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  1. #16501
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    esteencanto- sweet Argon. Could you enlighten us about its ride quality and your impressions of your new steed?

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    I'm afraid it wouldn't be a good description, given it is my first carbon bike. But I can offer my POV in comparison with my old alu bike.

    Previously I had a size 50 no-name 7005 Alu bike which main issue was that it didn't give me enough drop (or as much as I would have liked). This is a XS Gallium Pro, which is somewhat close to a size 47. I am quite flexible, so I finally have enough drop and feel comfortable in the hoods and in the drops and I can sprint more aggresively. Not that it is my strong point, given I am a 164 cm, 51 kg weakling climbing specialist, but any style points are big on my book :-D

    I am mainly a long distance rider. I completed many 200+ km rides in my old bike, and had enough "carbon-cushion" from the carbon seatstays and upgraded carbon seatpost, but this thing is an absolute beauty. I can "feel" the road much better, however it is not harsh or uncomfortable. I couldn't speak about stiffness since I don't produce anywhere near the power required to flex any frame, but comfort is really good without losing communication with the road.

    In the weight department, I was able to save almost 1 kg in comparison to my old aluminum bike (I transferred all the components, except for saddle, stem, chain and bottle cages), which is huge. The alu frame (without fork) weighted around 1.4kg. This XS marvel weights around 850 g!

    My only complaint with this bike is purely aesthetical as I really dislike the round metal piece on top of the seatpost. WTF is up with that? Other than that, I am absolutely in love with her and plan to gradually upgrade its components to SRAM Red so I can put the Rival back in the alu bike and have a bad-weather bike available.

    I am now at 7.1 kg and plan to get it to 6.8 kg over the course of this year.

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    Brought this home tonight. Still needs some bits changed out, should make a good crit bike for this season.

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    Had this for a few years now. Just got the Mavic wheels for it last year though.
    50th Anniversary Colnago with 10sp Record.

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    Fantastic bike there Dean. That is one of few setups that I have actually seen those wheels belong. The rest of the bike is just incredible also. Well done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-LinkedRider View Post
    Fantastic bike there Dean. That is one of few setups that I have actually seen those wheels belong. The rest of the bike is just incredible also. Well done!
    Curious. What is that supposed to mean? Is that like a manufacturers recommendation?

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    X-LinkedRider is talking about aesthetics and I have to agree.

    Though, at least from an aesthetics perspective, it seems like Dean could have gone up a size. Or maybe bought a frame with a more suitable geometry. That's a big spacer stack and he already has a sizable saddle to bars drop.

    Very sweet build though.

    edit; of course me nitpicking the setup of a beautiful Colnago comes off as silly when we look at the Di2 Trek on this page...

    *twitch*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve90068 View Post
    those are the thinnest seat stays I've ever seen
    Look like chop sticks!

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    Thanks for the compliments.
    Most of the stack under the stem is actually a flared spacer from the factory, and I think this is supposed to stay there. There is only an additional 5/8" of spacers.
    It is a 54cm frame and is the smallest frame I have. My bikes are normally around 56cm. But this one came up second hand at a great price so I got it anyway. It actually turned out to be very comfortable to ride and I am now quite happy with the sizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esteencanto View Post
    I just came to show off my recently acquired baby :

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    Is that the FSA computer mount thing you have on there? If so, how do you like it? If not, which one is it, and how do you like it? I've got mine mounted on the stem right now, and it seems like really the only benefits of having it there are looking cooler and maybe being easier to check during rides.....what do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by esteencanto View Post
    I just came to show off my recently acquired baby :
    Hey there, a fellow Mexican in these boards?

    Amazing bike by the way, are you an expat or a Mexican? Your English is very good.

    May I inquire where exactly you bought this bike? I am living in Toluca currently, born&raised in Sonora(near Arizona for the US folk) and recently took upon cycling. Been having a hard time with it here in our country, we have extremely limited options and very expensive ones at that.

    I would like to exchange a few words with you if you don't mind! Happy riding.

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    Here is just an artsy shot of the new wheels on the Allez. Will have to wait until 1st ride to take a pic of the whole bike.
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    Tarmac 3 resized.jpg Just finished rebuilding her over Xmas break. Removed the stock 105 group with FSA Gossamer cranks and no-name generic brakes, and replaced it with Sram Force. Also added the 50mm Yishun carbon clinchers (from Bikeforums group buy), FSA K-Wing bars, and Speedplay Zero pedals. Can't wait for spring to start riding again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyarm07 View Post
    Is that the FSA computer mount thing you have on there? If so, how do you like it? If not, which one is it, and how do you like it? I've got mine mounted on the stem right now, and it seems like really the only benefits of having it there are looking cooler and maybe being easier to check during rides.....what do you think?
    It's very similar to the FSA mount but it's made by ACOR. I thought the bar in the FSA mount was too short and got it off ebay for a nice price. You can check its info here: http://www.acorsports.com/products_d...ry=23&i_id=211

    I used to have a smaller front mount that clipped in the stem plate screws but broke from road vibration. This one is rock solid, albeit a bit heavy (around 50g). With this, I find it much easier to look at data during my rides than having in on the handlebars or stem (I have a Garmin 500) and the clean stem makes the bike look much nicer :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by kabex View Post
    Hey there, a fellow Mexican in these boards?

    Amazing bike by the way, are you an expat or a Mexican? Your English is very good.

    May I inquire where exactly you bought this bike? I am living in Toluca currently, born&raised in Sonora(near Arizona for the US folk) and recently took upon cycling. Been having a hard time with it here in our country, we have extremely limited options and very expensive ones at that.

    I would like to exchange a few words with you if you don't mind! Happy riding.
    Hey there, paisano! It's fantastic to find another mexican guy around here. I live in Mexico City and just begun cycling by the end of 2009 and by the end of 2010 I got my first seriously beautiful bike.

    Down here in Mexico City we have several store options, like Viansi, TeknoBike, Bicimaniacos, TransVision, CasaLeo, and the miryad Benotto stores, etc. Also, have you been at the new Specialized Concept Store in Santa Fe? It's absolutely out of this world!

    Regarding pricing, I think it depends on what you are looking for. You can find specialized bikes at competitive prices in The Concept Stores, Transvision and Bicimaniacos. Trek and Eddy Merckxs at TeknoBike, Orbea and Cannondale at Viansi, Cervéló at Casa Leo and so on.

    On parts and groupsets, Benotto carries almost anything by Shimano and has recently begun introducing SRAM at very competitive prices, altought cassete options, and crankset configurations may be limited.

    Good wheels tend to be a bit expensive since they usually have to be custom ordered and imported.

    For more specific stuff, clothing and exotic parts, I find it that if you plan to spend upwards of 1500 dls it's cheaper to simply fly to Tijuana or San Diego and bring the stuff yourself. Sporting goods are not taxed by customs and you can pretty much bring anything you want.

    Also, have you ever heard about "El paseo del Gato" every sunday at 8am on Insurgentes and Periferico? At the mid-stop in Cuemanco there are some guys that do a lot of custom ordering and importing at very good prices.

    Send me your email or similar through a PM and let's stay in touch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kabex View Post
    Hey there, a fellow Mexican in these boards?

    Amazing bike by the way, are you an expat or a Mexican? Your English is very good.

    May I inquire where exactly you bought this bike? I am living in Toluca currently, born&raised in Sonora(near Arizona for the US folk) and recently took upon cycling. Been having a hard time with it here in our country, we have extremely limited options and very expensive ones at that.

    I would like to exchange a few words with you if you don't mind! Happy riding.
    turns out I have to few posts to send PM's. MSN or email me at: piro at esteencanto.com
    Best!

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    This is my new baby. Started with a 1987 Cannondale Black Lightning.


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    Nice ride Garland. See comments about photo in your other thread that YOU started.
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    The re-vamp

    Mate thank's for the reply,
    I did try the red bold tape and Campag hood's for the brakes but it just did'nt go so......,
    I used the white .
    Like I said I'll buy it off the shelf next time.
    But she does go well and the boy's in the club don't mind it either.

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    my humble orbea lobular..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    I just got a Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 in June 2006. What a sweet ride: floats like a hovercraft on a cushion of air, corners like it's on rails, and tips the scales at under 18lbs *with* 2 full water bottles and those anachronistic aluminum MTB pedals with clips & straps!!
    Just updating my file (sic)

    - I still have the Cannondale, but now it has Joe Young wheels and Speedplay clipless pedals
    - 3 years ago I got a 1985 Bridgestone 600 from eBay which I use as my foul weather/beater bike
    - I just took delivery (less than 24 hours ago) of a custom Carl Strong steel roadbike w/ S&S couplers
    - I'm still a year or two away from receiving a Richard Sachs Signature road bike (got in his queue about 10 months before he closed the list)
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    Sounds like a part of the inner ear.

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    Updated my bike with Stronglight Ct2 rings, Si crankset, Zipp SL bars, and Doric Team. Don't mind the spacer stack, working on my flexibility for the coming season and haven't cut down the steerer yet.
    Hoping to add new ENVE wheels, and a Zipp SL Speed stem when they each are available.


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    Bianchi 928 Carbon C2C
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadoxBoxn View Post
    Bianchi 928 Carbon C2C
    Very nice!
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