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Old 04-06-10, 06:30 PM
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Those wheels are horrendous looking.
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Originally Posted by WCroadie
Those wheels are horrendous looking.
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Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?
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Originally Posted by WCroadie
Those wheels are horrendous looking.
Wouldn't be my first choice, but it doesn't look that bad. Love the frame though.
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Originally Posted by 14max
Here are my rebuilt Specialized Allez SE and my DEAN custom with fenders and Reynolds Solitudes...
after about 200 miles my reynolds solitudes started making this weird creaking noise, turns out the spokes rub together under load, both downshifting and upshifting. weird as hell, hasn't effected it's functionality though. got a suggestion to use some lube where they touch, gonna try that out.

have you had that issue at all?
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Old 04-06-10, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Crash716
i love these bike, with the exception of the front end...it looks like the fork to head tube area was an afterthought..and i don't like the looks of the fork.

nice bike though
Given the intentional design and engineering that went into the Orca, the head area and fork are not afterthoughts. I own a 2009 Orca and it is really nice. I'll post some photos soon.
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Originally Posted by a_phat_beat
after about 200 miles my reynolds solitudes started making this weird creaking noise, turns out the spokes rub together under load, both downshifting and upshifting. weird as hell, hasn't effected it's functionality though. got a suggestion to use some lube where they touch, gonna try that out.

have you had that issue at all?
No issues yet. They're right as rain...
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Originally Posted by ninjaman
^ What is it about a ti frame and an Alpha Q fork that go so perfectly together?
I know what you mean. I had the choice of going with either the Alpha Q or a Wound Up. I believe I made the right decision...
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Originally Posted by 14max
Here are my rebuilt Specialized Allez SE and my DEAN custom with fenders and Reynolds Solitudes...
The Specialized may be undergoing another rebuild soon. Pics will follow...
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Old 04-06-10, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Fox Farm
Given the intentional design and engineering that went into the Orca, the head area and fork are not afterthoughts. I own a 2009 Orca and it is really nice. I'll post some photos soon.
i was waiting for someone to flame me for that. when you look at the rest of the bike though and the great design that went into it you can't argue that the fork "looks" like an afterthought. I understand it's function not form but they went so into design looks and detail with the rest of the bike why not continue that with the fork area?
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Originally Posted by mzeffex
Mike - molds for the frame? By looking at the seatstays I'm gonna say proprietary.
Doubt it.

Looks like a pedal force frame.
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Old 04-07-10, 10:24 PM
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My new climbing machine...







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My new climbing machine...
You've just motivated me to power through my hw. One day I'll ride something like that. That bike is gorgeous.

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I really like that Tarmac and that muted black.
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Looks like soft touch paint too
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The matte black on the SL3 is among my favorite frames. Awesome bike.
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Old 04-09-10, 06:09 PM
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That Thomson X4 stem isn't exactly weight-weenie but a great stem overall, I have one on my MTB. I have an X2 on my Colnago. I agree, that matte black SL3 is Hot!

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Old 04-09-10, 06:27 PM
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that's the first specialized i've ever seen with Campy
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That SL3 is one of the nicest bikes on here.
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Old 04-11-10, 11:04 AM
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excuse the poor photography and non garage door pic. my dorm room doesn't allow for that.

decided to go zipp 303 tubs over the ec90's... ugh, still want clinchers

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that spesh^ = HOT
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Old 04-11-10, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by kindablue
You've just motivated me to power through my hw. One day I'll ride something like that. That bike is gorgeous.
Yeah I know what you mean, I am a college student who is constantly getting thwarted by annoying homework while my bike is sitting there asking to be ridden!

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I really like that Tarmac and that muted black.
If you like that matte black SL3, check out my previous ride (For Sale: https://classifieds.roadbikereview.co...ct/19810/cat/3)







Originally Posted by rstel66
That Thomson X4 stem isn't exactly weight-weenie but a great stem overall, I have one on my MTB. I have an X2 on my Colnago. I agree, that matte black SL3 is Hot!
The stem is super stiff, which is great because most of my riding is done climbing the Santa Cruz mountains.

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excuse the poor photography and non garage door pic. my dorm room doesn't allow for that.

decided to go zipp 303 tubs over the ec90's... ugh, still want clinchers

That's a hot bike, clinchers are convenient but tubulars are the right way to ride!
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Old 04-11-10, 04:23 PM
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my new cervelo s1
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13 on a dozen.....A very nice bike, but nothing special
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I really like the straight 3T fork design, nice ride!
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