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Old 10-12-2011, 08:52 AM
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Vanilla Cross

Another grail bike for me. I'm still in the process of cleaning and cabling this one up and making some fitting tweaks. I took it for a quickie spin late last night and it's super smooth and predictable. I'll never race cross on it, but was looking for a fat tire road-like bike. I think it'll do for now.

It kind of fell in my lap, as I really wasn't looking for another bike. It has some really cool features, such as the flattened bottom part of the top tube for easy shouldering and replaceable stainless dropout inserts.

I've got it built with a mishmash of components now - basically the most modern stuff I have in my bins: 10spd 105 brifters; Ultegra rear derailleur and cranks; DA front derailler; SRAM cassette; Paul cantis.

I'm not real pleased with the bars and stem (Nitto Randonneur and fillet stem); as I don't think they match the rest of the bike; but they are all I have in threadless. I may end up keeping them and swapping the cranks for some Sugino Alpines and the rear derailleur for a silver Ultegra with mid length cage to handle the 28t rear cog a bit better.

Compared to the bikes I see posted on here, I guess it looks kind of thrown together.





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Old 10-12-2011, 09:18 AM
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How does a Vanilla bike fall into your lap? I'd love to know so that the same can happen to me. Sweet lookin' cross frame... congrats!!
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:18 AM
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very cool. no worries about the mix of parts. hey! you have an excuse to now slowly putting her together as you see fit and savoring it

enjoy the ride.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:50 AM
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Great looking bike! And apart from the stem / bars i fail to c how this was "thrown together".

Look awesome and i too would like to know where you sat when this happend to fall!

Congrats!
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:07 AM
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maybe this is how...

beautiful bike by the way...enjoy it like crazy!

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/2635765456.html
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:34 AM
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WOW!! Just wow!!

What size are you? I call dibs if you should ever sell it.
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:56 PM
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How does a Vanilla bike fall into your lap? I'd love to know so that the same can happen to me. Sweet lookin' cross frame... congrats!!
+1!

Cobbled together or not, it's a beautiful frame and a complete package, which should make it quite an enjoyable bike - that's the point, after all. Congratulations.
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:20 PM
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An accidental Vanilla CX? That is awesome. It looks like it is close to my size too. Droooool.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:29 PM
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nice!
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:00 PM
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Some updated pics. I'm still dialing it in.

Overall impression is that it's very smooth and seems to be stiffer than my Luigino on out of the saddle climbs. No doubt due to the oversize tubing of this monster. I'm loving it!






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Old 10-26-2011, 03:55 PM
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amazing beauty
enjoy
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:06 PM
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Awesome...

Rugged grace.
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:11 AM
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If this bike was a man, I would consider marriage. LOVE IT!
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:50 AM
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Vanilla

Great Wheels !
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:13 PM
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sweet ride

now get fit and race her, she WANTS TO!
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