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Old 03-14-12, 11:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Sir Real
Picked up the new Boyd Vitesse to replace my Mavic Aksiums. I haven't taken them out for a ride yet, that'll happen later today. Since they are 23mm wide rims, I had to adjust my brakes out a little, and I didn't need the innermost spacer on the cassette when I moved it over. The freewheel on the Vitesse is a lot quieter than on the Aksiums.

I'm sure it'll look better with all black tires, but I have these and I'm going to wear them out first.

you are killing you with that bar angle.
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Originally Posted by adriano
you are killing you with that bar angle.
I think there's a camera angle thing going on there. The tops are actually fairly level as you can see from where the ends are pointing.
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i dont think so. its pretty bad but easily fixable.

Originally Posted by undisputed83
Finally got the wheelset on the bike, and it looks pretty damn sharp if you ask me! Unfortunately I didn't get to ride today due to the weather, and I may have a last minute obligation tomorrow morning to further delay the maiden ride on the wheels. There is little doubt that they will fail to meet the hype! I couldn't be anymore thrilled with my prospects.


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aren't those two different bikes?
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wow, haha, what is going in, litespeed folks? both doing it wrong.
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I am looking at focussing on the Individual Pursuit for next year, so have been continuously scouring ebay and fixedgearfever's for sale section for a front track disc. I final got lucky on our local ebay and picked up the following set.

I can now say I have made a major step up in the arms race with the assistance of the old USSR...



Titanium rim and hub mated to a tensioned-kevlar skin.
Those are f'ing cool.
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Originally Posted by adriano
wow, haha, what is going in, litespeed folks? both doing it wrong.
Not that I had to, but I just went out and took a couple pictures from a different camera angle, just so you don't lose any sleep worrying about my setup. No adjustments have been made since the other picture was taken.

From the side.


From the front
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^ I think it looks pretty hot. I dig the matching cages.
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Thanks. They're Elite Custom Race cages. I got them for ~$14 at Cambria Bike.
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Nice choice with the cages. I have em in red/white. Though they do get dirty fairly quickly.

Most recent purchases were Fizik White Grip tape and Forte Grip Tech Tape in Red. (White for the SL and Red for the Giant)
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Originally Posted by caloso
Duct tape.



The bag was free.
Yeah, but how much did you pay for the tape?
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Originally Posted by Dalai


Titanium rim and hub mated to a tensioned-kevlar skin.
Those look awesome! It REALLY looks like wood!

This gives me an idea to make a bunch of these out of wood and sell them for a huge profit on ebay. You guys should stay off of ebay for a few weeks.
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sir, that hood angle is good, but what is up with that bar angle? it appears to be an inside joke among litespeeders.

exhibit c.

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Originally Posted by adriano
sir, that hood angle is good, but what is up with that bar angle? it appears to be an inside joke among litespeeders.

exhibit c.

If you were addressing me (I have no idea whose bike that is), please enlighten me on the adjustments I need to make using my previous post's photos as reference.
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it's a BS thing that people like to talk about. your bars and saddle should be level according to the mASSes. At the same time UCI had to make rules to keep Pros from dipping their saddle down like in exhibit c.

For you next photo try slamming your stem, leveling your bar/saddle, making sure your valve stems cannot be seen, and cranks are at 9* and 3*
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Originally Posted by Ohmannuel
it's a BS thing that people like to talk about. your bars and saddle should be level according to the mASSes. At the same time UCI had to make rules to keep Pros from dipping their saddle down like in exhibit c.

For you next photo try slamming your stem, leveling your bar/saddle, making sure your valve stems cannot be seen, and cranks are at 9* and 3*
Of course they made that rule because some company made a tt saddle with a "back" on it to allow riders a type of platform to be able to push off of for more leverage during time trials.
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got this one last month..

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Originally Posted by bon_gabs
got this one last month..

:O wow wow wow..!!!!
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Originally Posted by Ohmannuel
it's a BS thing that people like to talk about. your bars and saddle should be level according to the mASSes. At the same time UCI had to make rules to keep Pros from dipping their saddle down like in exhibit c.

For you next photo try slamming your stem, leveling your bar/saddle, making sure your valve stems cannot be seen, and cranks are at 9* and 3*
this has nothing to do with the uci. the masses think the transition needs to be dead flat, and everything needs to point to the sky to be comfortable and functional. a totally flat transition is extremely overhyped, and you can ruin the functionality of bars by setting them up with a flat transition when the are not designed to have one. many, many are not. if you rotate them up, your hand position becomes too vertical in the drops, and you cannot effectively pull up on the bars when out of the saddle. how are you going to pull up on these drops? your knuckles line up too vertically and your forearm too horizontally. especially if the road starts to go uphill. if you need to move your hand back that far, whats the point of the nonclassic shape? the nearly but not quite flat transition is hardly uncomfortable, and you dont sacrifice the entire point of drop bars. get any modern shaped bar and have the end point back parallel to the ground, or get any classic deep drop bar and have the end point back less than five degrees down. make the flat bit of your hoods point less than five degrees up. done.
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Originally Posted by bon_gabs
got this one last month..

Everything in this photo is awesome!!! Nice Bike!
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Originally Posted by bon_gabs
got this one last month..

I love this. Perfect bike. Only thing I'd change would be adding more red as an accent color, make the little bits on the SRAM stuff pop out a bit more.

Also, must ask, what size frame is that and what's the whole bike's weight?
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OMG!!! That moots is a Dream bike. CONGRATS
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Originally Posted by renton
Yeah, but how much did you pay for the tape?
Better yet, how much does it weigh?
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Awesome Moots, they have some very sexy cages that would really look great on your ride IMO Might not be your first pick but they look like this:





Saddle wise this is what I was referring to...
https://velonews.competitor.com/2011/...visited_200823

If I'm on a TT bike or if you're in an aggressive position a 1 or 2 deg drop of the nose can make things a lot more comfortable. I do not ride with a dropped saddle all the time but for a TT or even a crit I'll do it.

As for the BS of what your bike has to look like.... That can go on for days.
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