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Old 08-04-2017, 01:42 PM
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Steve Rex full build

Got some snaps of the bike before I got it all dirty in Joaquin Miller Park last night.

Some background on the bike. I had just gotten laid off and was given severence, a retention bonus, and had my stock cashed out. So I decided to drop a deposit on a Rex. I'd referred loads of folks to Steve, and he's a personal friend, but I'd never owned one. "Practice what you preach". I'd known for a while that I'd wanted to play around with Alfine, and the di2 seemed like a no brainer. And I'd never owned a 650b bike. Why not combine all of those elements into one? So went up for a fit (with nothing but the handlebars I wanted to use and me shoes and pedals), went over some particulars like dropout options, cable routing and the light mount, gave him some cash, and waited til my number was up.

Steve and I had joked about this being my "Custom-Luxury-Townie", or "Clownie" for short. But since the bike was designed, I've been veering more and more offroad. About a week before the frame arrived, I even swapped out the Horizons for the new WTB ByWays. I'm thinking this thing will see a lot more trail duty than commuting miles!

Will be doing a mellow Marin dirt ride tomorrow and then the SFR mixed terrain 100k Populaire on Sunday. Unlike with my Ellis on the Cabos Sueltos 200k a couple years ago, I've charged the factory di2 battery before the ride so it doesn't die on me 1/2 way up Railroad Grade!
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Old 08-04-2017, 01:46 PM
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That, sir, rocks. I was contemplatin' just such a build for myself lately...

And the Ultegra post is an elegant touch.
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Old 08-04-2017, 01:50 PM
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That, sir, rocks. I was contemplatin' just such a build for myself lately...

And the Ultegra post is an elegant touch.
I think it matches quite nicely with the $20 cheap-o Dimension stem

I've deployed 4 of my 5 Ultegra posts. Just 1 left. It'll sit on the shelf next to my NOS Campy Ti post.
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Old 08-04-2017, 02:06 PM
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awesome! Is there rationale for the stack of spacers and the downturned handlebar? Would it be the same to drop the spacers and flip the bar upwards? I know if reduces options for changing it, but think of the comments you'll get for 'slammin' dat stem'!!

I love it. For some reason, there were more than a few Rex' up here in sleepy Victoria when I was a penniless undergrad student years ago - I wonder where they all went? I would love to find one in someone's basement, all covered with dust and cobwebs.
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Old 08-04-2017, 02:17 PM
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awesome! Is there rationale for the stack of spacers and the downturned handlebar? Would it be the same to drop the spacers and flip the bar upwards? I know if reduces options for changing it, but think of the comments you'll get for 'slammin' dat stem'!!

I love it. For some reason, there were more than a few Rex' up here in sleepy Victoria when I was a penniless undergrad student years ago - I wonder where they all went? I would love to find one in someone's basement, all covered with dust and cobwebs.
Inverted the bars to give it a cafe racer-esque sort of feel. The bars are angled down and back which feels $$$. I probably stopped to tweak them about a 1/2 dozen times last night. Princess and the pea, but finally got them dialed.

And anyone who tells me to "slam my stem" can suck a dick, eat my dust, and stuff their "sock game" where the sun don't shine
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Old 08-04-2017, 03:48 PM
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Great build and uber-elegant frameset.

I'm eager to hear your impressions of the di2 Alfine IGH. Years ago (pre-di2) I built a cable shifted Alfine 11 commuter for my wife and the lack of drop bar shifter options lead us to Versa brifters. Although the hub is perfect for this application, the shifters are an ongoing problem, very low in quality, dying a slow death and no longer made. My only option may be the move her to di2.
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Old 08-04-2017, 03:49 PM
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ha ha! I hate the term 'slam that stem' myself! I am a dedicated '15-20mm-spacer' kinda guy.

What I was wondering though is about the efficiency of chopping down the steerer and flipping the bar, but yes, I figured the café racer effect was in play here, to great success.

I also love the stealthy light wiring on the fork. I have the ghetto 'barber-shoppe' look on my fork leg, in case I, hmmmmm, reuse the light on a fork with a 700mm A-C
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Old 08-04-2017, 03:53 PM
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Fantastic build.

Now all you have to do is clean up the etube wire/hydro situation. Heat shrink tubing is your friend.

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Old 08-04-2017, 04:00 PM
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Fantastic build.

Now all you have to do is clean up the etube wire/hydro situation. Heat shrink tubing is your friend.
Yeah. Have the heatsrhink on my di2 Ellis. But I had already clipped and bled the brakes before I even realized I needed to do that. The sequence of installation for di2 is a lot different. I even installed the BB and cranks before realizing I hadn't run the e-tube wires yet. Doh!
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Old 08-04-2017, 11:15 PM
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Very cool bike, I never thought a townie could be cool Also, the paint is lovely.
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:53 PM
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So digging this bike...
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:18 AM
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that is awesome. enjoy!
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:56 AM
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Looks awesome! How's the crank compared to 105 or Ultegra?
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Old 08-09-2017, 11:04 AM
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with that alfine hub, what is the typical cassette-equivalent ratios?, a 12-28 or something like that (not looking for exact but close enough)?

again, such a nice bike, and so well thought out & executed. bravo!
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Old 08-09-2017, 12:44 PM
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with that alfine hub, what is the typical cassette-equivalent ratios?, a 12-28 or something like that (not looking for exact but close enough)?
The range is 408% so more like an 11-45
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