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What road bike do you have?

Old 04-17-13, 10:44 AM
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Aloha everyone,

I have since added a white Prologo Scratch Pro TS saddle, although I'm second-guessing my choice of a white saddle. Maybe I should've gone with classic black. I took it out for one ride, and it's a little bit discolored. Oh well, it's still a very comfortable saddle, as I tend to spend most of my time, including climbing, in the saddle.

As for the wheels, the Campy Scirocco 35 wheelset is the first one I've ridden with a high-profile rim. I'm a bit heavier than a lot of you here, at 110kg (around 240+ pounds, depending on when I weigh myself ), so I'm at more of a risk of feeling the effects of a crosswind on the rims. My first ride with the wheels took me on a descent with a crosswind from my right. I felt almost as if I were going to lose control. I had the ocean and a long drop on my right, and the rest of the rise on my left. This was a temporary feeling, as I took a different line, and slightly changed my center of gravity. For me, it was a learning thing - I had only ridden low-profile clincher and tubular (box-shape) rims before. Of course, over here in Hawaii, we have pretty strong wind - in the metric century on the 28th, we make a change of direction that results in a headwind so strong, it's as if we're riding into a brick wall.

That being said, climbing is actually easier (not that's it's easy for me, that is ). I didn't get the wheelset with the ceramic bearings, but these wheels just want to go. It also makes a whoosh whoosh sound like that of carbon wheelsets, but a little more subdued. I like the sound it makes. I have heard some strange pops from time to time, but the bladed spokes are all good. I think I may know what that is, however. I ran over a rock and my Continental Gatorskin tires actually shot the small rock out at a car. I heard the impact, but it didn't sound like it did too much damage (if any at all). Even at my weight, the wheels seem to be bomb-proof. I would highly recommend these wheels to anyone. Not only do you have the Campy "bling" factor, but they are very solid wheels and are actually very nice for climbing.

I will be adding a Prologo U-Clip and medium U-Bag, once I get them in the mail. Here is the bike as it is now. Oh, and as for the bar tape - it is Cinelli, the Italian flag color spash design.

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Old 04-17-13, 04:20 PM
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Bought the wifey a new cycle for her B-day...

Ridley Fenix with Athena EPS...MadFibers and R-Sys wheels.




Almost got busted when she caught me taking the Saddle off of her old bike last night.
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^^^^^ Awesome!
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Originally Posted by snidely
^^^^^ Awesome!

Thanks...not as sexxy IMO with the R-Sys but good for everyday use...


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Either the Loon is doing much better than I thought, or you have a ton of money.

The crankset kinda ruins the look for me, but overall very nice.
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Originally Posted by iBud
I ran over a rock and my Continental Gatorskin tires actually shot the small rock out at a car. I heard the impact, but it didn't sound like it did too much damage (if any at all).
My 700x25 Vittoria tires (came stock on the bike) do that all the time.
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I can't hang with some of you on your amazing bikes but here is my stable.

My custom built Ragatz with Campy Record......

My 2006 Trek 1500 SLR, Shimano 105 and Ultegra Mix

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Bought the wifey a new cycle for her B-day...
If you guys have any plans on adopting a "kid" in his late-20s just PM me.

It's never too late for a "new child" in the family.
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Old 04-18-13, 12:35 AM
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Here's my new baby that I finally got to build up on Monday!

2013 Specialized Roubaix Expert SL4. Took off all the Shimano that came with it and slapped on SRAM!

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Old 04-18-13, 06:34 AM
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I kept my Shimano!
2013 Roubaix Expert SL4.
I had the BG fit done and it turns out, for my height, I have long legs and a short torso. This results in a relatively high saddle and a short (75mm) upright (8°) stem. Fitter told me that if I feel like the bike is unstable, I can swap for a 90 mm.

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My first bike that I didn't get off Craigslist for ~$200 and first road-bike without down-tube shifters.

Shimano 105 controls, brakes, crank, cassette, derailers
1700g wheels
carbon fork and steerer tube
sub $1000 so I had to buy it

I know, I know, I should have spent several thousand dollars more, but this is not my #1 hobby and there is another lay-off spree going on in my office. However, it is quickly becoming #1 and I typically peddle 30-40 miles five days per week, increasing every couple of days.
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Old 04-18-13, 08:11 AM
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Sexy looking bike! What size is that? And how tall is your wife?

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Bought the wifey a new cycle for her B-day...

Ridley Fenix with Athena EPS...MadFibers and R-Sys wheels.




Almost got busted when she caught me taking the Saddle off of her old bike last night.
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Originally Posted by ED 718
I can't hang with some of you on your amazing bikes but here is my stable.

My custom built Ragatz with Campy Record......

My 2006 Trek 1500 SLR, Shimano 105 and Ultegra Mix
Why such a big difference in saddle/bar drop between the two bikes? Flipped/slammed on one, and un-flipped, raised up with spacers on the other.
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Originally Posted by dayday82
Sexy looking bike! What size is that? And how tall is your wife?

I believe it's an extra small, my wife is 5'6"ish...the bike was built using her Guru fit system specs.
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Old 04-18-13, 07:50 PM
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Just brought it home today! Can't take a picture outside due to the weather but here's a quick view!
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Old 04-18-13, 08:17 PM
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here's my bike. it started out in 2009 as a habanero ti touring bike with a triple chainring
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Old 04-19-13, 02:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Kuotient
Here's my new baby that I finally got to build up on Monday!

2013 Specialized Roubaix Expert SL4. Took off all the Shimano that came with it and slapped on SRAM!

Originally Posted by cmschmie
I kept my Shimano!
2013 Roubaix Expert SL4.
I had the BG fit done and it turns out, for my height, I have long legs and a short torso. This results in a relatively high saddle and a short (75mm) upright (8°) stem. Fitter told me that if I feel like the bike is unstable, I can swap for a 90 mm.


How does the new roubaix feel? i'm thinking of buying a new frame and i can't decide between the specialized venge and roubaix. So your opinions would be quite handy.
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Venge and Roubaix are two completely different bikes.
Everyone is different, but in general, the Roubaix will be more comfortable for longer rides.

Go to your LBS and test each one. You may find the Venge fits you perfectly.


I really like my Roubaix, but I've only put a few "real world" miles on it. So far, I love it.
There are a few rough spots on my route that are significantly less noticeable than they were on my Allez.

My only problem is not frame related.
Either the saddle or the way the saddle is set up was putting a bit of pressure up in my junk. Not very comfortable. Hope to get it straightened out next week.

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thanks, i'm aware that those two are completely different. But i live in a place with a fair amount of rivers to ride next to so a somewhat aero bike would be nice to get to those high speeds. But on the other hand, my house is like surrounded by road with coblestones so a roubaix would be nice aswell.

As for your junk-problem i know it can ruin your ride. Trust me i've been there ... Hope you get it sorted out quickly so you can get back at enjoying our mutual passion

Grtz and Ride safe

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Originally Posted by chil2makefun
thanks, i'm aware that those two are completely different. But i live in a place with a fair amount of rivers to ride next to so a somewhat aero bike would be nice to get to those high speeds. But on the other hand, my house is like surrounded by road with coblestones so a roubaix would be nice aswell.

As for your junk-problem i know it can be ruin your ride. Trust me i've been there ... Hope you get it sorted out quickly so you can get back at enjoying our mutual passion

Grtz and Ride safe
I would go for the Roubaix, then. You'll definitely ride near your house every time you ride, and you can still get fast on the Roubaix for riding the rivers.
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Originally Posted by YOJiMBO20
I would go for the Roubaix, then. You'll definitely ride near your house every time you ride, and you can still get fast on the Roubaix for riding the rivers.
Probably but, i also pass these rivers literally every time, that's why it's soooo hard to choose
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Just because the Roubaix is an "endurance" or "comfort" road bike, the SL4 is not a slow bike by any means. You will still fly!

Of course, I'm biased.
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Originally Posted by chil2makefun
thanks, i'm aware that those two are completely different. But i live in a place with a fair amount of rivers to ride next to so a somewhat aero bike would be nice to get to those high speeds. But on the other hand, my house is like surrounded by road with coblestones so a roubaix would be nice aswell.
Do you regularly ride at speeds of 25+ mph? If you don't, you won't notice any difference in aero between the two bikes - and if you do, you will still not notice a lot of difference as long as the fit/positioning is the same. You'll notice more difference with a set of aero wheels.

Personally, I'd choose between the Roubaix and the Tarmac, and I would pick the one that fits best. Add some lightish, aeroish wheels and some good 25mm tires and you'll be flying wherever you go.

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2007 caad9, SRAM rival, Williams wheels, race face crank, bars, and stem. San Marco mantra seat (took me three years to find the right seat). Looking forward to putting on some miles this year, maybe even start racing
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