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Old 07-04-05, 07:38 PM
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Sarthe Club's Newest!!

Me!! After years of dreaming about a real road bike, and two months of research and shopping, I finally decided on the Sarthe! I am in love, and never would have thought I would have fallen so hard for an orange bike. Would love to hear from other Club members...
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why did you pick that particular bike?
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feels great and looks great. although it took me a long time to come to the conclusion, i think steel suits me best right now - i am 215 lbs and comfort is probably more important than speed for now. and i like campy components as well as all the bontranger stuff - everything just looks great together.
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welcome to the club. im sure you know what they look like so im not going to post a picture

all i want to do is get another new seat an selle smf and get new tires and a record crank and im gonna leave it alone. i just need to make it to the store.

-Steve

PS i think it is official that the Sarthe is the HOTTEST bike for 2005 overall.
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Trying to find a sarthe myself. Where's your LBS?
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Trying to find a sarthe myself. Where's your LBS?
You can find a couple Sarthe's here in the Seattle area....

(My new Sarthe is awesome!)
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Here's my 61 cm Sarthe before I proposed to it and made it my ride. Purchased about a month a go at Helen's Cycles in Santa Monica, CA.

I want to get some 177.5 cranks, but everything else is is soooosexy!
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club members - what upgrades have you made? what would you make (what do you think is the weak point of the bike)?

what color bottle cages do you think look best?

steveo - wouldnt record cranks be going a bit overboard? why? how much are they?
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club members - what upgrades have you made? what would you make (what do you think is the weak point of the bike)?
come on, i know there are more of you out there! indulge me! it looks like rain tonight so i won't get to do my first real ride with it - so at least help me talk about it!
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I also just got a Sarthe last week (!) and am thinking about switching to record cranks, so I'd also appreciate some info. Mine is stock at the moment with black cages/speedplay pedals/terry fly saddle. Sweet bike. How many Sarthe owners are out there?

Also, how are you all pronouncing the name? (Sart - like the river) or (Sarth - my guess) or (Sarthay - as if accented on the e)?? Just wondering.
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Congrats! Hope you enjoy yours as much as I'm diggin' mine.

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661 - what kind of computer you got there? i thought i wanted to leave mine unadorned until i learned about the integrated ergobrain.

two of you wanting record cranks - again, isnt that overkill?
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Cateye CD300DW. Lousy rep and lots of wiring turned me off the campy product early on.

Yes, record cranks on a 20lb steal bike is overkill. A veloce swap, however, would only cost about $150 (sans labor), still shed 1/2lb, and make the bike look better at the same time. Whatever floats your boat, though.

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Originally Posted by brooklyner
club members - what upgrades have you made? what would you make (what do you think is the weak point of the bike)?

what color bottle cages do you think look best?

steveo - wouldnt record cranks be going a bit overboard? why? how much are they?
I've only had mine for a week, but I need to get a shorter stem (female rider here), so I have a Bontrager 60mm, 17 degree rise on order. Not sure when it will arrive. I also need to 'upgrade' the seat (another female issue), but haven't decided on one yet.

I think that 661 has some great looking cages, but I opted for black cages as an accent color. I don't want anything competing with that awesome orange! Well, actually - I have a limited love for orange (I love the amount on my Sarthe), so orange cages, tape, seat, etc. would be too much for me - but I think for others, it can be and is very cool.

The weak point on my Sarthe happens to be the part that is located directly above the seat... Me!
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Originally Posted by RYANL27
Also, how are you all pronouncing the name? (Sart - like the river) or (Sarth - my guess) or (Sarthay - as if accented on the e)?? Just wondering.

http://webster.com/cgi-bin/dictionar...sarthe&x=0&y=0

Sart . I'm almost dissapointed, I've always said "Sarthe". Sarthe sounds nice and medievil and adventurous. Sart makes me think of "fart".

Anyways, congrats on the bike, those things are beautiful!
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The first rule of Sarthe Club is YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT SARTHE CLUB.

You'll make us envious. Congrats on your purchase, good call on the Sarthe. Sure you'll enjoy it.
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I'm going to loose popularity points with this I'm sure, but I will promise not to mention the clu....ooops. Now to my question, I'm a big fan of great artistry in steel frame building, and know there's a ton of stuff out there (a steel crown jewel is on my short list of next bikes, and I already have a steel frame that I love). That said, and even witholding my reservations about Trek (the evil empire ), what is it about THIS frame that floats everones' boats so much? Curious.
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These Sarthes are nice. It's too bad Lemond is the only company making a higher end steel factory bike.

A year ago you could also get a Cervelo super prodigy in high-end steel. Now that's gone.

I can't really think of any other steel factory bikes right now besides Bianchi and Jamis. Who else?

KHS used to make one and I think specialized still does.

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Originally Posted by brooklyner
club members - what upgrades have you made? what would you make (what do you think is the weak point of the bike)?

what color bottle cages do you think look best?

steveo - wouldnt record cranks be going a bit overboard? why? how much are they?
Somebody here had some cool matching orange water cages. Who are you? I forgot!
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Originally Posted by 53-11_alltheway
These Sarthes are nice. It's too bad Lemond is the only company making a higher end steel factory bike.

A year ago you could also get a Cervelo super prodigy in high-end steel. Now that's gone.

I can't really think of any other steel factory bikes right now besides Bianchi and Jamis. Who else?

KHS used to make one and I think specialized still does.
Yep, the Allez is available in Cr-Mo.
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Originally Posted by 53-11_alltheway
These Sarthes are nice. It's too bad Lemond is the only company making a higher end steel factory bike.

A year ago you could also get a Cervelo super prodigy in high-end steel. Now that's gone.

I can't really think of any other steel factory bikes right now besides Bianchi and Jamis. Who else?

KHS used to make one and I think specialized still does.
Guru NewSteel
http://www.gurubikes.com/
and

Marinoni Leggero...

Unfortunately, factory steel frames are becoming more difficult to find. I was disappointed and surprised that Cervelo dropped the Prodigy...I wanted one of those.
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Originally Posted by Bigwheel
Guru NewSteel
http://www.gurubikes.com/
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Marinoni Leggero...

Unfortunately, factory steel frames are becoming more difficult to find. I was disappointed and surprised that Cervelo dropped the Prodigy...I wanted one of those.
Guru new steel is pretty sweet looking.

Super prodigy was a hot bike with racey angles.


These days (except lemond and a few other manufacturers) you can't find a high-end steel bike without turning to a frame only proposition and that always means more money compared to pre-fab bike.

The Lemond croix de fer (complete bike) is the cheapest way to obtain a high end steel frame. $1250 (full retail) for a complete bike. The thing is lemond geometry isn't everyone's cup of tea.
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Originally Posted by 53-11_alltheway
The Lemond croix de fer (complete bike) is the cheapest way to obtain a high end steel frame. $1250 (full retail) for a complete bike.
Not sure I would rate the Sarthe or Croix de Fer "high end" steel frames. As a matter of fact, the welds flat out suck!!
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Originally Posted by 661
Not sure I would rate the Sarthe or Croix de Fer "high end" steel frames. As a matter of fact, the welds flat out suck!!
The tubeset is high-end though.

http://strongframes.com/tech_geeks_l...=171&copyID=98
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Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
Somebody here had some cool matching orange water cages. Who are you? I forgot!
I believe it was this guy.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=115411
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