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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post

    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.
    Sounds like you caught same bug Froome has.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder View Post
    Sounds like you caught same bug Froome has.
    awesome catch! ha, ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    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.

    Nice stand out from the crowd bike! Other than the sagging rear brake cable it gets a hot from me

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    @lsberrios1-Just for kicks, I thought I would give a visual of what YOUR bike would look like with white Tape and saddle (And different stem)

    MUCH better in MY PERSONAL opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder View Post
    Sounds like you caught same bug Froome has.

    that was a good catch! lol

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    Agree on the stem being ugly. It's just too fat looking. Otherwise hot bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
    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.
    And that's saying something. Correct me if i'm wrong but i seem to recall that on most bikes you'd swap white saddles, tape and stems to black. So just go for it bianchi10's permission is all you need. But in all seriousness, i think he's right.
    Last edited by chil2makefun; 01-25-14 at 08:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    Nice stand out from the crowd bike! Other than the sagging rear brake cable it gets a hot from me
    Quote Originally Posted by link0 View Post
    Agree on the stem being ugly. It's just too fat looking. Otherwise hot bike.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
    @lsberrios1-Just for kicks, I thought I would give a visual of what YOUR bike would look like with white Tape and saddle (And different stem)

    MUCH better in MY PERSONAL opinion.
    I like it a lot. I have to say that white is definitely the color to go with when it comes to this frameset but I still can't get over the greyish saddle after riding on the rain or sweaty black bibs. While the white may look better in white, I am still in love with it a great deal. I can't wait for it to have the new saddle.


    Quote Originally Posted by chil2makefun View Post
    And that's saying something. Correct me if i'm wring but i seem to recall that on most bikes you'd swap white saddles, tape and stems to black. So just go for it bianchi10's permission is all you need. But in all seriousness, i think he's right.
    It will stay like this for now. The beauty of all of this is it can be changed without having to buy a new bike! Kind of like making your wife dye her hair so you think she's someone else!
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    Hot on the giant.

    Any difference you've noticed coming from a spec? That stem is thick, as it's also on my bike. The 2013 stems have been redesigned to be a little thinner. Unfortunately you don't have much choices with stems, due to od2.
    Last edited by R1lee; 01-25-14 at 07:01 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R1lee View Post
    Hot on the giant.

    Any difference you've noticed coming from a spec? That stem is thick, as it's also on my bike. The 2013 stems have been redesigned to be a little thinner. Unfortunately you don't have much choices with stems, due to od2.
    Well I am extremely delighted with the bike. Although the difference in speed is pretty much negligible it is pretty much the feel of the bike and new gearing that is amazing! Went for a short ride this morning. It was 23F with wind chill advisory of 11. I am not joking at all, even with the 3 layers of clothing, having to slow down at the red light and cutting short on a segment because I did not know where it ended, I managed to get 4th place on the overal rankings of two local segments. I know, I know strava is for posers etc. but the bike is seriously fast.

    That being said, I could have probably managed almost the same on the roubaix. The biggest difference is the smoothness in shifting from the "old" 6700 to the 9000. It is worlds appart. Then there is responsiveness of frame which is slightly better and comfort which believe it or not I like better on the TCR.

    I am going again later to take those KOMs, one of them hopefully will not get me on a red light, and the other one I'll finish it through.

    And thanks for the HOT, yours is too
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    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.



    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!
    I'm with you, at first glance I don't find the paint and decal job that appealing but it is unique and it does grow on you. Mostly though I can appreciate what an incredible build and bike this will be for you. Fantastic wheels (powertap right?), and the nicest non-electronic group in the business

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbyville View Post
    I'm with you, at first glance I don't find the paint and decal job that appealing but it is unique and it does grow on you. Mostly though I can appreciate what an incredible build and bike this will be for you. Fantastic wheels (powertap right?), and the nicest non-electronic group in the business
    Thanks Robby. Yes they are Powertap. And I will tell you this, If somebody had told me that this group was electric and I wouldn't have known any better, I would have believed it. IT IS INSANE! I dare say it shifts smoother and with less effort than Di2 6700 that I tried!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
    @lsberrios1-Just for kicks, I thought I would give a visual of what YOUR bike would look like with white Tape and saddle (And different stem)

    MUCH better in MY PERSONAL opinion.
    This does look better. Don't like the off set rim depths though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YOJiMBO20 View Post
    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?
    Ask me how to drop the chain into the smaller ring on a stuck 5700 fd with my unclipped foot during a climb; fun stuff. At least no dirty fingers just riding buddies saying wtf. BTW, love your new bike HOT!
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    Nice looking bike. I think the bike would look much better without the wheel decals, but thats just my thoughts. Why do you have HED (Which looks like a number sticker pack you picked up from isle 7 at Walmart) on Bontrager wheels? Is 65 a race number?

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    I shouldn't be advertising this in public but lets just say the bike is amazing...!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    Thanks Robby. Yes they are Powertap. And I will tell you this, If somebody had told me that this group was electric and I wouldn't have known any better, I would have believed it. IT IS INSANE! I dare say it shifts smoother and with less effort than Di2 6700 that I tried!
    Yep the 9000 shifting especially the front is pretty spectacular, I ran it for a while while waiting for my 9070 which although I prefer certainly not necessary! You will never experience a dropped chain again so long as you're adjusted properly

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    spectacular looking bike!


    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    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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    Hot or not?
    Only had it a month and a half and already have almost 400 miles on it. The Di2 is sweet!
    So I'm a bit of a weight weenie tho i know it makes little difference at my level of riding (mediocre but getting better). BIke weighed in at 14 pounds before pedals were added. At least the lightweight makes it easier to carry if I break down miles from anywhere.

    Took it on 83 mile strava gran fondo on mlk day in 30 degree temps. Such a comfortable bike. At the fitting they changed to a shorter stem as I've got some back issues.


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    Not hot, but awesome that you are enjoying it! sub 15lbs is always a plus!

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