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Old 12-21-2018, 10:31 AM
scottyjames scottyjames is offline
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Serotta Classique Ti

[PHP][CODE]Found this frameset on the Paceline last spring: a custom Classique Ti that was likely made in 2001, 2002, thereabouts. It wasn't custom built for me, but it might as well have been.

I wasn't really shopping for a Serotta, or for ti. I was looking more for geometry (short TT, tall ST) and ideally something metal, but I was open. This 60x57 ti offering seemed like a very interesting possibility, and I'd never ridden a ti bike before, so there was that. Frame has what appears to be a slightly OS TT and DT, with the DT ovalized at the HT (which is slightly extended, also a nice plus). Slightly longer chainstays, too. Built it up with bits taken from another bike, mostly 10 sp Ultegra, with a DA RD and Rival crank. Wheels are a set of essentially NOS DA hubs and Mavic ceramic rims that I bought for $150 from a guy in my neighborhood.

Fit is perfect. Ride is stiff but smooth, and going to 28 Gatorskins added a small but noticeable bit of plushness. Looking forward to logging a lot of miles on it in the coming year.
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Old 12-21-2018, 12:42 PM
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Love it! The classic Competion Red/yellow Flanders paint scheme.
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Old 12-21-2018, 01:30 PM
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I can run hot/cold on the paint -- sometimes I nurse a jones to strip it to bare ti and go all minimal with it. But then I look at how artfully that paint was applied, and how well it's held up over 15+ years, and I think, pal, get over yourself and just ride it.
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:23 PM
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I dig it. Ride it this way for at least a while before stripping it.

And, forgive me if you already know this or have heard it already, but try some non-Gatorskin 28's when Spring rolls around. Gatorskins fight off flats well, but there are a lot of other tires that are more supple and will roll better even at the same volume.
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Old 12-21-2018, 04:22 PM
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Very sweet bike! And of course you know it would fit Dave T and me - better still.

Have to say it, though - that frame would look nice with a black stem and post.

And yeah, try it with some Vittoria Corsas!

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Old 12-21-2018, 06:00 PM
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I can run hot/cold on the paint -- sometimes I nurse a jones to strip it to bare ti and go all minimal with it. But then I look at how artfully that paint was applied, and how well it's held up over 15+ years, and I think, pal, get over yourself and just ride it.
The Flanders paint scheme has some history with Serotta as the official Flanders Brothers Cycles team. They were a prominent Serotta dealer who raced in the 70s, 80s and 90s with noteable success.
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:33 PM
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I agree, keep the paint! There are a million bare ti frames out there. This one is distinctly, classically Serotta.
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:43 PM
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Flanders Bros as in the shop in south Minneapolis?
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Old 12-22-2018, 12:40 AM
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Very cool bike. And definitely keep the paint. Classic Serotta.
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Old 12-22-2018, 06:59 AM
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Flanders Bros as in the shop in south Minneapolis?
Same one. http://flandersbros.com
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:40 AM
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Didn't know about the Flanders/Serotta connection. I grew up in Mpls and know the shop well. Or apparently not as well as I thought.

In any case, the paint isn't going anywhere. Thanks for the comments in support of the yellow and red.

Also thanks for the tips on road tires -- the Gators were lightly used and practically gifted to me by a local shop, so why not. I've never ridden a higher end tire like a Vittoria Corsa but it may be time to try it. I need new commuter rubber anyway so the Gators might go that way.
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