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Old 05-16-18, 12:46 PM
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What the heck... I am curious what people think. Just got my steer tube cut down today, bike is new as of Monday. Had black carbon tacx tao cages on it first, but then decided maybe the matching blue ones might be better. The size 60cm frame and resulting head tube on this Domane SLR might be too big to be hot though... . (It's still 20mm higher than the drop on my last bike, but comfy)



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Don't like the look of the geometry or that shade of blue, so not hot. Sorry.
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Old 05-16-18, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Don't like the look of the geometry or that shade of blue, so not hot. Sorry.
Yes, The tall head tube is troublesome. The smaller frames have a better look. I do at least get to slam the stem and still feel pretty upright.

On the color, I'm very ok with it being a love/hate thing. I personally don't care for matte black bikes (or matte in general) and that was the only stock choice. I think in person it looks nicer than in photos.

Thanks for opinions, good or bad. Any thoughts on the cages?
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The cages match the frame the color.
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Originally Posted by mbw
Yes, The tall head tube is troublesome. The smaller frames have a better look. I do at least get to slam the stem and still feel pretty upright.

On the color, I'm very ok with it being a love/hate thing. I personally don't care for matte black bikes (or matte in general) and that was the only stock choice. I think in person it looks nicer than in photos.

Thanks for opinions, good or bad. Any thoughts on the cages?
I think it’s pretty damn warm. I just bought a similar Domane, specifically because it’s the only stock frame that will fit my ridiculous legs without stretching me out way too far.

Little guys will complain about the headtube, but who cares what short people think?

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Originally Posted by noodle soup

Little guys will complain about the headtube, but who cares what short people think?
For me, it's not just the head tube. Those seatstays are not attractive. And what's that going down the seat tube? Looks like some sort of seam.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
For me, it's not just the head tube. Those seatstays are not attractive. And what's that going down the seat tube? Looks like some sort of seam.
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Originally Posted by mbw
What the heck... I am curious what people think. Just got my steer tube cut down today, bike is new as of Monday. Had black carbon tacx tao cages on it first, but then decided maybe the matching blue ones might be better. The size 60cm frame and resulting head tube on this Domane SLR might be too big to be hot though... . (It's still 20mm higher than the drop on my last bike, but comfy)



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love the color and wheels but the geometry is indeed weird looking. what is going on there probably looks better in person.
black cages will look better and balance the geometry appearance.
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Old 05-16-18, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
For me, it's not just the head tube. Those seatstays are not attractive. And what's that going down the seat tube? Looks like some sort of seam.
It is a seam more or less. The seat tube isn't connected normally, it has the isospeed pivot and then the seat tube compliance can be adjusted using the slider thing. I have it set soft, but you can make it as stiff as the emonda.
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Originally Posted by mbw
Yes, The tall head tube is troublesome. The smaller frames have a better look. I do at least get to slam the stem and still feel pretty upright.

On the color, I'm very ok with it being a love/hate thing. I personally don't care for matte black bikes (or matte in general) and that was the only stock choice. I think in person it looks nicer than in photos.

Thanks for opinions, good or bad. Any thoughts on the cages?
I think the compact bars further enhance the odd looks. Bars with a bigger drop would aesthetically be more pleasing.
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Old 05-16-18, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Timo 2.0
I think the compact bars further enhance the odd looks. Bars with a bigger drop would aesthetically be more pleasing.
Interesting. I love the compact ones. FIrst time I've had them. The isozone pads in the tops and drops make them super comfy.

So, lower drops, more aggressive, hotter... i get it. (I'm not going to change them though, too expensive. These were like $300 I think. IsoCore carbon)
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Black cages and level the GPS mount. Then it will be alright.
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Old 05-16-18, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH
Black cages and level the GPS mount. Then it will be alright.
Im using an old Edge 500 now. I do wish the mount went down/level. I might switch to a wahoo element and ill get a 3d printed low mount for it.

I should have taken a picture with the black/carbon cages. I didn't think it looked right. In person its all different than with these side photos. Making a bike look good in profile is not always the same as making it look good on the road, IMO.
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What's the white plastic in the discs? I don't remember seeing that on any discs before. Does it serve a purpose?
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Originally Posted by pvillemasher
What's the white plastic in the discs? I don't remember seeing that on any discs before. Does it serve a purpose?
no plastic, it's just textured aluminum.
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What's the white plastic in the discs? I don't remember seeing that on any discs before. Does it serve a purpose?
As mbw mentioned, they're metal - they're essentially radiator fins to aid in heat dissipation.
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What's the white plastic in the discs? I don't remember seeing that on any discs before. Does it serve a purpose?
Here is a close up. I did have to take the bike back in to have this worked on, the pad was rubbing. The owner of the LBS had to use some fancy re-facing tool to get it all lined up properly. He said that these brakes have super tight tolerances and that they can be a bit of a pain to setup perfectly.

I think they are good now, but when I pull up hard on the left bar while climbing out of the saddle I can make it touch and make noise, but its not enough to slow it down. I can make the same sound by pulling the lever a tiny bit but the wheel still spins freely.



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Thanks guys, learn something new every day.
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Originally Posted by mbw
Im using an old Edge 500 now. I do wish the mount went down/level. I might switch to a wahoo element and ill get a 3d printed low mount for it.

I should have taken a picture with the black/carbon cages. I didn't think it looked right. In person its all different than with these side photos. Making a bike look good in profile is not always the same as making it look good on the road, IMO.
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Originally Posted by mbw
Interesting. I love the compact ones. FIrst time I've had them. The isozone pads in the tops and drops make them super comfy.

So, lower drops, more aggressive, hotter... i get it. (I'm not going to change them though, too expensive. These were like $300 I think. IsoCore carbon)
Sensible enough but this is the hot or not topic
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Originally Posted by mbw
Interesting. I love the compact ones. FIrst time I've had them. The isozone pads in the tops and drops make them super comfy.

So, lower drops, more aggressive, hotter... i get it. (I'm not going to change them though, too expensive. These were like $300 I think. IsoCore carbon)
Sensible shoes may not be cheap, but they'll never be hot. Those bars don't just look less aggressive, they look shrunken and cramped.
The one thing I like about the bike is that it is clean and simple. No distracting colors on the tires,wheels, bars or saddle, and and on the frame just the black branding. It's a very solid look with the cages being such a nice match; I would definitely keep them.
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Originally Posted by kbarch
Sensible shoes may not be cheap, but they'll never be hot. Those bars don't just look less aggressive, they look shrunken and cramped.
The one thing I like about the bike is that it is clean and simple. No distracting colors on the tires,wheels, bars or saddle, and and on the frame just the black branding. It's a very solid look with the cages being such a nice match; I would definitely keep them.
haha, fair enough. ya I can't understand using shoes that you can't walk in if you need. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Timo 2.0
Sensible enough but this is the hot or not topic
Yep. I totally get it. I was just curious how close I was. Definitely learned a few things.
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Good luck with that frameset. I've repaired 3 of them in the past 10 months. I love the looks of it, but no way would I buy one.
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