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Old 02-07-20, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Eh, they hit a price point in early road hydro days and they worked. Sale prices occasionally tempt me to replace mine with newer levers, but the aesthetic benefit just hasn't outweighed the combination of cost and effort. Not yet, at least.

Also, it's not like other, early road hydro levers were terribly pretty - friggin' SRAM looked like rhino horns.
I garfed one of mine up in the recent crash, but not badly enough to replace. Maybe if I have to dump system for some other reason.
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Older Vanilla with custom brazed on lettering that the frame builder Sacha White said was his first and last time doing.
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Originally Posted by ItchyZipper


Older Vanilla with custom brazed on lettering that the frame builder Sacha White said was his first and last time doing.
Nice looking bike. Not really feeling the pink stem/adapter, whatever it is. It just sticks out and not necessarily in a good way. The brazed lettering is not really noticeable in the first pic. But up close, wow! I can see why it was his first........and last time doing that. It's looks really hard and time consuming. Do you have the story or a link to that process? If it was freehand that is some awesome skills.

Edit: I just noticed the rear DOs. Another wow.
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Old 02-07-20, 12:25 PM
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The first thing I saw was that stem, and it was hard to look at the rest of the bike, because I kept going back to that.

It really is a nice bike, but it's a "not" right now.
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The Vanilla is living up to its name.
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Boy, even as a diehard Vanilla/Speedvagen fan I have a challenge with that one from a hotness factor! And since I can now shamelessly show mine again...


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Just found out it’s been two years to the day since I built up this bike o mine
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Originally Posted by ItchyZipper
Older Vanilla with custom brazed on lettering that the frame builder Sacha White said was his first and last time doing.
Nice bike, but that stem is an eyesore.
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Originally Posted by ItchyZipper


Older Vanilla with custom brazed on lettering that the frame builder Sacha White said was his first and last time doing.
Not sure if it is the way the pic was taken or the frame geometry but it looks like the front wheel is bigger than the rear. And yes, that stem has to go....
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg
Not sure if it is the way the pic was taken or the frame geometry but it looks like the front wheel is bigger than the rear.
Look at the tire positions in relationship to the pavement. The front of the bike is closer to the camera. It also appears to be taken on a slight incline, with the front of the bike being higher than the rear end. That's what causing the visual effect.
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Ribble CGR SL

This is my new gravel bike (hopefully not too faux pas to put a gravel bike in here). Custom paint job. Otherwise, completely stock except switched tires from tan wall schwalbe to black gravel king.
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Originally Posted by BK84
This is my new gravel bike (hopefully not too faux pas to put a gravel bike in here). Custom paint job. Otherwise, completely stock except switched tires from tan wall schwalbe to black gravel king.
nothing to be done about the bulbous levers but dang, very nice and I’ll give it a quite warm to hot based upon nothing more than my first impressions. Hope it rides as nicely, be safe!
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Originally Posted by BK84
This is my new gravel bike (hopefully not too faux pas to put a gravel bike in here). Custom paint job. Otherwise, completely stock except switched tires from tan wall schwalbe to black gravel king.
I like the bike, but you paid extra for that paint?
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Originally Posted by noodle soup
I like the bike, but you paid extra for that paint?
+1 to this comment. The bend in the seat stay and the covered up E are all I see. It looks like you rattle canned a yellow bike.
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Originally Posted by BK84
This is my new gravel bike (hopefully not too faux pas to put a gravel bike in here). Custom paint job. Otherwise, completely stock except switched tires from tan wall schwalbe to black gravel king.
I think the color combo is pretty cool looking. I had a Smokey Gold/Black combo Harley Ultra Classic in '04 and always loved that combination.
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Originally Posted by BK84
This is my new gravel bike (hopefully not too faux pas to put a gravel bike in here). Custom paint job. Otherwise, completely stock except switched tires from tan wall schwalbe to black gravel king.
Nice bike. Paint is okay. Hate the doglegs in the seat stays.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Nice bike. Paint is okay. Hate the doglegs in the seat stays.
Im trying to figure that out. I wouldn’t think they have any advantage. So, if they wanted to design a different looking frame, they have succeeded. It’s all I can look at.
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Im trying to figure that out. I wouldn’t think they have any advantage. So, if they wanted to design a different looking frame, they have succeeded. It’s all I can look at.
I suspect they'll say that it aids in vertical compliance and takes the edge off of some of the bumpy bumpy.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
I suspect they'll say that it aids in vertical compliance and takes the edge off of some of the bumpy bumpy.
... while remaining stiff laterally.
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... while remaining stiff laterally.
Naturally.
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Originally Posted by BK84
This is my new gravel bike (hopefully not too faux pas to put a gravel bike in here). Custom paint job. Otherwise, completely stock except switched tires from tan wall schwalbe to black gravel king.
I rather like the bike, and the paint combo.
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Maybe they have a rim brake model and they had to do that for rear brake mounting. That's all I can think of. Maybe.
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Originally Posted by seypat
Maybe they have a rim brake model and they had to do that for rear brake mounting. That's all I can think of. Maybe.
It's a disc only bike

https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/ribble-cgr-sl/
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Originally Posted by noodle soup
I honestly like the blue and white paint job more.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup
So much for that theory then. What about fenders or racks? Are fenders popular on gravel bikes? That's all I got.

Edit: It appears to be for a removable bridge for mudguards.

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