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Old 05-24-08, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce
damn i just spent about 8 full minutes just staring at that last pic.
honestly i was trying to find something to critique, but can't.
Oh yeah, I can . . . that crank arm is not at a full 90 degrees, more like a 92, 93.

You're gonna have to shape up here mister and get on the ball!!!



You know I'm just kidding, Rad. Great work once again.
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Originally Posted by jsmithepa
Perhaps am getting old, but not too crazy about these new frame shapes, still prefer the classic. Your Pinarello was perfection and nothing top it yet.

Orca above... red cable up front and nowhere else seems to scream for some color matching somewhere else. Uninspiring chainring/wheels, as an object of art that is, am sure they perform superb. A dab of gold accents here/there to complement the black would be good 4me.
Then you might like this one - also finished recently.

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Nice build Rad.

Of all of bike's I have seen you post, the Orca is the dullest. I guess that's saying something about the high quality of your collection!

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Originally Posted by BillyD
Oh yeah, I can . . . that crank arm is not at a full 90 degrees, more like a 92, 93.
I prefer to have the crankarm extend out at the same angle as the chainstay....
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Originally Posted by vic32amg
I do agree that many people put big zipp wheels etc on there bikes and sometimes it takes away from the true design of a nice frameset. I believe the woman who designed the Orca really had nice vision with it.

what kind of camera did you use in those pics?
Vic - I have to admit that your Orca's were an inspiration to me - fine examples of simplicity done right in a high tech bike. Well, except for the Shimano drivetrain.

Photos were shot with a Canon 20D

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Your photos are beautiful. If I hadn't just gotten my Diva frame, I'd consider the Orca. Classic colors (in two seasons pistachio will be passe', then what? New bike?), gorgeous construction, quality work...even with Shimano.

Congrats on your new ride!
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Vic - I have to admit that your Orca's were an inspiration to me - fine examples of simplicity done right in a high tech bike. Well, except for the Shimano drivetrain.

Photos were shot with a Canon 20D

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Thank you. That's all one can ask for when taking all aspects of a build into consideration. I appreciate the compliment even tho we disagree on the drive train. Thanks again and once again you have shown great attention to detail. Wowsers.
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I just cried.

Wow.

edit: You mean my 20D can do that too??
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
More to come shortly...

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great pics as always, but I never thought carbon was permitted in your household???
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Originally Posted by FrankBattle
I just cried.

Wow.

edit: You mean my 20D can do that too??
How's that saying go...

"It's not about the bike"

20 D's are good cameras. I've had mine for about 6 months. Picked it up off a friend who replaced it with the newer generation something or other. I wish it had the bigger screen like the new ones but for what I paid, I can't complain.
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Originally Posted by haimtoeg
great pics as always, but I never thought carbon was permitted in your household???
Who said that? Note the Trek in my signature - had it since '03.
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How's it ride?

Sorry, meant to add that's a great shoot!
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I just dragged my wife to the computer to check out your bikes. Even she was impressed.
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me thinks i need to find red cables now. [edit: where do you get those?]

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Then you might like this one - also finished recently.


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Nice bike

Glad to see you got to put your record components to better use.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Who said that? Note the Trek in my signature - had it since '03.
I could only remember your steel bikes, not the Trek. Builds and photography are both inspiring.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Orca during the day...

That's amazing. You'll have to bring it into the office on a nice day and show it off.
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Good god man, if I worked for Orbea, I'd be PM'ing you to discuss how much you wanted for those pics. Stunning work.

I know that it's a controversial bike round here, but the thing your pictures really bring out is the way the design flows -- you stare at the top tube, suddenly you realize your staring at the seatstays or the downtube -- it just merges into one.
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55/Rad, those pics are just SICK!!! Great job, as usual.
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Thank you all for your very kind comments.

Naturally, when I shoot a bike, I always look to do some artsy stuff.





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Originally Posted by DScott
How's it ride?
I've gotten 3 rides in so far, about a hundred miles. Nice is about all I can say at this point. Didn't blow me away but it certainly isn't disappointing. I'm really REALLY happy with the fit.

It's light and very responsive. But I've been riding steel so much lately, I need to get past the new bike euphoria to give it a real evaluation.
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Originally Posted by FrankBattle
edit: You mean my 20D can do that too??
Yes it can with a professional lighting setup like he has.

Great photos!
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[QUOTE=55/Rad;6756233]I've gotten 3 rides in so far, about a hundred miles. Nice is about all I can say at this point. Didn't blow me away but it certainly isn't disappointing. I'm really REALLY happy with the fit.

It's light and very responsive. But I've been riding steel so much lately, I need to get past the new bike euphoria to give it a real evaluation.[/QUOTE

Nice! What wheelset? What is the weight?
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Originally Posted by FrankBattle
edit: You mean my 20D can do that too??
Well yeah... add the studio lightings, the diffuser screens, and everything u learned from your photography class and training.
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Originally Posted by PeddlingPilgrim
me thinks i need to find red cables now. [edit: where do you get those?]
The red cables do complement the red tires, but to my taste, I rather have those shifter cables hidden, a bit impossible I know.

Since I ride most of the time with my hands on top, I woulnd't mind having classic shifters on the downtube, and do away with the extra cables and have things cleaner, but that's just old foggie me.

Gold accents on the components, not on the frame.
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