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

Pogo 384 November 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM in Sporting Goods (2)
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Last Edited by Pogo November 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Looks like a very sweet deal for an entry-level FULL CARBON FRAME bicycle with some nicely upgraded components.

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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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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Quote from Evan55 View Post :
hahah, another DHer now wearing lycra OMG Embarrassment
Maybe he got used to wearing lycra at the world cup and didn't want to give it up.

Quote from cocolocomoco View Post :
you can get a higher % on cashback at get it there instead of same company, same unconditional lifetime returns, free 2 day shipping

Also, if anyone is still looking at the Shimano pedals (PD-R540) check out Nashbar

They are $15 cheaper than Amazon, even with shipping.
Last edited by Personmans December 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
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Quote from Evan55 View Post :
hahah, another DHer now wearing lycra OMG Embarrassment
It's a sad sad thing, but a true one...

haha and i didn't do any world touring, not a contender or anything lol. just amateur racing pro

PS, loving the bike, but I will say, it definitely does have some flex. It's very comfortable commuting, even sharp stuff is quite muted, but it's not a sprinter that is for sure. Doing about 20 miles a day, pretty mild. The SRAM road bike stuff is odd, but I'm getting the hang of it. I haven't had a brand new drivetrain in probably 10 years!

Needs a wider handlebar. Saved 3/4 pound going to a thompson post and stem and a ti seat. Cranks are quite heavy, the wheels are nearly 2000grams. That's a pound of rotational weight right there you could save.
Last edited by raacerx December 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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there is no denying the convenience of road biking.

I didnt get to a chairlift all year this year so Im thinking of selling my DH bike and just going full on roadie/xc weenie Frown
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I've been looking for a new bike - wish they had the large in stock. keep the cycle deals going.
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