Bike-Pgh, what the hell did I just buy? v. Fondriest
So I bought this bike tonight with the intentions of using just the groupo but now Im actually probably going to keep it since I’ve been searching for something obscure anyways. Its a Fondriest XStatus with Campy Record shifters and Campy chorus brakes, crankset, cassette, f/r der., ect… Any more insight on this thing? Ive been able to find very little about Fondriest.
they seem to have a fairly legitimate website, so I doubt it is a bikes direct bike which was my first thought
This thing is probably 8+ years old, and its in incredible shape. Im just not sure if this was a high end bike or one someone just through some Campy stuff on.
Craigslist drives me crazy. Most of the time, it’s full of listings for old crap that somebody thinks is “vintage” and is asking a king’s (well, a prince’s, anyway) ransom for. $350 for a Free Spirit??!?!?! Those bikes were junk when they were new.
And then, on the other hand, you snapped up this. If it is really in incredible shape, then you got a nice deal. Is this the 9-speed cluster or the 10-speed? There should be a label on it somewhere that names the grade of tubing that was used. Might be on the seat tube or the downtube.
“Craigslist drives me crazy.”
I love when people sale a used bike that’s maybe three or four years old and actually want more than they payed for it?!?!
On the other hand, I scored a three year old $700 bike for $200 because it was “just sitting in my closet.”
I’m pretty sure that at some point in time (in recent history) a PRO team was riding bikes with Fondriest livery. Whether Fondriest actually made the bikes is another thing….
@ Lyle I know what you mean, I regularly watch it just in the off chance that something like this pops up and was able to jump on it quickly. Its a 9speed with 53/39 front rings. I looked it over last night, but I’ll look this afternoon for the tubing grade.
If it’s a 9-speed, it’s probably more than 8 years old. Not that that’s a problem. I’m still riding 9-speed gear though I’ve gone through a few cassettes and other small parts. There’s a little doohickey in the right brifter that wears out, but you can replace it (assuming you can still get the part), unlike the Shimano brifters that are not serviceable Oh, wait, I’m thinking of the Chorus brifters — I don’t know about the Record ones.
I’m guessing it’s Reynolds 753, which is a nice lightweight tubing and still durable. It might even be something fancier than that, but I have no experience with the newer tubing.
I should commission you to watch CL for me…
Damn, I was trying to get my friend to snag that bike… saw it last night and texted him as soon as possible. oh well.
Steel Fondriests use(d) dedacciai tubesets, as I recall.
Maurizio Fondriest was the 88 world champion! He was
Like Merckx and so many others he started making
bikes. Im guessing this was actually welded in
Italy in the 90’s. I think they have trickled
out in the past few years.
When I raced some guys on the Japanese national
team (team nippo) they all had carbon ones.
This was around 2005, so the company was
still around then. I would google it on
@boostuv and @lyle: I have a nearly new 9 speed Chorus cassette and Record chain sitting around that I’ll never use. Not sure if I have the lockring. Send me a PM if you want them for when yours wear out. I don’t have the time to try selling them, but I’ll gladly give them away to someone who will use them.
Steevo’s basically spot on. Looks like an early 2000’s bike (assuming that’s a threadless headset). I’m not good at IDing Campy.
You got a nice bike no doubt about it. Some of that older Campy stuff is rare but should serve you just fine till it breaks. There are a lot of good Campy resources on line, it might be worth figuring out what you have and if they still make it.
Basically it’s a sweet Italian bike from a few years ago. I assume, but do not know, that Fondriest is like a lot of Italian brands that were rad and made in Italy, then went under, then got brought back but are now made in Asia.
record 9 got phased out in the early 2000s. i bought a record 9 groupo in 2000 and had a hard time finding new parts by 2005 so i switched to dura ace.
the record 9 stuff is still going strong on a couple of friends bikes though. solid stuff.
Who was talking about insanity on CL? Today’s episode, hhha!!:
Craigslist bicycle section is the bitchiest section on there. SOOO many comment queens insulting everyone else’s inteligence. If you are on CL then you are just as able to research what something is and place your own value on it. I saw that Fondriest and that was a good deal on a great bike. Congrats!
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