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    V8s all day primov8's Avatar
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    This sport IS addicting...

    I just started road cycling almost 4 months ago. Currently riding a Leader 736R frame that I built(105/Ultegra/FSA) on my own. Its been great so far, rewarding most importantly since I wanted to try road cycling in order to help me get back into physical shape. I peaked at 238 pounds this past May, and as of now, I weigh in at 214 pounds. I would've never thought that this sport/hobby was one I would entirely enjoy. Now comes the addiction...

    Just purchased a NOS Kestrel RT700 for my next build. I love the Leader frame, but I'm ready to take the next step and build a new bike, better frame, better components. I'm just afraid to see whats next on the list.. and so is wifey

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    Ah yes, the bike lust sure is pricy isn't it?

    Make sure you post us some pics when you get around to building the new one!

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    V8s all day primov8's Avatar
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    I'm hoping to get this build done within the next couple of weeks before it gets really cold in NYC. The frame is scheduled to arrive either this wed or thurs; I've got a mix of 105/Ultegra on the Leader now and have been happy with it but I'm leaning towards the Ultegra SL group set for the Kestrel build. The wheels will have to wait but hopefully a nice, cf clincher for the following spring season ahead.

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    V8s all day primov8's Avatar
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    Fast forward... I ended up with a new Kestrel RT800 frameset, which was even less than what I had paid for the NOS RT700. Although I favored the RT700 color(bronze finish), that frameset arrived missing parts and eventually was returned after a lengthy dispute via paypal.

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    09 Sram Force brifters and front derailleur
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    3T Team cf handlebar 44cm *great deal from grasschopper
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    OOH!, a pretty bike. I don't even ride drop bars and I covet it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    OOH!, a pretty bike. I don't even ride drop bars and I covet it.
    Welll, there went a commandment.

    What the hey, though, it's a beautiful bike, and I covet it as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by primov8 View Post

    Well done!

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    V8s all day primov8's Avatar
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    Thanks for the feedback. It was worth the wait getting all the parts together to finish this build. During that that drought while I didn't have a bike after selling the Leader, I ended up back in the gym and now spend more time working out then riding. But I did reach my goal of 185 right before the holidays and it feels great. I do look forward to adding mileage onto this bike, especially after taking it out last weekend. What a difference overall from aluminum to carbon, and with choosing Sram over Shimano.

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