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Old 04-03-14, 11:21 AM   #18751
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Old 04-03-14, 11:23 AM   #18752
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Decided that rather than just try and swap out my 105 shifters with a newer set to route cable into bar which turns out does need the newer brakes due to the pull, I may as well use this opportunity to go full ultegra 6800, cosmetically though, here's what the new tape, lower stem and matching cages will look like (via sloppy photoshop). Hope this will be an improvement, but I'm on the fence about removing wheel decals. Bike should be back in my hands by Saturday so I can post a proper shot...
I've been on the fence about my wheel decals, too.

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Old 04-03-14, 11:34 AM   #18753
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Actually, I was the seller. I no longer have both of those bikes. Sold the corex on eBay 2-3 years ago. Currently riding a tcr advanved.
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Old 04-03-14, 02:46 PM   #18754
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Both are HOTTT as hell... Nice!
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The old road rig. Mostly Italian, minus the fork/ cages/ wheels. Not staged properly

Made the leap to carbon, maybe I'll post it here if it looks good when I'm finished.
Freaking HOTTT... waiting to see the new steed if this is an indication...
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Old 04-03-14, 02:49 PM   #18756
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Changed to Ultegra everything plus DA shifters
HOTTT... That bike screams "LOOK"...

I almost bought one of these but every secondhand one shows up with a seatmast that is cut way too short.
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Old 04-03-14, 03:09 PM   #18757
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Got it back early. Hopefully much much better than before..

Thanks for all your advice guys. Now I can save for a new cyclocross frame to put the old 105 gruppo, aksium rims and drop bar on. Nothing wrong with getting an extra bike out of all this trouble....




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Old 04-03-14, 03:18 PM   #18758
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Nicely done Gus! That was a quick turn. Bike looks way better!!
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Old 04-03-14, 03:19 PM   #18759
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Got it back early. Hopefully much much better than before.. Thanks for all your advice guys. Now I can save for a new cyclocross frame to put the old 105 gruppo, aksium rims and drop bar on. Nothing wrong with getting an extra bike out of all this trouble....

By the way, how do you post pics so they are bigger in your posts, I can't seem to get it to work even though I can in other forums.
I'd say that bike is now hot.

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Old 04-03-14, 03:25 PM   #18760
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WTF, did you just go out and spend 800 bucks to please internet people? I'm in awe.
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+2, it looks great. Spendy little dip into the Hot or Not thread. That went pretty quickly from 'the cables kinda bug me' to 'I'm going full 6800'.
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Old 04-03-14, 03:28 PM   #18762
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WTF, did you just go out and spend 800 bucks to please internet people? I'm in awe.
Not exactly, I want a cyclocross bike too and figured all the old parts from this one will mean I just need to find a decent frame so it works out. But yeah
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WTF, did you just go out and spend 800 bucks to please internet people? I'm in awe.
Had to be more than that...didn't come over from the UK that quickly. Great for the economy though.
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People are crazy... You might want new rings for the crank too, cause CX gears and such.

And for me, SO close to being hot. Longer stem + slammed would be nice, but not everyone can do that. So at least cut the stack above the stem.
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Old 04-03-14, 03:32 PM   #18765
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People are crazy... You might want new rings for the crank too, cause CX gears and such.

And for me, SO close to being hot. Longer stem + slammed would be nice, but not everyone can do that. So at least cut the stack above the stem.
Going to ride it like this for a while to make sure it fits me right before I go and chop the thing. But it will happen.


As for the eventual cross frame, I think a 105 compact will be fine on flat converted rail trails of gravel, so maybe not exactly cross but you get what I mean.

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Old 04-03-14, 03:46 PM   #18766
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Got it back early. Hopefully much much better than before.. Thanks for all your advice guys. Now I can save for a new cyclocross frame to put the old 105 gruppo, aksium rims and drop bar on. Nothing wrong with getting an extra bike out of all this trouble....

By the way, how do you post pics so they are bigger in your posts, I can't seem to get it to work even though I can in other forums.

Looks better. Does it actually work for you?
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Old 04-03-14, 03:49 PM   #18767
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Looks better. Does it actually work for you?
You mean by lowering the bars? I test rode it and it feels fine so far, not uncomfortable at all. Longer rides will tell though. We'll see.
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Old 04-03-14, 04:15 PM   #18768
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WTF, did you just go out and spend 800 bucks to please internet people? I'm in awe.
He was looking for suggestions in the first place. After a collection of thoughts, he went and upgraded the parts he wanted to. I doubt it was because of peer pressure within the Hot R not, but it may have influenced his purchase. Regardless, nice upgrades.
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Old 04-03-14, 04:29 PM   #18769
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Actually, I was the seller. I no longer have both of those bikes. Sold the corex on eBay 2-3 years ago. Currently riding a tcr advanved.
damn. i wanted that bike!!
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WTF, did you just go out and spend 800 bucks to please internet people? I'm in awe.
I think it's great when people actually do it then post, as opposed to posting threads about it for months before we see anything.
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He was looking for suggestions in the first place. After a collection of thoughts, he went and upgraded the parts he wanted to. I doubt it was because of peer pressure within the Hot R not, but it may have influenced his purchase. Regardless, nice upgrades.
Thanks, you nailed it exactly.
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Got it back early. Hopefully much much better than before..

Thanks for all your advice guys. Now I can save for a new cyclocross frame to put the old 105 gruppo, aksium rims and drop bar on. Nothing wrong with getting an extra bike out of all this trouble....

By the way, how do you post pics so they are bigger in your posts, I can't seem to get it to work even though I can in other forums.

Luv it!!!
Thats 1 hot @$$ Defy!
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