New Alloy track bike - what are the options

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New Alloy track bike - what are the options

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:28 am

Looking to buy a new (or near new) basic track bike. Want to go with Alloy, as its stiff and its cheaper than carbon.

Options in the cheaper range are;
- Apollo
- Hillbrick
- ?

Going to test drive a 56cm Apollo sometime this week, but the bike was built up from a frame, so it will indicate what the frame is like but not give me an idea on what the wheels etc are like.
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Postby broke » Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:09 pm

Avanti, Fuji, De Ver are all around the same money as the Apollo and Hillbrick (Some more, some less). The Jan/Feb issue of BA (the one with Lance on the front) had a short summary with pictures of a lot of the trackies out there. Apparently all these are of similar performance although there is considerable difference in the snob factor, it's the wheels that makes the big difference.

I got my Avanti Pista Pro for $500 of fleabay last year, there are still some bargains on there!

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Postby sogood » Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:19 pm

What happened to the Fuji?
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Postby mikesbytes » Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:41 am

I'm going to retire the fuji, use it as a road fixie
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Postby mikesbytes » Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:44 am

I hear that the Hillbrick frame is a bit flexy
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Postby MichaelB » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:36 pm

There is an Argon18 Electron frame on eBay at the moment. No wheels.

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Postby sogood » Tue Mar 17, 2009 12:49 pm

MichaelB wrote:There is an Argon18 Electron frame on eBay at the moment. No wheels.

Pick up only and 52cm. Too small for Mike but I'd take it. ;)
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Postby mikesbytes » Tue Mar 17, 2009 1:45 pm

Yeh, I'm going to test drive a 56cm Apollo when I get my act together, possibly Wednesday
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Postby Avanti22 » Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:10 pm

mikesbytes wrote:I hear that the Hillbrick frame is a bit flexy


I ride one its not too bad I guess but I could definately see room for improvement. Couldnt comment on the flex issue as our track is a little bit rough in places so it could be the bike could be the track who knows.

As for track bikes the 2009 Fuji track bike is one hot looking peice of gear, one of the guys here in newcastle has one and just ordered new wheels, solid track disc for the rear and 3 spoke carbon wheel for the front, cant wait to see it, *drools*
2008 Ridley Compact

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Postby Avanti22 » Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:12 pm

MichaelB wrote:There is an Argon18 Electron frame on eBay at the moment. No wheels.

Here is the Link

Argon18 Electron


Can also vouch for this frame, one of my mates has one. Its fast its light and looks damn fine, everything you want in a track bike :lol:
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Postby mikesbytes » Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:56 am

Avanti22 wrote:
MichaelB wrote:There is an Argon18 Electron frame on eBay at the moment. No wheels.

Here is the Link

Argon18 Electron


Can also vouch for this frame, one of my mates has one. Its fast its light and looks damn fine, everything you want in a track bike :lol:


I would of been interested in this one if it was the right size. Keeping an eye on ebay is definitely one of my options
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Postby aimeebear » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:42 am

My first track bike was a Hillbrick, and it was fine for what I needed it for. Yeah its a bit flexy so takes a while to respond to anything, but other than that its a great value for money bike. Put some nice wheels on it, and it goes heaps better. FWIW - I rode my first nationals on a hillbrick with no problems...it was so unique in amongst all the BT's and teschners :lol:

Lots of people are now riding variation brands of the hillbrick carbon frame and all are very happy with their new purchase.
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Postby mikesbytes » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:51 am

How much is a Hillbrick CF ?
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Postby aimeebear » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:16 pm

mikesbytes wrote:How much is a Hillbrick CF ?


I think the hillbrick frames are around $2400/2500

also check out

http://www.tracknut.com.au/2.html

Basically the exact same frame just branded differently. Took me a while to figure out what NRT meant :P
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Postby mikesbytes » Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:51 pm

aimeebear wrote:
mikesbytes wrote:How much is a Hillbrick CF ?


I think the hillbrick frames are around $2400/2500

also check out

http://www.tracknut.com.au/2.html

Basically the exact same frame just branded differently. Took me a while to figure out what NRT meant :P


Haven't seen that site before
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Postby MichaelB » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:28 pm

aimeebear wrote: Basically the exact same frame just branded differently. Took me a while to figure out what NRT meant :P


So what does NRT mean ??

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Postby sogood » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:34 pm

MichaelB wrote:So what does NRT mean ??

TRackNut in reverse? Narita airport?
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Postby Alex Simmons/RST » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:37 pm

No Right Turn

and I'll bet they are a better price than above quoted for Hillbrick's

drop Peter a note, or I can for you if you like...

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Postby mikesbytes » Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:47 pm

Alex Simmons/RST wrote:No Right Turn

and I'll bet they are a better price than above quoted for Hillbrick's

drop Peter a note, or I can for you if you like...


Not much info on their site

http://www.hillbrick.com.au/component/page,shop.product_details/flypage,shop.flypage/product_id,226/category_id,7/manufacturer_id,0/option,com_virtuemart/Itemid,66/

If you can find out the price, that would be great.

How well does carbon survive being sent down the road?
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Postby aimeebear » Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:24 pm

Alex Simmons/RST wrote:and I'll bet they are a better price than above quoted for Hillbrick's


Good reason why a few people over here have bought them over a hillbrick :wink: They go fast too....
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Postby mikesbytes » Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:34 pm

amie, do you have a pink/white track bike?
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Postby aimeebear » Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:42 pm

mikesbytes wrote:aimee, do you have a pink/white track bike?


Yup...why do you ask? 8)

I used to have a silver hillbrick with disgustingly bright fluro pink handlebar tape :shock:
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Postby broke » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:36 pm

Have you seen the trek trackie on fleabay at the minute? Your size even.

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Re: New Alloy track bike - what are the options

Postby mikesbytes » Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:15 am

Aimeebear, I was thinking that you had a pink/white BT. Must be another SA gal.

broke, could you please post a link
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Re: New Alloy track bike - what are the options

Postby gemm » Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:08 pm

mikesbytes wrote:Aimeebear, I was thinking that you had a pink/white BT. Must be another SA gal.

broke, could you please post a link


You read Aimee's post wrong.... she does have the white & pink BT :-P

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