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Old 07-06-2015, 06:37 AM
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BMC (Black Mountain) - neo-retro build.

when i was concerned that my geekhouse needed some attention, and realizing that i had no redundancy in the fat tire road bike department; i decided to source this beauty.

i real gem, for a very reasonable price. clearance for jack browns, nice steel fork, well made construction. what's not to love.

built this bike as a neo-retro typed build, and it just works stunningly well. current generation ultegra FD with the longer pivot arm, coupled with Praxis chainrings and downtube shifters, shift the front lightening fast. so much so, i almost have to giggle when shifting the front, it's that clean. rear shifting is superb also. really digging the component mix.

Mostly parts bin and utilitarian part build:

-Rivendell DT shifters
-Praxis chainrings 48/34
-shimano cx70 crankset
-Token BB
-TRP brake levers
-tektro long reach brakes - to be replaced with VO (on the way)
-Soma stem/deda post/Rivet saddle
-5800 RD/6800 FD
- king stainless cages (i think i need something more secure though, these dont hold bottles too well for dirt road adventures...)

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Old 07-06-2015, 07:24 AM
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I like it.

Smart build for sure. Maximum fun.

I wouldn't ditch the King cages though. I use them on my Niner and we survived Moab together, so I'll bet they'll work for you as well.

Bend them in a titch and the bottles won't go anywhere.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:10 AM
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Yeah, King Cages will hold the bottle very well if you bend them in a bit.

So, the DT shifters are shifting an 11-speed RD? How's that work? Are they the DT shifters that Rivendell says are not recommended for 10-11 speed?

Great looking bike.

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Old 07-06-2015, 09:25 AM
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Yes, the RD is 11-sp, but they are shifting a 9-sp cassette. works great!
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:30 AM
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Where is that picture taken
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:39 AM
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Never lost a bottle with King cages. Like others have said, tweak them a bit for a tighter grip.

Love the blue color, BTW.
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:57 AM
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ride quality

how does the ride compare to your other bikes?
i have a BMC monster cross and have been surprised by how lively and light it feels on pavement even with bruce gordon's rock n road tires on them.
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Old 07-07-2015, 08:54 AM
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Looks great! The VO brakes will be a huge upgrade.
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Old 07-07-2015, 09:26 AM
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etu - i've only taken it on one 30 mile jaunt, but i can say easily - this is an "all-day" bike. not quick handling twitchy race bike, but one that is easy to ride a century on. i can no-hand it easily. very comfortable, and quite pleasant to ride. i like it a lot.

yea - the tektro brakes. they are pretty terrible, feel like grabbing a handful of wet stuffed animals. very flexy. looking forward to swapping out to some silver stiffer brakes.

and yes - i'll bend the cages in a bit to make the grip a little firmer.

this bike is sure to see some action this year.
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Old 07-07-2015, 06:38 PM
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Very nice rig, I was contemplating getting one but a soma stayan frame was on sale a American Cyclery for $500 (after Soma discontinued them).
Anyway your BMC is a beaut,great all rounder and once you get the VO Grand Cru calipers ( I assume) you'll even be more impressed.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:48 AM
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BMC (Black Mountain) - neo-retro build.

His photo was taken at eagle rock in west orange NJ. Nice short climb with a 9/11 memorial at the top and an amazing view of the NYC skyline. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1436456972.845744.jpg


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Old 07-09-2015, 05:04 PM
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Scene looked familiar although I moly have been thru west orange only a few times
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:27 PM
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angry pal, nice build, great score!
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:12 AM
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updated with the VO brakes and sweet new stem top cap. VO brakes BIG improvement from the tektros. very happy with how this turned out.









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Old 07-13-2015, 06:49 PM
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His photo was taken at eagle rock in west orange NJ. Nice short climb with a 9/11 memorial at the top and an amazing view of the NYC skyline. Attachment 1697903453


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More importantly, this is just a stones throw downhill to the Star Tavern (best pizza in a 'real neighborhood tavern') in Orange.
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