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Old 01-14-19, 07:33 PM
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Bandit 2.0, in the studio before delivery.

I'll drum up a daytime shot and post later. Sunglasses advised.
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I am probably a fool for playing, but here it goes....
Is that a titanium frame?


That red is a glorious shade.
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Are you kidding me, you would never get a nasty comment from me, but I’ve been labeled (ok self labeled) “most colorful cyclist in the desert”




That bike looks a bit small for you?


It looks though that you have taken a leaf out of the pro's book and have taken a smaller bike than a JRA person like myself would do.


If any of the above is correct, could you explain the thinking behind going a frame size or two smaller than regular folk would.
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Originally Posted by robbyville View Post

Level that saddle, my pee pee hurts looking at it!
It's a Brooks thing. I have never understood it, but the majority of Brooks saddles I see are tilted back. I have seen more tilt than that.
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Old 01-15-19, 08:37 AM
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I personally tend to keep 15-20mm above the stem, myself. I can restack for resale, or, gack hate to admit it, restack it for indoor season on the trainer.
Yup I know and understand, just an aesthetics thing from a hot stand point, I would do the same thing if I were thinking that I would eventually sell my bike.

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The frame is a Domane. The story behind the Bandit name (painted on the top tube) is as follows, part of a longer description of the paint and design:

A bit over a year ago [almost 2 now], my friends at Trek Bicycle Corporation and I embarked on the reimagining of the Bandit, a bicycle adapted to a one-handed rider. I am that one-handed rider. My left arm went missing at the shoulder many years ago, victim of a run in between the sailboat I was on and a high power line. I am also, at least to my brothers, the Bandit, taken from the nickname given to slot machines, and a reflection of my brothers’ belief that any money I win from them on the golf course is an act of larceny.

When Trek produced the original version of this bike five years ago, we passed the Bandit name along to it. It stuck.

Between the first Bandit and the start of Bandit 2.0, there were some changes in Trek's Project One, custom bike program. Now, in addition to choosing color schemes within a set group of designs (which was already pretty cool), riders can start with a clean slate and, working with Trek's artists and painters, they can create a bike that is uniquely theirs.

My first thought was that there is only so much that can be drawn upon the scant surface area and oddly shaped tubes of a road bike, that the canvas offered by a bicycle was too small to do much. In my limited imagination, every conceivable design and combination had already been tried. So, with no set image in mind, I accepted Trek's invitation to simply send along something to inspire the design-a name, a story, perhaps a picture or two.

The Bandit name was a given. I don't think the wonderful people at Trek, especially ..., the lead designer from the start, who have invested their creativity and passion in this project over the past six years, would have permitted anything different. On the occasions I brought the Bandit back for rides, the Trek workforce treated it like a lost child recently found. The bad things we have done may haunt us, but it is the good things that sustain us. To my friends at Trek, the Bandit was a good thing, a reminder of how their work makes a difference.

As further confirmation for the name, on a bicycling tour in Ireland I had listened to stories about the roving bands of Irish torai, bandits if you will, living in the forest and taking back from the English the possessions those foreign invaders had stolen from members of the clan. Like so many other things misappropriated by the English (the ability to cook a decent meal sadly not among them), the legend of Robin Hood certainly was one.

This new Bandit, I decided, would need more than just a touch of green. Riding it would make me feel like a man of danger, a rebel forever connected to his Irish roots, a Fenian crusader on the path to independence.
Incredible story thanks! Looking forward to new pics.

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That bike looks a bit small for you?


It looks though that you have taken a leaf out of the pro's book and have taken a smaller bike than a JRA person like myself would do.


If any of the above is correct, could you explain the thinking behind going a frame size or two smaller than regular folk would.
Nope, I don't think it's too small for me. Top Tube of 53.5 and effective seat tube of about 52, stem of 100mm, same as I've always done. Next size up on a stock bike was generally a 54 and was always way too long or tall. I think this just looks small in this pic but when I'm riding it seems of normal proportions
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It's a Brooks thing. I have never understood it, but the majority of Brooks saddles I see are tilted back. I have seen more tilt than that.
Understood. I've never gone with a Brooks yet
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I'm not sure I want to post after these bikes either, plus I have already broken the rules because I have bottles and lights but it's the only picture I have right now. Steerer still needs to be cut as I'm still playing around with my position.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
It's a Brooks thing. I have never understood it, but the majority of Brooks saddles I see are tilted back. I have seen more tilt than that.
Leather brooks are like a hammock so the nose and tail should be even, which effectively makes the nose point up. you sit in the middle of the hammock then. No pressure or anything.
Oddly- the Brooks Cambium series doesnt require this, even though the Cambium is supposed to mimic the leather B series in application.

My Cambium saddles are level and by B17 leather saddles are tilted. All my other saddles(Serfas usually) are level.

Crazy design, but it works.
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I don't have a brooks, but do have Selle SMP which has the same hammock concept. I have found that the nose and tail should be set level as a starting point, then it must be tweaked to ensure comfort in all positions (as in the drops). There is a fine line between maintaining the concept of sitting "in the saddle" (hammock) and ensuring you have no pressure from the nose in the drops. Everyone is a little different, so the degree of perceived tilt will be a little different (assumption is that bike fit is correct to start off).
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
Is that a titanium frame?


That red is a glorious shade.
Yes, it's Ti.

I like the partial paint. Enough to give it character and branding, but still some Ti nakedness showing in the abuse prone areas.
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Originally Posted by robbyville View Post

Nope, I don't think it's too small for me. Top Tube of 53.5 and effective seat tube of about 52, stem of 100mm, same as I've always done. Next size up on a stock bike was generally a 54 and was always way too long or tall. I think this just looks small in this pic but when I'm riding it seems of normal proportions
How tall are you?


I've yet to give drop bars a good go and on my flatbar setups, I like the top tube to be at least 60cm and then I have a longish stem.


I'm 6'0", and I've thought if I were to get a drop bar bike, I would go for a 58, but now I'm wondering if that would be a size too big.
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The Peter Mooney is definitely Retro Hot.

CX Bikes just aren't my thing, though it's a good looking bike.
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I'll throw this out there to get opinions....

Recently built up NOS 1999 Trek Y-Foil 77


I like it.
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Originally Posted by tigat View Post


Bandit 2.0, in the studio before delivery.

I'll drum up a daytime shot and post later. Sunglasses advised.
Waiting for the daytime shots. Hot!
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The Peter Mooney is definitely Retro Hot.
Thank you and that’s exactly how my wife describes me.
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I am probably a fool for playing, but here it goes....
Handsome frame, for sure. I "get" the white stem and tape, but I'm not sure I would go with that.
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Handsome frame, for sure. I "get" the white stem and tape, but I'm not sure I would go with that.
Yeah, I am thinking of changing the tape to black.

A black stem would probably be more harmonious too, but I won't change that soon.

Feeling compelled to clean dirty white tape all the time is annoying.
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Yeah, I am thinking of changing the tape to black.

A black stem would probably be more harmonious too, but I won't change that soon.

Feeling compelled to clean dirty white tape all the time is annoying.
White post and seat!
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What handlebar and brake calipers are on this?

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The handlebar is an Enve SES aero with Giant Flux 1-1/4" stem. The brake calipers are Cane Creek EE "El Rosado" in magenta with matching bar end and steerer tube caps.
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Handsome frame, for sure. I "get" the white stem and tape, but I'm not sure I would go with that.
Love that frame, not crazy about the white tape, it'll be dirty always. Not crazy about the brooks, or the triple ring either
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Not crazy about the brooks, or the triple ring either
I suppose hotness must yield to the demands of the aging pilot.
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I suppose hotness must yield to the demands of the aging pilot.
that's true, plus I live in a pancake flat area so things that make climbing easier seem weird to me
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