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Old 12-15-13, 12:01 PM   #17201
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gc3, it's HOT! what wheelset do you currently have? And what's the motivation for changing them?
Those are generic chinese open mold 38mm rims from Farsports, built locally to about 1260 grams, and intended to serve as an inexpensive first foray into carbon clinchers. They've been great for 4000 miles, but if I can find a great deal a branded wheelset, I'll get myself a nice xmas present.
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Old 12-15-13, 12:25 PM   #17202
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After the custom repaint at Parlee (from black to gray), and with the Prologo Scratch Nack saddle recovered in plain black leather...I think it's time to buy some new shoes for this machine...



Looks great! I love the new paint job. Very classy. Hot all day


Are you happy with it? I know I have done some custom things and even though it looked fine, it didntbturn out how i pictured it in my head.

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Old 12-15-13, 01:02 PM   #17203
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After the custom repaint at Parlee (from standard ghost matte black to matte phantom gray with matte silver ghost logos and accents), and with the Prologo Scratch Nack saddle recovered in plain black leather...I think it's time to buy some new shoes for this machine...


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Old 12-15-13, 01:15 PM   #17204
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Looks great! I love the new paint job. Very classy. Hot all day


Are you happy with it? I know I have done some custom things and even though it looked fine, it didnt turn out how i pictured it in my head.
I really do like the look of it, and had a good idea of what to expect, since I'd seen pics of the same color scheme on a velosmith bicycle studio build. I didn't want anything too gaudy, being a stealth guy, but did add my initials which means I'm stuck with it forever. Is it a big change? Of course not, most would barely notice it. My first impression was that it makes the chinese wheels look a little cheap, though! I may spring for some eebrakes to knock off some weight, although this paint job only added about 60 grams, my weight weenie OCD is starting to kick in again.
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Old 12-15-13, 01:24 PM   #17205
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I really do like the look of it, and had a good idea of what to expect, since I'd seen pics of the same color scheme on a velosmith bicycle studio build. I didn't want anything too gaudy, being a stealth guy, but did add my initials which means I'm stuck with it forever. Is it a big change? Of course not, most would barely notice it. My first impression was that it makes the chinese wheels look a little cheap, though! I may spring for some eebrakes to knock off some weight, although this paint job only added about 60 grams, my weight weenie OCD is starting to kick in again.
I completely understand what you mean. 60g to most people would get a response of "just poop before a ride" type of comment, but I know where you are coming from because I am the same way.
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Old 12-15-13, 05:46 PM   #17206
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That Parlee is fantastic. Hot.
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No shiftmate. The derailleurs are campy. Only used the shimano crank because campy isn't comparable with the swiss bottom bracket. Better picture pending... Just took this at 6 am pre-ride.
Kudos for being up at 6 a.m. to ride your bike.

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Old 12-16-13, 10:58 AM   #17209
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Dear God, this thing is still going?
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Old 12-16-13, 11:14 AM   #17211
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took the bike on the first ride. all i have to do is cut the steerer tube and take out the top spacers.
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took the bike on the first ride. all i have to do is remove the world's largest saddle bag
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Old 12-16-13, 12:31 PM   #17213
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took the bike on the first ride. all i have to do is cut the steerer tube and take out the top spacers.
The bike has potential but you have to stage it correctly to get a hot in this thread. Lose the bag and bottles. And what frame is that?
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Old 12-16-13, 12:34 PM   #17214
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took the bike on the first ride. all i have to do is cut the steerer tube and take out the top spacers.

Not Hot for me, sorry. But enjoy it and ride the crap out it!
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Old 12-16-13, 12:43 PM   #17216
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got lost in the back and forth a few pages back..

New photo.... Same parts... 110mm Stem -16* drop

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Old 12-16-13, 06:27 PM   #17217
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got lost in the back and forth a few pages back..

New photo.... Same parts... 110mm Stem -16* drop

Still just ho hum IMHO, not so thrilling to look at but I imagine it runs nicely...
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Old 12-16-13, 06:37 PM   #17218
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Still just ho hum IMHO, not so thrilling to look at but I imagine it runs nicely...

I agree. Not trying to make every black bike stealthed out, but I think the 4 main things that would make this look better are:

-New wheels. that is a big factor for me. I have always disliked how those wheels look
-Black saddle
-Black bartape
-Black Praxis chainrings

one of my best friends has this bike and has it all black and it look pretty good.
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Old 12-16-13, 07:26 PM   #17219
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I can haz vote?

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Nice Blue.......Bring it inside to warm up.
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New photo.... Same parts... 110mm Stem -16* drop

Hot! Now go ride!
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Nicely done--HOT!
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Old 12-17-13, 12:21 AM   #17223
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Your bike is yelling at me! Looks fast though.
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Nice Blue.......Bring it inside to warm up.
Pretty sure that's just white concrete and not ice. He is in Gainesville after all.

That Kestrel looks like it should be a TT bike with a much wider bladed fork and aero bars, the skinny fork and drop bars make it look awkward. I'm sure it's a fast bike, though.

Looking at BikesDirect, it appears they do in fact sell that frame (the Talon) as a road bike and a TT/Tri bike, with basically the same geometry. Interesting.
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