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Least proprietary current production road endurance bike

Old 06-11-24, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve B.
Curious why swap something like a seat post ?. Not much functional difference with seat post, unless you like to change setback ?. As well, I tend to find a h-bar and leave it alone as too much effort to swap out all the stuff.

I pondered this with a recent Emonda purchase, it had a proprietary seat post. I realized I generally set the seat height and other then a once per year removal to relube, never touch it, so it really didn’t need to be a generic post.
When that proprietary seat post needs replacing for any reason you then have to find another. Maybe it won't be a problem for a few years but once it gets older you won't find one. I had that issue with an odd sized post. It was round but I tried all kinds of shims and nothing ever worked, it would always eventually slip, even with carbon paste.
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Old 06-16-24, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Jrasero
Aethos granted it's not an Endurance bike but a very compliant bike. Non integrated cables. 27.2mm seat post with a normal collar. Comes with a top down saddle rail clamp that can do oval or round saddles rails. Uses a 31.8mm stem clamp. BSA BB. Has routing for mechanical. It's also a Specialized product thus finding parts is super easy. Only qualm if you even would call it one is that the Aethos requires you run a 160mm front rotor. Now is the Aethos the fastest bike, no but with a deeper wheelset and maybe some aero bars (non integrated) you are aero enough. Aethos Comps are $4K which is above your budget but I am sure you could find a used one for cheaper
A great recommendation. My Aethos is the most boring-looking bike in my garage. And it’s the one that, more often than not, I stick on my hitch rack when we go on vacation. What a magical little surprise that one was.
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Old 06-17-24, 02:05 PM
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I just bought a Scott Solace 20. I was looking at Synapse's, Canyons, anything light with geometry my old body can live with. This Solace hit most of my boxes, at a small shade over 16 lbs (upgrade wheels), Ultegra 11, rim brakes, good looks and good reviews I was pleased to grab this at under 1 k $. I would appreciate any input from owners out there. Thanks
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Old 06-19-24, 03:52 AM
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I just bought a Scott Solace 20. I was looking at Synapse's, Canyons, anything light with geometry my old body can live with. This Solace hit most of my boxes, at a small shade over 16 lbs (upgrade wheels), Ultegra 11, rim brakes, good looks and good reviews I was pleased to grab this at under 1 k $. I would appreciate any input from owners out there. Thanks
What happened to the rear brake?
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It is under the bottom bracket. The design allows for more flex in the seat stays to increase "suspension" effect.,
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What happened to the rear brake?


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Originally Posted by bykemike
It is under the bottom bracket. The design allows for more flex in the seat stays to increase "suspension" effect.,
Ah, I see now. First time I’ve seen that design concept. Enjoy!
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I believe you can find that rear brake mounting on some tri bikes and some aero bikes. Gotta keep it clean I'd imagine but I love trick stuff like that.
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I've been on a bike hunt too. I had not heard about this brand, Obed, before, but it looks like they are part of the same manufacturing group based in TN that does Lightspeed. They have an endurance bike called Baseline. Looks like you can get CF frame, Di2 105 12 speed easily for under $3,000. Components seem pretty standard. Lots of color options too.
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I was all over Obed for a while, great looking bikes and I was checking out the RVR Sli, light weight version, basic package with 105 group starts at $4095.00.

I watched a few youtubes on them, seem nice. I got the impression there may be a bit of a wait time but that is just my impression, not fact at all.
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Originally Posted by bikecrate
I've been on a bike hunt too. I had not heard about this brand, Obed, before, but it looks like they are part of the same manufacturing group based in TN that does Lightspeed. They have an endurance bike called Baseline. Looks like you can get CF frame, Di2 105 12 speed easily for under $3,000. Components seem pretty standard. Lots of color options too.
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I don’t know this company but they’re probably great. Having said that, if you decide to go titanium. I remember a long conversation in the shop with the Bilenky guys about the number of cracked titanium fillet welds that they were repairing. As hard as aluminum TIG is, titanium is harder, so remember to pay just as much attention (more actually) to competence of the fabricator as you pay to composition if the tubeset…
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Originally Posted by bykemike
I was all over Obed for a while, great looking bikes and I was checking out the RVR Sli, light weight version, basic package with 105 group starts at $4095.00.

I watched a few youtubes on them, seem nice. I got the impression there may be a bit of a wait time but that is just my impression, not fact at all.
I was communicating with them and it is 4 weeks plus a few days to ship.
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Originally Posted by howeric
I don’t know this company but they’re probably great. Having said that, if you decide to go titanium. I remember a long conversation in the shop with the Bilenky guys about the number of cracked titanium fillet welds that they were repairing. As hard as aluminum TIG is, titanium is harder, so remember to pay just as much attention (more actually) to competence of the fabricator as you pay to composition if the tubeset…
Obed frames are CF BTW.
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