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Last Post 07/02/2013 07:01 AM by Charlie Beal. 15 Replies.
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Ride On

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06/30/2013 09:07 PM
Is this how you post photos? http://lkms99.smugmug.com/Sports/Bike/i-z6rGrjh/0/L/DSC00776-L.jpg
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06/30/2013 09:07 PM
Guess not
madvax

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06/30/2013 11:13 PM
Beautiful ride. Is that an oval crankset?
jmdirt

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07/01/2013 12:42 AM
Nice! Give us a ride report as you get some time on it.

madvax, it looks like a Shimano crank with SRM spider and osemetric ring.
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07/01/2013 06:18 AM
Jmdirt is exactly right on the crank set up. Good eye
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07/01/2013 06:23 AM
Yes I built it up as a road bike. Yes the geometry just fits me. No I don't need you to tell me I'm crazy, I know it already.

Background. I've been riding road for about 25 years now. I've had several frames over the years. Colnago, Specialized, Cervelo, Ridley.

Got the Boardman frame/fork/brakes and head set. Took parts from my old ride and moved them over.

Packing was very good.

Some really small finish issues near the edges. Small bubble in one of the labels. Other than that really nice.

Build Stuff :

Build went really well. Cable routing was like butter. Really easy. For an internally routed cable frame it was very easy. I did have to spend some time getting the cable housing lengths cut just right, but that is normal on first builds for me. Will probably do better the next time around but over all it came out pretty well. Standard cable housing. Nothing fancy.

Was a little worried about how hard it was to set up the brakes. It was actually pretty easy. Rear I got spot on the 2nd try and the front took 3 tries. All in all I was more worried about that set up than I should have been having never done that style of brakes before.

Used a Praxis bottom bracket adapter to run my Shimano cranks. Local LBS pressed it in and I installed the other side. Seemed easy enough. Will see how long it lasts without making noise. Right now seems solid.

Excuse the old seat in the photo, I have a new one, but I like to run my existing one for awhile when I get a new frame. Gives me better feedback on fit.

Fit was spot on. The seat post was interesting. It's reversible and where I wanted to be was the seat all the way forward with it turned backwards or all the way back with it turned forwards. I went with the backwards. It just looked better. Easy set up.

Front D took to my Osymetric rings with out any trouble or adapters. Really easy.

Ride Stuff :

Really nice. I mean really nice. It rides like butter. Like I mentioned I've had several frames over the years this one is like butter. It actually corners really well. Yes I know handling is alot about weight distribution but it does really well. The odd thing is when you are soft pedaling in a straight line it likes to sway back and forth under you. When you apply power to the pedals it tracks really straight. It's like it doesn't know how to go slow. Might just be me.

It's light. Not like weight winnie light but the build as shown was 16.4lbs.

I've ridden it 5 times now and it really likes to go. It likes to jump also. It really holds speed really well. I took it on a 3hr and 4hr ride and came out both times feeling fresh. Doesn't beat you up at all.

I don't live in a place that requires any 30 min climbs. It's mostly flat roads with some bumps and wind to deal with.

The front end does seem really stable though. On my one trip a year to get in some climbing I'll be interested to see what she does.

Overall I would give it a B+. I'm a tuff grader. For me I would have liked to see a stronger rear brake. I would have liked a more standard BB bracket but then again maybe some of the jump has to do with the larger BB30 than I'm used to. This is my first frame with a BB30. Every thing else gets really high marks from build to ride. Would do it all over again. No buyers remorse.
bobswire

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07/01/2013 08:21 AM
You did an excellent job on the build, everything blends well.
Cosmic Kid

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07/01/2013 11:23 AM
I love bike pjorn in the AM.....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
vtguy

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07/01/2013 11:37 AM
Nice ride!
jacques_anquetil

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07/01/2013 11:47 AM
that's a sick ride (on), dude!
Cosmic Kid

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07/01/2013 02:42 PM
Interesting geo for that bike. I went and looked it up once I realized you had the TT version built up as a road bike.

The head tube angle is 73*, so I am not surprised it works well as a road bike (assuming you also like a steep STA, that is!!). Most TT bikes have much shallower HTA, which makes running them as road bikes challenging for some. Trucker-style handling usually doesn't work well for a road bike. ;-)

Very nice!! Also nice that they have tow sets of WB bosses....most TT bikes just go with one these days.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
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07/01/2013 05:27 PM
CK you hit two of the things about this frame that made it hard to find. (2) water bottle bosses on a TT frame are really hard to come by.

The a long top tube is hard to come by as well. Lots of frames when they go steep SA, shorten the top tube.

You would love how aero it is. I need a wireless SRM to clean it up some more.

Also the internal cable routing. You stick the cable in one end and boom it just comes out the other end.
79pmooney

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07/01/2013 05:53 PM
Ride On, I like that you go for a frame that fits, who cares what others say! My bikes aren't as extreme as that, but my customs all have 74 seat tubes (except my fixie with 75 to give me more room to play with wheel location when changing cogs. I hate messing with chain length). Now my seats are located close to traditional so I use seatposts with 60 mm setback to center the clamps in the rails. Seats are exactly where they should be and the weight distribution feels perfect.

Cool bike. (Except I still am not used to deep black rims. They look to me like the balloon tires I grew up with!) Ridei t wit pride!

Ben
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07/01/2013 07:11 PM
79pmoney

I remember when I first started to ride and I would read about proper position , Knee over pedal axis. I was so far off from that, that was sure I was doing it wrong. I spent years trying to figure out what I was doing wrong.
Oldfart

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07/01/2013 11:15 PM
SEXY.
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