old carbon SRAM Red, that could in fact have a frame cracked that I would not know about it.

    Please know that for all of you that shelled out the big bucks for your sweet rides, I am very envious. Just don't thumb your nose down on me on the group rides please.

    Here's the question. For weekend training rides, do you recommend just leaving the carbon clinchers on or swapping to my regular aluminum Mavic Ksyriums? I do a lot of climbs here in Northern California (and average 40-50 miles a day). Any tips is great.


    Yours in biking love,
    Wyley

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    Quote Originally Posted by slinzer1 View Post
    Hi guys - just pulled the trigger on a Stradalli Como (limited edition for what it's worth - a Napoli with a nicer paint job). After doing 3 months of homework/research/ebay/bike stores and pulling my hair out, I went Chinese (or rather Taiwan).

    Had a 2004 Trek Project One and it was time.

    The reality was I needed to save costs with kids etc, and getting essentially a FSA, SRAM RED, sub 16lb bike was going to cost me $5k to $6k anywhere else, and Ebay is hovering around $2700 to $3500 for an almost new to 3 year old carbon SRAM Red, that could in fact have a frame cracked that I would not know about it.

    Please know that for all of you that shelled out the big bucks for your sweet rides, I am very envious. Just don't thumb your nose down on me on the group rides please.

    Here's the question. For weekend training rides, do you recommend just leaving the carbon clinchers on or swapping to my regular aluminum Mavic Ksyriums? I do a lot of climbs here in Northern California (and average 40-50 miles a day). Any tips is great.


    Yours in biking love,
    Wyley
    If you are doing a lot of serious climbing in the Pacific NW, I would research the overheating and failure rate of some carbon clinchers on descents.
    Every climb has its end, for verily with difficulty there is relief...

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    If you swap carbon for aluminum rimmed wheels, don't you also have to swap brake pads? I don't get the carbon wheel thing.

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    Carbon wheels make much more sense to me as 'race day wheels.' I don't see any reason to use them outside of competition. The Mavic's may not look as great, but will almost certainly be more reliable when used for what would typically be called "training rides." If you really want to keep the carbon wheels, and show-case them occasionally, save them for gran fondos or century rides. But for run-of-the-mill bike rides, I don't think you can beat aluminum clinchers for simplicity and safety.

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    Last edited by Tunnelrat81; 06-26-2013 at 11:07 AM.

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    need pics

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    Thanks guys. here are some thoughts for your thoughts/ridiculeI just pulled the trigger...-stradalli_como_gp_limited_edition_carbon_bike_sram_red_50mm_black_dashes_13.jpgI just pulled the trigger...-stradalli_como_gp_limited_edition_carbon_bike_sram_red_50mm_black_dashes_5.jpg

    Feels like bike porn.

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    and more...

    I just pulled the trigger...-stradalli_como_gp_limited_edition_carbon_bike_sram_red_50mm_black_dashes_1.jpg

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    congrats ... Nice ride ...

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    Don't see many gold bikes around.

    How much were the import costs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangerineowl View Post
    Don't see many gold bikes around.
    +1, sweet paint

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    Thanks for the +1. That's what I thought about the paint job as well, at least its memorable.

    No import costs. The frames are imported from Taiwan and then sold through a US distributor with the SRAM and FSA components etc.

    The reality I also saw on those $3-5k Treks is a nice little sticker saying made in China or Taiwan (can't remember which one it was), so just a sign of the times.

    Wyley

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    nice colors and bike.

    I'm one of those people who are dismissive of carbon wheels unless racing or really showing off. I mean considering braking, insignificant gains of less weight (if it's even the case), why bother with carbon? I don't even know if Stradalli's rims and hubs are all that, and looks like you can flip them for a decent price.

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    Just a passing thought, not to arouse or inflame, but the thread title:

    Gun Culture, eh ?

    Why the apologetic tone on the Taiwan/China point of origin ?

    That was a killler deal:

    Wholesale Med BB30 2013 STRADALLI COMO SRAM RED BLACK CARBON ROAD BIKE AERO 50mm WHEELS 54, $888.25/Piece | DHgate

    Wyley, where are you in Northern CA ? I am in the foothills in Placer County.
    Only the dead shall know the end of war.

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    Looks pretty awesome, ride the hell out of it!

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    It looks good man. My philosophy is now that if you're happy and like your bike, it really dosen't matter what others think. I know that can be tough to practice at times, but more cyclists should. Not everyone can afford 5K for a bike and people shouldn't feel bad because they don't want to or can't spend that much. I have become a value shopper as of late, so kudos to you if this bike fits the bill. Get your ride on and enjoy it.
    Every climb has its end, for verily with difficulty there is relief...

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    That's a nice color scheme. For some reason, many big makes reserve their "gold" scheme for their "high end" line. You're in the high end club dude!

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