Tubing: Easton Scandium SC 7000 Throughout his illustrious racing career Eddy Merckx was meticulous in the detail of his bicycles, taking the utmost pride in the fit and finish of all his equipment. As a manufacturer he retains these qualities, incorporates them with his unparalleled racing experiences, and shares them with thousands like you.
Strengths: + Climbs where you point it (and pedal),
+ Absorbs road vibration,
+ Acceleration on demand
+ Classic "Pro" bike
+ Hand made in Belgium
+ Team logo bike is now "cool" (not a poser with a 10 yr old bike)
Weaknesses: - Doesn't have the mega advertising dollars and name recognition that the new CF bikes have.
After 4+ years I have not come up with any Real weaknesses.
This bike always surprises me! I have had this 2002 Team SC (Domo Farm Frites) for about five years now. Originally was going to the Campy Groupo to build a Moots Ti Vamoots. While the Moots was a great Ti ride, I no longer have the Moots and the Groupo is back on the Team SC.
It climbs effortlessly, so I can keep up with my "mountain goat son",
Like ANY bike, fit fit, fit is very important and like another review mentioned, Wheels.
I run a set of Mavic Krysillms SSC for this bike.
The Campy Zondas made it a different riding/handling bike that had an uncomfortable ride.
While my Pegoretti is primary, the team SC has become my very reliable, don't have to "baby it", utility that has never disappointed... bike.
What more could you ask for?
Strengths: So pretty, lightweight, tries to go faster than I do...
Weaknesses: none i can think of
Bought the frame and forks at a really good price. Built this bike up with ultegra and has been a good strong stable ride, rode a heavier lemond before this and found it in a new league.
It's also beautiful!
Weaknesses: Not wanting to ride it when the weather is crappy
Best bike ever. I purchased the frame used on Ebay a few years back to get me back into cycling. The bike was originally going to be a back up bike and I was later going to "upgrade" to a Bianchi. Well after matting it with a Easton SLX fork and Campy record you can forget about the second fiddle status. The bike is stiff, fast, responsive, not jittery and not buzzy. You can ride the bike all day without any fatigue issues. Prior to my cycling hiatus, I always rode high end bikes like my Colnago Conic SLX and Bianchi EV4. Those bikes were great but don't quite have the overall feel of this bike.
The bike constantly elicites comments, compliments and questions. As one rider stated on a group ride, "Beautifull, simply beautifull!"
Strengths: Handling, power transfer, comfort and looks
Weaknesses: The top cap assembly wants to creep up the steering tube, so cinching down the headset is a bit tricky.
Fabulous bike. Just fabulous. Came off a steel MX Leader, which was a dream and moved up to something even more impressive. Having been a supported rider in the seventies and early eighties, I've gone through a lot of bikes and I've never been so impressed. I echo all the compliments showered on this bike by other reviewers and only want to add some thoughts on setup.
Like others, I was nervous about the "poser" potential of the Domo Lotto paint, but dealt with it by completely stripping the Ksyriums of every decal, running black cable housing (Aztec), black Stella Azura tape and dark blue Pro Race's (a near perfect match for the blue in the frame). The result is a less noisy color scheme that preserves all the class of paint job. The Easton parts pick up the chain stay decal for an appealing, uniform look.