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Old 12-27-20, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Falcon900EX



I'm on the fence. I really like the blue paint and white decals. Same for the saddle/tape and bottle cage. Very classy. But the headset and the rest of the red metal accents are a big no. Yuck. They disturb the classy appearance. So, I'm a Mugwump with this one.

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Old 12-27-20, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by 500lbman
Just got this frame, put my components on. I like gold chains lol! Enjoy!

Nice bike but the ENVE and Specialized names are just too loud and detract from the overall look.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
It's new to me this week, and I'm still trying to sort out the fit. A new stem/handlebar may be coming soon, which would be black. I'm not a fan of black tape. The matching blue hits my eye just right. I don't like the white cables, and those will be replaced with back in the very near future. The red computer is kind of out of place, but it's probably not going get changed any time soon.

Another view...
I think black stem and keeping the tape is the way to go.
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Originally Posted by seypat
I'm on the fence. I really like the blue paint and white decals. Same for the saddle/tape and bottle cage. Very classy. But the headset and the rest of the red metal accents are a big no. Yuck. They disturb the classy appearance. So, I'm a Mugwump with this one.
Fair enough. Would you have gone black on the headset to match the 105 or tried to go silver on everything? Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 12-27-20, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Falcon900EX
Fair enough. Would you have gone black on the headset to match the 105 or tried to go silver on everything? Thanks for the feedback!

That's a hard call. I think the black fork and components really complicates the build. The bike also has a lot of silver nuts/bolts exposed as is. So some are red and some are silver. You might see some black as well. Maybe a headset like the black/silver combos that Shimano used to have. It depends on whether you want that particular part to be seen or invisible.


I'm going through the same problem with this frame. I committed to black brakes/brifters/hubs because it originally came(for that year of production only) with cool dark bronze brake/hubs/rims/chainrings. I'm trying to keep the original appearance with modern components. I have headsets/stems/seatposts/derailleurs/cables/etc in both black and silver. I've mocked it up in many different ways and can't decide. It might end up with a black RD and a silver FD. I can't commit to a black crankset/RD because when they get a few scratches/wear marks they look crappy. When it's done, it'll have brifters/indexed derailleurs. All these decisions are killing me!

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Originally Posted by seypat

I'm going through the same problem with this frame. I committed to black brakes/brifters/hubs because it originally came(for that year of production only) with cool dark bronze brake/hubs/rims/chainrings. I'm trying to keep the original appearance with modern components. I have headsets/stems/seatposts/derailleurs/cables/etc in both black and silver. I've mocked it up in many different ways and can't decide. It might end up with a black RD and a silver FD. I can't commit to a black cramkset/RD because when they get a few scratches/wear marks they look crappy. When it's done, it'll have brifters/indexed derailleurs. All these decisions are killing me!
It will be the companion to this one which is a year older and mostly original. Similar color but different fork. I don't think black would work with this fork. It does look good with the black wheelset.

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Originally Posted by Falcon900EX
Awesome frame colors. The red accents are fine with me, they point to the red seat tube bands.
The brown saddle and tape though...10x better if all black.

More importantly, how do you like the ride?
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Originally Posted by gofastdontcrash
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Originally Posted by seypat
All these decisions are killing me!
I’d say that’s a good problem! Personally, I would black it all out, protect the black crankset with helicopter tape, and get some nice black Supacatz bar tape with a complimenting color. Whatever you do is going to look fantastic!
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My COVID build brevet bike. The ultimate goal for this bike is PBP 2023. HOT was not a consideration, but I'm pleased with the aesthetics. Just a couple things I'd change.



Still tweaking fit.


So much black these days.

France in 2023

Admittedly the name was a draw.

Fenders are functional, as is the buddy flap. But they don't have to be ugly afterthoughts.

Lighting is part of the build.
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Originally Posted by seypat
I think black stem and keeping the tape is the way to go.
Today's ride confirmed that I need to go longer and wider with my stem and bars. The current setup is close, but it's not quite right. A new integrated bar/stem has been ordered...in black.
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Originally Posted by Falcon900EX
I like the red CK headset as it adds that nice touch of contrast. If anything, I'd remove that red bottle cage and go with a black one instead.
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Originally Posted by downtube42
My COVID build brevet bike. The ultimate goal for this bike is PBP 2023. HOT was not a consideration, but I'm pleased with the aesthetics. Just a couple things I'd change.



Still tweaking fit.


So much black these days.

France in 2023

Admittedly the name was a draw.

Fenders are functional, as is the buddy flap. But they don't have to be ugly afterthoughts.

Lighting is part of the build.
Hot, especially for a fendered bike. It's so red! Red is always 🔥.
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Old 12-27-20, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Falcon900EX



Dark gummies could be hot as well. Maybe you could doctor the photo and see what it looks like. When those tires wear out, who knows?
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Originally Posted by primov8
I like the red CK headset as it adds that nice touch of contrast. If anything, I'd remove that red bottle cage and go with a black one instead.
Definitely something I’ll look at. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by seypat
Dark gummies could be hot as well. Maybe you could doctor the photo and see what it looks like. When those tires wear out, who knows?
Yes... I think dark like the Panaracer GKs would be great, but I love my GP5000s... would the gum walls on the TdF GP5000s look really bad?

I may do the gummies when I upgrade to carbon wheel set.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
Awesome frame colors. The red accents are fine with me, they point to the red seat tube bands.
The brown saddle and tape though...10x better if all black.

More importantly, how do you like the ride?
Definitely consider all black for future bar tape change. As the motto goes “steel is real”... rides like a dream! 28mm+ tires sweeten the deal.
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Originally Posted by seypat
Hot, especially for a fendered bike. It's so red! Red is always 🔥.
Thanks. Fortunately, red is my favorite color.
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Two incredibly hot Soma’s in a row
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Originally Posted by primov8
I like the red CK headset as it adds that nice touch of contrast. If anything, I'd remove that red bottle cage and go with a black one instead.
Although the chocolate color saddle and bar tape is nice, it is introducing a 4th color which makes things busy. If both were black, the red accents would really pop out. Now they are fighting with the other colors. Just my opinion on what is a very nice looking bike
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Originally Posted by Fox Farm
Although the chocolate color saddle and bar tape is nice, it is introducing a 4th color which makes things busy. If both were black, the red accents would really pop out. Now they are fighting with the other colors. Just my opinion on what is a very nice looking bike
+1

The brown saddle and tape would look great if the bike had all silver components, but those are scarce these days(if you want modern components),
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My former wife use to say no more than three colors when combining... But again, cudos to the person who built this bike. It is very nice and worthy of all of our praise. Now if he (assuming it is a he) wants to make it smokin' hot, change to black bar tape and saddle and put some Campy Record on it.... just saying...
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
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You think it would look better with a new set of wheels or maybe a different saddle?
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Originally Posted by Falcon900EX



An absolute beaut! I'm digging the brown bar tape and saddle with the blue paint. Well done sir!
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Originally Posted by gofastdontcrash
You think it would look better with a new set of wheels or maybe a different saddle?
First off, its a flat bar. Have some pride and get a damn drop bar on there.
Secondly, 2" tires with tread?!?! This is the road hot or not- 32mm slicks or dont even try.
Third, yeah of course a different saddle is needed. You should have bought a Meld custom carbon saddle weeks ago. Not sure how easily one creates a Meld saddle around a diaper, but it needs to be done.
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