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    Felt TK2 + 3T Sphinx + Front Brake

    I am looking to upgrade my current bike to the Felt TK2.



    The front fork is drilled for a brake but where would one place the lever on these 3T Sphinx bars?



    I plan on using this as a commuter bike (hence the front brake) and my race bike (i'll have to remove the brake before going on the track).

    Do any of you guys have brakes on this thing? How does your setup look like?

    Also my current bike has a Dura-Ace crank, a Dura-Ace bottom bracket, and Dura-Ace chainring. Are these better than what the TK2 has?

    Crankset - SRAM TruVativ Omnium Track GXP
    Bottom bracket - SRAM GXP Team External Bearings

    Thanks.

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    Don't use those bars until you have a need for them. Seriously. Just use regular road bars, not even track drops. Really.

    Those bars were made for long endurance racing...which you won't do in beginner or intermediate racing (meaning for at least 2 or 3 years), so don't bother with it. They will just be all flexy and noodly and make your bike handling weird.

    It's kind of not a good idea to offer these bars stock for this bike.

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    flexy and noodly? wow.

    why not go with a tk3? that would be just as good commuting and less expensive, plus you don't run into the sphinx issue when fitting a brake.


    my original reply was going to be "get a kilo"

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    yeah less of a bike seems like a reasonable idea
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    i guess if you were really bored and high you might build something like this. i would choose masturbating. or eating doritos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
    my original reply was going to be "get a kilo"
    Visp is the new Kilo.
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    TK3 weighs more than my current track bike and would be a downgrade, maybe sideways at best.

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    Run a full-on track setup including crazy 3T bars on the street without front brake. Win
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    lulz, this thread.

    Do you seriously think you would benefit from a set of 3T Sphinx? Sure, if you're at a world class level like Meyer. I'm not trying to saying you're not fast, I'm sure you're a good cyclist both on and off the track but I don't think you NEED a set of Sphinx.

    If you've got the money and think it is a good upgrade, **** us all, just get the bike.

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    anyone seriously considering that bike wouldn't hesitate to find a set of bars that works and anyone seriously asking that question would know that those bars aren't for brakes.

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    Flop and chop em.

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    Keepin' it real, while keepin' it safe

    how are your nipples? pointy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustybrown View Post
    flop and chop em.
    this

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    get the bike

    sell the bars $$$

    buy some other bars
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    i love the palms down sphynx position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrelli View Post
    lulz, this thread.

    Do you seriously think you would benefit from a set of 3T Sphinx? Sure, if you're at a world class level like Meyer. I'm not trying to saying you're not fast, I'm sure you're a good cyclist both on and off the track but I don't think you NEED a set of Sphinx.

    If you've got the money and think it is a good upgrade, **** us all, just get the bike.
    Regardless of it it benefits me or not or if I "NEED" it or not, it comes with the bike by default.

    I'd like to make an attempt to make use of what comes with it natively.

    My road bike is 5k+ and my track bike is 1k+; an extra $500 for this bike isn't much of an issue. Cost is not what I made this thread about.

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    That single red spoke looks like a rip off of the American Classic wheels... or is it the other way around?!?!

    // yummygooey

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    Anyone can make a wheel with a red spoke. It's not just 1 company.


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    Would a reverse brake work? Easy to take on and off.

    Seriously nice bike to commute.
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    Nice Bike! you could try a bar end/ reverse brake lever. It looks like it would work. Something like a Tektro rx 5.0.

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    Is there a reason you're so set on using the Sphinx bars other than the fact that you want to use the stock parts on the bike?

    The stock Omniums are great cranks. I'm not sure you'll notice any difference in performance between the Omniums and your Dura Ace cranks. Sell one set and profit!
    // yummygooey

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    If you want to put a front brake on these bars, forget about it and save them for your races.

    In other news, a lot of guys/gals raced in this year's UCI track championships were using a set of Scatto by 3T.


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    Throw a brake lever on your TT?
    Last edited by Topless; 04-11-11 at 05:45 PM.

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    Just jam a stick in the spokes when you need to stop.
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    there is a difference though because that extra weight will directly correlate with how many chicks huff your dongus.

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    Use the fancy bars at the track and some other bars with a brake lever for commuting. That way when you need to strip the brakes for the track you just drop off the stem face plate bolts and the brake retainer bolt and the whole brake setup is off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yummygooey View Post
    Is there a reason you're so set on using the Sphinx bars other than the fact that you want to use the stock parts on the bike?

    The stock Omniums are great cranks. I'm not sure you'll notice any difference in performance between the Omniums and your Dura Ace cranks. Sell one set and profit!
    I never stated that I was set on using them. Simply would like to try them out if plausible. If it doesn't hold a brake, then it doesn't hold a brake and I need to use something else.

    Thanks for the reply on the Omniums. I'm really not too familiar with anything other than the Shimano line of things.

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