Iron Horse Bicycle Company Inc. 1999 Victory Older Road Bike

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1999 Iron Horse Victory, road race & triathlon, Shimano Ultegra components, Profile Julie SC fork

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[Jul 09, 1999]
Anonymous
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

great components for the price.
cool colors
super light and responsive, handles like a dream.

Weakness:

48cm frame came with 172.5mm crank?!
Saddle sucked.
Could use a stiffer bottom bracket.

I went from an old heavy steel frame to this - almost killed myself the first time I got on since it 's so light. Since then I am starting to gain confidence going down hills at 45mph - it is straight as an arrow. It is really hard to comlain about this bike since there's so much to like!
The folks at Nashbar changed out the crank at no charge, and they also paid to fix a couple spolkes that were bent in shipping. The bike got to me 6 days after I placed the order, so they're faster than they claim.
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[Sep 11, 1999]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Excellent value with Reynolds 853 tubing, Profile Carbon Fork and Ultegra group.
Smaller 56cm frame actually measures like a 58cm frame and really helps to stretch you out.

Weakness:

Found one pinhole in the paint job at the down tube to bottom bracket connection - no big deal.

I have only had the bike for 6 days and have ridden it 5 times so far (188 miles). All components are working very smoothly and overall set up and geometry fit me well. Impressed that bike supports a 5-11 215 pound rider that well. The weight is coming off! I would recommend it as a best buy especially if you get the deal I did from Oshman's in Houston.

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[Feb 09, 2000]
Anonymous
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

58cm frame weighs in at 20# (sans pedals). beautiful carbon fibre fork. SDG belaire saddle (wit' titanium rails). beautiful paint job. reynolds tubing. ultegra components. DT spokes.profile bar, stem & tape. price. even size fit!

Weakness:

IRC tires. woeful lack of ironhorse merchaindise. handsome 'ironhorse' badge not anchored as well as "made in taiwan" sticker.

well, the big reason you buy this bike is price. and the pictures look a little questionable in nashbar. but, baby, when you get this one home, you will not belive how nice it is. the frame fit me practically custom (58.2cm). it was lighter than heck! stem was a little long. bars might be a little wide. but, at most, that would cost $75 to fix. saddle has titanium rails. prepped nicely by nashbar. sent in a timely fashion. gotta flat the first time out. the IRC's looked like a nice tire, but the piece of beer bottle that puntured that baby would never pierce my vredestein!!!!

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[May 09, 2000]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good components, Frame and fork.

Weakness:

Wheels.

Very nice bike. However, quality of the wheel build is very BAD! They have gone out of true every time I have ridden the bike (155 LB rider, smooth roads). I "re-trued" them after each ride. After contacting Nashbar, they sent another set of wheels. Same story; good wheel components--- lousy build. I guess you get what you pay for. Great value for such a nice bike, but figure on spending the $ on a rebuild of the wheels (or new ones).

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[Sep 28, 2000]
Anonymous
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

One year later, I am re-reviewing this bike.
Can't beat the price
Great components, lightweight, handles great.

Weakness:

Crappy wheels - Ultegra hubs are terrible compared to my Mavics, saddle is garbage, bottle cage bolts on seat tube are crooked on the frame, so tall bottles hit my leg. Ultegra STI shifter cover fell off, and was very difficult to replace because the bolt is not included in the replacement. Decals not staying on well, paint is marred by brake cables rubbing and from the chain dropping.

I've been pretty happy with this bike. I've raced 20 races this year on it, and never felt limited by the bike after I replaced the wheels. I take back the bottom bracket comment. However, be prepared for other riders (especially the guys on the Litespeeds) to think you are a Fred for riding a mailorder bike. Take heart knowing that you have $2500 more in the bank than they do

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[Nov 05, 2000]
Anonymous
Road Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Extremely light, my 54cm bike weighs in at under 20lb -- awesome for a steel bike
Ultegra group works wonderfully - totally smooth, totally quiet, and you can shift while you're stomping or going up a hill with no problems.
Carbon fiber fork is nice and overall ride is excellent. And it arrived by UPS 4 days after I ordered, completely assembled except for handlebars and seat, and very well tuned.

Weakness:

Paint job is mediocre at best. Wheelset (Sun rims) is OK but not nearly as good as the 853 frame and the Ultegra components. But a $400 wheel upgrade would make this a totally awesome speed machine. The Nashbar saddle it came with is mediocre, I bought a Selle Italia flite.

This bike is an incredible steal at $1200, comparable to other bikes I looked at for up to $2000. The perfect ride for a hard-riding person who doesn't want to go broke getting a really nice machine. You just have to be willing to ride a machine made in Taiwan and pocket the difference. I highly recommend it and Nashbar does a great job delivering it in good shape.

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[Jan 06, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

good frame and fork

Weakness:

dont know enough about bikes.

ok its a tuff little bike under 20lb, took alot of punishment for about six months stright with out a tune up.
I got the taxi design. But from reading other peoples reviews Im going to buy new rims/spokes and hubs christmas 2001, I have done about 500 miles in san angelo texas it fared well from my abuse and the abuse of the cheap roads there. I going to test the bike out in NYC this year. I have been wating for this for about seven months. if you want a simple good bike this is it for the price. If you are getting more serious hold off on this one there are better bikes for the same price.

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