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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 03-17-12, 11:48 PM   #1
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2011 Redline Conquest Pro customization/build

So after my Vassago was totalled I decided to replace it with a 2011 Conquest Pro. It's the last Alu/carbon version before this year's decision to go full carbon with this model. The only drawback is that it was not available in a solid colour or combo that matches my team kit; so I've been masking and painting for the past few days, as time allows.
All the red accent is getting done over in Soft Like Kitten team issue pink.

Automotive frisket is either A) expensive for small amounts, or B) reasonable by the yard, if you need 40sq.yds. of it (which I do not); so I went another route. Avery brand full-sheet clear laser printer labels are high-tack, low stretch, translucent, and peel resistant when used with a Uni brand paint marker. So, a few labels, a fresh X-Acto blade, and some hours later and here's what I've got happening: Soft Like Kitten team edition Conquest Pro. (still in progress)

Seat tube detail (needs adhesive goo cleanup when paint is fully cured)


Chainstays and seatstay (compare to the red stock accent on the seatstay)


Downtube right side logo detail


Downtube left side logo detail
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I'm really unsure of how to respond to a fellow clyde that believes it is socially responsible or acceptable to not only paint the highlights of their ride in pink, but, dress their clyde glutes in the same fashion(?)............
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I'm really unsure of how to respond to a fellow clyde that believes it is socially responsible or acceptable to not only paint the highlights of their ride in pink, but, dress their clyde glutes in the same fashion(?)............
I think I manage to pull it off rather well:
(even if I don't, when you're 6'6" and 210-ish, nobody's going to tell you you can't)

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Great looking bike Clifton!

PSI think you pull off the pink just fine.

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Finished it all up yesterday and got a couple of good pix:





2011 Redline Conquest Pro frame/fork
Salsa Woodchipper bars with Cinelli cork tape, Easton EA50 stem
Tektro R-200 levers, Jagwire cables, Tektro CR720 brakes
Cane Creek IS headset
Sella Italia Diva gel flow saddle, Easton EA30 post, Redline stock clamp
FSA steel road BB30, Wheels Mfg. GXP adapters
SRAM Red crank, Salsa Crossing Guard and 42t ring, Deore XT pedals
IRO high flange hubs, Sapim 15g spokes, IRO Cold Fusion rims, WTB All-Terrain 32mm tires
Shimano 18t freewheel, SRAM PC-1 chain, Soulcraft tensioner

I'll be throwing it on a scale this week, but I might have come in under 17.5 pounds with this build.
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I'll be throwing it on a scale this week, but I might have come in under 17.5 pounds with this build.
Well, it hit the scale on my way home from work, and BOY HOWDY was I way off in my guess. Yes, it is hella lightness compared to my previous 4130 frame/fork meant for a rigid 29er. No, it is not anywhere near the 17.5 mark. Or 18. Or 19 for that matter.
It's 21 pounds, right on the money.

I often forget that I am a Sasquatch, not a dainty 140 pounder a foot shorter than my actual height. Manufacturers claim their weights against 54 and 55cm frames decked out in lightweight components. Not 60s decked out for the samsquantch.
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Discovering more tricks of the trade: Aside from manufacturer's claimed weights being those of midget frames, there's no pedals on there, either!
Remove my pedals, and the weight comes down to 20.23 pounds.

Now here's the part where I get REALLY weight-weenie about it: I haven't chopped the steerer yet (nearly an inch, plus spacers), I forgot that I have a fixed cog and lockring on the opposite side of my hub, and I left the taillight bracket, headlight bracket, rack mount bolts, and bottle mount bolts on when I weighed it. ALL THAT CRAP might equal another quarter pound and get me down into the sub-20 range.
I really just want to say I went sub-20 pounds with this build without spending money on anything else.
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I'd leave the steering stem uncut (unless there are religious reasons ) It does seem odd that you're so close to 20 rather than 17 with that build but ultimately it doesn't really matter. What matters is that it wins races!
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