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Old 04-01-14, 05:52 PM   #18701
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Yeah, I'm not sure ill need to change the brakes, referring to brake pull, is it supposedly a shorter pull on the lever than the 5600? I'm not sure i really understand what exactly is meant by pull. I'm home now so I can google it, lol
It's a slight difference in leverage - supposedly it takes a harder squeeze on the brake lever to give equal stopping power; hasn't been a problem for me.
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Old 04-01-14, 05:59 PM   #18702
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Is this the "Hot or Not" photo thread? Or, the Shimano Lever/brake compatability thread?

And, yes, the hidden cable levers pull more cable than the previous exposed shifter cable versions. So, braking will old calipers and newer style levers will be firmer and less powerful.
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Old 04-01-14, 06:03 PM   #18703
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Is this the "Hot or Not" photo thread? Or, the Shimano Lever/brake compatability thread?

And, yes, the hidden cable levers pull more cable than the previous exposed shifter cable versions. So, braking will old calipers and newer style levers will be firmer and less powerful.
Ok, ok, play time is over, back to posting your bikes, thanks guys you've been great, sincerely.
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Old 04-01-14, 06:54 PM   #18704
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well, if I don't need to swap the brakes to work with the 5700 shifters than about $210 for shifters black tape and a white cage. Or, a a month or two supply of beer. :/
Then, you got off easy.
Scorchin' HOT will cost you another grand.
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Old 04-01-14, 10:18 PM   #18705
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Then, you got off easy.
Scorchin' HOT will cost you another grand.
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It'd be amusing to see the median price of bikes that get majority hot votes from this thread.
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It'd be amusing to see the median price of bikes that get majority hot votes from this thread.
Probably a bit lower than some imagine.

Might be equally amusing to see the median price of those that recieve not votes. And, to compare the two values.
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Old 04-02-14, 04:32 AM   #18707
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More pictures, less chit chat.
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If I were buying a new bike now, it'd be this but with black tape, saddle, and cages.. Couldn't find a pic of one properly staged but Hot or not?
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Old 04-02-14, 07:29 AM   #18709
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If I were buying a new bike now, it'd be this but with black tape, saddle, and cages.. Couldn't find a pic of one properly staged but Hot or not?
So, you posted a pic of a bike you'd like, but couldn't find the one you like, so posted this one, mis-staged and all, in the Hot or Not thread? Even I know better.
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Old 04-02-14, 08:32 AM   #18710
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So, you posted a pic of a bike you'd like, but couldn't find the one you like, so posted this one, mis-staged and all, in the Hot or Not thread? Even I know better.
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Old 04-02-14, 08:56 AM   #18711
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2010 giant defy advanced 2 with a few upgrades
It's a not on many levels. Strikes me as a poseur bike and money spent is not the issue... the lack of drop/stem/spacers/upturned bar and the compact crank paired with aero wheels are common on most tour de' freds.
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Old 04-02-14, 09:04 AM   #18712
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More pictures, less chit chat.
Donno if "budget" hot or not ... so, I posted in both.
I can post a better pic, once the power gets turned back on, from yesterdays wind gusts -or- this current rain storm moves through...



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Old 04-02-14, 09:09 AM   #18713
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I like, although I don't know that I've ever seen a Bianchi that looks like a Bianchi than this.
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Old 04-02-14, 09:15 AM   #18714
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Donno if "budget" hot or not ... so, I posted in both.
I can post a better pic, once the power gets turned back on, from yesterdays wind gusts -or- this current rain storm moves through...


Hot.. Well done!
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Old 04-02-14, 09:19 AM   #18716
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It's a not on many levels. Strikes me as a poseur bike and money spent is not the issue... the lack of drop/stem/spacers/upturned bar and the compact crank paired with aero wheels are common on most tour de' freds.
I get it, haven't spent too much money on it it was one of the least expensive carbon bikes they had at the time. I'm resolving some of the glaring problems as we speak. I'll post a revised shot at some point. Hope I'm not perceived as a poseur, that would suck. Just fairly new to road cycling and trying to properly enjoy the hobby. The lbs fit me on the bike like that last year but I've since flipped the stem and am working down on the spacers as I continue to get used to it this season. Probably won't get slammed but certainly better.
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I get it, haven't spent too much money on it it was one of the least expensive carbon bikes they had at the time. I'm resolving some of the glaring problems as we speak. I'll post a revised shot at some point. Hope I'm not perceived as a poseur, that would suck. Just fairly new to road cycling and trying to properly enjoy the hobby. The lbs fit me on the bike like that last year but I've since flipped the stem and am working down on the spacers as I continue to get used to it this season. Probably won't get slammed but certainly better.
Poseur might have been a bit much. My first carbon bike looked similar in set up, but as I got more fit and flexible and figured out what was fast the fit evolved. You have to ride what works for you. IMO a professional fit is money well spent.
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Old 04-02-14, 09:39 AM   #18718
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Bianchi is hot.
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2010 giant defy advanced 2 with a few upgrades
The bike looks very "busy" ... Loose the bag, bend the housing back ( might need replaced, if kinked took bad ) get 1 more red cage ( or just take the white one off ), peel stickers off rims ...




Bam, instant hot from not ... it will, only cost you one 44$ blackburn cage.

"Fliped & slamed" would help a lot... but, I do under stand not everyone is 20 years old ...

I'm no expert...

Here is my bike, the day I baught it off the PO. ( Note: he already took of the huge ORANGE Trek/Bontrager saddle bag & his BLUE bottle cages )


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The bike looks very "busy" ... Loose the bag, bend the housing back ( might need replaced, if kinked took bad ) get 1 more red cage ( or just take the white one off ), peel stickers off rims ...




Bam, instant hot from not ... it will, only cost you one 44$ blackburn cage.

"Fliped & slamed" would help a lot... but, I do under stand not everyone is 20 years old ...
This is so funny, I was actually trying to use my Mac to make changes like this just to see how it would look but either i suck at arpeture or it's not the right program. Anyway thanks for going to the trouble. Cheers.
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Love the bianchi!
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Old 04-02-14, 12:34 PM   #18722
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2011 Carbon Synapse Frame, Ultegra 6800 11 Speed, SLK Compact Crank, Mavic Aksium wheels (I know I cheaped the wheels) This could probably fall in the budget category as well. Total build cost was $1350. Which will leave me some time to save and buy some nicer wheels. Rides like a dream.
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Old 04-02-14, 01:14 PM   #18723
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It's hard to match that 'Sagan' green...might be better not to try. Otherwise I think it looks nice.
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Old 04-02-14, 01:21 PM   #18724
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IMO get rid of that green bartape. It doesn't match the bike at all.

For me, it's a not as it sits. Frame has real potential, but don't like your current set up.
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Old 04-02-14, 01:27 PM   #18725
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Here is my bike, the day I baught it off the PO. ( Note: he already took of the huge ORANGE Trek/Bontrager saddle bag & his BLUE bottle cages )

Random question...I've seen colored spokes before, but they're usually around the valve to make it easy/fast to find the valve or whatever. What is the point of them if they're not by the valve?
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