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Old 05-07-13, 10:19 AM   #4001
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36cm bars,
1x10 drivetrain, 54-11/36
Lotta drop. 18-18.5cm about.

1st major test be a 200 mile road race in appalachians.
Im too damn old to be doing CAT races

170 mile ride went ok, but that was pretty flat.

Well see I guess.
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Old 05-07-13, 10:34 AM   #4002
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You wouldn't believe the stuff that shows up at the Cat5 clinics.
Precisely why I didn't bring my S2 to any clinics or 5s races. Honestly, I don't know if it will ever see a race. The CAAD is plenty of bike. In hindsight, it maybe wasn't the smartest purchase but man it's pretty and having a backup bike is good piece of mind.
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36cm bars,
1x10 drivetrain, 54-11/36
Lotta drop. 18-18.5cm about.

1st major test be a 200 mile road race in appalachians.
Im too damn old to be doing CAT races

170 mile ride went ok, but that was pretty flat.

Well see I guess.

that drivetrain setup is the most foolish thing i've ever seen on a race bike.
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Old 05-07-13, 10:48 AM   #4004
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that drivetrain setup is the most foolish thing i've ever seen on a race bike.
Matched with the fact that it is a TT frameset...
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Old 05-07-13, 10:57 AM   #4005
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Matched with the fact that it is a TT frameset...
36 bars on a 56? frame is a bit odd too, although I guess that's trendy now.

Points for out of the box thinking, but there's a reason most conventions are that way.
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Due to a crash on Saturday, this was the bike I raced on Sunday. The bike was certainly not my limiting factor.



Nothing but compliments from the local peleton. (Except for a couple of my Campy-philic teammates who gave me a raft of sh*t for having Ultegra pedals.)
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Old 05-07-13, 02:24 PM   #4007
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Matched with the fact that it is a TT frameset...
"that drivetrain setup is the most foolish thing i've ever seen on a race bike."

Sigh. Whatever.
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Old 05-07-13, 02:27 PM   #4008
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"that drivetrain setup is the most foolish thing i've ever seen on a race bike."

Sigh. Whatever.
Do explain the logic.
Are you a tri guy transitioning?
What gear will you be climbing the Appalachians in?
55-36 is still a substantial gear.
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Old 05-07-13, 02:36 PM   #4009
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At a glance the setup makes little sense, so I can quite understand why people react that way. I'm sometimes surprised by the vehemence of those opinions, but after all this is an internet forum.

I don't do anything without thinking it through 1000 times. There's no merit in looking different just to look different.
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Old 05-07-13, 02:40 PM   #4010
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Please help us understand the rationale behind that gearing and why you are using a TT frame as a road bike.
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Old 05-07-13, 02:41 PM   #4011
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^^ can you post the link to the road race through the appalachians?
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Due to a crash on Saturday, this was the bike I raced on Sunday. The bike was certainly not my limiting factor.



Nothing but compliments from the local peleton. (Except for a couple of my Campy-philic teammates who gave me a raft of sh*t for having Ultegra pedals.)
I had an identical stem on a bike years ago. When sprinting it would bend around like it was made out of rubber.
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At a glance the setup makes little sense, so I can quite understand why people react that way. I'm sometimes surprised by the vehemence of those opinions, but after all this is an internet forum.

I don't do anything without thinking it through 1000 times. There's no merit in looking different just to look different.
Evidently these guys weren't among those of us who were entertained by your 1x10 thread in the 41.

Personally I'm most intrigued by the saddle. Does it help you tolerate that extreme drop?

Post a report of the road race in the race report thread, tell us how it works out.
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Old 05-07-13, 02:48 PM   #4014
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54x36 is actually really easy. Similar to a 50x33. Is this about weight savings or just simplicity?
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Rather than wear myself explaining it, though, i'd be more interested to see what the results are. It is a timed race, it is 208 miles with 16000ft of climbing; many choose to do it as a relay, but certainly there will be plenty of people there of physical ability comparable or superior to mine-

How will do I do against them?
How will I do against the clock?
How would I do against you?

Not as concerned about proving it some anonymous dude on an internet forum.

The question was valid, though- will go to 50 or 52 for competition. 54/55 for training.
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Rather than wear myself explaining it, though, i'd be more interested to see what the results are. It is a timed race, it is 208 miles with 16000ft of climbing; many choose to do it as a relay, but certainly there will be plenty of people there of physical ability comparable or superior to mine-

How will do I do against them?
How will I do against the clock?
How would I do against you?

Not as concerned about proving it some anonymous dude on an internet forum.

The question was valid, though- will go to 50 or 52 for competition. 54/55 for training.
Everything must be proven and/or defended on the internet...

Is this a race or a Fondo?

In answering your question: I'd do awesome cuz that's what I am...
awesome...
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I'm betting there're a lot of gear ratios you'll be missing over 200 miles
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I had an identical stem on a bike years ago. When sprinting it would bend around like it was made out of rubber.
Yep.
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I give up.
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I give up.
That's the spirit.
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Old 05-07-13, 03:19 PM   #4021
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Everything must be proven and/or defended on the internet...

Is this a race or a Fondo?

In answering your question: I'd do awesome cuz that's what I am...
awesome...
Haha!
I like that answer.

But "fondo", what is that? Is stuff you dip into pots of melted cheese, right?

And can am, my stem IS made of rubber, you dolt.
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That stem is a 140mm deda zero
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Old 05-07-13, 03:41 PM   #4023
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Wrong smarty pants.
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Lord, these know it alls are insufferable.
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But look, I have an idea:
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