Quintana Roo CALiente 2003 Road Bike

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[May 22, 2016]
QR guy

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Stiff, lightweight, awesome graphics, topnotch components. Fast and beautiful bike.

Weakness:

Noticed none as of yet.

A fast and lightweight bike. Although older technology compared to the new bikes now but still can keep up because it was ahead of its time when it came out. Looks better than many new bikes also. Can't complain at all.

[Jan 11, 2005]
Anonymous
Triathlete

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

For triathletes or time triallists. However as an ex roadie I can't see it being a no no for general road use either. It would be fine for road racing if you can bear to risk smashing it in a fall! It's solid, well built, looks ace. It's responsive and agile without being untameable. It's got a genuinely eye catching paint job and will be admired by most, watch those damn thieves! You can ride for half an hour or four which is as long as I've been on it in one go without any discomfort. Front mech hanger is a must, it's got it. The rear hanger isn't removable so use caution, not a problem for anyone who cares for their bike regularly anyway. An excellent all rounder.

Weakness:

Nothing is perfect but this is pretty close. Points to watch for though are the following. Side winds do have an effect but this is common to all framesets with a fast profile. Don't be put off by this! The rear dropouts are not really protected very well and the paint has worn here. Just a touch of chrome as protection would be good, I'd live with the extra weight this would add. Again it's no worse than any other but is a little annoying. Finally, as the tubes are so tight and big it's very difficult to fit two bottle cages into the frame triangle. The cages will go on fine but they steal bottle space from each other so the bottles won't actually go down to the bottom of the cage. One will, one won't. I got round this though by picking two cages that you can file or drill to extend the amount it slides. You'll have to do this on both cages by around 3/4 inch to get both bottles to fit properly. This may not be an issue for shorter distances but anything more than 90 minutes you should have extra liquid on board.

It shone as I rounded the corner and saw it in the window. I'd spent some seven years off the road after an accident but this was the bike that made me realise how much I missed cycling. I've got the orange flame paint job, very eyecatching. Its built up with dura ace and some ultegra, mavic ksyrium wheels, and has just had the change from road bars to 3T ahero tri bars. The first thing I noticed was the acceleration, this bike wants to move. It's very stable on the flat and does seem to glide very nicely over a lumpy road. I've never ridden carbon before and had heard how it softens the vibration. I'd now agree with this to some extent but this bike is so stiff with a one piece carbon fork and steerer tube that you do feel it through your hands. Get some good gloves, you'll be fine! It's fast and transfers the power well but ensure you've got a good pedal technique to make the most of this. It can be a bit snappy at the back end when you put the power on but if you smooth out your technique, no problem. It's got a front mech hanger which for me is an essential, no worries about having paint scraped from your tubing. The rear mech hanger doesn't look replacable so set those gears up correctly people! The rear carbon stays are fluted and simply look stunning with the exposed carbon weave. Riders with larger feet (approx size 9) upwards may have difficulty with the chainstays as the back wheel is tucked in tight to the cut away seat tube. This means that the tubing flares out to hold the rear wheel and heels could catch. Consider checking before you buy! The decals are all still in place under a good layer of protection, these won't be coming off for the life of the frameset. The forks are also beautiful and do a great job of slicing through the wind. They are about 2 inches deep and half an inch wide so they really offer a slippery profile to the wind. It'll weigh around 19 to 20 pounds with good shimano components, add titanium and carbon goodies and it'll be lighter still. The dropouts are reversed and this can be a little tricky when removing the back wheel but I think practice makes perfect. I'd recommend it for climbers like myself but as I'm an all rounder I don't think anyone would have any real trouble with any part of a typical race route. People do stare though, especially in traffic when you're going through it slowly and safely. If you can handle the attention go for it. Use caution in high winds, the fat and slender profiled tubes do catch the side winds so prepare for this when going past open gateways etc when there is a cross wind. It's not bad but you do have to allow for it. I've had no probs with the cable routing, everything works smoothly and nothing has popped out or rattled. All in all very impressive, you could do a lot worse than this and I think the price was very reasonable too.

Similar Products Used:

Nothing similar used as first frameset of this type. Compared to a regular road set up though it's much faster.

[Oct 15, 2003]
jabbrut
Triathlete

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very comfortable. Have someone who knows what they are doing seat you properly.

Weakness:

None as of yet.

I have doing triathlons for about a year and was riding a Trek 2300. This is my first tri-specific bike. I went in wanting to ride all the bikes at this price point I could find. I rode the Cannondale IM, Cervelo P2K, a Javelin, Felt S22 and the QR. The Cannondale was a nice bike but about $300-$400 more. The Cervelo was nice but not too comfortable. The Felt was nice and light, but not as smooth and plugs for the internal cabling kept popping out. I liked the Javelin, but comfort on the QR sold me. The carbon front and rear forks really make the ride 'soft'. I upgraded the seat and put on Speedplay Zero and I couldnt be happier. I have done several 60+ mile rides and am very impressed at the difference the tri-geometry makes. First ride out I was 2-3mph faster. I have smoked all my previous bike times in training and races. If you want to be competetive at Triathlons I highly recommend ANY tri- specific bike. This is just the one I liked the best for the money. Plus I got a free wetsuit from QR. Not a bad deal.

Similar Products Used:

Test ride- Cannondale, Javelin, Cervelo, Felt S22

[May 09, 2003]
wolf359
Triathlete

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5

My first triathlon specific bike after riding a Giant road bike turn tri. The QR is much more comfotable in the Tri postion and yet I feel more powerful when riding aero. Light weight, very responsive frame. Carbon forks extend my comfort and decrese fatigue while on long rides. I love the graphics on this bike.

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