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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-25-11, 08:21 PM   #1
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Found (and test rode) my new dream bike today



Base model Volagi - $2900, but built perfectly for me - hard riding clyde who lives in the northwest. Super relaxed geometry, disc brakes, carbon frame and fork w/super cool stealth fender mounts, 32 spoke semi beefy wheelset, lifetime warranty on the frame, etc, etc. The aero seat post can go, but oh well, cant have everything. Oh yeah, the aero handlebars are pretty cool, but "42 cm" wide on a 60cm bike - pretty silly in my opinon.

My current rode bikes are a Bianchi Infinito and a Specialized carbon 29er set up for the road. I love both bikes and this one pretty much combines the two for me - a very, very relaxed and compliant ride, but also a fast one w/all the carbon and BB30 bracket. I cant justify the cost for a new bike so I told myself when I wear out one of the two I have I'll treat myself to something like this. Thats a lot of riding.
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Old 09-25-11, 09:00 PM   #2
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That thing is beautiful and disc brakes for Washington (guessing) is a great addition. May I ask what it weighs, is it a cyclocross bike?
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Old 09-25-11, 09:05 PM   #3
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that is pretty sharp.
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Old 09-25-11, 10:23 PM   #4
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The website says they're made for endurance riding. They make three models right now - here are the other two:

Ultegra - $3600 (IMO, this is one of the best looking bikes I've ever seen)
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s...agiUltegra.jpg

Dura Ace - $4500
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s...agiDuraAce.jpg

The bikes are marketed as endurance bikes like the Roubaix, Infinito, etc., they just take to the next level - more relaxed, etc. The Ultegra and Dura Ace and not as Clyde friendly with lighter weight components, etc. I think this is the wave of the future with bikes. When the bikes can be just as light as bikes without, why wouldnt you want disc brakes?
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Old 09-26-11, 05:46 AM   #5
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That is a sweet bike.
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Old 09-26-11, 09:16 AM   #6
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The Ultegra and Dura Ace and not as Clyde friendly with lighter weight components, etc.
What do you mean?
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That really is gorgeous. Among all the rest of the glamour, one of the details that really grabbed me was the beautiful shape of those rotors.

Can you 'splain for me what "Super relaxed geometry" means? Is that something you can see from the pic, or is it only something you experienced in your test ride?

And why do you say the aero seat post would have to go?
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Old 09-26-11, 01:30 PM   #8
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That really is gorgeous. Among all the rest of the glamour, one of the details that really grabbed me was the beautiful shape of those rotors.

Can you 'splain for me what "Super relaxed geometry" means? Is that something you can see from the pic, or is it only something you experienced in your test ride?

And why do you say the aero seat post would have to go?
See how the seat and handlebars are nearly level or maybe level cannot tell from photo that is what is meant by relaxed geometry in a road bike. Most manufactures have a relaxed geo model but most road bikes are geared and marketed at the racer with the seat well above the bars.
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Old 09-26-11, 01:36 PM   #9
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that's pretty sweet looking, but I'd definitely need wider bars.
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What do you mean?
Lighter parts, thinner rims, less spokes, etc
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That really is gorgeous. Among all the rest of the glamour, one of the details that really grabbed me was the beautiful shape of those rotors.

Can you 'splain for me what "Super relaxed geometry" means? Is that something you can see from the pic, or is it only something you experienced in your test ride?

And why do you say the aero seat post would have to go?
I own a relaxed geometry bike and have ridden several others like the Roubaix. This one sits even lower - more towards the ride of say, a racing 29er hardtail mtn bike.
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Old 09-26-11, 03:56 PM   #12
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Nice bike. I agree that most components are ideal except for those handlebars. I have 46s on mine. Still, that's a great ride.
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Lighter parts, thinner rims, less spokes, etc
Gotcha. I thought you were talking about shifters and cassettes and stuff like that, when you said Ultegra and DA aren't ideal for Clydes. That would be very confusing...! But these bikes take disc brakes, so they need special wheels anyway.
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