Does my Altamira, fondly known as "Raven", qualify as hot? She's seen a lot of mods, and there's few stock components.
Raven Fixed Up 4-10-12.jpg
'15 Lapierre Xelius #2BD "???" - '13 Marin Palisades Trail SE 29er "Matilda" - '11 Trek T1 "Voskhod"
"The older you do get, the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin', man, L-I-V-I-N." - Wooderson
'11 Fuji SL - '04 Bianchi Imola - '99 Gary Fisher Big Sur
And before last weeks crit:
Edited: Though, that white line on the top tube makes it look like it has a hard bend when really it isn't. Wish that line wasn't there, but I still dig it.
Last edited by bianchi10; 03-12-14 at 06:25 PM.
The Merckx is nicely dolled up, but it's a frame I personally find ugly....
"I tried being reasonable, I didn‘t like it."
"I understand. I just don't care"
Early pregnancy head tube.
I dunno if it's an optical illusion, but that Merckx looks like it has an extremely slack headtube angle.
I think that Merckx might look better with a -10 or -17 stem. It would blend with the line of the bent top tube more perhaps... that said, to keep the same drop it would need some spacers.
"Today me will live in the moment, unless it's unpleasant, then me will eat cookie." -Cookie Monster
Great bike I'm sure and I dont mean to take any wind out of your sail, but aesthetically I just dont find it to be pleasing. Dont like the geometry nor the paint scheme. The bartape doesn't really compliment or flow with the bike. Dislike the tower of spacers below/on top of the stem (Though with it being new, I would guess you may take care of that?)
Hope you enjoy it though!
Last edited by bianchi10; 03-12-14 at 07:40 PM.
The picture doesn't quite do the bar tape justice... its Lizard Skin and color in person almost seems to match the gray frame and its super comfortable. Geometry wise, I get your comment. Running a -17 degree stem would make it look odd I think. I just got comfortable with the bar height...just making sure before we trim it down. Seems like a lot of people don't like the looks of them - but the ride is pretty sweet...... ohhhhhhh and fast, if you're into that sort of thing.
is it the lizardskin 1.8 dark grey/light grey tape? If so, i can see where it would match. I personally dont care for the look of -17 deg stems, so that wouldn't have helped IMPO. As long as you love it, thats all that matters
Ugly. ....but hot???
Merckx is hot, though I really don't like the "hunchback" look of that top tube.
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The Merckx is hot. I like the Tron stripe.