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Old 10-02-08, 07:03 PM   #1
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SE Premium build up and review

I guess here is a a short review of the SE premium build (i.e green track frame lugged cromoly on bike island). So here is a picture of the final build:

The frame is good for the money, it didn't flex under my substantial weight and rode pretty well. The adjusters on the drop outs are somewhat useful though hard to screw as they are not that easily gripped. The issues I ran into were pretty minor, one was that the seat bolt wasn't that good, I stripped it and currently needs to be replaced. My chain ring was also striking frame but I think it's more due to it not being round. The decals are easily removed which I liked and there is room for wider tires (I'm using 700X25). The headset is ok, nothing too stellar but usable.
Here is a part list in case you are curious: SE Premium frame, Thomson seat post, Velocity Deep V with gatorskins, Sugino RD 2 cranks w/gr-9 pedals,tektro brakes and lever, Medallion 1000 Kusuki stem, and Nitto B123 handlebar.
If there are any other questions feel free to ask, and any suggestions for a good seatpost would be appreciated along with with any advice if I did anything wrong.
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Old 10-02-08, 07:16 PM   #2
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before anyone else gets to you: color scheme fail, seat angle fail, but nice light.

Just trying to ease you into the blow.
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Old 10-02-08, 07:21 PM   #3
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it's nice, i've been looking for a build of this frame.
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i'm not going to comment about the color scheme, because i neither love it or hate it. Thank you for the review however, i've been wanting to see a review on this frame for a while.

Light on the other hand, is nothing special at all. Not quite sure what you see in that lighting, matt.
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Old 10-02-08, 07:23 PM   #5
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Although I don't care for the Deep-Vs, because they don't go with the classy theme of the bike, I do like the rest of the bike. I don't think there's anything wrong with the saddle angle, as the Brooks work best with an upward tilt; the degree of the tilt angle depends on the anatomy of the individual, and I'm pretty sure you feel most comfortable with the saddle angle you're using. I've seen the same angles used on dozens of classic or vintage bikes.

What size frame is this?
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Old 10-02-08, 07:28 PM   #6
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The frame size is 56. The seat (as uncomfortable as it looks) is actually pretty comfortable : X. The color scheme was more a monetary consideration as someone was willing to sell me the wheel + cog + lockring for $200 (not stolen but well loved).
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i only wish that it came with more colors.
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i'm not going to comment about the color scheme, because i neither love it or hate it. Thank you for the review however, i've been wanting to see a review on this frame for a while.

Light on the other hand, is nothing special at all. Not quite sure what you see in that lighting, matt.
I didn't say it was phenomenal, I just support the use of it because of their brightness.
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before anyone else gets to you: color scheme fail, seat angle fail, but nice light.

Just trying to ease you into the blow.
ROFL!

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I didn't say it was phenomenal, I just support the use of it because of their brightness.
The rear light you hvae is probably the best you can buy for the $12 cost. 1W led. If you wanted something better it'd be the dinotte 140L @ $100+.
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Hilarious, I thought you were commenting on the lighting in the picture. Pardon me, I just came back from my cinematography class, hence the assumption you were talking about photography lighting. Of course you would be talking about the bike lights, my bad.
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Old 10-02-08, 08:17 PM   #12
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Not a good color scheme, sry.
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Don't worry about the color scheme. I built the bike up to ride it; not to show it off. Personally I wanted bright neon colors so that it would frighten small children.
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Old 10-02-08, 09:30 PM   #14
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The color scheme would be fine if the saddle were black. Or if the rims were silver.

I'll bet it's a nice ride regardless.
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Old 10-02-08, 09:41 PM   #15
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Looks nice, but then again I love the color of those deep vs simply cause I have a set on my steamroller but we're discussing the frame anyways. I'm more interested in durability so keep us posted as you ride it more.
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Old 10-03-08, 07:37 AM   #16
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This is a decent frame for the cash...it's made by maxway which is the same company that makes jamis sputniks, ritchey breakaways, motobecane USA bikes, etc...Maxway's rear fork ends are quite nice...The reason you're having a tough time turning the screws with your hands is due to the fact that you're supposed to use an allen key...If you grease the threads, they'll turn easier...

You can replace the stripped seatpost binder bolt with a campagnolo one if you want...

As for a good seatpost, the thomson you have is fantastic...If you're looking for something with a bit of setback, the nitto dynamic 65 would look nice with that bike or, if you're trying to save cash, kalloy does a knockoff of it that you can get for around twenty or twenty-five bucks...

Your saddle angle scares me a bit...You honestly are experiencing NO genital numbness from that setup?...REALLY?...Be honest...We're all friends here...
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The color scheme looks good, may not look classic in the bicycle sense of the word, but looks classic in that reminds me of the 50's. Kinda like this:
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Like I said, it's a great-looking frame. I think it would look a lot more classy with silver wheels and leather-wrapped handlebars. I have been thinking about this frame a lot, specifically the ones sold as no-brand names on BikeIsland.com.

Again, thanks for the review!
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Old 10-03-08, 01:36 PM   #19
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people are ruthless!!! if you like it that's all that matters.
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A note on the frames from bikeisland is that while the pictures show it as unbranded; it actually has the decals on. I just chose to remove the giant SE sticker and the head badge (it was not put on straight).
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Old 10-03-08, 05:50 PM   #21
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why could ever possibly possess you to put those rims on that bike?
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The color scheme was more a monetary consideration as someone was willing to sell me the wheel + cog + lockring for $200 (not stolen but well loved).
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I'm curious how much the build cost you, ballpark?
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The build cost me roughly $750 (excluding lights which I already owned). I probably could have gotten it lower if I was more patient, but I was saddened by my frame sitting around.
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Nothing wrong with that color scheme.
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