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If you could buy any top-end bike today...

Old 08-26-11, 07:39 AM
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If you could buy any top-end bike today...

Open-ended poll:
If you could buy any top-end (money is no object) road bike today (models due to be released in 2012 are fair game), which bike would you pick?

Rules:
1. Include details about what groupset you'd buy it with.
Note: Selected groupset must be available as an included option on your bike of choice.
2. Time Trial, Mountain, Cross, etc bikes not allowed (only road bikes please).
3. No bashing other people's choices... please just support your own.
4. Please include at least one (1) picture of the bike of your choice.
5. This is just for fun. I do not intend to buy any of the bikes listed, as I am not that wealthy.
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Old 08-26-11, 07:42 AM
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My choice would be the 2012 Cervélo S5 with SRAM Red.



Light, stiff, and supremely aero all get my attention... Especially that the frame is specifically designed to accommodate the use of water bottles and still maintain aero function.
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My choice would be the 2012 Cervélo S5 with SRAM Red.



Light, stiff, and supremely aero all get my attention... Especially that the frame is specifically designed to accommodate the use of water bottles and still maintain aero function.
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My choice would be the 2012 Cervélo S5 with SRAM Red.



Light, stiff, and supremely aero all get my attention... Especially that the frame is specifically designed to accommodate the use of water bottles and still maintain aero function.
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My choice would be the 2012 Cervélo S5 with SRAM Red.



Light, stiff, and supremely aero all get my attention... Especially that the frame is specifically designed to accommodate the use of water bottles and still maintain aero function.

eta - though I might go for the Scott Foil with SRAM Red just to be 'different'
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Old 08-26-11, 08:14 AM
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This one, hands down. Screw all the new aero crap.

http://weightweenies.starbike.com/fo...p?f=10&t=91828


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My choice would be the 2012 Look 695 with SRAM Red.



Light, stiff, and pretty all get my attention... Especially that the frame is specifically designed to accommodate the use of water bottles.
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Originally Posted by ilovecycling View Post
This one, hands down. Screw all the new aero crap.

http://weightweenies.starbike.com/fo...p?f=10&t=91828
Nice. We wrote our messages at the same time.
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My choice, Look 695 with Red and Lightweights.

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Old 08-26-11, 08:20 AM
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Much love for the 695 I see! Beautiful machine without a doubt. I WILL own one w/ Ultegra Di2 by the end of 2012.
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Much love for the 695 I see! Beautiful machine without a doubt. I WILL own one w/ Ultegra Di2 by the end of 2012.
The only thing I don't like about the 695, and one of the reasons I haven't attempted to purchase it, is that I don't see anyway to use a Quarq on it.
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Rivendell Roadeo, painted some sort of red with an alloy Campagnolo Athena groupset with a set of handmade wheels that will take 32mm tires from somebody, just haven't spent the time to research. Bike would have a threadless headset and an alloy handlebar, I really dig the 41cm Randonneur model sold by www.compasscycle.com . I would use some sort of clipless pedals, probably speedplay. Here are a couple of pictures (not mine but stolen off flickr) of a Roadeo, but not the configurations I would choose.

http://www.rivbike.com/products/show...rameset/50-618

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25841843@N05/4443247519/

Or I would go new-old school with it and satisfy my retro-grouchiness and choose the white frame with red headtube and stick friction downtube shifters, threaded fork and headset, 7 speed freewheel using Rivendell's 32 hole Phil hubs laced to synergy rims, jack brown green 33.3 tires, same randonneur bar, Rene Herse crankset with a 48/32 chainrings from compasscycles some sort of nice alloy derailluer setup with a Nitto Crystal Fellow seatpost and a Brooks Swallow saddle.


If I had the money I would decide on which setup and purchase the Roadeo, got to say I lean more toward the new-old school setup. What can I say, I like lugged steel and alloy components, the retro stuff has a hold on me.

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Old 08-26-11, 08:29 AM
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2012 Pinarello Dogma2
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2012 Pinarello Dogma2
+1

Give me a Dogma, SRAM Red, and 404's.
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None, I am nowhere good enough to be able to appreciate the subtle differences between a mid-end and a top-end bike, and I'm guessing 99.9% of BF can't either.
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Old 08-26-11, 08:38 AM
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Just bought one last week...

2011 Serotta Ottrott Dura Ace, Bontrager XXXL Wheels, Speedplay Ti Zero pedals

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gunnar roadie frameset (fork steel or carbon undecided)
thomson cockpit
dura ace 7800
custom wheels (kinlin/white ind.)

I'm happy with my current race bike and my next project will be a nice steel bike to use for everyday riding. I don't want to ride something so harsh and so fragile everyday.

While I do love my bike, it semms to me like I am needlessly wearing it out and exposing it to risk everytime I take it out without the intention of hammering hard.
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Originally Posted by hao View Post
None, I am nowhere good enough to be able to appreciate the subtle differences between a mid-end and a top-end bike, and I'm guessing 99.9% of BF can't either.
That's not the point of this. Have some fun.
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2012 Felt AR0 as equipped. Dead Sexy!!

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Crumpton SL with Nick's internal Shimano Di2 package, and some Lightweight Obermeyer wheels...matte black/stealth finish.

I'll see if I can find a pic.


edit: Something like this...

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Custom TI frame from Carl Strong, with Enve wheels and di2. No pics available...it's custom...duh.
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Firefly Ti. So damn beautiful.

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With SRAM Red. But if money weren't an issue, perhaps I would try out Campy or Di2.
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That BMC Impec is nice too. But I think I like it because #1 It's a BMC, and #2 The manufacturing process is fully automated. I really don't like how it looks though when compared to a Team Machine. I normally like frames w/ lugged construction, but not when it's two half-shells put together where the line is visible. Colnago, Time, and Look do lugged frames well. BMC in this case..not so much.

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