Several months ago I purchased a Gavin Corsa triathlon bike and have been training for my first Ironman event on it ever since. I am constantly amazed at the quality and value of this bike. It is fast, light, and fits right for the long rides.
Recently, I had the unfortunate circumstance of testing the toughness of the bike. I was competing in a half Ironman event in Santa Cruz, California, when I fell victim to a set of train tracks and crashed. I was traveling at about 23 MPH when I hit the tracks and they grabbed the bike out from under me, something that would have happened no matter how expensive of a bike I was riding. I landed hard enough to get a seperated shoulder and a serious case of road rash all on my left side. I thought my day was over, but to my surprise my Gavin Corsa was still in great shape. The wheels were not bent, the frame was in great shape, and where the bike had hit the gound there was only minor surface damage. Within a matter of minutes I was back on the course and would go on to finish the race.
My local bike shop was impressed with the quality of the bike and with only about $40 in cork tape and minor adjustments the bike was back to good as new condition. I have seen many bike crashes at slower speeds ruin a bike, but this bike took the hit. Hopefully it won't take another hit, but it is nice to know I am riding a well built bike, something I never thought I would be able to buy on a budget of under $700.