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Hi guys - just pulled the trigger on a Stradalli Como (limited edition for what it's worth - a Napoli with a nicer paint job). After doing 3 months of homework/research/ebay/bike stores and pulling my hair out, I went Chinese (or rather Taiwan).

Had a 2004 Trek Project One and it was time.

The reality was I needed to save costs with kids etc, and getting essentially a FSA, SRAM RED, sub 16lb bike was going to cost me $5k to $6k anywhere else, and Ebay is hovering around $2700 to $3500 for an almost new to 3 year old carbon SRAM Red, that could in fact have a frame cracked that I would not know about it.

Please know that for all of you that shelled out the big bucks for your sweet rides, I am very envious. Just don't thumb your nose down on me on the group rides please.

Here's the question. For weekend training rides, do you recommend just leaving the carbon clinchers on or swapping to my regular aluminum Mavic Ksyriums? I do a lot of climbs here in Northern California (and average 40-50 miles a day). Any tips is great.


Yours in biking love,
Wyley
 

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Hi guys - just pulled the trigger on a Stradalli Como (limited edition for what it's worth - a Napoli with a nicer paint job). After doing 3 months of homework/research/ebay/bike stores and pulling my hair out, I went Chinese (or rather Taiwan).

Had a 2004 Trek Project One and it was time.

The reality was I needed to save costs with kids etc, and getting essentially a FSA, SRAM RED, sub 16lb bike was going to cost me $5k to $6k anywhere else, and Ebay is hovering around $2700 to $3500 for an almost new to 3 year old carbon SRAM Red, that could in fact have a frame cracked that I would not know about it.

Please know that for all of you that shelled out the big bucks for your sweet rides, I am very envious. Just don't thumb your nose down on me on the group rides please.

Here's the question. For weekend training rides, do you recommend just leaving the carbon clinchers on or swapping to my regular aluminum Mavic Ksyriums? I do a lot of climbs here in Northern California (and average 40-50 miles a day). Any tips is great.


Yours in biking love,
Wyley
If you are doing a lot of serious climbing in the Pacific NW, I would research the overheating and failure rate of some carbon clinchers on descents.
 

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Carbon wheels make much more sense to me as 'race day wheels.' I don't see any reason to use them outside of competition. The Mavic's may not look as great, but will almost certainly be more reliable when used for what would typically be called "training rides." If you really want to keep the carbon wheels, and show-case them occasionally, save them for gran fondos or century rides. But for run-of-the-mill bike rides, I don't think you can beat aluminum clinchers for simplicity and safety.

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Thanks for the +1. That's what I thought about the paint job as well, at least its memorable.

No import costs. The frames are imported from Taiwan and then sold through a US distributor with the SRAM and FSA components etc.

The reality I also saw on those $3-5k Treks is a nice little sticker saying made in China or Taiwan (can't remember which one it was), so just a sign of the times.

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nice colors and bike.

I'm one of those people who are dismissive of carbon wheels unless racing or really showing off. I mean considering braking, insignificant gains of less weight (if it's even the case), why bother with carbon? I don't even know if Stradalli's rims and hubs are all that, and looks like you can flip them for a decent price.
 

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It looks good man. My philosophy is now that if you're happy and like your bike, it really dosen't matter what others think. I know that can be tough to practice at times, but more cyclists should. Not everyone can afford 5K for a bike and people shouldn't feel bad because they don't want to or can't spend that much. I have become a value shopper as of late, so kudos to you if this bike fits the bill. Get your ride on and enjoy it.
 
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