Iron Horse Bicycle Company Inc. 2000 Victory Older Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

road race & triathlon, Shimano Ultegra components, Profile Julie BRC fork

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[Aug 30, 2003]
Nick the Great
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Resilient 'eager' feel. Comfortable. Precise handling. Why pay lots more and get no more?

Weakness:

Nipple tore out of Sun rim on 1st ride. Relaced myself with $25 Mavic.

I've never spotted such a good a deal before or since. 853 thinwall lightweight steel with Ultegra is 'as good as it gets.'

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You name it, I've probably ridden it.

[Sep 21, 2000]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great value for the components you get

Weakness:

The wheels

The bike arrived from Nashbar with wobbling wheels. They told me to take it to the LBS and they would refund the cost of truing them, which is better then waiting for them to send new ones. The Nashbar seat is nothing special but perfectly usable. The first ride was nice, 19.5 average over 38 miles and no compliants about ride comfort. Shifting was perfect out of the box.

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Old trek

[Nov 05, 2000]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

The full Ultegra group, enough said. Wheels (note: I have the Mavic Open Pro rims, not the Sun rims that Nashbar provides standard. I'm not a big fan of the Sun rims. The bike rides very smoothly just as you'd expect from a steel frame. Geometry is typical of racing bikes, steers fast, corners well, comfortable at speed.

Weakness:

I'm a big rider (6'2" 220) and I flex the bottom bracket--a lot. This is a problem on almost any non-carbon fiber frame for me and would likely not affect most riders looking to purchase the bike. There is also a problem on many of the frames with the rear brake bridge being welded on crooked (I worked for Nashbar a couple of summers before Performance took over). The frame in general, other than the Sun rims, is my biggest complaint. The bike's a bargain, but Iron Horse brings the price down in the frame, not the parts. I think that it should be the other way around. It's not a bad frame, but at this price range, I would expect a better frame. That said, the frame does have some really nice touches-chromed seat and chain stays etc. It's a good functional frame, but it's what holds the bike back from being anything spectacular.

This is a good bike. I'm not sure if it's the best bike at the price. There are several other mail order places that have bikes at similar prices and have some nicer specs. I got mine at a significant discount and didn't have to have it shipped. I don't think that buying a $1000 bike without riding it is an intelligent move. I got to ride this bike before I bought it, which helped me with my decision. There are better bikes, and better deals. For someone who loves steel and wants race-level parts, this may be the way to go. I've put many miles on it (as many as a full time student can) and have been pleased with the bike. The bike has it's strengths and weaknesses. I'd say that the strenghts are greater. I'm gonna keep it.

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Trek, Specialized, Schwinn, Cannondale, Lemond, etc.

[Jun 13, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Ultegra, 853 tubing, Profile Carbon fork.

Weakness:

Frame build - water bottle bosses off center.

Great Value! I think it rides better then my other bikes (listed above), fast, light, comfortable. For $850., you can't beat it. For $1300.+, you can. After dealing with Nashbar since the late 70's, I was disappointed with them. My order was placed the first day the bike went on sale. They sat on the order. When I enquired back, they sold out of my size so I had to go up 1. Needless to say, the whole process took 5-6 weeks.

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Lemond, Specialized, Giant

[Jul 31, 2001]
Anonymous
Triathlete

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I bought this bike for specific use in time trials and triathlons, with road training in between (I made my debut at triathlon this year, and it's my only bike). The "steel is real" frame is super comfortable on long rides, and I have nothing bad to say about its performance on cranking 15K time trials. The Ultegra gruppo is fantastic- the shifting is far smoother than any bike I have ever used. The wheels (Venus) were true right out of the box and have needed no adjustment after 1500 miles of riding. Kudos to the Iron Horse customer support- I was missing a brake hood cover when it arrived, and they shipped it Fed-Ex next day. I use it on everything (triathlon, TT's, group rides, and hillclimbs), and I wouldn't want anything else. A fast, comfortable bike that performs how you want it to. An EXCELLENT deal for the price.

Weakness:

big, bulky Nashbar saddle
no pedals included (but still a great deal)

A fantastic ride for a competetive rider looking for a dependable, race-worthy ride, as well as a newcomer looking for something afdfordable- this bike has both.

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[May 27, 2001]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

great components for the price (got real cheap when nashbar was closing out their bike line)

Weakness:

needed a little truing and adjustment

all ultegra and carbon fork--got to be kidding at this price. Nicely set up. Rides very well and fast, even for a big guy (6'3" and 200 lbs). If you can find it for a price anything like this--you've go to be crazy to get most anything else.

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