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Old 04-13-2010, 03:42 PM   #2526
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HOLY S*$#!!

I love these new wheels.

Did my 40 mile look 19 minutes faster than three days ago today (2:32 versus 2:51)

Now, I am sure it is more than just the wheels. I actually felt better on the bike than I had yet this year, but I love these things

- a little stiffer than I expected. Great for my not so slender frame, and even a little harsh over a stretch of road that rivals some of Paris - Roubaix's best Pave..

- Definitely aero. Could feel it on down downhills, flats, etc. but also sucked a little in a stiff crosswind.

- better braking than expected. I still had swiss stop yellow pads on from last year when i had Spinergy fct wheels on. I have been running Mavic Askium race wheels all year so far... and in all honestly, the swiss stops feel stronger on the carbon bontrager rims then the aluminum mavic rims

- weight. WOW. now, I know I could use to lose weight, so i should not go overboard on the bike (but i do anyways. haha). And I know to be faster I need to improve me, not the bike. BUT, that being said..
The combo of

Mavic Askium race wheels + Hutchinson Fusion tires + tube + 105 cass

versus

Bontrager Aeolus tubulars + continental competition tires + ultegra cass

Must be 1.5 - 2 pounds lighters.


Now, I rode them today, but will be switching back to the Mavic wheels for now. I am also building up a set of dura-ace/mavic reflex/dt swiss 3 cross tubular wheels with vittoria tubies on them for daily riding, and will switch to those as soon as rims come in. I know riding the stronger cheaper heavier wheels is better most of the time, especially while trying to get form.

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-2010 Ultegra 10 speed, including carbon shifters (except 2009 Ultegra SL cranks)
- Easton EC 90 slx carbon bars and EA 90 forged alloy stem
- Bontrager Aeolus 5.0 carbon tubular wheelset
- Mavic SSC brake calipers
- Continental 22mm limited edition competition tubulars
- Sell italia flite gel saddle
- cinelli tape, cutter carbon bottle cages, speedplay X2 pedals, sigma wireless computer
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:53 PM   #2527
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That's a really nice bike.

My fastest recent ride was 18 miles @ 19.5.

I rode 14 @ 17mph yesterday and then ran 3 @ 22 minutes. Been triathalon training.

1994 Colnago Master Light. Mine has a Campy Record group incl hubs, Mavic rims and Continental tubular tires.

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Old 04-13-2010, 08:23 PM   #2528
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sorry for the sucky pics
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:12 AM   #2529
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^ nice bikes!

and thanks for the write up on the carbon wheels. Maybe one day I will get a set to throw on for serious rides.
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:31 AM   #2530
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^ nice bikes!

and thanks for the write up on the carbon wheels. Maybe one day I will get a set to throw on for serious rides.
the only thing i would suggest, try a lot of them

they are all different.


even though these and my past spinergys hold some of the same qualities (both have 50mm deep carbon rims, both aero, both full carbon tubulars), the rides are COMPLETELY different.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:52 PM   #2531
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Good advice, I just wish my local bike shops had testers! Most of them don't even stock wheels that cost more than $300/ea.

Just got a nice 20mi ride in on the pinarello. I love lunch breaks! (I get to work from home)
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:01 PM   #2532
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Where'd all the mountain bikes go?
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Old 04-14-2010, 06:51 PM   #2533
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Ok, so here's my new rig. It's still being built (as you can see from the pics, i.e. crap pedals, no seat or seatpost cable, etc.), but it's an amazing rig. Brand new 09 Specialized Enduro SL Expert (bought on closeout) with an E150 fork and Command Post adjustable seatpost installed.

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Specialized AFR Shock w/ Spike valve, 150mm travel, air spring, adj. rebound and low speed compression, 7.875x2.25"
Specialized E150 Dual Crown Fork w/ integrated crown and stem, 25mm thru-axle, adjustable travel from 150mm down to 110mm, etc.
Custom Avid Elixir R Carbon SL, alloy backed organic pads, 203mm rotor (front), 185mm rotor (rear)
Shimano M770 XT front derailleur, DMD, top swing, dual pull
SRAM X-0 rear derailleur, 9-speed, mid cage
SRAM X-9, trigger shifters
Custom DT Swiss E440S rims, 26mm, sleeved w/eyelets, 32h
S-Works Eskar tires, 26x2.3"
Specialized Command Post adjustable seatpost (w/ 4" of adjustability)





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Old 04-14-2010, 09:04 PM   #2534
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http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...ID=1&SCATID=57

just ordered. another member to the family. no one here to tell so OT is the next best. yeah, your my backup plan.

One question, SRAM 9 or XT? talking rear derailluer and shifters.
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:41 PM   #2535
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Personally, I'd say go SS and fully rigid!
But, if you're going geared, I would really, really recommend a SRAM X-0 rear derailleur, and for that, you'll need a SRAM shifter. X-9 or X-0 would be fine. Your front derailleur could go either way. I've used Shimano XT on the front of my last two bikes, and it's been great. SRAM left shifter will be compatible.
Check jensonusa.com right now for sick deals on SRAM X-0 derailleur and your shifters. It's going really, really cheap.
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:07 PM   #2536
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Ok, so here's my new rig. It's still being built (as you can see from the pics, i.e. crap pedals, no seat or seatpost cable, etc.), but it's an amazing rig. Brand new 09 Specialized Enduro SL Expert (bought on closeout) with an E150 fork and Command Post adjustable seatpost installed.

A few specs:

Specialized AFR Shock w/ Spike valve, 150mm travel, air spring, adj. rebound and low speed compression, 7.875x2.25"
Specialized E150 Dual Crown Fork w/ integrated crown and stem, 25mm thru-axle, adjustable travel from 150mm down to 110mm, etc.
Custom Avid Elixir R Carbon SL, alloy backed organic pads, 203mm rotor (front), 185mm rotor (rear)
Shimano M770 XT front derailleur, DMD, top swing, dual pull
SRAM X-0 rear derailleur, 9-speed, mid cage
SRAM X-9, trigger shifters
Custom DT Swiss E440S rims, 26mm, sleeved w/eyelets, 32h
S-Works Eskar tires, 26x2.3"
Specialized Command Post adjustable seatpost (w/ 4" of adjustability)




heh, I didn't know there were any Wheat Ridge customers here. I'm the warranty manager there.
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:12 PM   #2537
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Awesome! I hope to never have to use your services The bike is looking beautiful. Tell Andy that James said "Thanks!" yet again. I'm sure he's eternally annoyed with me, as I've been calling quite a lot
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:15 AM   #2538
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http://www.bikes.com/main+en+01_102+...ID=1&SCATID=57

just ordered. another member to the family. no one here to tell so OT is the next best. yeah, your my backup plan.

One question, SRAM 9 or XT? talking rear derailluer and shifters.
Depends on what kind of shifting you prefer. Push push? Push pull? Twist? x9 or XT are both great imo. I prefer twist shift so I run sram.
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:10 AM   #2539
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My bikes:

Surly Karate Monkey, mostly stock, upgraded handlebars (MonkeyLite) and bar ends

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Voodoo Wazoo CX, build with mixture of XT and ultegra componets



Centurion LeMans. Found it on craigslist the frame was in prestine condition, it was hanging in some dudes garage for over 20 years. Made it into a SS just with parts from craigslist, so much fun riding this bike

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Old 04-15-2010, 10:17 AM   #2540
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Great looking bikes. I'm looking to build a SS fully rigid, but I'm not sure where I want to start. I'm looking at Transition's TransAm or a On One as a starting point. I'd like slacker angles, but I'm worried it won't pedal or steer well.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:26 AM   #2541
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Great looking bikes. I'm looking to build a SS fully rigid, but I'm not sure where I want to start. I'm looking at Transition's TransAm or a On One as a starting point. I'd like slacker angles, but I'm worried it won't pedal or steer well.
Pick your wheel size and go from there.
26'er (a crap ton)
29'er (Surly,Vassago,Niner,etc)
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:10 AM   #2542
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thanks magicstop, i like the 29er route, more versatile. Imho easier to ride a 29er SS vs 26er SS. I saw a green Niner at a local shop last week, I think I drooled on the floor
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:47 PM   #2543
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I also like slacker angles, but mostly because I want stability at speed and the ability to get way back for rough/steep stuff. Thats why I went with the steel Rockey Mountain and will be adding a 100mm Fox Float. should give me around 69* head tube angle with some big tires. the rest will be as light as possible so i can still climb like a fighter jet... hopefully. fun factor is most important, though. and nothing feels like my first mountainbike did, which was steel.

SS is a future plan, but I want the gears for now. been off the bike for various reasons for too long and a SS would be brutal right now.
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:32 PM   #2544
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Picking up my first proper road bike today - quite excited! Entry level Trek 1.2 alpha but it will be perfect for me as I plan on getting the entry level madone 2.5 after a few months solid riding and then the 1.2 will live at the office for weekday rides. (I have zero bike rack options so need the second bike if I want to ride at work) I've become so addicted to cycling with my norditrack that I'm really looking forward to getting out on a proper road bike for once. Always was a mtn biker but wanted to get into road biking all my life, just never did.
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:59 PM   #2545
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heh, I didn't know there were any Wheat Ridge customers here. I'm the warranty manager there.
Hah, no way! That's where I bought my 575 last December. I think it was Jess that helped me. She was tiny. She really didn't seem to know much about the bike.....but she was nice. Quick question, do the sales staff make commission?
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:06 PM   #2546
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Looking at picking up my first road bike. I've had several mountain bikes, and recently bought a Novara Buzz for cruising the neighborhood. Some sweet bikes in here.
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:07 PM   #2547
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Hah, no way! That's where I bought my 575 last December. I think it was Jess that helped me. She was tiny. She really didn't seem to know much about the bike.....but she was nice. Quick question, do the sales staff make commission?
I hope so, b/c I've been bugging the piss out of Andy there

Also RaceFace, those are my reasons as well. You've got to have a bit of a slack HA around here so you can take on the rough downhill stuff without flying over your handlebars. But on a fully rigid frame, slack angles aren't really a good thing. With a fork that has travel, the HA increases when you climb and put weight on it, but slackens when you're back off of it. Unfortunately with rigid, you just have to pick a length and travel compensation and enjoy your angles. I'm really debating how to build my SS rigid rig up. Still thinking TransAm with a 120mm or 130mm rigid fork to drop the HA from 68.5 to 70ish.
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Also RaceFace, those are my reasons as well. You've got to have a bit of a slack HA around here so you can take on the rough downhill stuff without flying over your handlebars. But on a fully rigid frame, slack angles aren't really a good thing. With a fork that has travel, the HA increases when you climb and put weight on it, but slackens when you're back off of it. Unfortunately with rigid, you just have to pick a length and travel compensation and enjoy your angles. I'm really debating how to build my SS rigid rig up. Still thinking TransAm with a 120mm or 130mm rigid fork to drop the HA from 68.5 to 70ish.
a taller fork would not make the HA steeper. you say drop the HA but then you say go from 68-70*. taller form will make the HA go down. but i get what you were saying anyway. been riding/racing mtb and wrenching bikes since i got my training wheels off til i moved to FL, so i know my way around a bike and the compromises of said designs. have fun with the rigid SS... i would do a 29'er if i went that route. i am 6' 185 lbs, though.
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Hah, no way! That's where I bought my 575 last December. I think it was Jess that helped me. She was tiny. She really didn't seem to know much about the bike.....but she was nice. Quick question, do the sales staff make commission?
No they do not make commission and yes you are correct she does not know anything about those bikes.

She sells bikes like she is on commission though.
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