Originally Posted by Alpenrose
Yes. You get a lot for your money. I think I paid about $335. I haven’t checked the bikesdirect.com specs on the bike lately to know if it’s still got exactly the same gear on it.
I bought mine from Bikesdirect.com over 2-1/2 years ago and have about 4,000 miles on it. The first year it was my #1 bike, including races. Since then it’s been relegated to the stationary trainer, but I am back with it this summer commuting to work daily, with a 500 ft. climb coming home in the afternoon. Don’t tell the guys in my club, but I use the small ring.
The DA-22’s are OK. They are as durable as any other skinny road wheel. I have a truing stand and keep all my wheels tuned up myself. The original Michelin is still on the front wheel, but the rear tire has long since been used up on the stationary trainer. I would recommend Tuffy liners for these and just about any other skinny road tires, or go to Armadillos.
The bike is the 62cm size, I’m 6’2”. I changed out the original equipment stem for a much shorter one. The handlebars have way too much drop, so I don’t get down into the drops as much I would otherwise. So far I haven’t seen fit to change the handlebars.
I have used a couple of other wheel sets with it, depending on the situation. I bought a lightweight set (ALX330, put on Michelin pro2 race tires) for racing and a utility set (Alex 4000??) just because they were cheap.
As an experiment, I changed out the 172.5 mm triple crank for a 180mm double. I learned: There isn’t that much difference in feel, but the Shimano Sora chain rings and crank work superbly compared to the generic. I’m back to the original equipment now. I had a shop change it back, replace the chain and cables, and haven’t touched the drive train in at least a year. I have since switched my other bike to a Dura-Ace 180mm crank and I love it, but that’s a topic for another day.
I was so impressed with the Windsor/Shimano/Bikesdirect combination that I bought a Windsor Kennett with full Ultegra gear, and I now have about 8,000 miles on it, including about 60 races.
With Bikesdirect, you have to put the bike together, which is pretty easy. Mount pedals, handlebars, seat, tweak the brakes, pump up the tires, ...