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Old 12-08-09, 08:10 PM   #1
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need some advice on changes

the bikes been done for a few weeks and i love it so far but now that we have 10+ inches of snow on the ground i keep looking at it deciding if i want to change anything. i figured i just as well have you guys roll it around.

#1. bullhorns

i had the drops so i used them. i am finding that i put my hands on the "forward" parts of the bars as if they were hoods. i cant help but think it would be like ridding on the forward extension on bullhorns (only time i used bullhorns was in a triathlon and stayed in the arobars till i needed brakes)

#2 rim decals

i cant decide if i want them to go or stay. they match the frame but it may look cleaner without them.


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Old 12-08-09, 08:49 PM   #2
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You've caught the bug. My opinion? Get rid of the rim decals and get some 'horns!
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Old 12-08-09, 08:51 PM   #3
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I think some Syntace Stratos and clean rims are just what the doctor ordered!
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Old 12-08-09, 09:15 PM   #4
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You've caught the bug. My opinion? Get rid of the rim decals and get some 'horns!
so what if i did thanks for the advice.

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I think some Syntace Stratos and clean rims are just what the doctor ordered!
those are the bars i was thinking. are they available in 31.8? google time.
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I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it. I've got a constant case of it, especially during the winter!
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i found some more expensive ones in 31.8...


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Old 12-08-09, 09:39 PM   #7
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how bout some eastons for my big hands:

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AFAIK Stratos are a 26.0 only bar, but who doesn't like that new stem feel?
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AFAIK Stratos are a 26.0 only bar, but who doesn't like that new stem feel?
new anything feels nice but im thinking of trying the eastons. i love the side profile, bladed section, and long extension
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loose the decals for sure.

Instead of the bullhorns, I'd suggest a pair of normal drop bar brake levers, give you that bullhorn feel, but still have those drops for when it's nice and windy. What can I say, I'm a traditionalist.
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i like tradition but road levers cant save my bike. its got bladed tubes and compact geometry for goodness sake

and i get the point, decals off. give me some time to accept the thought.
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It needs a lower gear ratio and studded tires so you can ride it in the snow instead of worrying about decals.
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Old 12-08-09, 10:34 PM   #13
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haha, trust me, it almost went out for fun as is. it will see snow before its over.
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I actually like the wheel stickers. DT Swiss rims are nice, so it offsets the fact that your frame is made by scattante lol. Definitely put some bullhorns on there. I use profile design air wing bars that are 26.0 and they are okay. Not amazing, not bad, though.
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You need a black crankset before anything else. It's all I see when I look at your bike.
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Rear fender!
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the frame was a gift from my father who is unemployed due to a military injury. its surprisingly well built 7000 series al.

i want black cranks when i can find/afford ones better than the chorus ones
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no front? The skunk stripe is kinda annoying, but a front fender can actually keep your feet dry. I think it does more to make riding in the wet tolerable than the rear.
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no front? The skunk stripe is kinda annoying, but a front fender can actually keep your feet dry. I think it does more to make riding in the wet tolerable than the rear.
maybe, not sure if he can fit a front fender on however.

could always just wear boots
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loose the decals for sure.

Instead of the bullhorns, I'd suggest a pair of normal drop bar brake levers, give you that bullhorn feel, but still have those drops for when it's nice and windy. What can I say, I'm a traditionalist.
2nd.
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I think road levers would do be great for your bike. Plus you keep all your hand positions.

And you should keep the decals. They look nice. Not hideous.
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maybe, not sure if he can fit a front fender on however.

could always just wear boots
there is no room for fenders and no provisions to bolt them on either.

i have an xc bike boys, i dont need this one to play winter duty (i do want to try it in snow though)

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I think road levers would do be great for your bike. Plus you keep all your hand positions.

And you should keep the decals. They look nice. Not hideous.
thanks but i am not, and will not, put road levers on it. a back brake is worthless and i am not running one hood. as i stated before, if i keep drops, i can ride the front part of the bars as if they were hoods and it is quite comfortable.

i agree, the decals do look nice. i just cant decide what looks best.



ive thought about getting new ones from dt swiss and cutting off the chrome part that says "RR 1.2" then it will just be a clean "DT SWISS" decal. any thoughts?
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I dont think you need to cut off the part that says "RR 1.2". I think you have enough silver on the frame and other parts so that it looks like it fits.

But a plain DT Swiss would look nice too. But then you have to spend extra money. Unless you can just use a hobby knife and cut away the "RR1.2".
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