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    Well, the Poprad is being sold and I'm getting a Redline...

    Hope I don't regret it...

    How much stiffer is this scandium frame going to be than the steel?

    Will a carbon fork really be a good investment on the redline?

    I just put the Lemond Poprad frame on Ebay and I'm picking up a Redline Conquest Team frame tomorrow. The Lemond is a 55cm with 56 top tube and the conquest is a 54 with 54.5 top tube so I'm hoping it fits me better. The 56 reach is just too much for my short arms and I feel stretched out.

    I hear the Conquest has a relatively high standover though so I may still be snug but am hoping the reach feels better.
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    Last season I went from a 05 (white and blue) Poprad to a Cannondale CX9 and it was a big difference. I did keep the Poprad and occasionally race it a single speed or a nice commuter. I can't imagine selling and you may regret selling yours. Just my $.02.
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    Well, the Poprad is amazing to look at but it doesn't fit. I jumped on the 55 when I saw it and come to find out the top tube is a 56 and I feel real stretched out and need short stem, forward seat etc to fit it to me. I've ridden ill fitting bikes and I just can't do it. Fit is pretty important when you realize your back pain and fatigue is caused by it.

    Sad for me but I'm hoping the Redline is a better fit.

    So it was "different" but you didn't say in what way?
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    The Cannondale felt much faster and that was the stiffness in the frame and the weight difference was significant. My CX9 is 18.5-19lbs where my Poprad is 20 as a SS. If I were to chose a frame to race on only, it would be Alu. I still prefer my steel rides for the all-rounder.
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    I have a conquest pro and love it. The bike is responsive and predictable. Right now I have full fenders and rack on it for commuting duties. Come CX season those will be coming off for racing.
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    After reading the article above I thought I would add more to my "the Alu is stiffer" comment. Stiffness is something I am leery of in road frames. I tend to feel "beat up" after a long ride on one. But for a CX frame, a stiff frame equates to a fast frame. There is no need for any frame flex on a bike with 32mm-34mm tires. The tires soak up the bumps.
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    That's another aspect I don't have much experience with yet, the tire size. I have 28c tires for commuting I'll use when I build the frame. I know there can be a significant difference over the 23 I use to commute with now on my 531 steel bike.
    So no CF fork then?
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    I'm not I understand your question about the fork. I have the Easton EC90X on the CX9 and it is great, very light and stiff.
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    Sorry, I was referring to the necessity to get a CF fork on the redline.
    I just picked up the frame and it's nice and light, even with fork. I'll just keep it as is for the time being and maybe upgrade down the line.
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    what year is the redline? I have an alloy fork on my '06 pro and it is fine.
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    not sure of the year. I'm thinking 99 or something early. It is a redline conquest team.
    The fork is light and alloy. I can;t imagine a CF fork (in my budget) being lighter than this so I've got no reason to swap now except for vanity. And that's just not me.
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    Nearly done with the build. The bike is together, ready to ride sans bartape. I want to try the bar I have before swapping to the compact bars I plan on using. 44cm wide feels good on my road bike. I have 46cm on now but it has a deeper drop than I want. I'll see if i like the wider stance.

    Bike feels nice and light compared to my other rides. Can't wait to give it a good workout.
    Tomorrow it calls for rain and I'm not hardcore enough to commute in that.
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