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Old 03-06-2019, 08:22 PM
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That paint looks great.

Actually the whole bike turned out very nicely
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Old 03-07-2019, 05:40 AM
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Having hunted down pics of almost all of the surprise mes. I think mine might be the nicest of the bunch.
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Old 03-07-2019, 12:42 PM
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Yours looks awesome, I do like the recent lavender SM they did as well.
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:05 AM
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First Ride Report

The weather is finally tolerable enough to ride. Did a 50km shakedown ride.

Positive Observations
The fit was so good I only noticed small component issues.

The bike rides better the faster you are going. I was fortunate to have a tail wind for about half the ride and was riding at 35km an hour for long stretches.

The lower than my moots bottom bracket made descending more fun. On my moots I always feel like I'm sitting on a bike on this bike I felt like I was sitting in it.

Road feel was softer than my moots. Expect that is due to 28s vs 25s for tires.

Love the fit of the new antares evo saddle. The width and firmness are perfect for me. Felt like a saddle I'd been riding for years.

I've ridden 44 cm bars forever. Bike was spec'd with 40s. I really like them. When in Portland, clean39 lent me a bike with 40s and I liked it then too. Switching to moots to 40s as well.

Negative observations
The wheels feel sluggish. They are Belgium plus laced to dt240 hubs. I think it is mostly the 28s. Once up to speed they were good but accelerating from a stop felt slow.

Ultegra shifters feel really wide compared to older dura ace 10 speed shifters.

Should have had them wrap bars in a different tape. Forgot I don't like fizik tape. Easy fix.

Shimano pro bars feel thin for gripping as compared to envies. When I rewrap the bars I may use a thicker tape.

Cold is back so have to wait for good weather for another update. Next ride I expect the 28s will be good as I'll be on country roads.
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Old 04-07-2019, 11:45 AM
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A few more rides in and a few tweaks.

Changed to an enve bar. The price from competitive cyclist too good to pass up. Plus new bar tape. Feels better on my hands. Still thinking the ultegra shifters feel huge.

Messed around with tire pressure. Raised it a bit and the ride improved. Wheels still feel slow accelerating but awesome at speed.

I also lowered stem by 5mm. Much more flexible than most springs.

In terms of fit. I think I'm getting more power or at least more efficient. I've been breaking strava records every ride and not just by placebo effect. I feel my muscles working differently and likely better.

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Old 04-07-2019, 03:50 PM
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40cm bars feel so right to me, gorgeous bike
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Old 04-21-2019, 10:50 AM
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A cold and wet 55k solo ride. City splash on fork caught my eye. Bike actually looks nice a bit dirty.

Luckily my 2.5 yr old likes to detail my bike.
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Old 05-06-2019, 12:15 PM
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First bad ride on the bike this weekend. So bad I cut ride short and got on the subway home.

Multiple flats and hit something so hard the rear wheel went way out of true and was unrideable. Felt like I was riding a bucking bronco.

Weird thing is I don't remember the hit, you'd expect to feel it. Guess that is the good things about 28s at 85-90psi.
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:12 PM
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Oops. Not sure how this happened. Found it washing bike after a wet and gritty ride today.

And the bike is just a baby with 450k on it.
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:16 PM
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Oops. Not sure how this happened. Found it washing bike after a wet and gritty ride today.

And the bike is just a baby with 450k on it.
Sucks, but I see it as a badge of honor! They all have to get some marks on them at some point and it is just evidence of the bike being ridden! Still a beauty!

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Old 05-10-2019, 07:26 PM
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Sucks, but I see it as a badge of honor! They all have to get some marks on them at some point and it is just evidence of the bike being ridden! Still a beauty!

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At least it's on the carbon seat tube so wont rust.

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Old 05-10-2019, 07:27 PM
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At least it's on the carbon sea tube so wont rust.



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That is a major plus! I do get a bit nervous when steel gets exposed to the elements!

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Old 05-11-2019, 12:45 PM
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Do you think it happened during the bad ride that you cut short when your wheel was knocked out of true?


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Old 05-11-2019, 05:48 PM
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Nope. Cleaned bike and no problems.

I expect it happened on my rainy ride or my daughter knocked it into something.

Sucks but it is only a bike.

Ordering touch up paint. May see if velocolour can fit in a quick spot paint.
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:01 PM
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Sucks but it is only a bike.

One of the truest statements, although not sure if I follow it all that well with my own bikes!

Great looking bike by the way, love the paint!






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