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Old 04-03-12, 10:05 PM   #201
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the other option may be a tange t52980. they can be had for either 26mm or 31.8mm bars and it may pull the black and silver together (if you wanted to save getting custom paint)

What a great idea.

I really like the design!
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Somehow I doubt Tange's lug work would hold even the smallest candle to Dave's. Cool look, but not for this project. Naw, it'll either be a Ritchey Classic (yes, I'm coming around to all the 'SLIVER!!!" votes, or a WCS 4-axis in bead black or custom painted (most likely one then the other). First though, I'm taking the advice of a wise old shop owner passed on from the previous page and going to ride this thing!
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38mi this morning/afternoon. Only thing missing was the legs and the magic fairy dust to make all winds tail winds. Smoothest bike I've ever ridden, made most minor road imperfections disappear completely, but never felt sluggish (that was all me). Didn't have the legs to really hammer out of the saddle, so those first impressions will have to wait till later, but climbing in the saddle was smooth, as effortless as I could believe a road bike could be. Acceleration was quick, never felt the rear end even hint at loosing grip with the pavement the few times I did stand on the pedals from a stop. Road from my house here in Allen down to Richardson Bike Mart, put it up on their scale, a hare's hair under 19lbs as currently seen above with cages and pedals. Some lightweight climbing wheels, carbon bits and Super Record I could see this thing dropping 2 lbs without going to crazy extremes, but at 19lbs it's plenty light for what "hills" we have around here, even most of what I'd consider traveling to, and is a solid build that will serve me well for a long time to come.

38mi @ 16.9mph. Total time: 2:14:56, max speed 31.8mph, 1100ft climbing.

To quote Ferris Bueller: "It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."
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38mi this morning/afternoon. Only thing missing was the legs and the magic fairy dust to make all winds tail winds. Smoothest bike I've ever ridden, made most minor road imperfections disappear completely, but never felt sluggish (that was all me). Didn't have the legs to really hammer out of the saddle, so those first impressions will have to wait till later, but climbing in the saddle was smooth, as effortless as I could believe a road bike could be. Acceleration was quick, never felt the rear end even hint at loosing grip with the pavement the few times I did stand on the pedals from a stop. Road from my house here in Allen down to Richardson Bike Mart, put it up on their scale, a hare's hair under 19lbs as currently seen above with cages and pedals. Some lightweight climbing wheels, carbon bits and Super Record I could see this thing dropping 2 lbs without going to crazy extremes, but at 19lbs it's plenty light for what "hills" we have around here, even most of what I'd consider traveling to, and is a solid build that will serve me well for a long time to come.

38mi @ 16.9mph. Total time: 2:14:56, max speed 31.8mph, 1100ft climbing.

To quote Ferris Bueller: "It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."
It's only a matter of time for me.

Thanks again for all of the outstanding pics and info.
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Still undecided about the bars. I'll probably swap them out as I was noticing that my hands were getting some numbness (left in particular, but I generally have more numbness problems with it), and I think the angle from the ramps down to the levers are partially to blame. Its not as bad as it was now that the bars are wrapped, but I plan to ride the Fuji tomorrow at the club ride (if my legs feel up to it, otherwise maybe a solo ride) to do a direct comparison.

Beautiful day to ride, winds were not kind to me though, hard push westward on one of my least favorite roads to begin with (Renner Rd, always up hill, always into a head wind it seems, no matter which way you're going or what the wind is doing). However once I got back close to home, took a back road along some horse farms that was just too pretty not to slow it down a bit and enjoy the scenery and the ride.
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