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Trigger has been pulled, Speedvagen ordered!

Old 02-07-18, 09:25 AM
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Beautiful. I would have put 3 or 4 coats of carnuba wax all over that thing before I started to assemble it.
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Originally Posted by carlosponti View Post
any idea how they stand those up for photoshoots? that has me curious.
With a background like that, it'd be really easy to clone out any support when editing the photo, if nothing else.
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Old 02-07-18, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by carlosponti View Post
any idea how they stand those up for photoshoots? that has me curious.
I'm not sure But I'll bet WhyFi has it right. I know that they have a superfan who rides their stuff that also is a pro photog so he probably does everything. Their imagery certainly helps build the lust factor if you've ever spent time on their website or googling Speedvagen images.

I only wish I had a little more creativity in me, if I had I probably would have gone a little more custom on the handlebar paint and asked for some accents on the non logo side. Part of me thinks of the brighter blue but I just took it outside and I think it's plenty bright and interesting with the slate. My goal was a paint job that would still be fun yet somewhat classy into the future.
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Beautiful. I would have put 3 or 4 coats of carnuba wax all over that thing before I started to assemble it.
Yeah, seems like they did that for me when doing final detail work! Still, they recommend no heavy gravel riding for the first 60 days to allow the paint to fully cure.
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Old 02-07-18, 01:31 PM
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How does your garmin mount attach to the bars/stem? I can't quite tell from your pics but clearly, it's not the bars!

Lookin' good so far!
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She'll never notice that the livingroom was a bike shop while she was gone.. nahhhh

Congrats! now put some lights on it so you can squeeze in some dark rides around the neighborhood tonight!
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
How does your garmin mount attach to the bars/stem? I can't quite tell from your pics but clearly, it's not the bars!

Lookin' good so far!
the mount is a K-Edge Splayd model. They no longer make them double sided, I think that there may have been some "challenges" since I emailed both them and Barfly. This must be an older model that I'm taking a chance on since the newer ones won't hold a light. See pics below


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She'll never notice that the livingroom was a bike shop while she was gone.. nahhhh

Congrats! now put some lights on it so you can squeeze in some dark rides around the neighborhood tonight!
Thanks! Yeah, she's kind of in the loop so long as I clean up before she gets back Light is already on for tonight's dusk ride while my son is at swim practice. I got the go-pro mount for my Bontrager Ion and seems to work like a charm.

I've finished up and ridden around the block. Very different feel from what I remember of steel. Kind of muted but not in a "dead" feeling way. Seems incredibly smooth and waiting to be sprinted on y'know? Funny, I never thought I was the kind of person that could feel the difference from one tire to another, frame, etc. I would laugh at people who felt like they could tell the difference from 90 psi to 100, but maybe I was wrong... This thing may just be incredible!

Just posted in the Hot or Not thread... We'll see, maybe go 2 for 2. Modern steel thread next!







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Old 02-07-18, 06:23 PM
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is it true that they don't offer frameset only now?
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Old 02-07-18, 06:31 PM
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is it true that they don't offer frameset only now?
It seems like it. The 2018 guidebook just came out and when I spoke to them they mentioned that no more framesets. Also they've kept prices stable (which is awesome), but they've cut production down a little to only 111 complete bikes plus some OG1's, urban racers, and such. I think that will bring them closer to the 200 total roughly that they had been averaging.

Although I just bought the frameset (I was originally going to port the group from my previous bike along with one set of wheels), I will say that they offer very reasonable pricing on complete's and groups. In fact, they lowered the prices of almost all the group set ups they offered previously, probably as a result of no longer offering frames only.

Another thing i would say as a buyer is that although I enjoy building up my own bike and such, having toured the shop during my fit session, I can't say enough about their mechanics and their skills. Had I known when I bought that I was going to end up with pretty much a completely new bike I would have done it all through them just so that I could pop it out of the box and ride immediately (they do all the saddle adjustments and such as well).
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Old 02-08-18, 12:52 PM
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Very nice bike.
Who makes those handlebars/stem?
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Old 02-08-18, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Dean V View Post
Very nice bike.
Who makes those handlebars/stem?
Thank you!

The bars are from Pro model is the Stealth, Speedvagen uses these and I think the Ritchey one piece bars as well when requested and then paint to match. Their other normal combo is an enve stem painted to match and then the bars of your choice.
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Old 02-08-18, 06:29 PM
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Congratulations on your dream bike! Ride reports next please!
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Congratulations on your dream bike! Ride reports next please!
Thank you!

Got out for 30 miles today. Nice little spin... It's kind of hard to describe, it's COMPLETELY different from my Domane and any other bike I've had before. First thing I noticed is that with my Domane you felt a nice little road buzz, when hitting pot holed or lines in the road, you felt them and of course as carbon will do, the feeling was muted a bit but when you felt it, it was kind of in a "hollow or plastic" kind of echo buzz. The steel bike with carbon seat tube mutes the road feel in a different way. I didn't feel that hollow kind of road buzz, it felt almost like a more solid ride in a car (I don't know if any of this makes sense, I need to find a better way to describe). More luxurious and solid perhaps, it's like when I went from my Camry to my small Lexus, just more planted even though I still feel the road. It was really, really nice though.

The geometry is very different from the Domane, when I was doing the fitting, since we were changing things bit by bit maybe I didn't notice how different it would be (also probably because I was 3 weeks into a bout of Mono so hadn't been on the bike and probably shouldn't have been travelling lol). The front end is definitely tighter, and my saddle drop is almost three quarters of an inch higher than previous, plus I have a tiny bit of toe overlap on the front wheel which I've never had on a bike before. I can really tell the difference in how I'm positioned between the two wheels which was one of the drills that Sacha had me doing during the fitting for probably a half hour or more to get the balance between the two. Standing on the pedals was completely different from the Domane as well. I'm not a big guy, and probably have never felt flex in a bottom bracket but this thing feels so cool and rigid when standing. I'm sure it has more to do with my position than the materials used.

I set up my saddle height and distance from the bars based on the pdf they sent me from my fitting (when buying a complete bike from them they do this for you before it leaves the shop), so it felt perfect right off the bat. I needed to adjust the angle of my saddle a bit but that's about it. I may need to adjust the placement of the brake levers on the bars as well since I felt a little more pressure on the hands than I'm used to but I'm going to wait until tomorrow and see how adjusting my saddle affects things.

Overall though, it's pretty darn incredible (not that I would say anything different after going through all this). I'm supposed to be doing a century on Saturday, but not sure that I'm in shape for it having been off the bike these last 3 weeks, with only a few weeks in between that and 6 weeks off from mono. Either way though I'll do at least 60 miles and see how I feel.
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Beautiful!!!
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Do tell more, please. And happy honeymoon!
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It is a beautiful, and extremely racy bike. Every detail is top notch. Love it. Glad to read you enjoy the ride.
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It is a beautiful, and extremely racy bike. Every detail is top notch. Love it. Glad to read you enjoy the ride.
Thanks guys! Definitely needed a couple of small adjustments plus I have the carbon tubeless wheels set on there now. At the charity ride this past saturday, the owner of Infinity saddles was there so he helped me to dial in the fit and height of my seat. Getting used to the more aggressive posture on the bike vs my Domane. Everything feels wonderful and incredibly solid. Itís a really great feeling bike. Funny how folks would gravitate to it at the Assos booth that was at the charity event and other places. Some think itís a little too much color wise and others think itís wonderful. If nothing else itís a greatbriding bike that seems to endulge many opinions!
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As a fellow Infinity seat user please share the input from the owner about how to tweak it. I'm still playing a bit but best saddle I've used so far. Thanks
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As a fellow Infinity seat user please share the input from the owner about how to tweak it. I'm still playing a bit but best saddle I've used so far. Thanks
Couple of things, first, if you reach out to Dr Vince or Diane they're happy to do it with you via Skype! In my case my seat came up from the previous a couple mm, but the tilt was upped by a degree as well. When measuring tilt on this saddle, use the rails as your guide since the saddle is so scooped. He also adjusted my cleats fairly radically. It is a pretty awesome saddle, I think it's going to be a keeper for sure!
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dat fuggin saddle tho!!!!
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dat fuggin saddle tho!!!!
Indeed, oh the sacrifices we make for our aging bodies!
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Indeed, oh the sacrifices we make.
A question about the water bottle cages. Did you pay for the real deal, or buy some counterfeit ones of ebay? I have a set of each, and cant tell the difference in appearance or function.
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A question about the water bottle cages. Did you pay for the real deal, or buy some counterfeit ones of ebay? I have a set of each, and cant tell the difference in appearance or function.
They are the real deal but when I was in VA I built a lift accessed mountain bike park and used Trek as my partner for rental bikes (beautiful DH bikes by the way). As a result I built my Domane and all components through my employee program which was very worthwhile! I got some great deals building this bike but still ended up blowing the budget out of the water... oh well, canít take it with you.
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