smikep said:Yes, I have one of these bikes. Bought it on Ebay and was anxiously awaiting the UPS driver days later. Upon arrival, one bike box, arrived and was light enough that even the driver commented. Opening the box revealed a pristine bike unscathed from it's journey from Texas. Put the bike on the bike stand and began to assemble everything. 2 hours later I went for the first ride and was amazed at how well it felt and shifted right out of the box. Over the next couple of weeks I tuned it by replacing the handlebars, stem, seat and seatpost for fit. The brakes felt soft and were replaced with DA's. Great feel. The crank, a compact size, and bottom bracket were also changed for DA 53-39. Now we're getting close to what I wanted. Next, purchased Mavic Kyserium SL wheels with Vittoria Open clinchers and 55 gram tubes. Wow, this is a great bike. Added DA pedals and a Polar CA 200 computer with cadence and am loving every minute of riding. I try to ride 20 to 25 miles per day and have no complaints about the bike. I have ridden Serotta and Colnago frames and feel that this Bottechia is right up there with the big boys.
If you are looking for a carbon fiber road bike your going to spend a few grand for just the frame. If you buy this Bottechia and do the replacements as I did you will spend about half the cost of just the frame and will have a great bike. If I take a day off riding perhaps I will clean it up and post some pictures. Anyone wishing more information about my bike just email me and I will respond. By the way, my 58 cm frame with the above changes weighs just 16.5 pounds. Beat that for the money? I don't think so.
aaronis31337 said:Some tech notes.
They use very stiff carbon -- Toya M30s. IT's a 18K thread and is VERY stiff -- although a little heavy. Carbon this stiff is slightly more prone to failure than 3K, but it make a great sprinter. You can by this bike from Ebay, Bikes Direct, and PedalForce.com. It's called the "RS" at PedalForce.com.
It's a great frame, but I hear the Motobecane Immortal frame is better.
kondrag said:So you ended up replacing
What was the total cost of the bike after all your mods to what came in the box?
Great to hear. I just got a Bottechia in the mail a few days ago and am both pleased and impressed.smikep said:An UPDATE: I have now ridden this Bottecchia carbon bike with Dura Ace for about one year and about 6000 miles and have no complaints. It sprints up hills very well and decends quick and sure. The frame is stiff and responsive on longer rides without beating you up along the way. I ride almost daily and aside from the occasional puncture have been problem free. I am a competent home mech with most of the necessary tools and really have had no issues with the frame. The Dura Ace components are first rate. I did try a ceramic bottom bracket for about a week and went back to the DA due to some side to side movement. The part replacements that I made upon getting the bike were mostly for fit as the stem and bars were not the correct size for me. The Deda stem and bars work well and look great. I went with the alloy with carbon wrap. I put a Deda seat post on because it matched. I did put a Dura Ace 7800 crankset on because I think that it is great looking. The seat is a Fizik as this brand has always fit my sit bones the best.
The bike as it was recieved was definetely rideable right out of the box, the only exception being the brakes which were sub par. I put Mavic Kyserium SL's on because I have ridden Mavics for some time and find them bulletproof. The bike weighs just under 16 pounds with no pedals, seat bag or water bottles. Since no one else in my area has one of these it gets alot of looks and questions. A friend that rides a Colnago with Campy rode the bike and was shocked at how well manner it was and thought that it felt fast just rolling along. Yes, I did put ceramic bearings in the Kyseriums and felt some difference. Sort of the feeling whenever new bearings are put in a set of wheels.
The bottom line is that I have had a great year of riding and still love this bike. I am planning to ride and train this Fall/Winter on this bike and race next year. Not sure if this will be my ride choice for racing. Anyone wishing further info about my Bottecchia carbon frame with Dura Ace, or just wanting to see pictures, feel free to email me.
Michael of Velo Club La Grange
smikep said:Nice that you bought one of these. Let me know your impression after riding it a few times. Are you planning any upgrades? I found the brakes to be first on my list after just 2 rides. BTW, if you feel as if you would like to erase some of the lettering from the bike you can use 1000 grit sandpaper and lots of water to carefully remove whatever decals you would like. I erased the ones on the top tube and think that it looks better. I cleaned it up after sanding with a semi liquid scratch remover used on cars. Looks great and even shinyer than original. Keep in touch and I will be curious to hear what, if any, changes you eventually perform.