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

Pogo 387 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.

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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nice deal! Id be tempted if they had them in non-midget sizes Stick Out Tongue
You damn giant!LMAO
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#47
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why the heck doesnt it have pedals
Most people already have cleat/pedal combinations that they like and just move them from one bike to another if they buy a new bike. Since there are so many different types of pedals and cleats it makes no sense to ship a bike with pedals.
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#48
very nice deal. my local store has cannondale synapse carbon 6 for 1600 and i thought that was a good deal.
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#49
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High end Colnagos and Looks are still made there. Pinarello still paints their bikes in Italy and slaps the made in italy decal on them.
I'm not sure about all LOOKs but some of them carrying the "MADE in France" are made in TUNISIA, which is in North Africa.
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#50
while shopping for some Cinelli frames few months ago, i called two stores in EU/europe, wanting to buy something "made in Italy". both store owners kind of laughed and said, "asian carbon fiber technology is the best in the world, most of the so called made in italy bikes are nothing but the paint scheme is done in italy. the old days of a master tech making your frame is long gone

oh well, i still own two Bianchis from the 80s and 90s.

this is a great deal. if Taiwan own company making bikes in China is good enough for HTC/Gaints Team, i guess it is good enough for me
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#51
After going over this deal for days in my head, I finally bit the bullet.

Not a huge SRAM fan, but $1350 for a new carbon bike with a NQA return policy, got to give it a shot!
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After going over this deal for days in my head, I finally bit the bullet.

Not a huge SRAM fan, but $1350 for a new carbon bike with a NQA return policy, got to give it a shot!
Hope you enjoy your new ride. The CC folks are great to deal with. I think you'll grow to like the SRAM Rival setup. It's very precise and easy to use. At this point I'd take it over Shimano.
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Hope you enjoy your new ride. The CC folks are great to deal with. I think you'll grow to like the SRAM Rival setup. It's very precise and easy to use. At this point I'd take it over Shimano.
Thanks! I've been riding SRAM trigger shifters on my mountain bikes for 9-10 years (ex pro downhill racer) so I'm aware of how their stuff feels in comparison to Shimano. I like the stronger spring tension and the more meaty clicks, although I understand why people would prefer Shimano.

But yeah, can't pass up the return policy, or better yet, looks like they go for about $1500 on Craigslist and such. =D
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Thanks! I've been riding SRAM trigger shifters on my mountain bikes for 9-10 years (ex pro downhill racer) so I'm aware of how their stuff feels in comparison to Shimano. I like the stronger spring tension and the more meaty clicks, although I understand why people would prefer Shimano.

But yeah, can't pass up the return policy, or better yet, looks like they go for about $1500 on Craigslist and such. =D
I also have SRAM on my Specialized MTB, but this is the double-tap system that is completely different from the MTB gear. My only gripe with the Rival is that you can only swipe two gears up at a time (unlike my son's Campy Chorus which can do up to 5 in either direction. LOL!). But one plus with the double-tap is that you can tuck your levers back by the bars so you don't wobble trying to reach for the brake levers to shift. Doesn't mean much to me, but the racers like it. The carbon fiber levers add a nice bling too. Cheers!
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#55
Don't forget the discover 10% cash back at backcountry.com The bike is the same price on both sites so with back country get your self 140 off.
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#56
Just wanted to let folks know I got my bike today. It was actually very well put together, just had to bolt on the handlebar, slide the seat tube in, put the wheels on, and remove the packing material. Oh and some pedals. Took about 3.5 minutes.

Bike is great, pretty much exactly what I expected. The frame is cheaper due to a lacking unidirectional outer weave (it don't look as pretty), but the ride quality is very smooth, can tell it will be a good commuter at the end of a long day.

The wheels are cheap and heavy, obvious items like the seatpost and seat should be replaced as nearly a pound can be saved there. I'll be grabbing a basic set of Mavic wheels with some sealed hubs; these are ball and cage style and aren't going to hold up to the rigors of wet commuting.

The SRAM shifters...definitely not a fan, but I imagine I'll get used to it. I can't see too many people liking it, but at least the parts look like they will last long and the brake levers do feel great.

Cheers.
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#57
The Ridley Icarus is now $649 at backcountry.com. It is just an aluminum Tiagra bike, but it is cheaper than most bikes of that level. Supposedly I got 7% off for buying through my Chase bank card marketplace (points I can use for gift cards). Someone else mentioned using a Discover card as another option. No tax in California and most other states with free shipping.
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#58
bought one
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#59
you can get a higher % on cashback at backcountry.com. get it there instead of competitivecyclist.com. same company, same unconditional lifetime returns, free 2 day shipping
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Thanks! I've been riding SRAM trigger shifters on my mountain bikes for 9-10 years (ex pro downhill racer) so I'm aware of how their stuff feels in comparison to Shimano. I like the stronger spring tension and the more meaty clicks, although I understand why people would prefer Shimano.
hahah, another DHer now wearing lycra OMG Embarrassment
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