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Old 02-04-14, 12:45 PM   #17726
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How is your chain in the big ring on top and small ring on the bottom?
This... I think you have bigger issues than whether or not your bike is hot... how about, is it functional or not?
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Old 02-04-14, 01:00 PM   #17727
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How is your chain in the big ring on top and small ring on the bottom?
Oops, I need to do a better job staging the photo, lol.
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Old 02-04-14, 01:02 PM   #17728
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As seemingly functional as that seatpost claims to be it will probably never get approved in this thread.
Yeah...that seatpost is definitely "function over form"...it only gets approval from be due to the functionality of the thing...
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Old 02-04-14, 01:23 PM   #17729
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Well...everything is evolving...slowly.

Not shown in this pic is that I recently added some 6800 pedals, but that really makes little difference overall. Either way...its a work in progress.

So..any closer to "hot"?

You need to slap whoever installed your levers because they're way too low on the bars.
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Old 02-04-14, 01:42 PM   #17730
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Does my CAAD10 w/105 and Ultegra belong here or in the poverty section?
http://imgur.com/a/ukIY0#0
It's not a $10,000 rig, but it gets me by.

I adjusted the saddle and made the RD housing longer, looks better now but rainy outside. The only thing left to want is a power meter, gray Ultegra brakes and a DA RD are on the way.
Which way would you go with power?
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Stages 6800 arm because I live in abject poverty and can't afford 9k nor an SRM or something "good". I'll probably buy the power meter in August. Now, if I didn't recently incur $8k in medical bills which also required buying a car with an auto-trans, I would have picked-up a nicer carbon frame with 6800 or 9000. However, this bike in it's current form will do just fine, along with that poverty power meter. I finally got a chance to do a proper ride for the first time since the surgery and it was a religious experience.
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Old 02-04-14, 02:18 PM   #17732
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You need to slap whoever installed your levers because they're way too low on the bars.
?

I'll admit they need to come up a bit, I am going to take them up next time I wrap the bars...
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Old 02-04-14, 02:23 PM   #17733
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HOTTT... This is classy stealth in my opinion, not that boring black on black only stuff... Great looking bike!
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Old 02-04-14, 02:52 PM   #17734
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Well...everything is evolving...slowly.

Not shown in this pic is that I recently added some 6800 pedals, but that really makes little difference overall. Either way...its a work in progress.

So..any closer to "hot"?

I don't care for the white/red cages, even though they match the secondary/tertiary colors, but I think that it's pretty nice, overall. Hell, I don't even mind the red sidewalls...
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I don't care for the white/red cages, even though they match the secondary/tertiary colors, but I think that it's pretty nice, overall. Hell, I don't even mind the red sidewalls...
The cages were tough. Black doesn't work, total-red is off, silver is a no-go too. I finally decided on the white/red accent because it somewhat matched the bike theme.

Any suggestions?
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Old 02-04-14, 03:33 PM   #17736
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You changed frames didn't you? I remember you had all those parts but on a regular SS. I remember because I have that bike and yours makes me jealous
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Old 02-04-14, 03:37 PM   #17737
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?

I'll admit they need to come up a bit, I am going to take them up next time I wrap the bars...
The Specialized above this post has it about right.

The general rule (for about 95% of drop bars) is that if you put a ruler along the flattish bit at the end of the drops, it should coincide with the tips of the brake levers. Obviously when there's a continuous curve it's not an absolute, but if you treat the last 4" of bar as "flat" you'll get close.
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Old 02-04-14, 03:49 PM   #17739
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The Specialized above this post has it about right.

The general rule (for about 95% of drop bars) is that if you put a ruler along the flattish bit at the end of the drops, it should coincide with the tips of the brake levers. Obviously when there's a continuous curve it's not an absolute, but if you treat the last 4" of bar as "flat" you'll get close.
Interesting...thanks for that...
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Old 02-04-14, 03:57 PM   #17740
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The cages were tough. Black doesn't work, total-red is off, silver is a no-go too. I finally decided on the white/red accent because it somewhat matched the bike theme.

Any suggestions?
I got some black / white Specialized ones that would match OK.

This is a terrible pic, with filthy tape, and not a hot r not submission, only posted so he can see the cages.
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Old 02-04-14, 04:00 PM   #17741
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It is pretty hot. What I like most about this bike is that it might be the most "practical" iteration of a bike when you consider, performance + price + looks. Great bike all around. However that RD seems to be sufferin' in that pic.
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The general rule (for about 95% of drop bars) is that if you put a ruler along the flattish bit at the end of the drops, it should coincide with the tips of the brake levers. Obviously when there's a continuous curve it's not an absolute, but if you treat the last 4" of bar as "flat" you'll get close.
That's weird. I would think that any general rule would be related to functionality rather than aesthetics. I'm more concerned with a comfortable transition from the bars to the shifters and comfort/usability in the drops. If I don't have those two things, then it's on to different bars. Maybe the tips of the levers line up, but in no way am I concerned with it.
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Old 02-04-14, 05:28 PM   #17743
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However that RD seems to be sufferin' in that pic.
lol, I noticed that when I was uploading the pic. The bike was on the trainer and I think one of my kids must have been playing with the shifters.
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Old 02-04-14, 05:34 PM   #17744
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Hot for sure! I agree - I feel like that thing is perfect for pretty much everything you're ever gona do. Maybe I'd through some different wheels on there.

Need to get some picks up - although I'm gona be dropped off the pace for sure compared to that thing haha ;-)
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Old 02-04-14, 05:39 PM   #17745
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lol, I noticed that when I was uploading the pic. The bike was on the trainer and I think one of my kids must have been playing with the shifters.
I just got those same color Podium Chill bottles to match my Silver & Red Roubaix. What is that - Ultegra 6800 with an 11-32 cassette? The chain looks like it might be a little short.
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I just got those same color Podium Chill bottles to match my Silver & Red Roubaix. What is that - Ultegra 6800 with an 11-32 cassette? The chain looks like it might be a little short.
Ultegra 6700. The cassette is 11-28
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Old 02-04-14, 06:35 PM   #17747
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You changed frames didn't you? I remember you had all those parts but on a regular SS. I remember because I have that bike and yours makes me jealous
I did Sir . Got a fair deal from the LBS, offered me a Di2 specific frameset and Di2 upgrade kit, so I took the bait.

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HOTTT... This is classy stealth in my opinion, not that boring black on black only stuff... Great looking bike!
Thanks you Sir for apprecialting the build. Good Day!
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Old 02-04-14, 06:53 PM   #17749
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I'll give it a luke warm...
Your chain is screaming in pain, & your RD looks like it's doing yoga/pilates.
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lol, I noticed that when I was uploading the pic. The bike was on the trainer and I think one of my kids must have been playing with the shifters.
Sounds like a version of "the dog ate my homework"....or" the little green man broke it "....
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