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Old 03-02-2019, 12:30 PM
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Firefly #833

Admittedly saw Steve's (excellent) new bike and was compelled to post because it looks like I sent my deposit just a few days later...

I also went with the Whiskey fork, a strong recommendation from Kevin.

Steve already went through the clearance in his post, so I'll just add - The Whiskey is also about 100g lighter than the Enve G Series fork, and for my use the 51mm rake (!) works great.



The frame, fork, stem, and the exposed areas of the bars are all painted to match in a textured paint that's somewhere between exhaust manifold and bedliner...



Tire clearance with the yoke is officially 700cx42mm or 650bx53mm, which means you can push it a little further. So far I've run 700x35 and 650x42 with room to spare, and will likely look at a 26 x 2" snow tire for next winter (or maybe sooner). That's one of the main benefits of this type of bike - easy wheel swap-ability.

I'm still in the 2x camp, but went all the way to 34:34 to attempt to ensure I never put a foot down at D2 again... running a mix of DA, XTR, and an Ultegra RD for the clutch.

Contrary to every instinct, I went with Di2 which turns out to be a really nice thing following a wrist and elbow fracture last Nov.

FF did a tremendous job hiding the junction and keeping the build super clean:



With the 700c wheels, the bike feels like a road bike - surprisingly nimble, yet super stable - as expected.

More here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/firefl...57706670383155

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Old 03-02-2019, 03:04 PM
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That's just gorgeous. I love it!
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:06 PM
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This looks great! I love titanium allroad bikes and I really like the painted to raw ti with polished logos. Well done!

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Old 03-03-2019, 09:50 PM
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this is lovely
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:36 AM
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Great photo!
The finish is eye catching. Who did the textured paint?

Where in Boston are you?

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Old 03-04-2019, 09:18 AM
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Great photo!
The finish is eye catching. Who did the textured paint?

Where in Boston are you?
Hey Steve,

We met when I bought your Boras... I live right next door in Newton...

FF did the paint in house.

See you on the road one of these days...

-Mark
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:22 AM
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Hey Steve,

We met when I bought your Boras... I live right next door in Newton...

FF did the paint in house.

See you on the road one of these days...

-Mark
That's right! Red stripe Firefly with chopped isp.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:14 PM
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That's right! Red stripe Firefly with chopped isp.
Exactly.

FF158 is now in Montana:




I should thank you for the Vlaanderens - I liked them so much Veloflex sent me a set of Raven prototypes early last year. Still my favorite. Sold the bike, but I kept those wheels...
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Oooh, those tubs look sharp. Do the 28 Ravens actually measure any bigger than the 27 Vlaaderens? Or are they just black Vlaanderens?

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Old 03-04-2019, 02:53 PM
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Oooh, those tubs look sharp. Do the 28 Ravens actually measure any bigger than the 27 Vlaaderens? Or are they just black Vlaanderens?
Yes - Ravens are black Vlaanderens.
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