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Old 05-12-2015, 02:22 PM
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Kirk Inox JKS

Here is my new road bike. This is the second 100% stainless frameset from Dave Kirk's workbench and my second bike from Dave. My green fillet Kirk MRB remains a joy to ride - I love that bike. This new Kirk feels immediately familiar with that same silky smooth ride, but it's a touch zippier with a bit more stiffness and snap and slightly quicker handling. All smiles so far.

I'm quite pleased with how this stainless project turned out having given Dave only some basic fit info and a tire clearance request. The contrasting stainless finishes and the super clean lugs look so good. The fit is spot on, and the tire clearance is perfect with 28s or 32s. Everything went together perfectly.... Here I have Red22, Ergott wheels, GB 28 tires, Fizik post/stem/saddle/btape, TRP RG957 brakes and FSA compact hbars.







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Old 05-12-2015, 02:38 PM
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Very pretty. Looks like a Kirk version of the Hampsten Strada Bianca in stainless.

Is that a 1" fork or 1.125"? Like how it doesn't have a lot of curve to it.

Any specific reason you chose to not go with the Terraplane seatstays?

A Kirk is definitely one of those frames I'd love to try. Enjoy.
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:39 PM
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Thanks! It's a 1" fork.

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Very pretty. Looks like a Kirk version of the Hampsten Strada Bianca in stainless.

Is that a 1" fork or 1.125"? Like how it doesn't have a lot of curve to it.

A Kirk is definitely one of those frames I'd love to try. Enjoy.
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:07 PM
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Very nice and love the steel fork.
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Old 05-12-2015, 05:08 PM
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stunning

That is incredible. I think Mr. Kirk makes the nicest lugged bikes on the planet.

This one is so understated and elegant
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:30 PM
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Very nicely built! Frame is soo soo choice!
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:36 PM
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Great Ride! Any chance for some close ups of the graphics?

Kirk, Ellis and Bedford are the only brands I would consider for a custom steel bike. PERIOD!







OK, maybe a Landshark if he went back to brazing instead of glueing.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:44 PM
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Never mind about the close ups. Found them in the Kirk Thread.


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Old 05-13-2015, 03:50 PM
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This is the Quintessential Paceline Bike. Curious as to why you went with SRAMz?
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Old 05-13-2015, 05:06 PM
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This is the Quintessential Paceline Bike. Curious as to why you went with SRAMz?
Thank you!!!

SRAM? I like the ergonomics of the hoods/shifters. The yaw no-trim front shifting is nice. Overall, SRAM parts work well for me...I use Dura Ace and Ultegra cassettes though because they are cheaper and easier to clean than the solid unit Red cassette.
I have Campy Record 10 on another bike because it does not share its 650b wheels. Record 10 shifting is great too, but I prefer the SRAM ergonomics. Never tried new Campy. Shimano levers feel awkward in my hands, but they would get the job done too.
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:46 PM
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Beautiful... congrats! Almost looks like a lugged Ti frame...
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Old 05-13-2015, 10:00 PM
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I love how clean and crisp everything looks. Beautiful.

Edit: I just noticed you've got another Kirk. What were you looking for in the second one?

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Old 05-14-2015, 07:27 AM
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Real nice, clark. Simple elegance.
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:32 AM
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Wow. Love the clean treatment. Definitely one of my fave Kirks I've seen.

Dave, if you're out there.. love the new logo.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:32 AM
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I just noticed you've got another Kirk. What were you looking for in the second one?
...I just wanted another one.

My green Kirk does everything well, and for a while it was my road bike, my trail bike, my commuter...the only bike I was riding. The fork is designed to soak up bumps, and I guess the whole frame does that - it is super smooth. It also pedals in that perfect way. It is quick. That said, if I could have 2 Kirks, it is nice to have one wearing fenders and all-rounder wheels, tires and such and another that is set up as a dedicated fair-weather go-fast roadie. While the green Kirk has served capably as a road bike, I intended to have this new one particularly suited to that purpose. This one is a little snappier all around which is beneficial in short fast club rides I am frequenting these days.

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