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Old 09-05-10, 04:17 PM   #1
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Remember the titans: new build with modern parts, pictures!

i thought the title was ironic since no one remembers/knows who built these frames...

ANYWAY, I finally "finished" my new build. frame was purchased not too long ago from here.

specs (most robbed from a modern donor bike):
6600 shifters, FD, crankset
7700 breaks
7800 RD
headset: campy SR
wheelset: mavic open pro, ultegra hubs. I know, the rims are don't match (one is dark gray, one is black w/silver breaking surface)... but one cannot be too picky when that's what comes on your donor bike).
bars / stem: cinelli
seatpost: thomson
frame: columbus SLX

some issues i've had building up this frame:
1. decent chromed forks are hard to find! i'm still looking for one to replace the one that is it (which came from a BF member). 1/2 mm shorter and it wouldn't have fit - had to take out the campy spacer. I'm still looking for one ~.5 - 1cm longer... the current one makes me a but nervous b/c it is barely long enough, but it has gotten me rolling. I have a threadless one if all else fails, but didn't really want to go that route.

2. Seat to bar drop. the frame turned out a little larger than i had expected. I moved from a 52cm ctc frame to a 57 ctc frame (ironically both have 55/56cm top tubes), so i'm used to much less headtube and more seat to bar drop (my carbon race bike has a nice pretty good drop). my ideal frame would be 55/56 square. Anyone have suggestions for where i might find a quill stem with more of a downward angle (120-130mm - black prefered) w/ou going the threadless route? the one on right now is 130mm cinelli.

3. bar tape suggestions? the color of this frame was advertised as 'maroon'. however, when i got the frame, i thought it looked more on the purple side, so i ordered some black/purple bar tape (pictured). I'm not a huge fan of multi-colored bar tape, but i thought that if any bike could pull it off, it was this one. well, when the bar tape showed up, i quickly realized how not true purple my bike was... it is more like fuchsia. I hope that doesn't make anyone uncomfortable. it is certainly unique, which i was going for. I'm not sure how much i like the purple/black bar tape and am thinking about switching. What color? i know white would look nice, but i don't like lighter bar tapes - they get dirty. black is boring. i was thinking of trying this, which looks like a closer match: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

and without further ado, pictures! the background is pretty busy i know, but i like it. I'm going to go back for more pictures when it is cloudy to get more uniform color.








and some for those who cannot handle all that color / prefer a more simple background.




sorry for the long post, next time i will go for shorter and funnier.
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Old 09-05-10, 04:54 PM   #2
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Oh I loved those bikes. I tried to buy one as they were running out and they accidently listed one my size that they didn't actually have left to sell. The paint is beautifull. Great build.
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Old 09-05-10, 05:06 PM   #3
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I love the color. when I glanced at the title I thought you were talking about a Teledyne.
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Old 09-05-10, 05:21 PM   #4
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It's classic lean, clean, and mean bikes like this that leave me wondering why anyone would want a modern frame. I love these kind of build because quill stems and lugs are beautiful, but so are brifters, clipless pedals and nice dual pivot brakes.
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Old 09-05-10, 05:29 PM   #5
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Excellent build and look. You may want to post it on the STI/Ergo thread, and junkfoodjunkie would be most interested, as he's got a couple of Titan frames, too, I believe....
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silver fizik tape or similar.
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Old 09-05-10, 07:10 PM   #7
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Great paint! And Khatfull will like it too.

Yes, silver Fizik

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Turned out really well! Sorry the fork is not a perfect fit.
Got the one for my wife finished, she is enjoying it.

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Hey...Nitto has a decent drop stem, the Jaguar: http://www.outsideoutfitters.com/p-3...rack-stem.aspx

BTW...Did you "confirm" that the frame is SLX or are you trusting the frame sticker (not trying to be a d*ck)...just curious because I may be looking at some of these frames shortly...???
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Oh yeah... White or Silver tape. I like Fizik.
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Unfortunate update:

This bike was stolen tonight in La Jolla CA on the UCSD campus. I lent it to a friend who was involved in a bike crash last week (bike destroyed, but he was OK) so he could keep riding. I was very reserved about lending her out because she was my pride and joy (first bike i build from a frame up), but I thought i'd be a nice guy to someone in need. Well, someone broke through a U lock to get to her (there were other nice bikes on the bike rack, but not with this paint job...). keep an eye out my fellow C&Vers. i'm heart broken...
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Sorry to hear that... good luck in tracking it down.

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That's a beautiful bike, Nice job!
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+1 Beautiful bike, wonderful pictures!! Thanks for sharing!!

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Unfortunate update:

This bike was stolen tonight in La Jolla CA on the UCSD campus. I lent it to a friend who was involved in a bike crash last week (bike destroyed, but he was OK) so he could keep riding. I was very reserved about lending her out because she was my pride and joy (first bike i build from a frame up), but I thought i'd be a nice guy to someone in need. Well, someone broke through a U lock to get to her (there were other nice bikes on the bike rack, but not with this paint job...). keep an eye out my fellow C&Vers. i'm heart broken...

OH!!! NOOOOOO!!!! Sorry to hear that, thats terrible!!

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Wow.. sad news indeed. There are some very low people out there. Hopefully you can recover that beautiful piece.

That is probably the nicest looking paint that I've seen on a Titan(IMHO). I don't know how I missed this thread.
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she was my pride and joy. I'm really going to miss her. She was perfect in everyway... a real head turner, ride quality was simply amazing, great components, i could go on forever. booohooo :'(
i'll never let another one of my bikes out of my site ever again.
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Check pawn shops and Craigslist. Be heavy handed with whoever has the bike, if you have full documentation.

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That sucks! Good luck.

If you do track down the bastard that stole your bike they can be charged with a grand theft felony.

*** The U-Lock in question didn't happen to have insurance on it? if you still have the broken pieces and it was insured you can get a new bike.

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Sorry to hear aobut the bad news.....
Hmmm lent it to a friend......UCSD Campus.....I assume it was parked outside on maybe on a rack, locked with a U-lock... Dang! That just screams trouble! Doing that these days in places like college campuses would make me feel like I was leaving a thousand dollar bill unattended on the sidewalk in Manhattan. College campuses (I've heard of many many bike theft stories that happened in that particular UC campus) are notorius big feeding grounds for bike thieves.......I hate to say it, but, what were you and your friend thinking?? Even back in the 80's my biking college classmates and I never let our bikes out of our site and actually brought them into our classrooms and lecture halls. during our classes. I guess we were lucky we had such understanding faculty.
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