Spa Ti Audax

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ACS
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Spa Ti Audax

Postby ACS » 17 Feb 2012, 9:49pm

I am hoping to call into Spa Cycles next week to look at their titanium audax machine (n=n+1 ) :D

I have completed a great deal of research, read articles etc. Are there any owners who can give me some user feedback?

guzzimag
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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby guzzimag » 18 Feb 2012, 8:49am

Hi there. I test rode one yesterday and ordered as a result. I have only been riding proer bikes again for a couple of years, so I'm comparing against a Cube Nature (hybrid) and a Cube Attempt (race bike). The difference for me was night and day - the Spa is very plush, stable, but still nice and lively. It immediately felt very familiar and almost welcoming. Build quality is excellent - the frames are Chinese in origin but are a Spa specific design (see chap with grey beard riding it in the photos - he's your designer and a lovely bloke too!). The welds are uniform and very tidy - and everything bolted to it is of a decent quality. Even the Passport Navigator saddle was excellent. Frame comes with a 10 year warranty. I rode the SRAM Apex equipped build and wasn't sure how I'd get along with it, having only used Shimano triple setups. It was great - no problems adapting to the setup and I found more usuable gears with a decent chainrun than I do ona triple. For the price it's a fantastic bargain - I priced up building the bike up myself and there was nothing in it. It was also a pleasure doing business with the Spa folk they were excellent, despite the chaos of the new shop!

Lovely bike. I should get mine in a week or so - can't wait.

ACS
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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby ACS » 18 Feb 2012, 10:27am

guzzimag wrote:Hi there. I test rode one yesterday and ordered as a result. I have only been riding proer bikes again for a couple of years, so I'm comparing against a Cube Nature (hybrid) and a Cube Attempt (race bike). The difference for me was night and day - the Spa is very plush, stable, but still nice and lively. It immediately felt very familiar and almost welcoming. Build quality is excellent - the frames are Chinese in origin but are a Spa specific design (see chap with grey beard riding it in the photos - he's your designer and a lovely bloke too!). The welds are uniform and very tidy - and everything bolted to it is of a decent quality. Even the Passport Navigator saddle was excellent. Frame comes with a 10 year warranty. I rode the SRAM Apex equipped build and wasn't sure how I'd get along with it, having only used Shimano triple setups. It was great - no problems adapting to the setup and I found more usuable gears with a decent chainrun than I do ona triple. For the price it's a fantastic bargain - I priced up building the bike up myself and there was nothing in it. It was also a pleasure doing business with the Spa folk they were excellent, despite the chaos of the new shop!

Lovely bike. I should get mine in a week or so - can't wait.


Guzzimag

Many thanks for this I am obliged. I hope you get many hours of enjoyment from your new bike.

tod28
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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby tod28 » 18 Feb 2012, 10:29am

"very plush, stable, but still nice and lively" +10 having built my frame up with Pasela Tg 28 mm's

I similarly agree with the comments on Spa themselves

ACS
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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby ACS » 18 Feb 2012, 4:10pm

tod28 wrote:"very plush, stable, but still nice and lively" +10 having built my frame up with Pasela Tg 28 mm's

I similarly agree with the comments on Spa themselves


Thank you for your reply.
Andy

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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby ACS » 29 Feb 2012, 9:26pm

guzzimag wrote:Hi there. I test rode one yesterday and ordered as a result. I have only been riding proer bikes again for a couple of years, so I'm comparing against a Cube Nature (hybrid) and a Cube Attempt (race bike). The difference for me was night and day - the Spa is very plush, stable, but still nice and lively. It immediately felt very familiar and almost welcoming. Build quality is excellent - the frames are Chinese in origin but are a Spa specific design (see chap with grey beard riding it in the photos - he's your designer and a lovely bloke too!). The welds are uniform and very tidy - and everything bolted to it is of a decent quality. Even the Passport Navigator saddle was excellent. Frame comes with a 10 year warranty. I rode the SRAM Apex equipped build and wasn't sure how I'd get along with it, having only used Shimano triple setups. It was great - no problems adapting to the setup and I found more usuable gears with a decent chainrun than I do ona triple. For the price it's a fantastic bargain - I priced up building the bike up myself and there was nothing in it. It was also a pleasure doing business with the Spa folk they were excellent, despite the chaos of the new shop!

Lovely bike. I should get mine in a week or so - can't wait.


Just to round this off. I visited Spa Cycles this lunchtime. Took a 56cm Audax out for a 10 mile spin and loved it. If it had been a summers day I would have returned to the shop with flies in my teeth.

Got to echo what Guzzimag has said. Anyway ordered one and I'm having delivered in the next 2 weeks. Frame Number 91 is mine :D

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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby JohnW » 2 Mar 2012, 3:23pm

Is it possible to fit down-tube friction levers?

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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby tooley92 » 2 Mar 2012, 5:02pm

JohnW wrote:Is it possible to fit down-tube friction levers?


It looks like they have bosses on the donwtube http://www.spacycles.co.uk/smsimg/uploa ... ometry.jpg
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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby 531colin » 2 Mar 2012, 7:47pm

JohnW wrote:Is it possible to fit down-tube friction levers?


Yes, it has standard downtube bosses.

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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby JohnW » 2 Mar 2012, 11:43pm

Ah - that's worth noting and spreading about - and remembering.

guzzimag
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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby guzzimag » 6 Mar 2012, 1:32pm

To follow up - I picked mine up on Friday last week, after a slight delay waiting for the right headset spacers. Still only took 2 weeks from ordering. I've put just short of 100 miles in it over the last few days and I LOVE IT. After riding 2 factory built Cubes for about 4000 miles of crashing through potholes and tooth rattling road buzz it's like a bloody rolls-royce. I deliberately aim for grate covers to try and provoke a crash or a rattle and it just sails over them in silence. Fantastic. The Spa chaps have done a perfect build - the wheels in particular are things of handbuilt loveliness.

I even love the plain jane looks, although I did go for silver rims/hubs to sex it up a bit :wink:

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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby John in Leeds » 6 Mar 2012, 6:34pm

guzzimag wrote:To follow up - I picked mine up on Friday last week,


So will it replace the Guzzi? :twisted:

:D

guzzimag
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Re: Spa Ti Audax

Postby guzzimag » 12 Mar 2012, 9:32pm

Nope won't be replacing the Guzzi's!! My garage is a 2 wheels only zone - part from the little uns trike :D