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Old 02-08-18, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by robbyville
Ha! Knew it would get brought up eventually! Infinity bike seat my friend...you’ll never look back
A riding friend of mine has one and he feels the same.
I love my SMP Composit, but others cant even stand the look of it.
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Originally Posted by robbyville
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Seat stays are bent to order based on rider weight and size







With my headlight


I give it high points for originality. There are too many mass produced carbon frames wth expensive bolt ons in this thread for me.

I just did the same process a couple months ago with Stinner and totally get what you’re saying about the smoothness of the modern steel.

I too am not a fan of the colors, nor the seat mast. For me, it’s not hot, but it’s definitely a badass bike. Nice job!
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Originally Posted by jitteringjr
I am just not sure about the azzcheek hole saddle.
I *am* sure about the saddle... I'm sure that I'd burn it with fire. Love the rest, though.

Originally Posted by sumgy
I am not a fan of carbon wheels for people doing anything except racing.
So get a wheelset that's not carbon, like a set of Ardennes or something - for me those wheels definitely drag down what is a nice, and potentially hot, bike
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Old 02-08-18, 07:26 AM
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Anodized red hubs are out of place among the rest of the bike.

Need some red anodized items elsewhere on the bike, like seat rails.

Handlebar finishing tape with white accents doesn't belong, solid black electric tape would make it better.
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Old 02-08-18, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Noctilux.95
Do a search on the Specialized Allez Sprints. This is one of the tamer looking models.
The fork looks out of place. I am from the camp where the fork needs to match the color of the frame and the one exception is on a natural Ti frame and a black carbon fork. I see they tried to play off the color of the decals for your fork, but the solid color throws it off. I would have rather liked it the same color as the frame and then maybe throw in a discreet decal in red to match the decals on the frame.
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How much does the Speedvagen weigh?
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Originally Posted by robbyville
Well, it's been a few years... Domane is now gone as of a couple of weeks ago to help fund this project. I know the saddle will send some into a tizzy but here are the specs:

Custom Speedvagen, made to order, fitted to me. Steel all around but with a carbon seat tube, Envy forks, Envy seat mast topper. Pro Stealth bars painted to match. Dura Ace 9150 DI2 kit, Infinity Saddle, Easton SL90 wheels with White Industry hubs, tubeless Schwalbe tires. I have some new carbon wheels that will be going on once I receive the tires (also tubeless).

I haven't even taken it on the maiden voyage yet, but around the block it feels so different from the carbon Domane, weirdly smooth considering what my memories of steel are...

I love it (particularly the colors!), but the diameter of the downtube looks just a might too big for me. Wish they could have spec'ed something slightly smaller, but not sure if that would be possible.
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Old 02-08-18, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by mister
I give it high points for originality. There are too many mass produced carbon frames wth expensive bolt ons in this thread for me.

I just did the same process a couple months ago with Stinner and totally get what you’re saying about the smoothness of the modern steel.

I too am not a fan of the colors, nor the seat mast. For me, it’s not hot, but it’s definitely a badass bike. Nice job!
Thank you!

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I *am* sure about the saddle... I'm sure that I'd burn it with fire. Love the rest, though.
LOL, I knew that I should have put my old saddle on for posing

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Anodized red hubs are out of place among the rest of the bike.

Need some red anodized items elsewhere on the bike, like seat rails.

Handlebar finishing tape with white accents doesn't belong, solid black electric tape would make it better.
Good thought on the finishing tape. The Red hubs are from my extra wheels. The regular wheels have black hubs but just waiting for new tires (Tubeless).

Originally Posted by Capo72
How much does the Speedvagen weigh?
I'm not sure yet but will weigh it next time I go to the LBS. I'm fairly sure that it will be a bit heavier than my Domane which I originally built pretty weight weenie style and came in at just over 15lbs with pedals and cages. I think this will be in the 16 range with the carbon wheels and Garmin Vector 3 pedals.

Originally Posted by duane041
I love it (particularly the colors!), but the diameter of the downtube looks just a might too big for me. Wish they could have spec'ed something slightly smaller, but not sure if that would be possible.
Thank you! Funny that you mention it, the tube changes shape as it draws down the bike but the oversize part (I thought) was barely noticeable.
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Old 02-08-18, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by sumgy
I love how you say that with a straight face.
I used that one because I couldn't find a vomiting emoji.

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So quandry here from a hot or not standpoint!

My tires came in for my new tubeless carbon wheels (yoeleo, trying out some Chinese carbon ). As you can see from the pic, the tire's logo and script is above the valve stem. What you may not see much of is that the Yeoleo ghosted name is on the rim below. Normal Hot or Not rules dictate that the tire script should be above the valve stem and rim logos. BUT, you can bare notice the ghost logo and of course there is more obvious white writing 90 degrees to the left and right of the valve stem. Unfortunately all of this is under clear coat so I can't remove.

What do you think, rotate the tire verbiage to be above the more obvious white writing on the rim or leave as is?

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Leave it.
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Old 02-08-18, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by robbyville
So quandry here from a hot or not standpoint!

My tires came in for my new tubeless carbon wheels (yoeleo, trying out some Chinese carbon ). As you can see from the pic, the tire's logo and script is above the valve stem. What you may not see much of is that the Yeoleo ghosted name is on the rim below. Normal Hot or Not rules dictate that the tire script should be above the valve stem and rim logos. BUT, you can bare notice the ghost logo and of course there is more obvious white writing 90 degrees to the left and right of the valve stem. Unfortunately all of this is under clear coat so I can't remove.

What do you think, rotate the tire verbiage to be above the more obvious white writing on the rim or leave as is?
I think those wheels on the speedvagon scream, “I dropped too much coin on the frame and I am now trying to save money on the wheels”. There is no point of dealing over minutiae like this at this point because the point above overwhelms the minutiae. You are putting Radio Shack speakers on a high end home theater system.
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Old 02-09-18, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by jitteringjr
I think those wheels on the speedvagon scream, “I dropped too much coin on the frame and I am now trying to save money on the wheels”. There is no point of dealing over minutiae like this at this point because the point above overwhelms the minutiae. You are putting Radio Shack speakers on a high end home theater system.
Yeah fair enough. I really like my Easton wheels and sold the Domane with the 52mm carbon Rail’s since they were older and now I’m second guessing. I always like a spare set of wheels which makes no sense really since I only have the one bike. So I just decided to get a cheap set of carbon’s and see what may... I think they will be a good match but wish I had waited and had them debadged.
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then strip them and have the uv clearcoat re sprayed.
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then strip them and have the uv clearcoat re sprayed.
I didn’t know that was possible without affecting the wheel’s strength, where would I get that kind of work done?

If you’ve done it before, would you only strip the area of decals or the entire wheel?
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Originally Posted by robbyville
I always like a spare set of wheels which makes no sense really since I only have the one bike.
Spares wheels are much hotter than no spare wheels, 'specially if you don't have a spare bike; so many little things can be juuuust problematic enough to make you miss a ride opportunity, particularly if your schedule provides narrow windows to get out.
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The SV is obviously hot! However the saddle and how far back it sits on it's rails both give me the heebie jeebies

That allied is amazing but I don't like aero bars
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Originally Posted by robbyville
I didn’t know that was possible without affecting the wheel’s strength, where would I get that kind of work done?

If you’ve done it before, would you only strip the area of decals or the entire wheel?
Any auto body guy should be able to do it pretty cheap, as CF body parts are pretty common now.

Just tape off the spokes before stripping and sanding, and use pinstriping tape for a clean line around the brake track, with resin safe stripper, and a good quality automotive UV matte clear coat.

And make sure he understands that there is no material to spare on the wheels!!
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Thought I'd share my steed with you. Its a 2014 Giant TCR SLR ALUXX (M/L) which I understand is quite a rare frameset - especially in the UK. Its stiff, punchy and with my alternate Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL wheelset weighs 7.75kg

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That Giant is very hot to me. Love the Matte wheels and the Specialized tires add some color while also being awesome rubber!
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Originally Posted by nycphotography
Any auto body guy should be able to do it pretty cheap, as CF body parts are pretty common now.

Just tape off the spokes before stripping and sanding, and use pinstriping tape for a clean line around the brake track, with resin safe stripper, and a good quality automotive UV matte clear coat.

And make sure he understands that there is no material to spare on the wheels!!
Thanks! I'll see what I can do. As luck would have it, my car is at a body shop right now and I'm supposed to pick it up this aft. I'll bring the wheels with me perhaps. I also have a line on some replacement wheels that are incredibly similar to my old Rail's which would make me a happy camper, except that I really wanted all my wheels to be tubeless.
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Originally Posted by DCwheeler
Thought I'd share my steed with you. Its a 2014 Giant TCR SLR ALUXX (M/L) which I understand is quite a rare frameset - especially in the UK. Its stiff, punchy and with my alternate Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL wheelset weighs 7.75kg

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Hot, but ace the red valve stem caps.
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Yes the valve caps may go - TBH I wasn't sure - I also have black anodised (shorter) valve extenders to fit.

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Originally Posted by DCwheeler
Thought I'd share my steed with you. Its a 2014 Giant TCR SLR ALUXX (M/L) which I understand is quite a rare frameset - especially in the UK. Its stiff, punchy and with my alternate Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL wheelset weighs 7.75kg

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I like the lighting.
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Originally Posted by Capo72
How much does the Speedvagen weigh?
With Garmin Vector 3 pedals, bottle cages, and computer it came in at 16lbs 8oz. Heavier than my previous by almost a pound. I suspect most of that comes from the bar/stem combo and lots of thick paint!
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