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Old 11-23-13, 09:12 PM   #16951
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This is my new build. Della Santa, Campy 10 mix, Dt 440 rims and spokes with campy hubs.
All though I am a fan of steel, I think this one is set up a bit odd. The hood position could most likely be changed with a less negative degree stem. The saddle is way too far forward for that set back seat post. If the position is correct, a zero offset post would be much more pleasing to the bike. Tires look off center to valve stem.
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Old 11-24-13, 08:05 AM   #16952
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Eh? If you draw a line along the post, a zero setback would be right at the front of the rails and would look silly. That's a Dorico which does have more setback than most, but inline is not the solution.
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Old 11-24-13, 06:06 PM   #16953
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This is my new build. Della Santa, Campy 10 mix, Dt 440 rims and spokes with campy hubs.
I'd like to see this with a -6 stem instead of the -17 and the hoods lower. Nice bike, but as is it's not hot.
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Old 11-24-13, 06:38 PM   #16954
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Old 11-24-13, 06:45 PM   #16955
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I'm not judging your set up because I dont know your proportions. BUT, your saddle appears to be slammed all the way forward and the seat post nearly to its max insertion, with a stem that looks like a 70-80mm. Do you feel this bike fits you or are you making due with the frame you have?

Its a not for me, sorry.

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Old 11-24-13, 07:10 PM   #16956
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That Merlin is almost hot, but weird looking.
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Old 11-24-13, 07:15 PM   #16957
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It's a 57cm frame and I am 5'10 with a 33' inseam and a short torso. I have a good amount of stand-over clearance on this bike, but the top tube is too long. Bike is very comfortable in this current setup and I don't notice any twitchyness.

I bought the frame used, so worked with what I had.

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Old 11-24-13, 07:38 PM   #16958
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It's a 57cm frame and I am 5'10 with a 33' inseam and a short torso. I have a good amount of stand-over clearance on this bike, but like almost every bike I've ever tried, the top tube is too long for my torso. Bike is very comfortable in this current setup and I don't notice any twitchyness.
Why didn't you go with a 54-55cm frame?
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Old 11-24-13, 07:39 PM   #16959
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...Bro, you need a smaller frame. 33" inseam isn't that insane for your height, try a 54, maybe you'll fit.
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Old 11-24-13, 07:48 PM   #16960
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Why didn't you go with a 54-55cm frame?
Didn't have a choice. Fit is perfect for me right now though. Proportions are weird though, I admit.
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Old 11-24-13, 09:21 PM   #16961
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In don't want to keep the conversation going in a circle, especially since I don't expect you to sell your bike and do what "we" advise, but for example I am also 5'10" with a 33" inseem and I ride a 54.
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Old 11-25-13, 12:29 AM   #16962
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In don't want to keep the conversation going in a circle, especially since I don't expect you to sell your bike and do what "we" advise, but for example I am also 5'10" with a 33" inseem and I ride a 54.
No offense taken, I usually do ride 54 as well. I love this frame quite a bit, so had to just make it work.
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Old 11-25-13, 12:19 PM   #16963
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I'd almost rather see this with 105 black components. The gray of the ultegra looks off against the clean titanium.
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Old 11-25-13, 01:44 PM   #16964
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The Merlin would look much hotter set-up for me!
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Old 11-25-13, 07:02 PM   #16965
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I have similar issues with reach, so I won't hold it against you. That's still a hot bike.
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Old 11-25-13, 10:52 PM   #16966
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Old 11-26-13, 12:21 AM   #16967
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It's a 57cm frame and I am 5'10 with a 33' inseam and a short torso. I have a good amount of stand-over clearance on this bike, but the top tube is too long. Bike is very comfortable in this current setup and I don't notice any twitchyness.

I bought the frame used, so worked with what I had.
Bike is way too big. Your saddle is slammed all the way up front to compensate for your reach. In reality, your saddle position should not be dependent on your reach issues.
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Old 11-26-13, 02:05 AM   #16968
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Nice, but not hot.
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Old 11-26-13, 02:25 AM   #16969
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Raise the seat post, center the saddle, add a 140 stem, remove the valve stem caps and watch the HOT votes roll in. Who cares if you can't ride it anymore?
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Old 11-26-13, 02:36 AM   #16970
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Old 11-26-13, 05:07 AM   #16971
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I wouldn't expect anything less from you. The S3 with Di2 and this too. Both HOT.
same goes for your De Rosa, SUPER HOT!!
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Old 11-26-13, 06:08 AM   #16972
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Nice, but not hot.
Agreed. Cool but not hot. It needs eye popping color to raise the temperature.
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Old 11-26-13, 06:33 AM   #16973
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You made what you have work for you. Nothing wrong with that and the finished build looks great. HOT.
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Old 11-26-13, 07:52 AM   #16974
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Agreed. Cool but not hot. It needs eye popping color to raise the temperature.
Teal tape, saddle and pedals to come. Thanks for the feedback.
It won't be on the level of a 3-5k $ bike but I want it looking the best it can.
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Old 11-26-13, 08:22 AM   #16975
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Teal tape, saddle and pedals to come. Thanks for the feedback.
It won't be on the level of a 3-5k $ bike but I want it looking the best it can.
I'd go with brown leather tape and saddle...take it on more of a vintage route.
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