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Old 06-05-07, 06:34 AM   #1
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Took the plunge on a build project...

Hope I know what I'm getting into. Last night I ordered a NOS 2005 Jamis Eclipse frame. I really like the idea of steel and carbon together, and the laser cut lugs are just retro looking enough to get my juices flowing. My intent is to take the full 9 speed Ultegra group I've got sitting around and build up the bike with this stuff. While excited about the prospects, I'm also a bit nervous wondering if I just did a mid-life crisis kind of thing.
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Old 06-05-07, 06:43 AM   #2
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Be sure to post some pics of the build in different stages! I know I enjoy seeing a bike built up, and hearing about how different little "situations" popped up, and were solved. No, it's not a mid-life crisis thing. I enjoy working on my own bikes, just never built one up (well, I have replaced everything on my mtn bike at one time or another, but I don't count that-guess I could, though).
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Sounds like fun. What kind of wheels are you planning to use?
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Be sure to post some pics of the build in different stages! I know I enjoy seeing a bike built up, and hearing about how different little "situations" popped up, and were solved. No, it's not a mid-life crisis thing. I enjoy working on my own bikes, just never built one up (well, I have replaced everything on my mtn bike at one time or another, but I don't count that-guess I could, though).
And be sure to post detailed instructions with the pics. Who knows, maybe I'll learn enough to do a little work on my bikes
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Outstanding. I'm looking forward to the results. Become familiar with the online Park tools how to site. It is a wealth of info and pictures of how to.
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Become familiar with the online Park tools how to site. It is a wealth of info and pictures of how to.
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Also the Bicycle Mechanics forum at BF can be a great way to access some very experienced and helpful mechanics (and a few opinionated jerks).
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Sounds like fun. What kind of wheels are you planning to use?
I've got a set of Mavic Open Pros on Ultegra hubs I was planning to use.
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Old 06-05-07, 07:28 AM   #8
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You sure have a lot of nice parts just sitting around! What don't you already have?
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I suppose its the mechanic in me, but given a choice- and the money- This is the way to get a new bike. All the parts personally chosen by you so if it turns out to be a Bu**er- there's only one person to blame. Now I wonder if I can get the XTR drivetrain onto a 32oz Steel frame.

Have to agree about the pics. Particularly the pics of the Crankset going through the window because you went a bit too tight on Bottom Bracket width and it just will not line up. Or the pics of the Blood gushing out of the hand as it scraped across the new Sprockets-

Hate to say it- but been there and done that and it is the only way to get a bike that you can say- "It's Mine"
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Old 06-05-07, 09:56 AM   #10
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Here's what it's susposed to look like. We'll see when it gets here.
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Old 06-05-07, 10:33 AM   #11
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I've always liked working with tools, and working on a bike was a lot easier then the car. Not to mention I could do the work in the family room. Building your own bike will be very satisfying. That said, depending on how much your really want to do everything, my first tip would be to get the bottom bracket and crank you want, and let your LBS install the bottom bracket at least. You will need a special socket or wrench to install BB. I got tool and did so on first build with no problem, but on second build I cross threaded BB, resulting in a destroyed BB and the LBS to remove BB and clean threads in second build. Other then that, everything else was a piece of pie.
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If the ride quality is anything near the 2004 Eclipse(carbon rear end & 853) you are going to love the bike. All day comfort. I really think the Eclipse is/was one of the best values out there. The combo of steel and carbon just offends some of the steel is real people. Until you ride one that is! And it weighs in at just over 18 lbs with bottle cages, computer and pedals.
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The Turk in my neighborhood, not a man of means by any means, gradually assembled parts as his budget allowed: Salsa Campion frame, some mega-expensive Campy groupo, Krysilium wheels, carbon fiber everything, and in the past two months he assembled it. It was a work of art, absolutely gorgeous. Other than my own store-bought stock bike it was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

So I say go for it. And pics. Don't forget the pics. Lots of 'em.
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Old 06-05-07, 12:44 PM   #14
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I'm turning green with envy here.
I wish I had that kind of stuff lying around my workshop.
Looking forward to the pics.
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Having built only one new bike from the bare frame (the UO-8), but having rebuilt numerous used bikes (including both Capos), I strongly endorse your project.
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Any progress to report? Pictures please!
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Any progress to report? Pictures please!
I'm currently out of town for the remainder of this week, but will try to get a photo of the final build when I get home.... assuming I remember.

The bike turned out much better than I could have hoped for. I've got almost 1200 miles on it now, and it is the bike I'm riding the most these days. I can't explain it, but the ride characteristics of this bike are impressive. It really is the best of both worlds. The steel gives the liveliness I like from steel and the carbon deadens the vibrations quite well. The bike is not as laid back as my S-Works Roubaix, but seems to be as comfortable and climbs almost as well, but without that hollow plastic feeling I get with full carbon frames. I've done one century on it and had no problems with it. I went with a 9 speed Ultegra group and wish I had gone with a 10 speed, but it's only a minor thing at present. Finally, I love the look of the laser carved steel (fake lug look) when I look down at it while riding. It just flat out makes me smile.
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While excited about the prospects, I'm also a bit nervous wondering if I just did a mid-life crisis kind of thing.
So what if you did?

My worst nightmere is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about how "sensible" dad was. Don't you feel an obligation to leave them with a more interesting legacy?
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My worst nightmere is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about how "sensible" dad was.
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