Torelli Imports Cyclocross Frames

4/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $725.00


Product Description

Columbus Brain standard diameter/Gara blend tube set. Cable routing under the bottom bracket shell. American paint, 48-62 cm.


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 1 (1 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fausto Innominatus a Recreational Rider from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2000

Strengths:    (sorta) cheap
handmade lugged steel
very well-made for the money
sharp, balanced handling
good tire & mud clearance
quicker than spit on a hot griddle


Weaknesses:    "rebadged" brand stigma
on the portly side (but hey, at least its durable)


Bottom Line:   
I use this bike as an all purpose go-anywhere ride, and commute on it too. Makes a great urban warrior. Mine is a bit different from the standard frame (as it is built from Oria tubing instead of Columbus Brain and thus might be a bit heavier). I use a set of road wheels and keep up easily with the local roadie hotshots on pavement and use 35c 'cross tires for the singletrack and the dirt roads.

For an adventure rig there's not much out there that can beat a nice, steel 'cross bike that has some comfort concessions (I have a Brooks saddle and a riser stem). The Rivendells are probably superior in that regard, as are a number of custom-built bikes, but nothing approaches the the value of the Torelli. Plus, the Torelli's a gorgeous Ferrari-red, and is both stylish and tasteful.

I plan on changing the gearing (I run a 52/39 road crank now) to an experimental 42/39 for the steeps and the fall cyclocross series. Should be good -- and should I bend the frame at least I won't get (too) weepy over it.

Overall: A great entry-level 'cross bike in the best Euro tradition, and one that doubles as a superb commuter/all-rounder as well. Plenty of eyelets and rack mounts for 50/50 light touring but still simple and light enough for cyclocross races.

For us cheapasses, there's no better bike. The only thing else to consider would be a used (read: thrashed) Ritchey, VooDoo, IF, etc.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Ride:   Antelope Valley 5/5 circuit

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale hybrids, and an ancient Peugeot PX-10 w/moustache bars and 'cross tires

Bike Setup:   Mix of workhorse Shimano road stuff w/ some XTR and Salsa bits; Brooks B-17 for hip anti-style and comfort



Reviews 1 - 1 (1 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating


Disc brake compatible cyclocross wheels

Hi Guys: I'm building up a Norco CCX frame into a mountain bike flavoured commuter with the parts off of my Kona Dew. The wheels on the Dew are pretty skookum and I'd like to get something that is disc specific (the frame is disc only) but lighter (I think I'm running some low end Deore / Alex 2 ... Read More »

Help needed for first time cyclocross purchase!

Hi guys, I am new to this site and this is actually my first ever post! :D I have been riding hard tail mountain bikes for around 5 years but now feel a need to change things up a little (or a lot!) and fix myself up with a faster ride. Cyclocross seems to be the way to go for me as although I now d ... Read More »

Starting cyclocross focused (non)team - The Algea Velo

The tour is just around the corner and this, to me, signals the start of cyclocross training. I'm already longing for mud, grass, rain and lots of pain. Last season I arranged several skinsuit group buys for budding CX racers and ended up posting race reports and pictures from folks from all over ... Read More »

Trek Cyclocross 2014 ?

anything new from them considering KFC riding for them and rumors of Jpow. at least new colors., maybe disc?Read More »

child size cyclocross frame

I'm looking to buy just the frame & fork ... looking for a small-size aluminum framed bike for racing road and cyclocross for a 5'0" 10 year old boy. Any thoughts? I have enough spare components to build him out a nice ride, but I don't want to drop $600-700 on a Redline Conquest or Kona Jake, etc ... Read More »

Read More »




Contest



Tour De France

Videos

 

RoadbikeReview on Facebook