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Old 12-17-13, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by gc3
After the custom repaint at Parlee (from standard ghost matte black to matte phantom gray with matte silver ghost logos and accents), and with the Prologo Scratch Nack saddle recovered in plain black leather...I think it's time to buy some new shoes for this machine...

I always like the original matte black finish but I actually like this new paint job much better. HOT.

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...but I'll remember to switch everything to Campy in the future
And nothing less than SR11-EPS.
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Old 12-17-13, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by doctrine
I'll give it a try:

Remove the bags, bottle and pump. Remove the warning sticker on the seat tube. It does look sharp though. Seat height looks a tad bit low? JMHO - Cheers
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Old 12-17-13, 09:03 PM
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That kestrel is hurting for a tapered fork.

What were they thinking?
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Old 12-17-13, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Steinbock
What is that?!! Love it. HOT! You probably got me beat in the use of red
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Old 12-18-13, 06:04 AM
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Thanks, its a btwin 55cm frame, made in france...they used to be a frame supplier to the pro team Ag2R.
Microshift white red shifter set.
Specialized toupe expert saddle.
Tektro quartz r741 brakes.

glad ppl liked it.
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Old 12-18-13, 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by gc3
and here I thought it was just grammar...

...true story is I had a great looking nicely lightweight crankset with Praxis rings and Cannondale Hollowgram crankarms...unfortunately some gears were unusable...so I went for effectiveness in this iteration...but I'll remember to switch everything to Campy in the future
It will set you free
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Old 12-18-13, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by primov8
I always like the original matte black finish but I actually like this new paint job much better. HOT.


And nothing less than SR11-EPS.

No EPS..at all EVER
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Old 12-18-13, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Steinbock
Drive side photos please! Looks nice - interesting to see a bike with Microshift components.
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Old 12-18-13, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris
It will set you free
No it won't Campy is a pain in the donkey...
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Old 12-18-13, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Steinbock
Nice to see microshift. For what it's worth, I had a pair of those wheels a few years ago, the hubs are pretty shoddy and they are very heavy. If you want to stick with vuelta, the corsa lites are far better and only around $200, they also look much nicer if that matters.
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Old 12-18-13, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
No it won't Campy is a pain in the donkey...
Only to the great unwashed
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Old 12-18-13, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris
Only to the great unwashed
Hey I bathe once a month whether I need it or not.

I wasn't fond of campy because I broke stuff on it a couple of times and I couldn't find parts locally. Ended up being down for a few days while I waited for parts to come in. It's also much more expensive here, so I stick with Shimano and Sram now. I'd like to try Microshift too just for kicks.

Aesthetically they all have good points and bad points for me. Shimano cranks have gotten fugly. Record cranks have always been gorgeous. Not crazy about the shifters of either. Sram is probably the best looking to me across the group.
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Old 12-18-13, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
Hey I bathe once a month whether I need it or not.

I wasn't fond of campy because I broke stuff on it a couple of times and I couldn't find parts locally. Ended up being down for a few days while I waited for parts to come in. It's also much more expensive here, so I stick with Shimano and Sram now. I'd like to try Microshift too just for kicks.

Aesthetically they all have good points and bad points for me. Shimano cranks have gotten fugly. Record cranks have always been gorgeous. Not crazy about the shifters of either. Sram is probably the best looking to me across the group.
I was back home for a summer in '08 and Campy parts were/are a bit harder to find. My experience is that the bicycle walmarts tends not to have campy stuff it's that old dude with the hole in the wall shop that has those kinda things.

Shimano went all technogeeky ugly, I don't think Sram could put bigger stickers on the stuff but it's generally nice (my Blur is all Sram) and there is nothing not hot about Campy but I do wish they'd make more Alu/Ti groups.

This thread is a fat wallet/beauty contest so I assume that everyone in here buy's what they like and are emotionally attached to but so far nothing here is a heart string tugger that's why I took umbrage to what could have been a beautiful Parlee but it's not my money sooo.
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Old 12-18-13, 11:51 AM
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Dan, agree, the wheels are shoddy and heavy...This is a budget project, hence chose those wheels...Will eventually upgrade to better wheels.
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Old 12-18-13, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris

This thread is a fat wallet/beauty contest so I assume that everyone in here buy's what they like and are emotionally attached to but so far nothing here is a heart string tugger that's why I took umbrage to what could have been a beautiful Parlee but it's not my money sooo.
There have been one or two budget builds buried in this thread that got a 'hot' from most folks. They were just extremely well set up and presented. My black centurion got a resounding hot and I only had a couple hundred in it, but I did photograph it with my Zipp 404's from my race bike. I'm sure that didn't hurt.
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
There have been one or two budget builds buried in this thread that got a 'hot' from most folks. They were just extremely well set up and presented. My black centurion got a resounding hot and I only had a couple hundred in it, but I did photograph it with my Zipp 404's from my race bike. I'm sure that didn't hurt.

You do wield a camera with skill
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Old 12-18-13, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris
You do wield a camera with skill
Du Kommst aus Baden Wuerttemberg?
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Old 12-18-13, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
Drive side photos please! Looks nice - interesting to see a bike with Microshift components.
Posted drive side photos.
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Old 12-18-13, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
No it won't Campy is a pain in the donkey...
you can say ass
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Old 12-18-13, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Steinbock
Du Kommst aus Baden Wuerttemberg?
Na, I'm from Florida by way of Michigan. My wife is German my home is in Bavaria but I work in Stuttgart. I Met her in 2002 on the way back to NY from Afghanistan.
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris
Na, I'm from Florida by way of Michigan. My wife is German my home is in Bavaria but I work in Stuttgart. I Met her in 2002 on the way back to NY from Afghanistan.
Sorry for using German then!
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Originally Posted by Steinbock
Sorry for using German then!
You can use all the German you like it won't bother me a bit
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Originally Posted by chaulky61
you can say ass
Oh, I've long known that. I just like to make people use their noggin from time to time. I'm pretty much a brilliant donkey.
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Old 12-18-13, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris
You do wield a camera with skill
Gracias - although I have to admit I was a little lazy with my photos here. I usually just threw it up against the garage door, positioned the cranks and snapped a few.
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