Fort Frames RO.ALTEC 2+IHS Frames

5/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $849.00

Product Description

  • Columbus Altec 2+ ZBC ultralight alloy frame features telescoping downtube, curved stays, and Integrated Headset design (allows both 1" and 1-1/8" forks).
  • Also available in "OS" version with triangulated megatube downtube and standard head tube for 1-1/8".
  • Hand made to the highest standards, with super-tough powdercoat, English BB, and 27.2 seatpost dimension.
  • Sizes 50cm (c-top) to 62cm.
  • Stock color: Team White, also available in 12 custom colors. Forks sold separately.

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by fittsbg a Road Racer from Richmond

    Date Reviewed: January 23, 2003

    Strengths:    Short top tube
    Fits like a suit
    Corners well-- perfect for crits.
    The paintjob is way tougher than I thought possible-- not a scratch!
    People go, "What kind of bike is that?"

    Weaknesses:    If you're a name-brand sort of person, go be a sucker and get a Trek. Because that's what Lance rides, and with his bike, you'll be just as good as him, right? You pathetic loser.

    Bottom Line:   
    Fort is a great company. I found their ad in the back of VeloNews, next to all the other custom framebuilders like Zinn, Hot Tubes, and Calfee, and looked on their website. Though their stuff is not custom, it's still great-- made of Columbus tubes, same stuff as Colnagos and Orbeas. I bought the Altec 2+ version in a 62cm size (c-t). They have shortish top tubes, perfect for someone with my body. Greg, the guy who runs Fort America, was very helpful and I found myself talking to him for long periods of time about bikes-- he's quite knowledagble and friendly, and actually, it was the best customer service experience I have ever had, and not just with bikes. As for the frame, it feels great-- mated with an Ouzo Pro fork, it's smooth and stiff, so much better than the old heavy GT I used to have (but hey, that's a given.) My rig has Chorus on it, with a Forgie stem, Deda handlebars, and Reflex rims for training/ Cane Creek Aerohead Ti Team wheels for racing. I love this bike. It was kinda scary to never have rideen it and then spend all my summer money on it, but when it was built up at the shop and time for my inaugural ride, it was sublime. And 18.5 lbs for a 62cm!

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    Favorite Ride:   Old Gun Rd.

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   Direct

    Similar Products Used:   GT Stryke-- what a POS. But tough!

    Bike Setup:   Full 10sp Chorus parts, set to 9sp. b/c I can steal wheels from all of those Shimano morons. Besides, that extra cog ain't gettin' me over the hill quicker.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike a Road Racer

    Date Reviewed: December 9, 2002

    Strengths:    Light, stiff, long top tube.

    Weaknesses:    None. The finish could be found a little lacking compared to other makers, but that's just a matter of taste.

    Bottom Line:   
    What a great frame! Quality aluminum with a great geometry. A wonderful frame to race on. Value and customer service is far superior to any other bike I've bought.

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    Similar Products Used:   Cannondale CAAD 5, Colnago Technos.

    Bike Setup:   Full Campy, Look fork, Campy Protons for general use and Ambrosio tubulars for racing.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by cmsandberg a Road Racer from Niles, OH

    Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002

    Strengths:    Stiff, responsive, light, cheap, integrated headset, fully customizable paint jobs and build kits available, great customer service.

    Weaknesses:    If you don't want to feel the road, get a carbon fiber frame, not aluminum

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great bike for not a lot of money. The bike is very stiff and responsive, especially in the sprint or up a standing climb. The ride becomes a little uncomfortable on the really long rides (5+ hours) but that is true of any all aluminum bike. The bike is light, and the paint job is pretty.

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    Favorite Ride:   Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina

    Price Paid:    $799.00

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    Similar Products Used:   Colnago Technos, Ibis Hackalugi, Fort Zonal, Giant TCR-1

    Bike Setup:   Campy Chorus/Record with Mavic Kysrium SLs (racing) or Mavic Cosmos (training)

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