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Old 10-10-11, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by nhluhr
making that rear housing shorter is not just aesthetic but will also make it feel smoother and more direct thanks to reduced friction and compressibility. As for colored housing.... meh. There's enough white on that bike as it is.
The mechanic said that with the new, 11-speed Campy, the longer housing actually works best. On my old Bottecchia, however, the housing is so short is not even "there."

White is the new black.

And seriously, thanks for your previous comments about Ultegra on a Bianchi. I am really happy that I went with Campy - looks better and works better. La dolce vitta!

New wheels will probably be Ambrosio Excellence rims, Sapim spokes and maybe Record hubs with ceramic bearings. But I have not decided on the hubs yet. The Record hubs on my Bottecchia are still buttery smooth, 23 years later! Hoping that the new Record hubs are as durable.
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Old 10-10-11, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
I think people gave you a little grief because it was an off the rack bike and looked a little generic. The upgrades look nice and definitely give it more appeal. I actually prefer Shimano to Campy though because the parts are more readily available and cheaper locally if you need something in a hurry. I ran Campy a while back and got frustrated by that several times.
I guess I got a little defensive myself. Chalk it up to being a cranky old guy...come to think of it, I was a cranky in my youth!

I have Campy on my 23 year old Bottecchia and I really like their components. But the problem that you mentioned is a big issue for many.

Thanks for your comments!
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia
But I have not decided on the hubs yet. The Record hubs on my Bottecchia are still buttery smooth, 23 years later! Hoping that the new Record hubs are as durable.
Another option might be the CK R45s. According to their website, the R45s for Campy will be released January 2012.

Nonetheless, the Record hubs are still really nice.
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Originally Posted by nhluhr
That is a sweet looking stem.
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Originally Posted by Drag
That is a sweet looking stem.
Thanks man. I like the Deda stems and handlebars. It matches well with the rest of the bike's color scheme and it is lighter than the FS carbon stem that came originally with the bike.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia
Thanks man. I like the Deda stems and handlebars. It matches well with the rest of the bike's color scheme and it is lighter than the FS carbon stem that came originally with the bike.
+1. I have the zero100 bar and stem on one of my bikes. Works and looks good.
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My second bike. Transformation briefly documented here.

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You are correct. Campy recomends a long rear housing. They state not to cut the precut rear housing.

I'm also a HUGE deda fan. They have the best service ever. They sent me new hardware and a wedge for a quill stem. I told them I bought it used off ebay and they still sent it all free of charge.

The new record hubs are not as pretty as the hubs of old but they sure are smooth. I use a record front hub on my single speed cross bike. I would love an ambrosio/spaim/record wheelset to swap between my road bikes.
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Old 10-11-11, 05:39 AM
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I remember on Velo News they were noting the long rear cable housing lengths on a lot of the pro bikes. The mechanics claim it is smoother.
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Good job on the transformation - great looking bike.
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+1 Beautiful paint job and gorgeous overall build. Love clean bikes.
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Old 10-11-11, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by learnmedia
My second bike. Transformation briefly documented here.

I really like the color combo in your bike. Stealth, in an aggressive sort of way.

Nicely done!

and ditto ont he Deda stem and handlebar.
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Old 10-11-11, 01:17 PM
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Old 10-14-11, 05:19 PM
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apologies for the iPhone pic...no camera and no better place to take a photo right now. anyway, my ride with some new shoes.

if "not" - is it the bike or the pic?

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also: red/black/white pinarello on previous page is definitely hot. so is the wilier above. fuji is too in a functional kind of way. blue/black/white FP6 at the top of this page just doesn't do it for me for some reason.
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Old 10-14-11, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by climber7
apologies for the iPhone pic...no camera and no better place to take a photo right now. anyway, my ride with some new shoes.

if "not" - is it the bike or the pic?

Like the edge-y feel of the pic. A little bit bill board ish but I can tell some work went into it, so 'HOT'.
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Old 10-14-11, 05:49 PM
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Here she is after putting the new wheels and tires on. I have the GP4000s in all black so I might change them soon
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Not hot. No no.
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Old 10-14-11, 07:48 PM
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Just Finished This Baby

I have to post pictures from both sides!!

Devil:


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Got to ride it for 30mls today. One stiff mulder fulker!!
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Old 10-14-11, 07:51 PM
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Your bike is sweet.
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Old 10-14-11, 07:53 PM
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Originally Posted by UCIMBZ
I have to post pictures from both sides!!

Devil:


Angel:


Got to ride it for 30mls today. One stiff mulder fulker!!
I would say cute bike ;-)
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Originally Posted by malocchio
Caliente!
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UCIMBZ: Awesome frame man. That is really the same bike? Incredible half/half paint job, looks tremendous, from either profile.
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