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Old 03-04-10, 04:10 PM
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A new Project

Over the last year I have had the pleasure of building two bikes. One with the help of my much better equipped friends and one by myself. My scandium frame had to be replaced and the company no longer makes scandium frames so I am beginning a new phase in my life and going full carbon. Yesterday I got a brand new frame in the box and the build should start after my group ride tomorrow. My hope is I will like the Cf frame as much as I did the scandium. Iíll send more pictures as it gets ready to hit the road.




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Old 03-04-10, 06:47 PM
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I must have missed a post somewhere - what happened to your scandium frame?
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Once you go CF there's no turning back Bob...welcome to the dark side.
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Old 03-04-10, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Louis
I must have missed a post somewhere - what happened to your scandium frame?

I may have mentioned it in another forum when I finished building my Jamis last month as a back up bike. Turns out it was just in time.
I discovered a hairline crack on my Xlite where the top tube meets the seat tube. Sent it back to have it checked out and they decided to replace it. I don't know if it was a factory defect but I find it hard to believe I produce enough torque to crack the material the Russians made for missile fins or whatever they made it for.

Anyway the attached picture is my first foray into building a bike from frame up. I did a lot of fetching holding and asking questions on the first build. The second I did all by myself with only a few borrowed tools.
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Originally Posted by Metric Man
Once you go CF there's no turning back Bob...welcome to the dark side.
I have to do something to keep up with you Darth.
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I have to do something to keep up with you Darth.
That will help.
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Glad to see Lapierre came right side up --but can't tell from the pics

What model frame?

What weight?

What forks are you going to fit?

And you do realise that CF has a lifespan in its raw state. Get it built up before the cat scratches the Gel Coat.

Should take till Sunday night but morning would be better- then we can get a ride report this weekend.
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Ah...Lapierre ! The first new bike I ever owned was a Lapierre purchased in 1970, lugged, 10 speeds with Campy gear. I rode it for several years in college, then a few years in the Air Force. I did a "tin man" triathalon on it in the early 80's. I kept it until 1990 when one of my teenagers wrecked it. I still miss that bike.
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Originally Posted by stapfam
Glad to see Lapierre came right side up --but can't tell from the pics

What model frame?

What weight?

What forks are you going to fit?

And you do realise that CF has a lifespan in its raw state. Get it built up before the cat scratches the Gel Coat.

Should take till Sunday night but morning would be better- then we can get a ride report this weekend.
It is a Sensium 400 cp.
With my SRAM shifters and derailleur and Cassette plus my Ultegra Compact cranks and chainring I should be within a few ounces or grams over the 16.8 pounds or 7.6 Kg if you prefer. I sprung for the CF forks that matches the paint on the frame. I will start saving for some race wheels and may get the weight down to 16 pounds but I am not giving up my SMP to get it down to the 15.7 as some of the other roadies I ride with have.

I do want to get it on the road by Sunday afternoon at least. But I do have Church Sunday so I will have to see what can get done Saturday. The bike shop will let me use their equipment for any finishing touches I need.
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