Re: Heard of Azzurri??
They're the same company as Learsport, but I think they're trying to develop a more up-market name by introducing some carbon models with Ultegra and Dura-Ace -- Learsport don't have carbon or Dura-Ace models, or at least they didn't for the 2005 season.http://www.azzurri.com.au/bikes.htmlhttp://www.learsport.com.au/index.ph...d%20Bikes'
They are one of many mass-produced Asian frames, but one thing they definitely
are -- especially the Columbus Zonal aluminium models -- is an ABSOLUTE bargain!! You can buy a brand new Columbus Zonal Azzurri frame, without a fork, for $500!!! That is SO CHEAP!! The exact same tubing will cost at LEAST double that if you got a local custom frame or a brand name import. I ended up buying a Columbus Zonal Cinelli Proxima for a great price, which rides very well, and is light enough: size 'L' is ~1400g without a fork.
I'm sure the Azzurris and Learsports would be just as good as any other machine-tigged aluminium Asian frame, of which I've owned 4, and they've all been fine. I know a guy with a Learsport 8500, and he loves it.
As I suggested, the models made with Columbus Zonal aluminium are a total bargain! Columbus, in Italy, is the one of the top tubing manufacturers. John Kennedy recommends most of his customers use Zonal alu for their custom frames.
On my side of town, the guy across from the Brighton Baths sells them, as does Kathy Watt.