We offer friendly help to "Find Exactly the Right Bike for You - Guaranteed" - new bikes and accessories in Melbourne.
Search:
Advanced Search

Shop by Category

Sale Items

  1. Ciocc Devilry
    Save $6000.00

Popular Products

  1. Ciocc Devilry
Subscribe to our Information Packed monthly Newsletter and be the first to receive Special Pricing and Discounts monthly.

Hurry discount stock are limited, so fill in your details now or you will miss out.

Email:

Information

Products: 1697
Categories: 274
Prices: Australian Dollars

Fondriest TF2

Editorial Review: Bicycling.com
 
Self-Help On Two Wheels

This bike will make you want to be a better cyclist. The light, comfortable frame easily handles speeds from cruising to aggressive group rides, while the Italian brand's race-winning pedigree will inspire you to tackle any challenge from a gran fondo to a category upgrade--or even a return to lost racing form.

And with good reason: Company founder Maurizio Fondriest won a world championship at age 23 and Milan-San Remo, in his native Italy, at age 28. In 1992 his brother Francesco started building bikes, and Maurizio started racing on them in 1996. I found myself remaining seated more frequently while climbing on the TF2--a good idea because it encourages you to use your leg muscles more efficiently, helping you ride longer. Though the frame, designed for racing, gave me a long, low position that harkens to Maurizio's winning days, it remained comfortable on long rides. Fondriest says the chainstays are oversized to give a consistent ride feel in turns as they balance braking and torsional forces. The rear wheel is tucked tightly against the seat tube, which has a small cutout to accept the wheel.

The carbon-fiber frame is built in three pieces: The rear triangle, main triangle and bottom bracket are molded separately and bonded together. To keep the bike stiff, Fondriest employs a large BB, tapered steerer and broad fork blades that curve forward. At the rear, the seatstays bow up and out to absorb bumps. A large down tube is paired with a skinnier top tube, both squared to better resist twisting from side to side, while the chain-stays are triangular, stiffening the frame further. I most appreciated the bike's rigid frame when it encouraged me to build my confidence by shooting through corners at a higher speeds than I'm used to.

On one occassion, I slipped off the back of the group ride, which forced me into a long chase and gave me firsthand experience with the bike's performance under a hard effort. The TF2 provided me with a stable platform for chasing at a high cadence and let me fly down hills. Once back in the group the straight-tracking bike let me sit up and recover without fear of wandering into a ditch.

The TF2 is positioned in Fondriest's line as a bike for racing or fast fondos, so cyclists who prefer to take the scenic route may not get the most out of its speed-oriented design. Core racers, on the other hand, may feel that the position isn't quite aggressive enough for top-end performance. But if you're a rider looking for an edge, the TF2 1.0 can bring your riding to a new level and push you to test your limits. And that's pretty much all you can ask of a bike.

Buy It If: You're fast and love to compete, but you don't welcome aches and pains
Forget It If: Your greatest cycling moments happen on fund-raising rides

Full Review

There are no products in this category.

Ph: (03) 9450 5222

Shopping Basket

0Items in cart:
$0.00Total:

Contact Us | Copyright Policy | Privacy Policy | Meet Our Staff | Shipping | Web Beacons | Giant Bikes | Mega Store Video | Sizing Chart

©2011 Ivanhoe Cycles. All Rights Reserved. Website Designer Melbourne