Am I too heavy for new bike ive bought? Wilier

mallorcajeff Posts: 1,489
edited January 2011 in Road buying advice
Hi all
Not been cycling that long and already on 4th bike in 5 months to find the right one. Have had a cube Ltd pro got rid 2 months later bought a cube Agree Pro (alum) still have it great bike. Bought a ghost mountain bike which is still in its box and to be sold totally incorrect purchase silly boy. Anyway after lots of reviews I bought a Wilier izoard lampre 2010 with carbon centaur groupset etc and fulcrum 3 wheels. Totally stunning to look at and have ridden it 30 miles on first outing. Anyway I packed it up and flew it home here to mallorca on sunday. Assembled it last night and took it round the block to check its all ok. Im 17.5 stone and losing weight fast so fingers crossed. Anyway my cube is like a mercedes e class it just effortlessly glides over anything, and is totally silent (full ultegra) On the wilier this is my first Carbon bike so maybe im just being silly but it seems to creak and clonk and the campag does not go into gear anywhere near as nicely and im rather disapointed at the moment. Any thoughts am i too heavy? I had it serviced in the Uk but i took it to th emost useless bike shop i think i could find while over there for the two weeks holiday i had, im taking to my local shop tonight here in mallorca to have it set up and checked again. any thoughts though or am i just being paranoid and last thing i want is it to fall to pieces when decending a mountain etc????
thanks for any imput as really want to learn to love it and besides if i buy bike number 5 my Mrs will go Garretty!!!!!! :D


  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Because of the hollow frame structure it does tend to amplify transmission noise - Fulcrums generally also have a noisy freehub, but it does sound as though the bike hasn't been assembled correctly - any transmission should give you smooth shifting. I'd certain take it to an LBS to check - it may also have taken a knock in transit. In terms of weight limits, you'd need to check Wilier's website but these only generally affect very lightweight components.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Hondated
    Hondated Posts: 136
    Jeff you sound a bit like me as one minute I want a Mountain Bike then a Tourer and then a Carbon Fibre,To be honest each one has + & - s as they each have characteristics.
    I have settled for an ancient Ridgeback MBK , a new Roberts Tourer and during the Spring I am transferring my Alu Bianchi parts onto a Carbon Fibre frame.Oh and I am currently building up a Hybrid frame which I am undecided on whether to fit flat or drop bars.The Roberts Tourer by the way was only brought after I test rode the bike you have.A brilliant bike and I now wish that I had brought that instead.With regard to your weight and fears it will collapse on you I think that your fears are unfounded as I am sure bigger blokes than you ride them without any problems.Look at the size of Lawrence Dellagio the Rugby player and he rode a CF bike back from Rome.
    On your specific point about changing gears etc in my experience when it comes to Campag you always seem to have to mess about with trimming the front mech to get a smooth ride.My Roberts has a combination of Shimano and Campag and it was built by a reputable builder but I still have to trim it at times.
    Finally Majorca blimey how lucky are you thats where I would like to be right now as I look out of my window on a dismal day.Enjoy the weather and riding.
  • mallorcajeff
    mallorcajeff Posts: 1,489
    Thanks all esp hondated eased my mind. yes mallorca is lovely minus 5 this mornign and icy but by 11 am clear blue sky and a nice 60 degrees chilly but in the sun ok, roll on the summer be my first out here for cycling. the roads are epic and i would recommend anyone coming here for a holiday cycling. i rode last week around essex and southend etc and couldnt be any different !!!!

    Off to bike shop tonight for a full fettle! thanks guys always reliable advice here!

  • Aluminium frames, and also carbon forks with an alloy steerer, have a habit of giving out creaking noises - nothing wrong in it.

    And bikes these days are mostly 'overdesigned' to cater for heavy riders. In this respect, most bikes on sale will exceed EN safety standards.