Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 05-24-19, 09:25 AM
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New bike day!

Finally got all of the pieces bought and together for this monster. It's built up from a beautiful Emonda ALR Purple-Flip Disc frameset, Aeolus 5 Pro Disc wheels, Shimano 105 Hydraulic Disc groupset with Dura-Ace Rotors (because they look pretty bling...) FSA PowerBox Alloy crankset, XXX Bontrager carbon handlebar, stem, and seat post.

Credit goes to Bicycle Doctor Nordic Ski Shop in WI for their expertise in parts recommendations and actually building the bike.

These pictures are preliminary, literally taken outside the store, I'll have more "correct" post-worthy pictures soon.



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Nice bike, but I wouldn't lean it up against poles using the TT,

The saddle or rear wheel is much easier on the paint.
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I can't wait for my bike to be completed. I've been waiting too long for my LBS to get the final parts. Apparently Trek uses a proprietary headset on the Emonda (SL in my case). That looks awesome!
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Nice bike, but I wouldn't lean it up against poles using the TT,

The saddle or rear wheel is much easier on the paint.
Yeaaaaah, that wasn't a particularly intelligent move, I maaaay have already put a tiny scratch in the clearcoat from that. Not noticeable, and nothing some nail polish won't make completely disappear, but I've learned...
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I can't wait for my bike to be completed. I've been waiting too long for my LBS to get the final parts. Apparently Trek uses a proprietary headset on the Emonda (SL in my case). That looks awesome!
Interesting, for me there was an issue where I orginally ordered a 105 crank, but it was backordered for like a month, so I had them switch it to the power meter FSA crank and was ready to build only to realize I also needed a special bottom bracket...

Hope your bike is done soon!!
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Noice.
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Love that color.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Nice bike, but I wouldn't lean it up against poles using the TT,

The saddle or rear wheel is much easier on the paint.
Beat me to it, don't use the saddle either, I always lean the bike against something with the back tire.
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Beat me to it,
Seeing that bike leaning on the TT was cringe inducing.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Seeing that bike leaning on the TT was cringe inducing.
And it's a scratchy concrete pole!
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And it's a scratchy concrete pole!
Hey, when you're used to an indomitable matte black carbon frame anything goes.
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Gorgeous!
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Gorgeous!
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Gorgeous bike. Don't sweat the neurotics here. Bikes are meant to be ridden, hard, constantly, and mercilessly. A few scratches is to be expected, and is merely evidence that you actually ride the thing, rather than hang it on a wall in your home

Your bike is now like a world class MMA fighter with cauliflower ear
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Gorgeous bike. Don't sweat the neurotics here. Bikes are meant to be ridden, hard, constantly, and mercilessly. A few scratches is to be expected, and is merely evidence that you actually ride the thing, rather than hang it on a wall in your home
Scratches on the TT, caused by leaning against a post, aren't battle scars. They aren't something to be proud of.
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that's a looooot of seat post...
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Scratches on the TT, caused by leaning against a post, aren't battle scars. They aren't something to be proud of.

Meh. Leaning the bike with the tire can be a bit unstable. I'd rather risk a scratch than risk breaking a derailleur hanger or brake hood.
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Gorgeous bike. Don't sweat the neurotics here. Bikes are meant to be ridden, hard, constantly, and mercilessly. A few scratches is to be expected, and is merely evidence that you actually ride the thing, rather than hang it on a wall in your home

Your bike is now like a world class MMA fighter with cauliflower ear
Totally, and frankly I went with this frame cause it's alloy and these wheels because of Trek's carbon replacement policy. I absolutely hate crashing, but fully expect it to get a bit rough after awhile. It just happened that Trek had this gorgeous color available when building it up .
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Totally, and frankly I went with this frame cause it's alloy and these wheels because of Trek's carbon replacement policy. I absolutely hate crashing, but fully expect it to get a bit rough after awhile. It just happened that Trek had this gorgeous color available when building it up .
Also if it bugs you...any auto body place could buff out the scratches in 5 minutes, if it's just in the clear coat.
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That's the first Trek paint scheme I've really liked since the purple Silque a few years back. Nice!
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Meh. Leaning the bike with the tire can be a bit unstable. I'd rather risk a scratch than risk breaking a derailleur hanger or brake hood.
Both of those are cheap and easy to replace. TT scratches will always be there. YMMV
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Both of those are cheap and easy to replace. TT scratches will always be there. YMMV

See above. Fixing a minor scratch is a hell of a lot easier than replacing a brake hood, or even a derailleur hanger for that matter.
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The real question though, is should I slam the stem and cut the steerer? Hmmmm.
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The real question though, is should I slam the stem and cut the steerer? Hmmmm.

You spent a good chunk of cash on the bike. I'd spend a comparatively minuscule amount on a pro bike fitting IMO and have them decide
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You spent a good chunk of cash on the bike. I'd spend a comparatively minuscule amount on a pro bike fitting IMO and have them decide
I've already had two, and had the stem lower on other bikes, It's just the whole you can't uncut it thing... scary!
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