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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:03 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:02 am 
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Ahh you spotted it then. :wink:

Same as mine, but in PDM colours.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:26 am 
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we used to sell those and the squadra team frames which were built in SLX tubing. the astore although looking more or less identical to the squadra, was a bit of a tank!!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:48 am 
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rusty bodie wrote:
the astore although looking more or less identical to the squadra, was a bit of a tank!!

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Awww, that's not very nice. I like my Astore.

Although I have only managed a short shake down ride before the snow, it rode very well and felt lighter than its 9kgs weight.

My frame came from Plum in Ghent.


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sorry, it's the teen bike snob that still lurks in my soul!!

wasn't the astore columbus aelle tubing? the finish on both frames was to a very high standard but the squadra was a lot lighter than the astore hence my preference for the latter.



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:27 am 
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Yes, the Astore is Aelle tubing, in my case Aelle R, so a tiny bit lighter.

You're right of course, the Squadra is the real race horse of the range, and very foolishly I decided to watch one in my size on ebay recently. Someone, more sensible than me, cut a deal and the next thing I knew the auction had ended (five days early).

Having just built my Astore up, I can say that the easiest way to lose major weight would be to find a lighter fork. But once built, it does feel like a pretty balanced package.

Mine is finished in the American team colours, which was part of the appeal, and is built up with all modern components, as it is to be a regular ride, once we get some dry weather.

I'm very pleased with my Astore, and as a first venture into the world of 80's European frames, it's been a pretty safe undertaking, rather than risking a higher priced 'name', only to find I've bought a pup.


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