I am looking at a new road bike for next spring. I am looking for a CF frame and fork and a component group of Dura Ace/Chorus caliber and a decent-nice race/training wheel set. Starting this search I have road Treks, Specialized, Cervelo.
I am planning on riding these brands coming up: Orbea, Parlee, Look, Wilier, and Giant.
I came across this Leopard bike site and don't know really much about them Leopard Link. They seem like nice frames and the price is pretty decent. Anyone care to comment about them or know anything about them. Seems to me its similar frames to the more expensive and better know brands. All I am looking for is a well equipped bike and if i can save some money with out the quality then taht is a bonus.
Thanks for any info
My cousin lives in Santa Cruz and I live in San Francisco part of the year for my work. Leopard is located in Half Moon Bay. Their bikes are made by TRIGON out of Taiwan. Not a bad thing. They offer some really nice paint job choices. People who have purchased them seem to really like them. They seem to have great customer service too which is a plus. Being a mail order type bike you will not be able to test ride the frame 1st before dropping the money on it. That is always a challenge. I am in the same predicament myself with my own purchase decision. I think Leopard is worth a shot. I believe they have a 30 day return policy too which helps. Good luck!
Originally Posted by roy harley
I know a lot companies out source some of their manufacturing work to other countries which I don't have a problem with. Scott another bike I will look at too and get some ride time on, I believe doesn't own a factory. I saw the 30 day money back return policy which is nice. I was just hoping to hear from someone that owns one of these Leopard Bikes that has rode some other bikes as well. I don't think I will find too many people that have test road the Leopard bikes without owning one or knowing someone that has one.
Originally Posted by master2129
It is good to know they have good customer service. Maybe I should have just done a search for the "Most bang for the Buck Carbon Fiber frame" here instead of looking up this particular bike.
Still Seems Expensive
The Leopard bikes still seem expensive to me. You can buy the Giant composite frame for the same price as the cheaper Leopard frame. You can get the latest TCR Advanced frame for just slightly more than the more expensive Leopard frame. I know that the other brands are more expensive but for a no-name, it is not nearly as good a deal as I would have expected.
I have to agree. I looked at the new Trek 2008 5.5 at a LBS and it is only at $3800. 5.1 is at $3100. These prices seem to be a bit better than the Leopard bikes. Are there any other bikes out there that are made in the same factory as other known names that are selling at lower prices? The Douglas frame comes to mind from Colorado Cyclist.
Originally Posted by sbindra
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No personal experience, but I've heard good things about Pedal force http://pedalforce.com/
Originally Posted by roy harley
I love the sound of cowbell in the morning.
agreed--overpriced. Most of these companies that talk about their frames as though they spent a lot of R&D likely do little more than order it from an Asian supplier out of a catalog. That's OK, but to pay a premium for it is silly. From these, $1600 should get you a kilo or less frame weight, not lugged, and a high grade of high modulus CF. Frames that end up coming in closer to 1200g+ are lower quality CF (hint: frame specs given for size small).
There's some nice tube-to-tube CF bikes (no lugs but wrapped at joints with CF) that have good pricepoints--like the Ralgeigh CF frame, and I think Van Dessel has a CF frame that specs out well. There's also PedalForce and some others selling these with minimal branding at low costs.
I know i'm a bit late to the party here, but......
I purchased a Leopard M1 (Monocoque) four monthes ago and have been very happy with it. I am not a long-time rider, so I can't give you firm comparisons, but would tell you i've not found a weakness yet.
My previous ride was a pretty nice Reparto Corse Al Bianchi, and I can tell you the Leopard climbs better and seems much more efficient on flats. Where I feel a huge difference is on decents. The Leopard feels incredibly solid to me.
The price tag was a big reason I purchased it. I really couldn't find a bike I liked as much that I could put Chorus and sweet rims (Orion 2's) on for less than $4000.
The customer support was great,too. I sent an email on a Sunday afternoon (not expecting a response until Monday at the earliest) and had a response within 2 hours ....the 30 day return policy was great insurance, too..... but unnecesary as it turns out.
Anyways, I am happy, and the few other people (another big plus to me.. not having the same bike as every 5th person you run into..but that's just me) i've heard talking about there's all seem enamoured with their's.
Sorry I didn't catch this earlier.
What did you end up with?
Originally Posted by xraygav
This is what I am aiming at just waiting to pull the trigger with PedalForce. SRAM stuff is not in for another 2-3 weeks. Plus I would like to see some pictures from some of the Groupbuy people of their new bikes first too.
Frame: ZX3 2008
Frame size : 55 cm
Seatpost clamp : 34.9mm seatpost clamp
Headset: FSA Orbit IS
Headset Compressor: Carbolock
Headset Spacers: 20mm
Seatpost: P2 300mm x 31.6mm
Crankset: SRAM Red Crankset w/ GXP Ceramic Cup Set
Bottom Bracket: SRAM Force GXP Ceramic Cup Set
Chain: SRAM Force PC-1090R PowerChain
Front Derailleur: SRAM Red Front Derailleur 34.9mm
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Red Rear Derailleur
Brakes: SRAM Red brakeset
Integrated Shifter & Brake Lever Set: SRAM Red DoubleTap Controls
Cables: Derailleur and Brake Cable Set (available only with full groupkit purchase)
Handlebar: FSA Wing Pro 31.8mm Bar
Stem: FSA OS-150 31.8mm Carbon Stem
Tubes: 700Cx18-25 Butyl Tube, Presta Valve x 2
Front Tire: Michelin Pro 2 Race, 700CX23 Kevlar
Rear Tire: Michelin Pro 2 Race, 700CX23 Kevlar
Wheelset: Easton Orion II 700C w/QR
Cassette: SRAM OpenGlide OG-1090 Cassette
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
Just over $3300, can't beat the price at all. And I have looked just about everywhere...
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