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Old 04-26-08, 11:48 AM
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Bought a Giant TCR A1 Frame/Fork and Mavic Ksyrium SL SSC on eBay and bought all my parts over from my 2005 Scattante.



Frame 2008 Giant TCR A1 Carbon/Aluminum 52 cm
Fork 2008 Giant TCR A1 Carbon
Headset 2008 Default Giant (TH brand)
Stem Bontrager Race 17 degree 90 mm unflipped
Spacers Carbon SuperGo House Brand (replaced Alu that came with Giant headset)
Handlebars Bontrager VR FIT Women's 40mm compact
Bar Tape SuperGo House Brand
Shifters Ultegra 2005 10 speed
Shifter/Brake Cables Shimano SIS/Shimano
Brakes Ultegra 2005
Bottom Bracket Ultegra 2005
Crank 2008 Ultegra 50/34 Compact (Really. From PBK)
Chain Ultegra - 2 links removed for compact conversion
FD Ultegra (not-compact specific)
RD Ultegra 2005 10 speed
Wheels 2006 Mavic Ksyrium SL SSC
Tires Hutchinson Top Speed 700c x 23
Tubes House Brand
Bottle Holders Performance Forte Carbon
Seatpost Clamp Giant default
Seatpost SuperGo House Brand
Seat Bontrager Race Ti Rails
Pedals Shimano 540 SPD
Cassette Ultegra 2005 10 Speed 12-25
Skewers Mavic

What do you think? 18.5 lbs on the bathrooom scale. Exactly the same as the Scattante. I'd like her to lose some weight just because. Thinking seat, post, stem, hbars, tubes, tires, pedals might be cheap to swap out for lighter bits. I'm thinking white or blue/white for new bar wrap. Colors don't really match. Suggestions?

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Old 04-26-08, 12:27 PM
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very nice

does seem quite a small frame with a lot of post though but still nice
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i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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very nice

does seem quite a small frame with a lot of post though but still nice
I'm only 5' 5.5"
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Originally Posted by Bontrager View Post
I'm only 5' 5.5"
that would explain it then

does it fit well cause that's what really matters
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i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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The crank looks almost new - did you ride your Scattante at all?
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The crank looks almost new - did you ride your Scattante at all?
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Crank 2008 Ultegra 50/34 Compact (Really. From PBK)

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i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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flip it?
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That's a nice looking Giant. Nice job!
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@04tjb: It fits alright. I need to swap the stem back to my old 7 degree 100mm or I might just flip it and put the spacers under instead to probably achieve the same thing.

@kill.cactus: 108.92 road miles on the new compact crank + 2.5 hours on the trainer.

@asian sensation: you had to say it.. didn't you.

@jimbud: Thanks! The understated blue/white is my favorite color scheme on the Giant's.
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I'd recommend a new saddle. Cut the steerer tube too if what you have fits.
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