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2012 Full Carbon Street Bicycle - RIDLEY ORION/SRAM RIVAL FULCRUM $1377 shipped!

Pogo 384 November 14, 2012 at 03:21 PM in Sporting Goods (2)
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Looks like a very sweet deal for an entry-level FULL CARBON FRAME bicycle with some nicely upgraded components.

http://www.competitivecyclist.com...T.ID=32184

I have SRAM Rival group and couldn't be happier. Very precise and a nice step up from Shimano 105, maybe even Ultegra. (differing opinions accepted. Smilie)

And if you haven't ridden carbon yet, well, you don't know what you're missing.

Competitive Cyclist is a very solid seller with a LIFETIME, NO QUESTIONS ASKED return policy.

Here's their description of this bike:
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RIDLEY ORION/SRAM RIVAL FULCRUM COMPLETE BIKE

We're well aware that 'value' can be a dirty word in cycling. However, laying waste to the ideology of increasing banality when decreasing cost, is the Ridley Orion/ SRAM Rival Fulcrum Complete Bike. With a carbon fiber construction and a race-ready component group, the Ridley Orion shatters the perceptive mold of 'affordable bikes.'

When Ridley designed the Orion, it adhered to a simple ethos -- mate comfort with speed. Sounds simple enough, but we doubt that you'll be surprised to hear that both of these characteristics fall on polarized ends of the ride-quality spectrum. So, to start, Ridley constructed the frame from 24-ton carbon fiber. Compared to top-tier racing carbons that are as comfortable as a concrete-lathered board, 24t checks off all of the boxes on our list of requirements -- comfort, rigidity, and responsiveness. The carbon layup provides plenty of lateral and torsional stiffness, while still offering vertical compliance on rough mountain roads. While this is due in part to the carbon makeup, Ridley enhanced the Orion's compliance by integrating mono seatstays (wishbone seatstays for us old folk). For a more effective power-transfer from your pedal stroke, the bottom bracket junction uses an oversized design. This means that less energy will dissipate through the frame while you're putting in your final kick to the line.

The Orion's comfort has been further heightened by what Ridley calls its Protour geometry. In layman's terms, this is a way of saying that the Orion has a tall head tube and a shorter top tube. This geometry has become more commonplace in recent years, and it's for good reason. The created position requires less strain on the back to rest on the hoods or drops, and accordingly, this position allows for precise handling and explosive accelerations over long distances.

And being more than just pretty looks, the Orion is also loaded with an incredible component package. The frame rolls on the svelte Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels, cased in the Continental Ultra Race tires. And supplying the power to the wheels is a SRAM Rival crankset, SRAM chain, SRAM PG-1070 cassette, and SRAM Rival front and rear derailleurs. For shifting and braking, Ridley included Rival shift levers and brake calipers.

The Ridley Orion/ SRAM Rival Fulcrum Complete Bike is available in the color Black/red and in four sizes from XX-Small to Medium.

Orion/SRAM Rival Fulcrum Complete Bike Price: Sale $1376.95 Reg. $2295.00

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L4: Apprentice
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Looked at this again. Still selling SMALL and MEDIUM sizes. Only the wheels are kind of meh, but that's something you can live with or upgrade later.
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1300g frameset...such a boat anchor
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L4: Apprentice
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Quote from flatlight View Post :
1300g frameset...such a boat anchor
Well, Mr. flatlight, the bike comes in at less than 17.1 lbs without pedals, and that's with heavy wheels. That is anything but a boat anchor.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com...2=Continue

But please feel free to post a bike of that light weight with SRAM Rival grupo for under $1400.

I'd say this is a bigger buy than the Litespeed M3 that took the web by storm this time last year. Pull a few reviews, search a few forums, and you will find nothing but good for this price point, especially with the Sram Rival kit which is worth over $700 alone.
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#5
Darn I wish they had this in my size.
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#6
I would've jumped on this but I just bought my Look earlier this year.
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what size am I if I am 5'6"-5'7" 150lb
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Quote from VCi15 View Post :
what size am I if I am 5'6"-5'7" 150lb
Depends. What is your inseam?

Use this: https://www.ebicycles.com/bicycle...rame-sizer
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#9
is Dean RS also full carbon?
how about orion/sram/mavic, they all priced around the same range, which is better value? thx
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Does Competitivecyclist drop-ship these bikes or are the bikes assembled by them?
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Quote from Hardwyre View Post :
Depends. What is your inseam?

Use this: https://www.ebicycles.com/bicycle...rame-sizer
I wear 30x30 pants so 30"?
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Quote from douchebagg View Post :
Does Competitivecyclist drop-ship these bikes or are the bikes assembled by them?
Assembled.

Competitve Cyclist = Backcountry.

Quote from VCi15 View Post :
I wear 30x30 pants so 30"?
Use a measuring tape and measure...?
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I wear 30x30 pants so 30"?
I am about your height. just short of 5' 6". I normally look at bikes that are 54cm or 53cm. 55cm would be okay. so you should be looking at 54 and 55s


Edit: To clarify, you are looking at c-t. which is center to tube. If you look at the frame size choice on the first page, you want to choose medium, not small. as small will be around 51cm and too small for you. your only choices are small and medium frames. so a lot of the tall people can't get this bike deal
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I wear 30x30 pants so 30"?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feat..._-zpSXQzsA
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#15
They don't have my size Frown

Oh well, I'm happy with my 2011 Allez Comp with full 105 5700 that I got for $700.
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