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Old 01-16-12, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Commodus
In fact I did not see your ticker.

I was not really commenting on the wheels themselves, rather the bit of paradox in having a lightweight aluminum bike (with carbon fork no less) with boat anchor wheels.

Then again, I don't know anything about how aluminum racing frames perform under heavy riders, maybe it rides great.
I'm pretty happy with it so far. These wheels are great - for me... The frame just feels right too. Nice and stiff, which is just what I needed.
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Old 01-16-12, 08:24 PM
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The Tsunami bikes are growing on me....definitely due to the fact they can be customized.
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Old 01-16-12, 08:56 PM
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I know this has knobbies and all, but it has yet to see the dirt, I had the knobbies sitting around collecting dust.



I feel like I'm going to get **** for posting what is technically a cross bike in the road forum.

The RPM bb in this bike is horrible, I'm planning on ordering a set of Sram apex or Rival cranks to replace these nashbar cranks. Also planing on building up some new wheels, probably Ultegra 6500s to Velocity Fusions.
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Old 01-16-12, 09:13 PM
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So you race cross? If so, how is it racing with DT shifters?
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Don't race. Intended this to be my commuter/"beater" road bike. I don't mean to mean I will treat this like a crappy beater, but more so that I won't be heart broken when this gets a scratch. I would probably use bar end shifters if I raced.
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Old 01-17-12, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by JustinHorne
Every time I see your bike, I am blown away at how low those bars are. Good god. And didn't you used to run Cane Creek bars on there too?
Cane Creeks are hiding in that picture

(which, btw, is a grab off my helmet cam footage)

Bars are low only because that's the way it fits. Short legs = low saddle height = low bar height. The bar-saddle drop is minimal. I've pointed out before that I have a pretty screwed up back, "several burst and bulging discs" as my doc puts it. I don't do any kind of contortions when I ride. For example, with my setup as it is now, I find that at the end of a long ride (4-6+ hours) I find the drops way more comfy than the tops (my old stock frames - about 4-5 cm shorter in length - made it very uncomfortable towards the end of similar rides).
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Old 01-17-12, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by VA_Esquire
The Tsunami bikes are growing on me....definitely due to the fact they can be customized.
I have to say that the finish, if the bike is used as a tool rather than a work of art, isn't as durable. I don't use anything to protect the bike when I drive it around, whatever cloth stuff you see in the trunk etc is to protect the car. Another rider in the area carefully packs his Tsunami away after each race and it looks absolutely pristine.

However, when I priced out getting a frame repainted, I got a very kind price from a local painter guy and he quoted me just a little below the cost of a whole new frame from Tsunami. So I guess you get what you pay for.

The all-out-custom is nice. You can pretty much spec out anything that isn't totally idiotic (my prelim specs were probably a bit idiotic, the orange and black Tsunamis were built just a touch more conservative). You can tune rigidity as you wish. Define tube profiles. Etc.

Because of the limitations of handbuilt vs huge factory, all the tubing is cut from tubing. It's not hydroformed, for example, so it can't get quite as thin/lean as the high end alum frames.

Some other limitations - no 1.5" lower headset race (mine are 1-1/8" top and bottom), no integrated headset bearings (mine are standard exposed type), I'd stay away from BB30 (no machining for BB30 after welding).

But if you absolutely don't fit a standard frame... Tsunami is a great, great way to go. My frames are 40 cm seat tube, 56.5 cm top tube, 9.5 cm head tube, 73 deg head, 75.5 deg seat, and the black bike has a 39 cm chainstay.


I'm struggling here

The orange bike is at Tsunami getting its chainstays shortened to about 39.3 or so, whatever he can do with the seat tube currently on the bike.

That's the other thing. You can change things around after the fact. I raced the snot out of the orange bike for a year, flew with it 4x, really rode it hard, and in the interim I realized that a shorter stay would be better. I spec'ed out the black frame with a shorter stay, raced that for a year (flew with it 3x), and now I'm getting the orange bike to match the black one.
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Needs a cleaning and some fresh bar tape.

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Originally Posted by Burglar
MANocoque? That rules.
Lol. Thanks. When in discussions with the designer I was like the font looks kind of like an 'a' beforehand. He's like I know I will have the o changed. So I said, make mine with the 'a' instead, it's kind of funny and will definitely be a one of a kind. And so a couple thousand miles later I ahve heard "Nice Manocoque!" at least 2 dozen times
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Felt Z85 with Romin Evo Comp Gel saddle - working on tires, brakes, crank and bar wrap/tape
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NOT—too much cable housing
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Old 01-20-12, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by LOGICK ONE
NOT—too much cable housing
Take this to the hot or not thread where it belongs.
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Originally Posted by LOGICK ONE
NOT—too much cable housing
You're probably right, but I blame the LBS. Anyways, I'll end up replacing it with some red Jagwires when they get contaminated.
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Originally Posted by VA_Esquire
The Tsunami bikes are growing on me....definitely due to the fact they can be customized.
To echo CDR my Tsunami was great. It had the matte black finish which was a little fussy but I raced and trained the hell out of it before it was stolen. Can't go worng with his frames. Also, he had advised against the matte as it's more sensitive than normal paint. However, he still did it for me afterward. Great company to work with.
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And another picture of my Spooky that I liked for fun. Can't wait to hit the road again in October.

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robncircus why a gold seatpost and not a red one?
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Originally Posted by pelotonracer
You're probably right, but I blame the LBS. Anyways, I'll end up replacing it with some red Jagwires when they get contaminated.
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Originally Posted by LOGICK ONE
Sorry, dont get it
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Originally Posted by LOGICK ONE
Sorry, don't get it.
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Originally Posted by Commodus
Sorry, don't get it.
It's black. It's the black bike thread. What's not to get?
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Originally Posted by LOGICK ONE
It's black. It's the black bike thread. What's not to get?
Ah...

too easy.
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