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    New here, just got a Stradalli bike

    Some of the web searching I did here as well as the chinese carbon frame threads helped with the decision so I figured I'd post about it. Yes, I know I only have a few posts and not recently, "It's a shill!!!" Go search MTBR under the same username, or offthelimiter if you're into exotic sports cars. I'm a long time mountain biker and forum poster getting into road riding since moving to an area where MTB is less convenient.

    I got the Napoli with force components, FSA carbon crank and alu wheels. 2k on fleabay, no tax and free shipping. It showed up tuesday, I spent a couple days putting it together and finally got to ride today. My previous roadie was/is a spesh langster. I love riding SS but for greater distances and pushing a decent pace I wanted a geared carbon bike.

    I didn't go with a generic chinese frame because I wanted an American address/company if there were any issues. It actually turned out to be a good thing. I typo'd the crank length when I ordered and this prompted a call from someone (I wanna say Dave but I'm horrible with names) at Stradalli who thought 170m on a L frame was fishy. He also talked me out of a compact crankset which turned out after my first ride to be a great idea. Right off the bat that tells me the folks there at least know bikes/components and care enough to call and confirm.

    Initial impressions. Out of the box and at a regular distance it looks great. If you go over it with a magnifying glass you can see some small details in the carbon that don't look pretty. Don't get me wrong, everything is smooth but I figure if you're gonna have nude carbon it should accentuate the material, not expose odd looking joints, etc...

    Putting it together had a few snags. The BB30 requires a headset press to put in. The headset is integrated and the bottom bearing ring took a little convincing with a hammer and board to seat. Finally the bike has internal cable routing. All is well with that (there are internal guides, no wire and flashlights needed) except the front D cable sleeve doesn't exit the frame, only the cable itself does. You need to be careful to affix the other end on the bars well so everything shifts well.

    It's lighter than the SS but not insanely so. The seatpost is awfully heavy for carbon, that may get swapped in the future. Also the AL bars I'm sure keep cost down but are heavy as well.

    The force shifters had next to no learning curve, after all I'm coming off an SS so I have no shifting muscle memory to overcome. It shifts nicely, no drama. I spent most of the ride in the big ring and damn does it FLY compared to the SS. I hit 37.5mph top speed according to strava.

    The bike is pretty stiff. Over rougher roads I can feel it a little more than the langster with AL frame and carbon MTB bars. Some of this is probably due to switching riding positions from upright to standard roadie and the AL bars on the Napoli. I had some hand pain and this was a short 11 mile ride.

    Downhill at speed it felt plenty stable, uphill it climbs nicely, I got some out of the saddle climbing at the end of the ride. Very nice to actually be able to shift down.

    Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. I've done some rentals with spesh and cannondale carbon bikes and I'd say the ride feels the same. I don't see any glaring defects that would steer anyone away from one of these. Time will tell how durable it is, but initially at least I'm very pleased.

    Stock ebay pic, but mine looks identical except for red bar tape.


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    Yeah, Stradelli is well known around here for terrible customer service, high prices and questionable quality. Try the fun "search" feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
    Yeah, Stradelli is well known around here for terrible customer service, high prices and questionable quality. Try the fun "search" feature.
    Hi, thanks for the warm welcome!

    If you read into the first sentence (I know it was a little long) you'll know that I searched this forum as part of the buying process. I just did another search to make sure I didn't totally screw up the first time and it still seems that the people with direct experience with the company for the most part liked the products with a few exceptions (One guy had a cracked frame after 6 months, one in the cayman islands had some customer service issues). Seemed like decent odds so I rolled the dice.

    It should be noted that I didn't comb through every thread without stradalli in the title to find the one or two posts mentioning them, but I do have a sorta real job and family that takes a lot of time away from my obsessive internet browsing which is spilt between bikes, cars watches and whether my friends on facebook checked in at the correct toilet in vegas.

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    You read this one?

    Stradalli Carbom frames

    And, welcome to the forum.
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    FFIW I saw a previous World Masters Champion racing a Stradalli with Di2 last summer at the Tour of Americas Dairyland and he did quite well on it.

    This has nothing to do with their long term reliability or customer service obviously, but provided you get one that didn't arrive with problems, it should serve you well in the short term at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
    You read this one?

    Stradalli Carbom frames

    And, welcome to the forum.
    Welcome to the board OP, but yeah Stradalli hasn't had great rep.

    Kontact is sounding harsh, but against your ideals of "an American address/company if there were any issues", they were found to have bad CS with lackluster quality control behind the obvious practice of outsourcing cookie cutter-frames and upcharging ridiculously.

    Maybe they've been better these days, particularly in regards to CS. Hope you're enjoying the bike.

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    I too hope you are enjoying the bike. It is about the ride. Don't let any of the above detract from this. You bought the bike. Now go ride. Congratulations.

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    [QUOTE=big_slacker;4035845]Some of the web searching I did here as well as the chinese carbon frame threads helped with the decision so I figured I'd post about it. Yes, I know I only have a few posts and not recently, "It's a shill!!!" Go search MTBR under the same username, or offthelimiter if you're into exotic sports cars. I'm a long time mountain biker and forum poster getting into road riding since moving to an area where MTB is less convenient.

    I got the Napoli with force components, FSA carbon crank and alu wheels. 2k on fleabay, no tax and free shipping. It showed up tuesday, I spent a couple days putting it together and finally got to ride today. My previous roadie was/is a spesh langster. I love riding SS but for greater distances and pushing a decent pace I wanted a geared carbon bike.

    I didn't go with a generic chinese frame because I wanted an American address/company if there were any issues. It actually turned out to be a good thing. I typo'd the crank length when I ordered and this prompted a call from someone (I wanna say Dave but I'm horrible with names) at Stradalli who thought 170m on a L frame was fishy. He also talked me out of a compact crankset which turned out after my first ride to be a great idea. Right off the bat that tells me the folks there at least know bikes/components and care enough to call and confirm.

    Initial impressions. Out of the box and at a regular distance it looks great. If you go over it with a magnifying glass you can see some small details in the carbon that don't look pretty. Don't get me wrong, everything is smooth but I figure if you're gonna have nude carbon it should accentuate the material, not expose odd looking joints, etc...

    Putting it together had a few snags. The BB30 requires a headset press to put in. The headset is integrated and the bottom bearing ring took a little convincing with a hammer and board to seat. Finally the bike has internal cable routing. All is well with that (there are internal guides, no wire and flashlights needed) except the front D cable sleeve doesn't exit the frame, only the cable itself does. You need to be careful to affix the other end on the bars well so everything shifts well.

    It's lighter than the SS but not insanely so. The seatpost is awfully heavy for carbon, that may get swapped in the future. Also the AL bars I'm sure keep cost down but are heavy as well.

    The force shifters had next to no learning curve, after all I'm coming off an SS so I have no shifting muscle memory to overcome. It shifts nicely, no drama. I spent most of the ride in the big ring and damn does it FLY compared to the SS. I hit 37.5mph top speed according to strava.

    The bike is pretty stiff. Over rougher roads I can feel it a little more than the langster with AL frame and carbon MTB bars. Some of this is probably due to switching riding positions from upright to standard roadie and the AL bars on the Napoli. I had some hand pain and this was a short 11 mile ride.

    Downhill at speed it felt plenty stable, uphill it climbs nicely, I got some out of the saddle climbing at the end of the ride. Very nice to actually be able to shift down.

    Overall I'm pleased with the purchase. I've done some rentals with spesh and cannondale carbon bikes and I'd say the ride feels the same. I don't see any glaring defects that would steer anyone away from one of these. Time will tell how durable it is, but initially at least I'm very pleased.

    Stock ebay pic, but mine looks identical except for red bar tape.

    110 years ago at 50 I bought what I thought would be my last new bike. I was concerned about this new fangled carbon and went with a Ti Litespeed. As I turned 60 I found myself ready to get a new bike. I did lots of research and was interested in the Stradallis. It was really hard to find many reviews and what I found in the forums were widely mixed reviews. In October I made the leap and ordered a Stradalli Napoli, full Sram Force components, 50mm carbon clinchers, carbon stem and bars for $3,000. Light weight but not super light. Stiff but with a good ride. Not a project for a novice, but I did well in getting everything assembled. I was so pleased with my experience that I ordered a Stradalli Catania for my wife. It came with Force derailleurs and levers, FSA brakes, bars and crank and 85mm rear, 50mm front carbon clinchers also for $3,000 and weighing in at just over 15 pounds. I'm sure that not everyone will be blessed with the help and service that I received but I am very pleased with the value and would recommend the bikes to someone who is handy around a bike or has someone to assemble it for them.

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    Hey there - any updates on durability?

    I started a similar thread recently but figured I could necro-bump yours if the story with your Stradalli has changed.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_slacker View Post
    I got the Napoli with force components, FSA carbon crank and alu wheels. 2k on fleabay, no tax and free shipping.
    My condolences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notvintage View Post
    My condolences.


    You didn't like your Napoli I take it?
    Last edited by Dangerous; 07-06-2017 at 05:41 AM. Reason: added quote/model for clarity
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