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Old 09-07-07, 11:40 PM   #1
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New race rig [Dialup warning: Several photos]

Hi,

Finally got the new stem so I could get the cables cut to final length and the steerer tube close to final length:



Short version of the saga is that this is my much anticipated (over a year ) 50th birthday present to myself. After mulling over many frames in my head and on BF, I ordered a custom Serotta Attack -- my first-ever custom frame. Started building it up in late August and after a couple of stem miscues, it's done.

15.75 lbs exactly as shown (WITH pedals and bottle cages)

I bought a 2006 Record group last year because I wanted the same feel as the 2003 Record group on my Look.





The Profile bottle cages that I bought on sale last winter ended up being perfect for clearing the front derailleur clamp :



The fork barely clears the hub on my race wheels (2002 Zipp 303):



However, Serotta has indicated that they will swap my current fork for a redesigned fork later this year. Good thing I wasn't planning on using these wheels soon.

I rode the bike around the block a couple of times to make sure that everything works. It felt great. Easy club ride with it tomorrow using my Mavic Ksyrium clincher wheels. Will add a ride report tomorrow.

Too bad my birthday is so late in the year as I probably won't race on this until next year.
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Old 09-08-07, 12:15 AM   #2
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Stunning. How does it ride compared to your other bikes?
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Old 09-08-07, 05:18 AM   #3
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Wow, that is nice!
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Hi All,

Thanks for the kind words about the bike. I am very happy with the way it looks. Remember, if you can't ride fast, look fast.

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Stunning. How does it ride compared to your other bikes?
Rode it for the first time today with my club. Rode with the slower group as I didn't want to stress anything too much on its first ride.

It fits me just like like my Look KG481SL which is a very good thing. I was worried that it might not fit as well. The first thing that I noticed though is that I am more centered (between the wheels) on this bike. The first time I got out of the saddle the bike felt much more balanced than any that I've ever owned.

The ride is SMOOTH. Smoother than my Look and almost to the point where I was worried that it was too smooth. I like the feedback on what the pavement is doing beneath me. Road surfaces that were a little older felt like they were newly paved. I rode over some rougher patches on purpose just to see how the bike reacted and I was relieved to find that I could feel what the road appropriately.

Took a couple of corners faster and the bike reacted and tracked nicely. It seems as neutral as the Look but I can't say for sure. I may have to go to one of the local criterium course to get a better feel for the handling characteristics.

I didn't get in any hard uphill efforts but in the saddle on some short climbs felt fine. Out of the saddle coming away from lights, the bottom bracket felt solid but there was no serious wattage going on either.

I have owned way too many bikes made out of every popular frame material and this is the one bike that really disappears underneath me.

I was going to do a long ride tomorrow on my Look but we got some last-minute tickets to the Chargers vs Bears game (da Bears) so I will have to ride shorter (and harder?), so I may ride the Serotta again.
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Nice bike. What model of Zipps are those? Tubular or clincher, model name?
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Nice bike. What model of Zipps are those? Tubular or clincher, model name?
Hi,

2002 Zipp 303. Tubular baby -- I don't race on clinchers. Long story.
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Cleave, where did you get your bike stand?
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Cleave, where did you get your bike stand?
Performance, mail order.
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that is one seriously hawt ride! nice work. later.
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Wow this is smoother than your LOOK? This thing must feel non-existant Very nice looking ride, go Chargers!!!
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