I went to check up on some prices on Christmas Day and on NYE. It wasn’t really planned out that way, but I had some spare time so I decided to visit a few dealers. It turns out that it was a good thing that I did because I spotted some killer deals on the new 2010 Pinarello Dogma equipped with either SRAM Red, Campagnolo Super Record 11, Dura-Ace 7900, or Di2.
[Update: I’ve contacted my suppliers and now have access to Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 and Di2, Campagnolo Bora wheels, and other goodies. Visit Asterisk*Cycles]
I actually don’t know if this can be called an OEM bike. I think that it falls into that category since it can’t be a boutique bike. One of the models has been sold at least 40 times and all of the comments I’ve seen are very positive. This bike was designed by the same people behind the Storck Fascenario, and uses the same carbon fiber weave.
Other than looking really nice, the Matrix F-35 is one interesting looking bike. I don’t know anything about the manufacturer, but I might visit the factory and check out this bike.
I’ve spent a bit of time researching Taiwanese OEM bike companies in order to find a great deal. I’ve actually found a 860 gr frame from Neo Cycles that would be a great training bike. It costs about $1,300 and is designed by the same people who made the Fascenario for Storck. It improves on that model with a thicker downtube for more stiffness and stability. The Fascenario 0.7 is a top-end bike. Pinarellos were also made there. Unlike most OEM bike frames, it’s BB30 and the owner of the “brand” will give me other deals on second-hand parts, like Fulcrum Racing Zeros and an ’08 Campagnolo Record 10 speed gruppo. He told me that his frame works better with 10 speeds than 11. The second-hand Record is cheaper than a new or second-hand SRAM Red gruppo, which is the one that I’d want to get. Unless I find a better deal on components in the second-hand market, I’ll just get Record. I’ll wait about a week before ordering it. This frame hasn’t been reviewed by others yet, but the lower-end frame, the Neo Exile, has been. It’s received great comments from bike riders. I’m also getting a bunch of stuff extra for almost nothing, which is really cool.
I want to get this frame in raw carbon fiber with a clear coat. The decals will be black, so they won’t show. It makes this a kind of stealth frame, which is what I want. I don’t want anything flashy. Good carbon fiber frames can be had new in Taiwan for about $700.
Well, my day off didn’t really turn out the way I would have liked. I started out too late and didn’t manage to get a bike ride in. There was a bit of rain, but it was just that I started going about my business too late. At least I got some sleep.
I went to the bike shop today to pick up another LED light. I had a smaller model, so I picked up the S-Sun 7000 candlepower light. The smaller light is very bright, so I expected the bigger one to be even better. It was a bit expensive, but better safe than sorry, and I had too many close calls during my night rides to not get an extra light.
For some reason, you can get almost $3,000 off the Trek Madone 6.9 Pro Red. Usual MSRP for this bike is $9,129. I don’t really know why this is, but this puts the Trek top of the line model in a different light. Second hand, a bike like that would normally fetch around $6,000. This means that the prices will have to come down for used models as well. If I’d have the money, I’d buy a new model right away.
The Madone 6.9 Pro Red is the top of the line model. If you leave out the Red part of the name, you’ll end up with Dura Ace components, which are a bit more expensive than SRAM Red. There are a lot of deals on different Trek bikes if you look through the ad.