Carriage wrote:The free gear while better than no free gear, isn't the greatest. The bottle didn't let water out that well, even with a good squeeze and tasted worse than your average plastic bottle. The pump isn't rated to 100psi if I remember correctly, which is the pressure I run at. The lights, while they do work, aren't bright enough for night riding. I do have them on my bike as a backup/daytime running occasionally. I can't comment on the lock as they didn't have one in stock when I got my bike and given I already had a D lock, it was too much of a bother to go get one when they came in.
I have a reid condor if I haven't mentioned it btw.
+1... the Reid free stuff is really basic, I swapped out the lights/bottle within one ride, and why they bother with that pump is beyond me, the only thing I do use is the lock, which could probably be had for about $15-20, so, I seriously wouldn't let that be a deciding factor.
I bought my first road bike about a month and a half ago (got the Reid Falco), never ridden the Osprey, but I've been pretty happy with the Reid overall. I'm pretty new to the whole cycling thing, so I can't really effectively judge the Frame, but it's doing the job for me so far. I will say, I jumped on a friends Bianchi the other day, and I'm starting to see what people mean by a frame's responsiveness, that thing just felt amazing.
Alot of people rave about Reid's customer service.The Brisbane store (my local) is not so great, the guys aren't very friendly, and seem to be all geared towards getting you back out the door as quick as possible. It's very possible Melbourne may be better though.
Reid do offer free servicing for a year, which is really basic, but helpful if you are as un-mechanically minded as me. The Brisbane store refuses to look at bikes on weekends, which is a bit annoying, but I guess if they're giving it away for free, it's their call.