Louis Garneau Pursuit 9.0 Frames

3/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $859.00


Product Description

Purpose: track

Our new clean Pursuit 9.0 is a frame with features that have been thoroughly studied.
7005 triple butted aluminium Air Stream 3 with V shape head tube for better air penetration and extended seat tube for better energy transfer.
Solid back and chain stays.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by KithKhan a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2008

Strengths:    Looks cool.
Stiff.
Snappy handling.
Serious range on the dropouts.
Looks sweet.


Weaknesses:    Nose-cone is retarded, and limits front brake options (provided you replace the fork)
Rear wheel cutout's shape is off near the BB, can't set it very close.
Huge toe overlap, if that bugs you.


Bottom Line:   
This is an update to a previous post.

I've learned to deal with the toe overlap. It no longer really bothers me. If you get this bike, you probably will too.

I replaced the stock fork with a Cervelo Wolf fork, and then tried to add a standard Shimano 105 brake to the front. The dumb nose-cone thingie got in the way when you turned the fork one direction, so that didn't work. I ended up getting a brake which mounts behind the fork, which are designed for the new aero tri forks with fairings on them. It works great and looks cool. I think it is manufactured by Felt.

After tinkering with different gearings, I noticed the the wheel cutout is in fact not really the shape of the wheel. Near the bottom bracket the radius of the cutout is smaller than it should be, so you can't get it super close or it will rub the tire. Lame! Also limits how far into the drops you can set your wheel/gear ratio.

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Favorite Ride:   Bandolier loop, NM

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   online

Bike Setup:   It's pretty sweet now. I built up some 50mm carbon tubular rims on Sapim bladed spokes, 24H 3-leading 3-trailing on Sugino ProMax CF hubs. Oh my!


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KithKhan a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2007

Strengths:    Stiff rear end even with an older 3-piece bb/crank setup. Handles great as long as the corners are shallow, track stands with little effort, reasonably light, affordable, semi-aero, and last but not least a beautiful sleek black appearance.

Weaknesses:    Toe overlap! HUGE toe overlap (size 51cm) The same incredibly short wheelbase that makes for beautiful handling characteristics means you will get toe overlap no matter how much you move your cleats out. Also, no way to mount a brake if you intend to ride city streets on it, so I don't ever go faster than I'll need to be able to stop.

Bottom Line:   
A very nice crisp ride. The rear wheel drafts in a cutout, like my old Cervelo P2K, but unlike the P2K the whole wheelbase (plus the rake of the fork and top tube) is shorter, making the handling much faster and crisper and centering the rider weight properly. Amazing on shallow turns, yet stable when you let go of the bars. Great for riding on the rollers and track stands, yet still handles like a criterium bike. Exception: if you have to turn hard, you will get toe overlap. So that means it is only crisp handling up to a point, and then you can't turn any harder unless you're doing slow-speed pulsed turns in rythem with your pedals stroke.
It has nice beefy replacable horizontal drops with a polished finish, and the rest of the bike is gloss black on aero tubing. It looks really nice. A little too much logo-age for my taste, and the wedge on the front... I suspect that is a gimmick rather than something that actually improves aerodynamics. Also, the built bike's fork and bb/cranks are great, but the Bontrager wheels are clunky and heavy feeling. Boo to that. Overall though, I'm very happy with it.

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Favorite Ride:   My daily commute

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   A generic steel roadbike converted to a fixie via a White Industries ENO eccentric rear hub. That feels more muffled on the road, which is good for comfort. But overall the classic geometry handling is slower, and -for an additional variety of factors beyond just geometry- not as crisp. I like the new toy much better.
Also, a Cervelo P2K aero aluminum bike, which had a geometry suited to straight riding in aero position, but can't hold a candle to this in terms of overall handling. This feels lighter and less saddle-busting on bumps too. Aero-tubing aluminum... never forgiving, but this bike isn't bad considering.


Bike Setup:   Stock carbon track fork, Zeus Zaga and Zarpa seatpost and stem, SLR saddle, Profile Design winged alloy pursuit bars, SPD pedals, cool CF/alloy track cranks by FSA, clunky Bontrager clincher flip flop wheels which will get replaced when I can.



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