As the title says, has anyone ever used this company's products, I'm looking to upgrade my seat post, stem and bars. There are a few items on Chain Reaction website that look reasonable priced.
I'm shopping around for some nice wheels for christmas. I've narrowed it down to:
Mavic Ksyrium Equipe in white (look great)
Quest Keswick in black (bit lighter than the Mavics, these are a re-badge of Pro-Lite Braccianos since Pro-Lites don't seem to be that easy to get hold of but Quest are in the UK and advertising the Keswicks in CW)
Handbuild - I live near Will's Wheels in Stockport, I don't know what they will do for the £260-ish that the other choices cost.
So, this is what I designated this summer as the winter hack, having bought myself a summer bike of ultimate joy.
But it's a carbon Condor for gods sake, this isn't a winter hack. This is a bike to be enjoyed, a bike for someone to ride all the time and derive wonderful pleasure from.
So, I must sell her and spend the proceeds on something I don't care about getting all scuzzed up over the winter.
Full specs then...
58 cm Condor Baracchi full carbon frame. Think it's the 2009 model, bought in Feb 2010.
Campagnolo Centaur 2010 groupset, compact 50/34, 172.5mm cranks.
Pro-Lite are a name that have been around for a few years now associated with a top end range of frames, wheels and components to include bars, stems and chainsets, always lightweight, lots of carbon fibre composites, titanium and ultra lightweight alloys. Their Gavia wheels have 50mm deep section carbon fibre rims for tubular tyres and flat black blade type spokes with CNC machined Bolzano hubs designed so that the spokes enter the edge of a broad flange rather than the traditional hole in the side method.
There's no two ways about it: this is a really excellent set of wheels. They're light, they're well built from quality components and they're great value. On top of that the ride quality and stiffness are well up there with rival wheelsets – even some considerably more expensive ones – and if you don't like the silver polished ones (we do) you can have them in black instead. There's really not much to moan about here.