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Old 03-27-14, 08:05 AM   #18576
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Stunning is the word that comes to mind. Good grief that is a bad ass bike.
Only thing that would make this bike any hotter would be a non-arched top tube. Friggen blazing.
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Old 03-27-14, 08:28 AM   #18577
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Love white bikes - this one is very hot

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Stunning is the word that comes to mind. Good grief that is a bad ass bike.
This Venge is as nice looking as they come. Ok, tell me if I am nit picking but the top tube / head tube junction is so massive that it makes the bars look out of proportion.
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Old 03-27-14, 10:39 AM   #18579
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This Venge is as nice looking as they come. Ok, tell me if I am nit picking but the top tube / head tube junction is so massive that it makes the bars look out of proportion.
I think it works with the size of the downtube.
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Old 03-27-14, 11:23 AM   #18580
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Fire hot. CAAD10 rules all.

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Old 03-27-14, 11:35 AM   #18581
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This Venge is as nice looking as they come. Ok, tell me if I am nit picking but the top tube / head tube junction is so massive that it makes the bars look out of proportion.
I'm not a fan of compact bars in general (from a comfort standpoint as well but especially from a looks point of view). I think aero frames just make them look worse. I think this bike is an absolute stunner as long as I don't look at the bars/stem.
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Old 03-27-14, 11:39 AM   #18582
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bike is nice but staging gets a 7 for me...bad lighting and the power outlet (which could hide behind the carbon dish) + camera focused on the wall not the bike
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Old 03-27-14, 12:19 PM   #18583
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frame: 56cm S-Works Venge Cavendish Edition
shifters: Sram Force 22
R derailleur: Sram Force 22
F derailleur: Sram Force 22
crankset: S-Works cranks, alum spider
brakes: Sram Red Aero Link
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stem: 3T ARX Team Stealth
handlebar: 3T Ergonova Team Stealth
tape: Easton Microfiber
saddle: Specialized Romin Pro
pedals: Speedplay Zero stainless
wheels: Zipp 303 FC clinchers
tires: Specialized S-Works Turbo 24
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Great bike, great shots. Way to not follow the "rules" and really show the bike in the best way possible. White garage doors/walls get old real fast...like years ago. Brave move balancing that machine on a rock.
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Old 03-27-14, 12:29 PM   #18584
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That thing is on fire! Crazy hot!

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stem: 3T ARX Team Stealth
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If you guys quote all the pictures of that Venge one more time, I swear bad things will happen...
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Old 03-27-14, 02:03 PM   #18586
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shifters: Sram Force 22
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crankset: S-Works cranks, alum spider
brakes: Sram Red Aero Link
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stem: 3T ARX Team Stealth
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Old 03-27-14, 02:27 PM   #18587
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You guys are all terrible, terrible people. :'o(
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Old 03-27-14, 03:48 PM   #18589
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the matching stem/seatpost (and cranks) is actually what solidified the "hot" for me. I don't know what your bottle cages were before, but the white/black looks right
The bike is hot (as much as a Cannondale can be), but this nuance of brand-matching these pieces escapes me, beyond some vague aesthetic improvement perspective. Yeah, okay, its consistent with the color scheme and all that, but for me doesn't make real difference. Maybe if it wasn't FSA it would, I dunno? I went through that once and outfitted my bike with Zipp bar, stem, and post, but no longer feel the need.
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Yeah, it's all aesthetic, but to me it shows intent. You could have all different parts, but it seems like a simplicity in design type thing. You could have all different parts, but it adds that extra little bit of hotness by thinking through the design of your bike, and getting the same stem/seatpost.

If you're trying to do things well, I think that your cranks should either match the rest of your group (shifters, derailleurs and maybe brakes) or can possibly be matched to your stem/seatpost if the manufacturer does all three.

Just my $.02
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Old 03-27-14, 04:05 PM   #18591
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I'm not a big fan of white bikes, but this looks good.

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Old 03-27-14, 04:08 PM   #18592
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Specs:
frame: 56cm S-Works Venge Cavendish Edition
shifters: Sram Force 22
R derailleur: Sram Force 22
F derailleur: Sram Force 22
crankset: S-Works cranks, alum spider
brakes: Sram Red Aero Link
chain: KMC X11SL
cassette: Shimano Dura Ace 9000 11-25
stem: 3T ARX Team Stealth
handlebar: 3T Ergonova Team Stealth
tape: Easton Microfiber
saddle: Specialized Romin Pro
pedals: Speedplay Zero stainless
wheels: Zipp 303 FC clinchers
tires: Specialized S-Works Turbo 24
tubes: Giant
cables: Jagwire
While I'm at it... The exicution of this bike is very nice! I love the green!! Hot!!!
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Old 03-27-14, 06:19 PM   #18593
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Yeah, it's all aesthetic, but to me it shows intent. You could have all different parts, but it seems like a simplicity in design type thing. You could have all different parts, but it adds that extra little bit of hotness by thinking through the design of your bike, and getting the same stem/seatpost.

If you're trying to do things well, I think that your cranks should either match the rest of your group (shifters, derailleurs and maybe brakes) or can possibly be matched to your stem/seatpost if the manufacturer does all three.

Just my $.02
I'll add 2 more. I personally like to match the cock pit as much as I can. A hodge podge of parts on a bike makes it look like it was put together with spare parts from the bin. Maybe a brake set or even a crank set of different brand would be ok, but stem, bars and post that match in brand looks much better as a well thought out plan setup.
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Get a life, weirdo. You've got serious issues if you're lusting after 'white bikes.'
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I'll add 2 more. I personally like to match the cock pit as much as I can. A hodge podge of parts on a bike makes it look like it was put together with spare parts from the bin. Maybe a brake set or even a crank set of different brand would be ok, but stem, bars and post that match in brand looks much better as a well thought out plan setup.
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I'll add 2 more. I personally like to match the cock pit as much as I can. A hodge podge of parts on a bike makes it look like it was put together with spare parts from the bin. Maybe a brake set or even a crank set of different brand would be ok, but stem, bars and post that match in brand looks much better as a well thought out plan setup.
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Maybe to you it looks better, but personally I focus on things like weight, comfort, or effectiveness for my use before I worry about whether the pieces all have the same white stripe or logos or brand name. In reality, everything is supposed to be plain unadorned black anyhow. It goes faster. Feel free to keep your opinion, though.
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Yeah, it's all aesthetic, but to me it shows intent. You could have all different parts, but it seems like a simplicity in design type thing. You could have all different parts, but it adds that extra little bit of hotness by thinking through the design of your bike, and getting the same stem/seatpost.

If you're trying to do things well, I think that your cranks should either match the rest of your group (shifters, derailleurs and maybe brakes) or can possibly be matched to your stem/seatpost if the manufacturer does all three.

Just my $.02

Huh?

Intent? The primary thought that ought to take place in regards to designing a machine to perform is not whether brand matches but, whether components come together in a form that serves the purpose best.

Anything else is poser bull****.

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Huh?

Intent? The primary thought that ought to take place in regards to designing a machine to perform is not whether brand matches but, whether components come together in a form that serves the purpose best.

Anything else is poser bull****.
While I appreciate the sentiment, I think it's a wee bit extreme. We are talking about bike stuff, here - despite the religious zeal that some display, a lot of is it is mechanically simple, which leads to a fairly level playing field with lots of valid choices. In the frequent event that parts from Brand A and B are functional equivalents, it's not surprising (or bull****) that aesthetics would tip the scale one way or the other... I think it's pretty expected, actually.
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Personally, I'd like to see more places sell stem/bar/post sets instead of as individual matching pieces. The only place I've seen them sold as a set is on Chinese knockoff sites. With that said, mine don't match brands only finishes.
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All of my bikes have 3t cockpits...mostly because I like the ergonovas and got a good price on the LTD's and they make the all black team stealth stem. I wouldn't hesitate to change them if something else came along that suited me tho.
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