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Old 02-23-12, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by runningDoc
HA! yikes then you could easily drop a lot of weight by putting a full rival group on it. You can find rival groups new around $600 or even cheaper if you buy used. Live up to your name "RB-1-luvr" and show that awesome RB-1 a little love!
You're gonna shame me into doing it hahaha
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Those Gossamer cranks are fairly chunky. I am also not a fan of their chainrings either... You'd be better off going with a crank with hollow arms. You can shave off about 100-200 grams that way.
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I have some solid IRON cranks you can have...feel them...then look at your bike...it will seem 10 pounds lighter! ;-) It's your bike, do it YOUR way!
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FSA chainrings tend to not be very durable with mileage as well. I had to replace mine after a season where I've been able to get 2 seasons out of Sram and Shimano.
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updates:

-Thomson Masterpiece setback seatpost. I needed a post with setback.

-New fork (same Ritchey Double crown fork) that had ample amount of virgin steerer (at least I still have an extra threaded fork just in case).

-Threadless headset: Cane Creek Classic 100 1" in polished silver.

-Isiwata Cro-Mo decals from VELOCALS for the fork (and extra for the seat tube if I ever need it).






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Old 05-25-12, 06:57 AM
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mmm, mmm, mm, that bike is just beautiful.
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That's a good looking ride.
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great great build!!
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Grant Peterson should have retired right after this one.
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Much better with a true threadless steerer. Is that an Rb1 fork or is it another ritchey fork that has been painted?
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wow, that is an amazing RB-1!
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SWEET!!!! I am currently flogging my 87 Bridgestone 550, pretty much all original, have not given it much thought on upgrading, but it has potential, a good solid ride. I think she is currently at about 23 pounds.
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Originally Posted by Puget Pounder
Much better with a true threadless steerer. Is that an Rb1 fork or is it another ritchey fork that has been painted?
it was a fork from a 62cm 1994 RB-1 that was in rough shape (the 1994 still had the ritchey double crown forks). The frame was fine, but the fork looked to be rusted out. I sold the frame on craigslist and kept the fork on the off chance that it would be useable after powder blasting.

luckily it was fine after powderblasting. since it was a 62cm there was plenty of headtube to accommodate the thread-less headset conversion. I just used a thomson 25.4-28.6mm stem shim and was good to go.


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Updates:

SRAM RED 2012 FD:




Matching Ritchey Classic Seatpost:



Ritchey Carbon Logic Curve bars (same curve/dimensions as the Ritchey Classic Curve bars):



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That's hot. I want one!
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Old 08-22-12, 07:01 PM
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I've been coming back to this thread a few times.... I have a Red '91 Synergy, pristine except for a seized stem clamp bolt and a tiny indentation behind the chainset. It's great with a new chain, but the components are getting on. I'm planning to store the original parts and rebuild it over the Fall/Winter, mostly with takeoffs/lightly used parts.

I have a Mavic Open Pro wheelset, a Hollowtech compact crankset and cassette from Ribble, and a clamp-on Ultegra FD. Looking for Ultegra 6700 brakes and a RD on fleabay.

Currently contemplating two scenarios and a challenge:

I got some 6700 STI takeoffs, but looking at the techdocs made my head hurt. So many plastic bits! I am thinking of trying Campy Ergopower w/ shiftmate. There's no info on 11sp, but the 10sp ergopowers will work with a shiftmate. Not sure which ones to choose.

I don't think it matters whether I use Ultegra 6700 RD or a slightly older RD, even with the STIs. With Ergopower, I know it won't. Campy will also mean more brake options. (I'd love to stay true to the RB-1's "eclectic" mix and use Mavic SSC brakes, but ... in my dreams.)

The other challenge is my fondness for ergo bars over classic drops and wanting a bit of front height. Will be using an adapter until I figure out if I can squeeze the Formas onto a longish quill stem.

I'm not sure a giant RB-1 or 2 fork will fall into my lap, but one can only hope

Lovely bike!
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Originally Posted by KDNYC
I'm not sure a giant RB-1 or 2 fork will fall into my lap, but one can only hope

Lovely bike!
I understand that the 92' and years before forks were more standard looking forks. On eBay you can find very affordable 1" steel forks brand new (usually chromed out for fixie use). Maybe you can powder blast the chrome and then color match it and Velocals has the period appropriate decals for the forks to go threadless.

But I do understand that Nitto always had ergo-like shapped bars in quill stem diameters (26.0-25.4 ect) - in the end quill stems will look cooler/period correct on a steel frame so that way you can keep the quill and just use ergo shaped bars on them.

mix-and-match was the bridgestone way in the past - but I think it was more for getting the most out the budget. Now there are tons of whole group options that are so much more affordable - like Campy Veloce (in all silver!), and Sram Rival/Apex which can be found through ribble/ebay at rock bottom prices.

Thanks for the complement, your planned build sounds really exciting. Thats always the best part theorizing what you want then starting.
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Here's a "big" brother.

https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-RT?highlight=

Cheers,

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Modolo started making ergo bend bars in the 80s back when everything was quill. I currently have two Deda 215 bars with an ergo bn and a 26mm clamp and one set of profile design bars with the same specs.
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Thanks for the encouragement. I'm inspired by the way your bike just "works." Choosing classic silver turned out really well, and the black inner rims and red/black saddle and red SRAM really works with the bike's decals. I think the SRAM crankset is ugly, but so is the Hollowtech I'm using. The upside is a lighter, better shifting crank.

I have no experience with SRAM -- all of my bikes except my singlespeed have been older and none were expensive. Maybe I'll try it out someday. I've had good luck looking for current Shimano DA/Ultegra/105 takeoffs, and got my crankset and cassette from Ribble for well below U.S. prices.

thirdgenbird, I had Modolo Sakae bars on a bike, they would work well. I'll check on the Deda. i don't really want an "ergo bump," which my 3T forma has, but I like a shallow bar.
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thirdgenbird, I had Modolo Sakae bars on a bike, they would work well. I'll check on the Deda. i don't really want an "ergo bump," which my 3T forma has, but I like a shallow bar.
I think deda offered the 215 in 3 bends:
Shallow
anatomic
deep

I have two pairs of anatomics and really like them but I wouldn't call them shallow:

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I really wanted to get a lunch time ride in today but it was raining cats and dogs here in Brooklyn.... so I put on fenders. I ended up losing my Garmin Cadence/speed censor [zip ties weren't on tight and it slipped outward] I cranked right through that motherF'er breaking into pieces onto the wet pavement. I guess I'm lucky it didn't go into the spokes. I did manage to snap some decent pics of the bike after the ride though.





sheldon fender nuts for the win! sheldon fender nuts are brake nuts that extend outward and have a 5mm thread inside that you can put the fender bolt into - so you can quickly/easily put on fenders.





fenders may seem dorky, but damn they keep the drivetrain/frame clean. I was soaked through and through regardless, but at least the bike was spic and span after the ride.


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The '93 RB-1 was the best. The yellow version was the best of the best. The '92 RB-1s were the next best. I own a red '92. Very nice bikes.
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Just keeps on getting better n better ... better . very cool
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Originally Posted by rjhammett
The '93 RB-1 was the best. The yellow version was the best of the best. The '92 RB-1s were the next best. I own a red '92. Very nice bikes.
I think Grant Peterson mentioned that the 91'/92' RB-1s were in his opinion the best ones frame wise. the 93's were the iconic ones and people's favorites.
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