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Old 01-24-14, 08:36 AM   #17601
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I'm even surprised nobody picked on the crank. The usual divas are being nice. What is it tonight girls?
When a bike is obviously Hot, a crank arm out of position isn't enough to bring it down. Though I would like to see this bike with black chain rings and the black zipp logo's.
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Old 01-24-14, 10:47 AM   #17602
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When a bike is obviously Hot, a crank arm out of position isn't enough to bring it down. Though I would like to see this bike with black chain rings and the black zipp logo's.
When I decide I want to set $50 on fire I'm going to get the beyond black stickers... That FSA crank will go bye bye in trade for a stages ultegra crank.
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Old 01-24-14, 02:03 PM   #17603
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I didn't NEED this bike, but dammit it was a good deal. '13 Venge Expert (ultegra), right off the floor for 30% off... Going to make it the crit/flatlander bike.

so hot it burns....maybe that hamburger saddle bag would cool things a bit...
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Old 01-24-14, 02:29 PM   #17604
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Love the Parlee. Hot hot hot
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Old 01-24-14, 06:19 PM   #17605
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Hot or not? Picked it up today. Few pieces missing, saddle is not the final one. Just need to see if I want to do toupe, romin or selle italia.

The bike as it is weighs 15.88 pounds. Soon I will probably switch saddle to toupe pro and pedals to stainless steel instead of chome mo. This will save me an astounding 40g!!! For the price of only an extra testicle.

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Old 01-24-14, 06:22 PM   #17606
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The Rabobank decal is a bit much.
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Old 01-24-14, 06:29 PM   #17607
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Hot or not? Picked it up today. Few pieces missing, saddle is not the final one. Just need to see if I want to do toupe, romin or selle italia.

The bike as it is weighs 15.88 pounds. Soon I will probably switch saddle to toupe pro and pedals to stainless steel instead of chome mo. This will save me an astounding 40g!!! For the price of only an extra testicle.

The paint is "warm", the frame is awesome and DA9k makes anything a touch warmer.
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Old 01-24-14, 06:38 PM   #17608
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Hot or not? Picked it up today. Few pieces missing, saddle is not the final one. Just need to see if I want to do toupe, romin or selle italia.

The bike as it is weighs 15.88 pounds. Soon I will probably switch saddle to toupe pro and pedals to stainless steel instead of chome mo. This will save me an astounding 40g!!! For the price of only an extra testicle.

here's something to consider:white saddle, white tape and white decals on the wheels. i feel like that would emphasize the white frameset, and make it pop.

thoughts?
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The paint is "warm", the frame is awesome and DA9k makes anything a touch warmer.
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The Rabobank decal is a bit much.
While I agree that the rabobank scheme may be a bit much or not everybody's cup of tea, I'll give myself an A for uniqueness . I have to say at first I was not 100% in love. But it really grew up on me and there aren't that many around. Appreciate your feedback.

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here's something to consider:white saddle, white tape and white decals on the wheels. i feel like that would emphasize the white frameset, and make it pop.

thoughts?
I thought the same thing but then this came up to my head "dirty dirty dirty". The only time the bike would have looked good was the first day. Believe I did think about it many times.

I have to say I am thankful for being able to have such an amazing array of bicycles!
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Old 01-24-14, 07:09 PM   #17610
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Hot or not? Picked it up today. Few pieces missing, saddle is not the final one. Just need to see if I want to do toupe, romin or selle italia.

The bike as it is weighs 15.88 pounds. Soon I will probably switch saddle to toupe pro and pedals to stainless steel instead of chome mo. This will save me an astounding 40g!!! For the price of only an extra testicle.

How can we judge "hot or not" without knowing if it can shift between front rings? Well, does it?
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Old 01-24-14, 07:14 PM   #17611
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Hot or not? Picked it up today. Few pieces missing, saddle is not the final one. Just need to see if I want to do toupe, romin or selle italia.

The bike as it is weighs 15.88 pounds. Soon I will probably switch saddle to toupe pro and pedals to stainless steel instead of chome mo. This will save me an astounding 40g!!! For the price of only an extra testicle.


I give it a "HOT". Makes me want to hurry up and finish my TCR build (I only have the wheelset left to order).
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Old 01-24-14, 07:24 PM   #17612
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I didn't NEED this bike, but dammit it was a good deal. '13 Venge Expert (ultegra), right off the floor for 30% off... Going to make it the crit/flatlander bike.

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Hot or not? Picked it up today. Few pieces missing, saddle is not the final one. Just need to see if I want to do toupe, romin or selle italia.

The bike as it is weighs 15.88 pounds. Soon I will probably switch saddle to toupe pro and pedals to stainless steel instead of chome mo. This will save me an astounding 40g!!! For the price of only an extra testicle.

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Old 01-24-14, 07:46 PM   #17614
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What next, are we going to seesome Trek luving?
To be completely honest, I don't mind the 2014 team bikes. I might consider buying one if it came with a free Jens Voigt attached.

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When I decide I want to set $50 on fire I'm going to get the beyond black stickers... That FSA crank will go bye bye in trade for a stages ultegra crank.
I dig it, but it'd look much better with that new crank!

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white saddle, white tape
White is pro! Do it! Just wash your hands a lot and never touch your chain. If you drop your chain just get off the bike and look around frantically and point at it until the sag vehicle arrives.
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Old 01-24-14, 08:31 PM   #17615
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... If you drop your chain just get off the bike and look around frantically and point at it until the sag vehicle arrives.
Do you have any appreciation for the hilarity of your comment? How much time Luis would spend standing on the side of the road? Or, how many times this could result in the "call of shame"?
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Hot or not? Picked it up today. Few pieces missing, saddle is not the final one. Just need to see if I want to do toupe, romin or selle italia.

The bike as it is weighs 15.88 pounds. Soon I will probably switch saddle to toupe pro and pedals to stainless steel instead of chome mo. This will save me an astounding 40g!!! For the price of only an extra testicle.

I'd like to change my vote to: "Hot! Until the first chain drop."
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Old 01-24-14, 08:43 PM   #17617
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Do you have any appreciation for the hilarity of your comment? How much time Luis would spend standing on the side of the road? Or, how many times this could result in the "call of shame"?
This is genuinely funny! lets just say I have not really used the bike yet. Tomorrow we will see!
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Old 01-24-14, 09:49 PM   #17618
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Does no one else just shift the chain back on if it drops off (other than between the cassette and spokes) without having to touch the chain?
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Does no one else just shift the chain back on if it drops off (other than between the cassette and spokes) without having to touch the chain?
Yes, I have become quite good at it too. Although it has scratched the crap out of crank arm and bottom bracket shell...
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Does no one else just shift the chain back on if it drops off (other than between the cassette and spokes) without having to touch the chain?
Not if it gets sucked up and jammed between the front chainring and chainstay!

that has been my first (and last) dropped chain and that freaking thing got JAMMED up in there, it really sucked to get it out.
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Like the bike, hate the team paint scheme (even though I like white).
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i love the paint/color scheme. dislike the labeling on the fork, seat & chain stays.
i'll still give it a hot.
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Like the bike, hate the team paint scheme (even though I like white).
I really liked this color scheme when Rabobank was still active, liked the color switch to Belkin colors, & love the Giant/Shimano even more.

I think Giant generally picks great color for their teams.
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Thanks for the HOTs! I just can't wait to ride it tomorrow. Can't sleep. Although the color scheme is loud, the bike is understated. Does that make any sense?
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Old 01-24-14, 11:22 PM   #17625
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Great bike for sure! It doesn't jump at me. you put a white saddle and white bar tape and I think it will pop much more. I know, I know....white=dirty. Not always. You can use tape like Fizik mircotex. Its glossy and therefor you can simply wipe off any dirt at the end of a ride. Use a degreaser spray and towel and boom bam, clean as new.

I cant get passed that stem either. Each time I look over the bike, my eye keeps going to that stem. Never cared much for the sprinter stems.

I REALLY think white saddle/bar tape would help a lot.
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