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Old 10-13-07, 07:14 PM   #1
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Cycling Guru....

Well, as numerous others have done this year, I have a collected another ride for the stable, a Guru Carbonio road bike. After 8 years, figured it was time to dive in again. LBS made me a great deal on a build out on a 2006 frame they had that was my size. SRAM Force group, 50/34 compact crank, 12/27 rear cassette. Mavic Ksyrium SSC wheels, Speedplay Zero pedals (same as on the Litespeed Tuscany), weight without bottles & seat wedge, 16.5lbs., 3lbs lighter than the Litespeed. Took it out today for the first time, 40mi., carves corners, feels like it WANTS to climb hills. a bit slower on descents (but it's worth it on the climbs!). The seat will need to be swapped out (numbness NOT GOOD), but it feels great and my first impression is +1!!! I love the classic geometry and it's not a bike seen very often. When I posted on the road forum for opinions about Guru, got ZERO response, but found positive reviews and road one somebody locally had and loved it. Hope to find the Guru at the top of Mt. Mitchell and/or Grandfather Mountain next year!
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Old 10-13-07, 07:23 PM   #2
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That is a beautiful bike and Guru is one of the top up and coming bikes in the area. The gearing is perfect for Mitchell, Bridge and others as well. A great all 'round set of wheels as well. You'll be screaming up the hills now!
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Sweet looking bike. I, too, like its reasonably classic lines. Many cf bikes, in the name of form following function, have tubes that look like they've been shot from a damaged frosting nozzle. I checked some reviews (yes, they're hard to find) and reviewers speak very highly of your bike. Many miles of velo pleasure to you both.
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That is a beautiful bike and Guru is one of the top up and coming bikes in the area. The gearing is perfect for Mitchell, Bridge and others as well. A great all 'round set of wheels as well. You'll be screaming up the hills now!
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Who cares about speed when gravity takes over. I lose more going up than coming down so anything to ride the hills with ease is always a bonus. Pity about the colour though- A black bike stands out better against a WHITE Garage door.

Great bike so enjoy.
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