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Old 08-18-06, 05:15 PM
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First Build.... complete

Cervelo Soloist Team (56)
Wolf carbon fork
Full Ultegra 6600 10sp group
Ultegra 6600 crankset (53/39)
Ritchey Pro DS aero wheelset
Oval Concepts A700 handlebars (42cm) and stem (110cm)
Fizik Arione Ti saddle
Michelen Pro 2 Race yada somethinorother tires (700 x 23)
a couple bontrager tubes
some Tacx bottle cages
Speedplay zero's (the cro-mo's)
Cateye wireless computer w/ cadence
there's some cinelli bar tape
ummmmm.... oh.. some fancy salsa skewers (the ritchey ones were lost in shipment when I got the wheels back in april)

Sorry, no white garage door... I don't even have a garage so you'll have to suffer. There are some beer steins and a pirahna though if that helps... bicycle mags are pure coincidence

Yes, I know, the crank is backwards for the picture... just deal with it

and if anyone is wondering... the drop is far from saddle to bar (I raised the seat a little from what's in the pic)... probably around 5 inches... but quite comfy actually. It weighs in somewhere around 17-18lbs (no fancy scale to go by).

So many issues with the FD I almost tossed it out onto the street... finally got it situated but I'll have to play with it more at somepoint. The cable is frayed too so that'll have to be replaced... the joys of learning while building

After a quick ride, I can't believe A) how fast this bike is B) how nible it is and how quick it responds C) how well those ultegra brakes are compared to my canti's D) how damn light it is

It feels like my Trek X01 did when I first road that compared to the Mtn bike I had before... except even lighter and faster... very pleased.





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Old 08-18-06, 05:17 PM
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Well done!
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Great job. I really like the matte finish and the colors in the paint scheme.
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nice build up, and nice bike. Enjoy, and if you don't hook me up, im 56cm too

btw why didn't you just get the factory pre-assemble ultegra team, and instead you just got the frame, and built it up similarily, but probaby paid a bit more in doing so?

Just for the learning experience of a build up?

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Is the Cineeli bar tape the cork stuff, or synthetic?

Let me know how hard it is to keep it clean. I am considering white bar tape for a current build, but I may go with some synthetic foam type, because I here it is much easier to clean and lasts longer.
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Sweet ride, but whats up with the gap in your right shifter?
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Originally Posted by .:Jimbo:.
nice build up, and nice bike. Enjoy, and if you don't hook me up, im 56cm too

btw why didn't you just get the factory pre-assemble ultegra team, and instead you just got the frame, and built it up similarily, but probaby paid a bit more in doing so?

Just for the learning experience of a build up?

Yup... pretty much. I like to know what I'm working with when I take up something like cycling... same with my guitars

I actually paid around $2,200 for the whole build excluding the computer... where I was seeing it (the '06 with the new fork) for around $2,400+... The wheels I got for $175 for the pair a while back on ebay (I'm including that in the total above).. so that's where I really end up paying just under what it's going for... plus, now I know it inside and out if something were to happen mechanically.
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Originally Posted by EdZ
Sweet ride, but whats up with the gap in your right shifter?
There's no gap... I think it's just the picture (you scared me for a minute there ). The top of the shifter is chrome and it kind of blends in with the wall behind it. I just checked it to be sure... all is well
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Originally Posted by Patriot
Is the Cineeli bar tape the cork stuff, or synthetic?

Let me know how hard it is to keep it clean. I am considering white bar tape for a current build, but I may go with some synthetic foam type, because I here it is much easier to clean and lasts longer.
It's the cork stuff which I haven't used before... I have the synthetic stuff on my cross bike and it's not that hard to keep it clean. As long as you just wipe it down after each ride (if it's dirty) then it stays white.
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