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Old 06-11-2019, 03:13 PM
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First things first: I hate downtube shifters. I am too old for them, too lazy for them, too … what would you call it … moderngrouch? (There is no way, no how, that I will ever take part in an eroica ride. Wool shorts are enough of a turn-off.) Look for this Chorus/Athena mixed group for sale soon.

Other'n that, this is a sweet rig that I got for an absolute grand-theft steal. Complete respray (CE's were not offered in gloss black) and perfectly shiny chrome. This is my third SLX bike (DeBernardi, Bianchi) and by far the stiffest, though not punishingly so. I notice it most going downhill into corners. Swapped out the bars for my favorite Ritcheys, the Thommy seatpost for the Campy setback, SMP Blaster for a Brooks Cambium and picked up a sweet stem from Ken Robb.

I wasn't sure I needed or wanted one, but I am now a fan. As soon as I ditch the 7-speed and the heavy FIR rims for some nice 11-speed Campy (silver Potenza, probably, with silver Ksyriums), hoo boy. Katy bar the door.
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:27 PM
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I wasn't sure I needed or wanted one...
Wait!....Wut????

Nice! That baby will hum with 11-spd on there!
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:10 PM
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Really nice. Saw that one on the Bay and thought about it. We ride the same size frame I guess. Enjoy!!
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:20 PM
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As soon as I ditch the 7-speed and the heavy FIR rims for some nice 11-speed Campy (silver Potenza, probably, with silver Ksyriums), hoo boy. Katy bar the door.
Isn't 7-speed road a 126mm spacing?
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:59 PM
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That looks great. You got a great deal!
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:03 PM
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Isn't 7-speed road a 126mm spacing?
Yes, but I have cold set my frames, both my DeBernardi and Bianchi, from 126 to 130. As long as you're patient, it's not hard.
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Yes, but I have cold set my frames, both my DeBernardi and Bianchi, from 126 to 130. As long as you're patient, it's not hard.
You don't need to cold set. Apply a little thumb pressure and the axle will pop right in.
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Old 06-18-2019, 09:30 PM
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What a beautiful frame and build! I hope you eventually put a 17 degree stem on her.

Bellisimo!
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:12 PM
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Yes, but I have cold set my frames, both my DeBernardi and Bianchi, from 126 to 130. As long as you're patient, it's not hard.


How does one cold set the rear stays? I may need to do the same change from 126mm to 130mm. Thanks!


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Old 06-18-2019, 11:38 PM
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There are various methods. The two most used are the 2x4 method favored by many shops and Sheldon Brown, and the axle method that I use with a nutted spreader. There are good videos online of both.


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Old 06-19-2019, 07:25 AM
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And most framebuilders clamp the frame in a bottom bracket stand on an alignment table and simply yank. If you have soft jaws on your vise, you too can accomplish it this way.
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