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    Is it Winter yet?

    Finally, at last my cyclecross and bad weather frame came in from the bulk buy which ended in December and was delayed by over one month. I had all the other parts sitting in my basement and the anticipation was absolutely killing me. Can't wait for Winter to try this baby out in a cyclecross race. But enough babble, onto the pics.

    Everything minus the wheels. The wheels are Dura Ace hubs with Mavic Open Pro 32 spoke rims and Ritchey Cyclecross Tires.

    Front and rear derailleur and STI brakes.

    Frame from the front with integrated headset

    Carbon fiber cyclecross fork

    FSA SLK MegaExo 46/36 crank

    Ritchey Seatpost and Thomson Elite stem.


    Also there is partially to be seen a Easton EC90 carbon fiber handlebar, Fizik bartape, Dura Ace chain, Cane Creek headset and other odds and ends.

    Can't wait to built that baby.

    Oh, and the yellow frame in the background is a 1973 Schwinn Continental frame which I'm waiting for parts to turn it into a fixed gear.

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    Wicked!

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    Did you do any cross last year?

    If not, you will have to try this year. And, that will be, without question, one of the nicest rides in the 4's races.

    Although, if you're going to do cross, ditch the carbon post. You won't like it so much when it's splintered, jagged, and sticking out of the inside of your thigh.

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    nice looking build, but shut your mouth on that winter talk. later.

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    That bike is almost too nice to race.

    Just remember it will get the everloving crap beat out of it while racing.

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    Huh??



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    Quote Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
    nice looking build, but shut your mouth on that winter talk. later.
    Yeah. What he said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
    That bike is almost too nice to race.

    Just remember it will get the everloving crap beat out of it while racing.
    I beat the **** out of all my bikes, no matter what material it's made of. A bike is a tool, not a fashion show

    And yes, this coming year will be my first cyclecross adventure. I hate the rollers and need some races over the winter to keep me fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJH2 View Post
    Did you do any cross last year?

    If not, you will have to try this year. And, that will be, without question, one of the nicest rides in the 4's races.

    Although, if you're going to do cross, ditch the carbon post. You won't like it so much when it's splintered, jagged, and sticking out of the inside of your thigh.
    That post looks quite beefy. You think there is a chance it's going to snap if it's torqued down correctly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scummer View Post
    That post looks quite beefy. You think there is a chance it's going to snap if it's torqued down correctly?
    Yes. Not because it's a bad post. Because on a remount at speed you put a lot of force on that thing in a way it's not designed to handle. When you remount you'll be basically pushing all of the weight of your body across the top with a peppy little jump.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MJH2 View Post
    Yes. Not because it's a bad post. Because on a remount at speed you put a lot of force on that thing in a way it's not designed to handle. When you remount you'll be basically pushing all of the weight of your body across the top with a peppy little jump.
    We don't all weigh 370 lbs.


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    Gelato aficionado.

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    That's come lovely looking stuff you got there. But, If you can't afford to replace it, then don't race it. If you can, then go ahead.

    Anything dura ace or carbon is asking to be beaten up. My cross bike is worth about $200 and it's still faster than me - and I ain't slow (not terribly fast either).

    The first thing I noticed when racing in Chicago is the amount of bling that cross racers have - they spend some serious moolah. Dugast tubulars on deep carbon rims in the 4Bs springs to mind.

    Which Ritchey tires do you have? If they're the speedmax, I would recommend changing out the front for a Michelin Mud for racing. If they're excavadars I would change out the back to a semi slick or file tread except for muddy or very rough races.
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    I got the Ritchey Speedmax. I'm gonna do some test rides on the levee in front of the house once the cold sets in again.

    I know it's going to be beaten up and I'm fine with that. As long as my melon and my bones don't break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carlosflanders View Post
    That's come lovely looking stuff you got there. But, If you can't afford to replace it, then don't race it. If you can, then go ahead.

    Anything dura ace or carbon is asking to be beaten up. My cross bike is worth about $200 and it's still faster than me - and I ain't slow (not terribly fast either).

    The first thing I noticed when racing in Chicago is the amount of bling that cross racers have - they spend some serious moolah. Dugast tubulars on deep carbon rims in the 4Bs springs to mind.

    Which Ritchey tires do you have? If they're the speedmax, I would recommend changing out the front for a Michelin Mud for racing. If they're excavadars I would change out the back to a semi slick or file tread except for muddy or very rough races.
    Yeah. Like that kid who raced the carbon Pinarello. Must be nice.

    I've even cheapened my rig up more this year. Gone to a 9 speed cassette with a bar-end shifter mounted to a Kelly's take off. I'm guessing that getting rid of the STI's will cost me exactly 0 spots this year. And, I'm guessing that I'll also have to replace 0 STI's mid-season.

    Scummer- I'm not knocking your gear. It really does look sweet and will probably be one of the nicer rides out there. Ride it hard. Get it dirty. Enjoy it. (but consider another seat post )

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    +1 on the Mud 2 recommendation. The speedmax are ok for grass events by I found the mud 2 tires to be great for the majority of events in this area.

    I am importing 50mm deep rims from Taiwan. I plan on having tubulars available for cross. I also am importing a bunch of novatech hubs. Plus I am now a distribtor for white industries and kinlin.

    Get you cheap cross wheels from me this next year

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    Wow psi.. sounds like your business is expanding. Cool beanies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aham23 View Post
    nice looking build, but shut your mouth on that winter talk. later.
    I agree the last of the snow just melted off our local ski hill last week and I am not ready for it agian. Well at least not yet.


    By the way nice bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
    +1 on the Mud 2 recommendation. The speedmax are ok for grass events by I found the mud 2 tires to be great for the majority of events in this area.

    I am importing 50mm deep rims from Taiwan. I plan on having tubulars available for cross. I also am importing a bunch of novatech hubs. Plus I am now a distribtor for white industries and kinlin.

    Get you cheap cross wheels from me this next year
    What! I ordered a pair of novatec hubs from Bob Dop last night!

    Which rims are you importing? I'll definitely be ordering some kinlin rims and maybe a few more hubs (Road and MTB). I might be able to afford a carbon rim for my TT rig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJH2 View Post
    Yeah. Like that kid who raced the carbon Pinarello. Must be nice.

    I've even cheapened my rig up more this year. Gone to a 9 speed cassette with a bar-end shifter mounted to a Kelly's take off. I'm guessing that getting rid of the STI's will cost me exactly 0 spots this year. And, I'm guessing that I'll also have to replace 0 STI's mid-season.

    Scummer- I'm not knocking your gear. It really does look sweet and will probably be one of the nicer rides out there. Ride it hard. Get it dirty. Enjoy it. (but consider another seat post )
    MJH2,

    I have a working pair of tiagra shifters that I don't use. Let me know if you're interested.
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    Done.
    What a smooth ride. Much different to ride than my race bike. More comfortable geometry and the turn-in much less aggressive than my Madone. I was kinda shocked in the beginning when I turned the handlebar and the bike wouldn't follow as fast as my Madone does.

    From the front


    Tire


    Gears


    Fork and integrated headset.


    Carbon weave


    No white garage door?


    Biiig rings


    So far I've put about 60 miles on this horsee. I just need to change the tires to more appropriate summer tires.

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