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  1. Is there any noticeable difference between the...

    Is there any noticeable difference between the standard, Superstar and Gold when riding in the street? That ti-nitride coating is supposed to be more corrosion resistant, but snow/winter resistant? ...
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    I think it's a sick looking bike. I'd just...

    I think it's a sick looking bike. I'd just consider going custom. Though I did just read it's actually a Whisky fork. That's pretty solid.
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    Curtlo and Gunnar both do full custom under $1200...

    Curtlo and Gunnar both do full custom under $1200 using True Temper OX Plat , which is actually slightly stronger than Reynolds 853. Gunnar has stock frames under $1000.
    Marinoni does full custom...
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    Marinoni included alloy steerer, carbon fork....

    Marinoni included alloy steerer, carbon fork. Also included headset and seat collar.

    Curtlo is frame only to my knowledge.
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    I donno, I got a full custom Zona Megatube frame...

    I donno, I got a full custom Zona Megatube frame for $900 from Marinoni. Probably could have upgraded to Life tubing (comparable to 853) for still less than 1200. Curtlo also does full custom with...
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    I'm riding with only 272mm height, 167.5 cranks,...

    I'm riding with only 272mm height, 167.5 cranks, and big BMX platform pedals and have maybe had one close call on very poorly paved road. 280 is the regulation height for many velodromes. You should...
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    It'd be a shame to butcher that bike into a...

    It'd be a shame to butcher that bike into a conversion. Also note that dedicated fixed gear frames have higher bottom brackets to avoid pedal strike when cornering. Not to mention shorter chainstays...
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    You might also consider offset racks. My Toba...

    You might also consider offset racks. My Toba rack is offset an additional 5cm rearwards. never had problems using that with an On-One Pompino.
  9. Izumi V Super Toughness, noise and sprocket combinations.

    I'm riding an Izumi V chain with a Phil Wood cog and 44rn chainring and my drivetrain is the loudest it's ever been, like small motor loud. I can't identify one part as the culprit because I switched...
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    Point well taken, Andy. Could you elaborate on...

    Point well taken, Andy. Could you elaborate on this though?
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    Front-loads and low-trail vs. wheel flop.

    I'm hoping someone can explain where trail vs. wheel flop comes into play with handling front loads. The discussions I find all seem to attribute this to trail, where high trail will give leaning...
  12. Thanks all! Might just bite the bullet and shell...

    Thanks all! Might just bite the bullet and shell out or hopefully swap my CX Wound Up for their road series disc fork instead.
  13. How short of a headtube can I get away with?

    I'm looking at getting custom frames built and am pretty short at 5'5 with a standover need of about 29.5". I'm trying to build a 650b disc porteur style bike. I'm vain and want a flat or close to...
  14. I know plenty of people who ride the Miche ring...

    I know plenty of people who ride the Miche ring and their drive train is pretty quiet. I also know people who run Izumi V chain on a Zen ring with EAI Superstar or Phil Wood cogs and have noisy drive...
  15. You want to spend the $$$ for a Zen ring to then...

    You want to spend the $$$ for a Zen ring to then put it in cross? If you just want that fat looking ring, get a Miche, Blackspire, FSA, Taiwanese Fourier, whatever. Same alloys, same shape, but...
  16. It's a rack from a friend and local welder,...

    It's a rack from a friend and local welder, 3-rail | LMNO Cycles

    You can see it mounts directly on a 9mm axle similar to a fork, with 9mm slots (no threaded attachment). I like this system for...
  17. I think this is probably what I'll end up doing,...

    I think this is probably what I'll end up doing, since Surly uses a traditional 9x1 thread in their disc "ultra new" hub. Thanks for the advice!
  18. 9mm thru axle vs. 9mm nutted axle and axle mounted rack problem.

    Simple ignorance that I'm hoping to have explained (my research was poor on this subject). What is the difference between running a 9mm thru-axle and a 9mm solid nutted axle?

    The reason I ask, is...
  19. Relation between wheelbase and BB-height for handling/cornering

    Does a shorter wheelbase allow for lower BB heights in terms of turning/cornering? My logic is that a shorter wheelbase (say 950mm vs 1050mm) allows for a smaller turning radius, and in theory...
  20. Why use high flange hubs for the front wheel?

    I'm building a new wheelset and I'm leaning towards a DT 240 road hub I got on the cheap. I've got a Phil Wood high flange track hub laying around also (140g, or almost 1/3 a pound heavier). I'll be...
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    This is the track bike I'm coming from...

    This is the track bike I'm coming from http://www.bikecad.ca/1386976697873 with a 565mm front to center. It's got very minor toe-overlap with my platform pedals, but I worked as courier on it with no...
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    It will definitely have provisions for a front...

    It will definitely have provisions for a front brake. I don't tend to use it much, but I've been VERY happy it's been there a few times in the past couple of years.

    As for Marinoni's involvement,...
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    Thanks for the input! It will be used...

    Thanks for the input!

    It will be used primarily on the streets in city traffic, but as far as I can tell, most things about true-track set-ups apply well in this riding too. I will soon be moving...
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    650c Track Geometry questions/insight

    So, I'm getting a custom track frame built by Marinoni up here in Quebec. I haven't gone to get measured/fit, but I've ridden lots of bikes with knowledge of their geometries and know my fit pretty...
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    Low Spoke Count Carbon Track Wheels?

    Has anyone used low-spoke track wheels or carbon track wheels for city riding? Potholes, rolling over curbs, and all? Durability issues? Experience?

    DURABILITY: As far as I can tell, there's no...
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