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My New ITALIAN bike (Lots of Porn)

Old 03-11-06, 06:27 PM
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Background: Hey everyone, after a year since I first discovered the art of road biking, and spending that first year on a 25+ pound Fuji (Early 1980’s 5 speed, collar shifters, 27x1/14 wheels); that was almost the same age as me. I went out and bought my first true road bike.

Being a pre-optometry student (eye-doctor), my budget was extremely tight. I knew I wanted a bike that would be comfortable enough for metrics, but also light enough for road racing. I also wanted to get a bike in Campy. My choices were very limited, with what is out there for my price range, and is still of good quality. I was going to get Giant TCR 1 aluminum, until I checked out this custom shop that deals mainly with high-end imports. I wasn’t planning on finding anything there in my price range, but was very surprised that they could give me an amazing deal on a close out frame.

New Bike: I decided on an OLMO Antares frame (2002) with Campy Veloce 10 speed groupo. Everything is Veloce except for the Hubs, crank, and bottom bracket. I wanted to go compact being that I live in Central PA, and have a lot of rolling hills. I decided on a FSA Gossamer crank in 50/34. Here are the specs of my new Italian Stallion:

Frame: OLMO Antares (2002) (Dedaccai 7000 T6 Aluminum)
Brifters: Campy Veloce
Brakes: Veloce
F/R Derailleur: Veloce
Crank: FSA Gossamer (50/34)
Cassette: Veloce (12/23), wanted 11/23, but isn’t made in Veloce’s line….. next upgrade
Bar, Stem, Seat post: Sel Cof
Rims: Fir (Pin)
Spokes: DT
Hubs: Miche (Primato Dynamic)
Seat: Specialized Alias
Pedals: Shimano Ultegra
Tires: Michelin Speediums (upgrading to either Pro Race 2’s, or Tufo C S 33 Special when the gravel is all off the roads)

Everything is Italian on this bike except for the crank, seat, spokes, tires, and pedals.

I haven’t had a chance to get a full ride in, so my fingers are crossed for tomorrow (please don’t rain), and before anyone says anything about the Shimano pedals…. The FSA is buffering them from the rest of the bike, and I already had them before I started this build!
Thanks for reading this… now on to the porn!!!











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quality bike porn....

almost made me blush..
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Very Nice.
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I like the bar tape and ends --- nice attention to detail. That sharp Olmo badge adds a touch of class.

Fit and finish looks sweet too. Quite a different ride than the Fuji?
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Bellisimo!
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thats a great looking bike. nice choice on the campy.
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Originally Posted by celticfrost
I like the bar tape and ends --- nice attention to detail.

Fit and finish looks sweet too. Quite a different ride than the Fuji?

YES, it rides soo much nicer then the Fuji... The fuji was steel, which was nice and smooth, but the Olmo is soo much quicker, and is so light on climbs....

Im just hoping that tomorrow is sunny, and the rain keeps away until Mon.

Thanks for all the comments!

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Good lookin bike. Very similar to the set up on my specialized (cranks, seat,campy, tires!)
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YES, it rides soo much nicer then the Fugji... The fuji was steel, which was nice and smooth, but the Olmo is soo much quicker, and is so light on climbs....

Im just hoping that tomorrow is sunny, and the rain keeps away until Mon.

Thanks for all the comments!
Excellent. I can relate -- my last bike was a 1980's steel Peugeot w/ downtube shifters (nice bike and I sometimes miss it) and my new frame is an '06 Lemond.

Have fun and show off that bike w/ pride.
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Congrats! Great looking Italian bike.

(I'll post pics of my new build tomorrow )
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Nice ride - BTW, you'll be fine w/ the 12-23 - IMHO, I'd save your $$. You will use the extra mid-range gear 100x more often than the 11. I ride in the mts often (CO) and have never had an issue keeping up w/ anyone who had an 11 & have won many races w/o an 11.
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I am SPEECHLESS... I am without SPEECH!

She is absolutely gorgeous
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Let's get out and make it dirty!!!
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Sweeeet.
Now I have to find a way to get the drool out of the keyboard.
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Are you sure your Italian frame is not merely an aluminum Taiwan frame? (not that there's anything wrong with)
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Originally Posted by kubla khan
Are you sure your Italian frame is not merely an aluminum Taiwan frame? (not that there's anything wrong with)

No, Olmo is a small Italian company that started in 1939. They only produce a couple thousand frames a year, and all are made by hand in the OLMO plant in Italy.

"At OLMO a meticulous production policy is respected: everything is made, changed, painted, assembled and refinished at the plant, and it all take place under the direct control of experts."
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Nice bike. Let me know what you think of those Fir rims. One of my LBS's prefers those over the Open Pros and I'm considering having a set built with them. Enjoy your new ride.
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Nice bike. Let me know what you think of those Fir rims. One of my LBS's prefers those over the Open Pros and I'm considering having a set built with them. Enjoy your new ride.

Same with my LBS, I was actually going to go Open pro, with Veloce hubs, but they couldn't get the hubs in on time, and suggested these. I'll let you know what I think of them tomorrow. (weather permiting )

One thing I didn't quite like is the high spoke count... I am not a big guy 145, so I will be using these wheels for a while until I can buy a lighter set in earlier fall. From what I have heard they are really bombproof, which is nice considering all the crappy roads I ride
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From one new Olmo owner (Gran Fondo -- wanted to stay with steel) to another, welcome to the club!! We're a rare breed around here, but that's OK. The rest of the world doesn't know what it's missing :-)

Olmo...FiR...Miche...Red Rose Imports/Erapro?
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UCLA Bruin colors - gotta love it.
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Congrats on your new Olmo. As sportbiker said we're a rare breed anywhere but the bike always draws raves from other cyclists. Also stayed with steel and have the Millenium.
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+1 Beautiful bling!
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Originally Posted by domestique
No, Olmo is a small Italian company that started in 1939. They only produce a couple thousand frames a year, and all are made by hand in the OLMO plant in Italy.

"At OLMO a meticulous production policy is respected: everything is made, changed, painted, assembled and refinished at the plant, and it all take place under the direct control of experts."
www.olmo.it
You are going to love that bike. I have a Gios and it is from a similar factory in Torino. The nicest things I own are Italian.
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The best porn is Italian porn.
Sweet looking bike.
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Originally Posted by sportbiker
From one new Olmo owner (Gran Fondo -- wanted to stay with steel) to another, welcome to the club!! We're a rare breed around here, but that's OK. The rest of the world doesn't know what it's missing :-)

Olmo...FiR...Miche...Red Rose Imports/Erapro?
You right, ERA. One of the few places in sothern PA that sell other bikes other then Trek, and Giant.
It's raining out.... I may have to wait till Mon.!!!!!!!


by the way, nice OLMO I really like the blue, and silver. I would have liked a different color, but they were liquidating there stock, and this was the only color in my size.
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