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Old 02-19-19, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by BaconSandwich
Just finished building this up. Initially had the white stem on, but felt it may be too much white so swapped to a black stem. Still undecided.

Rip it apart...
Looks great!! I like the black stem better, matches the seatpost for a visual break between the white pieces.
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Old 02-19-19, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by BaconSandwich
Just finished building this up. Initially had the white stem on, but felt it may be too much white so swapped to a black stem. Still undecided.

Rip it apart...


71EC944A-C4BF-4DC0-A98E-A753A127E5D3 by m a, on Flickr


7DA1A465-53FE-47EA-95C6-F9BCC5FB855E by m a, on Flickr
Hot!

Originally Posted by Rides4Beer
Looks great!! I like the black stem better, matches the seatpost for a visual break between the white pieces.
This
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The Colnago is hot. I also vote for the black stem.
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Old 02-19-19, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by cycledogg
Very hot. I like the white stem better. What Vittoria tires are you using??
Thanks for the comments, everyone. Those are Vittoria Open Corsa CX clinchers.
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Old 02-19-19, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Points off for the mismatched cages.
Haha... I'm pretty surprised that that's what got called out. The choice of cages was actually one of the more deliberate aspects of the build: I wanted a fully-enclosed cage on the bottom of the downtube, but 3 of those cages would have given the bike a kind of cage-heavy look with too many circular visual elements, and I figured a cage without front enclosure would be more usable on the top of the downtube. Having a single non-fully-enclosed cage "between" two fully-enclosed cages was a way to create a sort of balanced asymmetry.

The real egregious mismatch on this bike is the rear brake, which besides having an obvious pad color mismatch with the front brake, horrifically uses a Shimano-style link wire instead of a straddle. I should stick something like a Tektro CR710 there.
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Old 02-20-19, 12:51 AM
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Originally Posted by BaconSandwich
Just finished building this up. Initially had the white stem on, but felt it may be too much white so swapped to a black stem. Still undecided.

Rip it apart...


71EC944A-C4BF-4DC0-A98E-A753A127E5D3 by m a, on Flickr


7DA1A465-53FE-47EA-95C6-F9BCC5FB855E by m a, on Flickr

I like the white stem better as it gives white a fighting chance on your majority black bike.


Also I just love seeing the name "Ritchey" on the stem and their small smattering of colours.
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Too many chain dropped with Red, so switched to DA9100

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Too many chain dropped with Red, so switched to DA9100

lose the bottles and bag for the photo’s, get the chain onto that beautifully monstrous and amazing large chainring and you’ve got yourself a hot!
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Old 02-20-19, 07:18 PM
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Giant TCR - Team Sunweb edition w/9100 DA

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Originally Posted by Caliwild
Very elegant!
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Old 02-20-19, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Caliwild
Nice and clean. Wow, look at the sun shine!
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Originally Posted by Rides4Beer
Looks great!! I like the black stem better, matches the seatpost for a visual break between the white pieces.
You, sir, are correct. The break is welcome, and the black plays off the black in fork well. Also, the white stem makes the entirety look "unbalanced." Too much white up front compared to the amount in the back.
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The Colnago needs black tape and saddle. Contact points on that bike should be black.

If you want white then get white gloves and shoes but leave the tape and saddle black.


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Originally Posted by Caliwild
Hot!!
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Old 02-22-19, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Caliwild
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Originally Posted by Caliwild
Giants are often very pedestrian looking but this one looks great! Good job!
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Originally Posted by puma1552
Is your seat tube/post playing tricks on my eyes? Do you see what I see? I'm confused.
Eh? what about, exactly? Never seen an ISP before?

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Hasn't it been established that having a website decaled on the frame is not hot?
No doubt. Dates it hard... sif you can't just google a brand to find their site.
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The "TCR advanced" decals look like a Powerpoint presentation from 2003.
IKR? Absolutely awful. What were they thinking. Frikken Arial font, yech. It's got me wondering how hard it is to find someone who can strip a carbon frame...
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Took a bit of getting used to, but I now think the bamboo fenders are hot:



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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Took a bit of getting used to, but I now think the bamboo fenders are hot:

Nice.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Took a bit of getting used to, but I now think the bamboo fenders are hot:




Those fenders are hot and so is the bike, but I am not so sure they work well together.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders
Those fenders are hot and so is the bike, but I am not so sure they work well together.
Yeah, that was my initial take too, but they’ve grown on me and hey, no skunk stripe!
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
Took a bit of getting used to, but I now think the bamboo fenders are hot:



The bike is great except those shifters. They are horrendous. Are they comfortable to use?
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Originally Posted by king_solom0n
The bike is great except those shifters. They are horrendous. Are they comfortable to use?
****-beetle ugly, but quite comfortable. I don't even notice them anymore.
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What's that V shaped thing on the handlebar of that ti bike?
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