Kuota Kharma ??

Bonno
Bonno Posts: 69
edited January 2013 in Workshop
Anyone got one?
Are they ok?
what size do you recommend for a guy a tad under 6ft ?
Always fancied a Kuota, now seen one on offer ! :wink: Cheers

Comments

  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    I've had one for 3 years - superb bike. When I'm in the market for a carbon bike again, Kuota will be in for consideration again.
    Carlsberg don't make cycle clothing, but if they did it would probably still not be as good as Assos
  • FJS
    FJS Posts: 4,820
    I almost bought a Kharma, but got a Bianchi (Alu) instead, only because I'll be transporting it quite a bit by plane and prefer aluminum over carbon for that reason. The Kharma looked like a lovely bike. About size, your height is meaningless, inseam a bit more meaningfull, but better still to use one of the online bike size calculator programs (for instance http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CC ... ATOR_INTRO), and of course try it out.
  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    Inside leg is also meaningless for correct bike fit - you can always raise/lower the saddle. Top tube length/reach is the important measurement IMO. I'm around the same height and mine is a Large, although I know people with longer torso/arms that would ride an XL.
    Carlsberg don't make cycle clothing, but if they did it would probably still not be as good as Assos
  • STEFANOS4784
    STEFANOS4784 Posts: 4,109
    Don't go by bikefit calculator if i were you, was completely wrong for me, i think the only way to tell is to ride 'em, if i went by that calculator then i feel i would have ended up with a bike much to large as my current 57 cm frame (i'm 6 ') feels a bit big and tends to wobble a bit sometimes compared to my 54 :?
  • Gary D
    Gary D Posts: 431
    If you are anywhere up t'North, then get yee to Paul Hewiit's. He sells Kuotas and you will get an unrivalled bike fitting service with it :D:D

    Gary.
    Oh and I feel like I've been raped by an Orangutan :shock: And I've got legs like Girders :lol:
  • I've got a Kuota Kharma, had it for about 18 months and love it. Can't wait for the good weather to ditch the winter trainer! I'm 5' 9 and i ride a large if that helps at all. Got minr from Graham Weigh's in Deeside, highly recommended shop and very helpful staff.
  • I have an '06 Kharma, and I love it - traded up from an old basic Giant OCR and the difference was like night and day.
    Sizing wise, I'm a tad over 5ft 8 and fairly sure mine's a 54 frame but i went with a shorter stem as my reach isnt as long as a mans and I replaced the seat post for similar reasons. Seems to fit me well and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
    "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all"

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  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    +1 for Hewitt cycles
  • Bonno
    Bonno Posts: 69
    Thanks for the feedback guys
    Took the plunge (having not seen one close up ) and ordered one from Dooley's cycles on wednesday night ... frame arrived Friday (thanks Dooley's :wink: ) Went for the large size as geometry matched my present frame. Looks great and can't wait to get new shiny bits for it and take it out in the sun :lol:
    Just one question, as it's an Italian frame can i assume the bottom bracket thread is Italian ?? Thanks
  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    It's an English thread - on mine it is anyway - although Kuota is an Italian company, the frame are made in the Far East (as are most carbon frames nowadays).
    Carlsberg don't make cycle clothing, but if they did it would probably still not be as good as Assos
  • Bonno
    Bonno Posts: 69
    It's an English thread - on mine it is anyway - although Kuota is an Italian company, the frame are made in the Far East (as are most carbon frames nowadays).

    Thanks, better check before i start forcing an Italian BB on then :lol:
  • e999sam
    e999sam Posts: 426
    I've got a Kuota Kebel. I got mine from Aire Valley Cycles in Keighley
    West Yorkshire. It came with a English BB. I think if you get one via the official importer dhw agencies it should come with an English BB.
  • e999sam
    e999sam Posts: 426
    I've got a Kuota Kebel. I got mine from Aire Valley Cycles in Keighley
    West Yorkshire. It came with a English BB. I think if you get one via the official importer dhw agencies it should come with an English BB.
  • kingrollo
    kingrollo Posts: 3,198
    is there much advantage \ difference between the Kebel and the Kharma ? - I currently ride an Alu pinarello - very twitchy and racey - which I like - just wonder which one replicates that racey feel the most !
  • e999sam
    e999sam Posts: 426
    I would say the Kebel feels twitchy. But I wouldn't know how it compared to the Kharma or Pinarello because I haven't riden them.
  • Frank the tank
    Frank the tank Posts: 6,553
    I have both a Kharma and a K.O.M. Both are great bikes IMHO. The K.O.M. climbs like a mountain goat on speed and is a true race bike. The Kharma is a well smooth ride and I feel more upright on it but is no slouch.

    Dip your bread, Kuota make top class frames.
    Tail end Charlie

    The above post may contain traces of sarcasm or/and bullsh*t.
  • kingrollo
    kingrollo Posts: 3,198
    I have both a Kharma and a K.O.M. Both are great bikes IMHO. The K.O.M. climbs like a mountain goat on speed and is a true race bike. The Kharma is a well smooth ride and I feel more upright on it but is no slouch.

    Dip your bread, Kuota make top class frames.

    I am just a bit concerned that I might find the Kharma a bit mundane - after the racey pinarello - but one shop have quoted an extra £450 for the Kebel over the Kharma .....but the diffrence in frame price is £250 !
  • Frank the tank
    Frank the tank Posts: 6,553
    I wouldn't describe the Kharma's ride as mundane, but, that doesn't mean you wouldn't.

    As for the price difference between the two, I don't know.
    Tail end Charlie

    The above post may contain traces of sarcasm or/and bullsh*t.
  • Frank the tank

    I am curious as to what size KOM and Kharma you have. I have a Kharma at the moment and am looking at a KOM Evo or KOM Air, however, I am unable to ride one at this time because they are no longer distributed in the U.S.. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.