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  1. Watch that ratio. Are you sure you want 53/49?...

    Watch that ratio. Are you sure you want 53/49? You'll need a giant cassette, or live somewhere with no hills whatsoever. Or it was a typo...
  2. How bunged up are the dropouts? Tug-nuts and...

    How bunged up are the dropouts?

    Tug-nuts and similar products are unnecessary band-aids in a properly functioning rear wheel. I've run plenty of fixed gears with quick release rears and horizontal...
  3. So did you actually wear out your current DA7700...

    So did you actually wear out your current DA7700 rings? If so I'd change your chain/cassette more frequently. Or you just ride a LOT. At the cost of those NOS DA7700 rings I'd just get a lightly used...
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    In some cases I consider shims a kludge but when...

    In some cases I consider shims a kludge but when using a 1 1/8" stem on a 1" steerer tube it works so well you'll never know the difference. Unless you have a good eye and can tell that the stem is a...
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    Hard to tell from the picture but that looks ok....

    Hard to tell from the picture but that looks ok. How does it spin in the stand? How does it ride? That's what I'd be concerned with. Structurally, regarding the material lost, it looks fine. Those...
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    +1 OP is doing it wrong or just being too picky....

    +1 OP is doing it wrong or just being too picky. It's really not critical.

    Whenever possible I use tubes that are a bit oversized. Sure they might be a bit heavier but I don't have to fill them as...
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    I got a stash of really good hose clamps when I...

    I got a stash of really good hose clamps when I was working at a place that made washing machines. I'm currently using them to hold two normal bottle cages on frames with only one set of bosses. Too...
  8. Thanks for the tip. I'm going to use the same...

    Thanks for the tip. I'm going to use the same 2.0/1.6/2.0 spokes I always get from Yellow Jersey. I am a bit worried because they're pretty light rims and I hear they're "finicky" to build up. Mostly...
  9. Edit because I didn't answer the OP's question......

    Edit because I didn't answer the OP's question... (sorry.) Those Mavic Mach 2 rims will be just fine for cross. Perfect choice.



    Exactly. I don't know why light tubular rims aren't available...
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    Looking at the pictures you posted I can imagine...

    Looking at the pictures you posted I can imagine what those brakes feel like in their current state. You should definitely get new cables and housing, read up on proper cable routing here: Cables
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    +1 Just get a decent surface to apply the new...

    +1 Just get a decent surface to apply the new glue. It's really not possible to remove the old glue from a tire as it gets so soaked into the base tape. And there's no reason to remove it.
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    I run Schraeders whenever I can but that still...

    I run Schraeders whenever I can but that still leaves me with the majority of my valves Presta. I have so many rims that are too deep or too narrow such that I can't or don't want to drill them out...
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    This is why I don't use it. I bought a bike with...

    This is why I don't use it. I bought a bike with Slimed tubes (Presta valves.) I eventually had to throw away both tubes because I literally could not get air in or out of the tubes anymore.

    I'd...
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    It makes sense in theory but I think your biggest...

    It makes sense in theory but I think your biggest problem will be finding an appropriate hub.

    If you want even tension between sides you can use an OCR rim or different gauge spokes on each side,...
  15. I agree with oddjob on the sizing. I think...

    I agree with oddjob on the sizing.

    I think $200 is a reasonable price, it's a nice frame with nice XT components. But that fork looks like a modern and really cheap (basically junk, super heavy)...
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    This sums it up perfectly. Despite the cheap...

    This sums it up perfectly.

    Despite the cheap galvanized cables and unlined housing I bet the set would be a massive improvement to a ton of bike's current frayed/cracked/rusted/sticky...
  17. Thread: Carbon Wheels

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    +1 If the wheels are "full carbon" then by...

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    If the wheels are "full carbon" then by definition they don't have an aluminum brake track. From what I understand (but I could be wrong) before manufacturers figured out how to make full...
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    I do not recommend exceeding the maximum pressure...

    I do not recommend exceeding the maximum pressure listed on the sidewall. Tire blowout/rim failure is a possibility. If you're needing to put that much air in your tire you should get a wider tire...
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    Sounds like it's a Shimano compatible hub not an...

    Sounds like it's a Shimano compatible hub not an actual Shimano hub. Probably a cheap one (that's why it's breaking.) If you can even find parts for this they will eventually fail too. I've never had...
  20. I never do, I think it would mostly attract dirt....

    I never do, I think it would mostly attract dirt. But it won't hurt anything either.

    Your real problem with an aluminum Shimano/SRAM splined freehub body is that aluminum is too soft for this...
  21. I think you're right. I think Ultra Shift is the...

    I think you're right. I think Ultra Shift is the good one. Escape is definitely ​the bad one.
  22. I didn't know there was a difference. I think all...

    I didn't know there was a difference. I think all the Campy left shifters are the same.

    You just don't want anything with the "Escape" mechanism they made for a few years. You want the "Power...
  23. +1000 The most important question is what FD...

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    The most important question is what FD do you plan to use. You must use a Shimano "road" triple STI-compatible FD if you hope to make this work. That one that comes to mind is RSX, and in...
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    A thick layer of base tape protects the tire...

    A thick layer of base tape protects the tire against the eyelets (I assume that's what you meant by grommets?)
  25. Keep riding them, don't try and remove the rust...

    Keep riding them, don't try and remove the rust as you'll only be wasting your time. When they start breaking you'll know they're gone. Maybe put some rust-preventative stuff on in the meantime.
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