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Old 05-21-14, 07:07 AM   #551
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Awesome win on the Calfee - congrats.

That said, their promo pic shows how much of a difference staging and attention to detail makes.
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Old 05-21-14, 09:37 AM   #552
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+1.

And I hope future posters will think "showroom promo photo" before posting their bikes here.
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Old 05-21-14, 10:42 AM   #553
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Awesome win on the Calfee - congrats.

That said, their promo pic shows how much of a difference staging and attention to detail makes.
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+1.

And I hope future posters will think "showroom promo photo" before posting their bikes here.
Indeed.
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Old 05-21-14, 01:05 PM   #554
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Thanks for the comments on the Calfee, everyone! I love it and not just the way it looks, but the way it rides as well.

As for the gumwalls - The tires are Vittoria Corsa SC cotton tubulars which are Vittoria's improved Corsa CX and only come in gumwall as far as I'm aware. Function over form in this case as the EC90's are my race specific wheelset. I run EA90 SLX tubeless for training with all black rubber.


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As for the Easton cockpit, well, it's what came with the bike and while it may not look the best to some, it's great quality, I like it, and besides - for $5, I can't complain one bit. Calfee Dream Bike Promo Photoset
I will give you $20 for it right now. Cash (well, PayPal). I will even pay for shipping. And the PayPal fees. Where else can you get such a good ROI?
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Old 05-21-14, 01:17 PM   #555
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Some e-friends critiqued my bicycle:

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Old 05-21-14, 01:34 PM   #556
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Congratulations on your $5 bike! Though it looks better on the promotional photo...

+1 on the HOTTT in the promo photo! Looks hotter in your photo in front of those doors too. Beautiful bike! I really dig the lugged carbon!
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Old 05-21-14, 01:35 PM   #557
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hoods have been adjusted to a more horizontal position since this photo was taken. $1200 budget bike.

Your stock bike is hot.
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Old 05-21-14, 02:23 PM   #558
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Your stock bike is hot.
The crank, wheelset, bars, saddle, and cages have all been changed from stock, but thanks! I'm building her up slowly.
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Old 05-21-14, 04:30 PM   #559
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hoods have been adjusted to a more horizontal position since this photo was taken. $1200 budget bike.

now that i don't own one any more, I can with certainty comment that this style shimano crank is hideous...not FSA kind of hideous, but still extremely fugly in this kind of setup...
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Old 05-21-14, 07:57 PM   #560
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Congratulations on your $5 bike! Though it looks better on the promotional photo...

what bottle cages are those! i need to knowwww. super sexy bike btw.
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Old 05-21-14, 08:12 PM   #561
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Old 05-21-14, 08:23 PM   #562
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Hows the suspension on the manta? I didn't see you comment on that
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Old 05-22-14, 02:13 PM   #563
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Work in progress, need critique

Wheels and seat are next, not sure if should leave with DT shifters or go brifter route.

unfortunately, I really enjoy the functionality of the pedals, so those are there to stay
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Old 05-22-14, 03:22 PM   #564
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Wheels and seat are next, not sure if should leave with DT shifters or go brifter route.

unfortunately, I really enjoy the functionality of the pedals, so those are there to stay
Fix the dork disk first.
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Old 05-22-14, 04:04 PM   #565
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And the flat pedals
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Old 05-23-14, 06:46 AM   #566
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And the flat pedals
They look like those shimano click'r (platform on one side, & mtn spd on the other), but why even mention it, he said he likes them and they are gonna stay.
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Old 05-23-14, 08:05 AM   #567
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They look like those shimano click'r (platform on one side, & mtn spd on the other), but why even mention it, he said he likes them and they are gonna stay.
Because this is the New Improved HotRNot! Flat pedals are Not.

Level the bars off, swap out the pedals, orient the labels on the tires correctly, and remove the dork disk and I'd say that Fuji is Hot.
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Old 05-23-14, 11:31 AM   #568
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They look like those shimano click'r (platform on one side, & mtn spd on the other), but why even mention it, he said he likes them and they are gonna stay.
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Because this is the New Improved HotRNot! Flat pedals are Not.

Level the bars off, swap out the pedals, orient the labels on the tires correctly, and remove the dork disk and I'd say that Fuji is Hot.
Yep. saying that doesn't all of a sudden make it okay. No road bike with flat pedals or dual sided pedals will be hot. Vintage bikes with cages being the exception in some cases
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Work in progress, need critique

Wheels and seat are next, not sure if should leave with DT shifters or go brifter route.

unfortunately, I really enjoy the functionality of the pedals, so those are there to stay
Wheels and the Saddle do need changing. Frame is Hot, can I say that? Bike as presented = Not
Photography is nice, I'll give you that also, but a change on the wheels and saddle can make this one hot.

Question: Do you and have you ever rode clipless on a regular basis? Has this bike ever had clipless pedals?
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Thanks for the comments on the Calfee, everyone! I love it and not just the way it looks, but the way it rides as well.

As for the gumwalls - The tires are Vittoria Corsa SC cotton tubulars which are Vittoria's improved Corsa CX and only come in gumwall as far as I'm aware. Function over form in this case as the EC90's are my race specific wheelset. I run EA90 SLX tubeless for training with all black rubber.


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As for the Easton cockpit, well, it's what came with the bike and while it may not look the best to some, it's great quality, I like it, and besides - for $5, I can't complain one bit. Calfee Dream Bike Promo Photoset

I HATE you. I entered that same contest! Seriously nice bike. I have a Dragonfly and love it. I want to try a Manta next...
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Old 05-28-14, 01:46 AM   #572
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Wheels and the Saddle do need changing. Frame is Hot, can I say that? Bike as presented = Not
Photography is nice, I'll give you that also, but a change on the wheels and saddle can make this one hot.

Question: Do you and have you ever rode clipless on a regular basis? Has this bike ever had clipless pedals?
they are the pedals that have one side clipless and other side platform (someone mentioned earlier yes they are clickr's)

I dig it because the style of shoe has the cleats recessed in the soles so I can hop off the bike and go walking around normally. I also like the platform half of the pedal because I can just go for a quick ride without changing shoes.
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Old 05-28-14, 02:05 AM   #573
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hoods have been adjusted to a more horizontal position since this photo was taken. $1200 budget bike.

Is it just me or does it look like he has 'saddlebowl' instead of a bag
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Old 05-28-14, 05:58 AM   #574
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[QUOTE=jan nikolajsen;16773538]Here's another C'dale for you all to pick at:


Just needs a red saddle to balance things out.
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Old 05-28-14, 09:48 AM   #575
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Not. Aren't those the wheels that will kill you?
cuz if one spoke breaks you are ****ed? What is the story with those?
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