RIDE #59 Round Table – Fondriest TF3 1.2

The Fondriest TF3 1.2…

“This is not a stratospherically priced wünderbike, but price alone isn’t what makes some bikes special. Most of the parts would require upgrading to make it truly professional-grade, but I don’t doubt the frameset is capable. You can’t say that about many bikes in this price bracket. This is of more of an under-promise and over-deliver proposition.”
• Read more of Greg Chalberg’s appraisal of the Fondriest in RIDE Cycling Review #59.

Detail of details…
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    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 04 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 04 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 04 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 04 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 04 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 04 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 04 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 04 - Detail of details

  • RIDE Cycling Review

    RIDE #59 - Bike Test 04 - Detail of details

Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…:

• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.

• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.

• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.

• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.

• Full specification listing…

The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.

Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have  also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Fondriest TF3 1.2:

Dan Bonello: 

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Rob Arnold: 

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Shane Lovejoy: 

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Toby Shingleton: 

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Update 23 March 2013
Fondriest has recently added to the TF3 1.2 line-up, with a Dura-Ace 11-speed equipped model (with it’s own special colour). RRP is a sensational $5,199. Photo supplied by Fondriest.

 

(There are now 14 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 84 bikes.)

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Author: greg@ride

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