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Old 11-21-19, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
This one misses the mark. While I can always appreciate classic iron, hot it's not.

The tri-paired rear spokes are in argument with the vintage frame as are the bold wheel logos. This bike needs all silver wheels with no logo. Then the staging is utterly abhorrent. If you are going to go to the trouble of the Olin Mills backdrop route, you need to knock the wrinkles out of the sheet. The elevated rear stand kills the lines of the bike. White bar tape has its place. Clean white bar tape that is.

LOL, this was only put out there to respond to the earlier comment on the Thomson seatpost. Although I will say this is the best riding bike of everything I own. Hopefully the twin takes over that standing after a few more rides. And you'll find no clean white bar tape in my stable. If it's clean I'm not riding it so I'm selling it. Dirty
bar tape is soooooooooooo sexy to me.


This Paletti only has 329 miles on it so far but the white tape on it is starting to get sexy!






Seriously though, that Lizard Skin bar tape was the first and only time I've used it. It does get dirty just by looking at it and isn't that comfortable to me.
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Old 11-21-19, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
Seriously though, that Lizard Skin bar tape was the first and only time I've used it. It does get dirty just by looking at it and isn't that comfortable to me.
+1

I've never understood why so many people rave about it.
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Old 11-23-19, 03:06 PM
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Is my bike hot or not? 2018 Emonda SL carbon frameset with eTap, eeBrakes, Enve Aero Roadbars & Stem, Powertap Pedals, and HED Black Wheelset with GP5000s









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Originally Posted by haggiszero
Is my bike hot or not? 2018 Emonda SL carbon frameset with eTap, eeBrakes, Enve Aero Roadbars & Stem, Powertap Pedals, and HED Black Wheelset with GP5000s
Its for sure quality.
It evokes no emotion of want or desire though.
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A blackish bike with black components. You certainly don't see that everyday. Are all SRAM RDs that ugly?
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Old 11-23-19, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by seypat
Are all SRAM RDs that ugly?
No, just the wireless ones.
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Old 12-24-19, 03:12 AM
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Originally Posted by seypat
A blackish bike with black components. You certainly don't see that everyday. Are all SRAM RDs that ugly?
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No, just the wireless ones.
Originally Posted by Kimmo
I stand corrected.
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Old 12-24-19, 03:15 PM
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Could be worse

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Originally Posted by Kimmo
Could be worse

Touché
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Old 12-30-19, 11:57 AM
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Had the matching rear wheel, but kept snapping spokes. She’s not the prettiest but gets the job done.
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Old 12-30-19, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
She’s not the prettiest but gets the job done.
Unfortunately, this is a thread dedicated to the prettiest. Not.
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Old 12-31-19, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Unfortunately, this is a thread dedicated to the prettiest. Not.
That's a nice way to put it.

Double-down on the Not.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
That's a nice way to put it.
Wouldn't want to get the thread locked.
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Old 12-31-19, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Wouldn't want to get the thread locked.

Understood.

Had that been a vanilla, badly fitted, poorly staged and photographed titanium bicycle cycle, I would share your concern. At least that bike up there has some character....
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Old 12-31-19, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Wouldn't want to get the thread locked.
I’m okay with the criticism, it was the best bike I could buy with the budget that I had. I personally like the paint scheme, and the old ultegra components work really well. But I get she’s ugly.
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Old 12-31-19, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I’m okay with the criticism, it was the best bike I could buy with the budget that I had. I personally like the paint scheme, and the old ultegra components work really well. But I get she’s ugly.
Good bones, not a good build. I love Caad 4 and 5, and I have a broken R2000 in my garage as we speak.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
Good bones, not a good build. I love Caad 4 and 5, and I have a broken R2000 in my garage as we speak.
If you don’t mind me asking what would you change?
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Old 12-31-19, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
If you don’t mind me asking what would you change?
Bar tape. Also remove stickers on rear wheel.
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick
Bar tape. Also remove stickers on rear wheel.
seems easy enough
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
seems easy enough
To start.

Random zip tie needs to be removed, the wheels really should match, big stack of spacers under a straight up stem leads me to believe there's a fit issue perhaps. The only staging rule followed was showing the drive side.... Either way, you have good bones, and time.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
To start.

Random zip tie needs to be removed, the wheels really should match, big stack of spacers under a straight up stem leads me to believe there's a fit issue perhaps. The only staging rule followed was showing the drive side.... Either way, you have good bones, and time.
Matching wheels will go a long way to improving the appearance.
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Originally Posted by LAJ
big stack of spacers under a straight up stem leads me to believe there's a fit issue perhaps.
..and the setback seatpost with the seat pushed all the way back on it only underscores that belief...

@bampilot06, If you didn't select that seatpost, seat position, or stem for your own fit needs, I'd start by obtaining an average/normal stem (100mm with +/- 6 degree) and center the seat on the existing post and see where that got me, fit-wise. It'll help it look more aggressive/hot and probably feel a lot better while riding as well.
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Originally Posted by goenrdoug
..and the setback seatpost with the seat pushed all the way back on it only underscores that belief...

@bampilot06, If you didn't select that seatpost, seat position, or stem for your own fit needs, I'd start by obtaining an average/normal stem (100mm with +/- 6 degree) and center the seat on the existing post and see where that got me, fit-wise. It'll help it look more aggressive/hot and probably feel a lot better while riding as well.
bought used came as is. I’m 511, the guy I bought it from was 6’0. I believe it is too small for me, I think it’s 56 cm. I still have the matching rear wheel but it will have to be completely rebuilt with a new hub. The bar tape was just put on when I bought it, will change when it is worn.

I do plan on taking it to get fitted when I get a chance. But it does feel comfortable the way it is.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
bought used came as is. I’m 511, the guy I bought it from was 6’0. I believe it is too small for me, I think it’s 56 cm.
I'm a hair shy of 5'11 and am on a 56cm Cannondale.

People's shapes vary, but that bike is probably just right for you -- with a normal stem -- unless you have unusually long/short arms/legs.

I'd buy this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cannondale-...sAAOSwrfFdq11g and center the seat and go from there.

(Obviously, the stem hasn't got to be a Cannondale one, but that one will fit and will get you to baselineon the bike, fit-wise.)
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