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Need help picking out seatpost, handlebars, and stem.

Old 10-09-11, 01:28 PM
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Need help picking out seatpost, handlebars, and stem.



So I just got my BMC over the weekend and while I like the bike overall the SCOR components aren't that good.

1.) I'm thinking of switching the seatpost out for a Thomson Setback.

2.) I have a specialized comp stem 90 mm 6 deg stem that I'm thinking of using. I'm not worried about weight but should I spring from a Ritchey WCS or Thomson X2 stem instead?

3.) The brakes have performed well but I've only put ~20 miles on the bike. Mostly flat...

3.) I definitely have to change the handlebar/tape. I have pretty big hands and the bar is so small it puts pressure on my palms. I'm thinking of getting something like a FSA Wing Pro or Easton EA 70 with thicker bar tape. Anything better?

4.) Does the front/rear wheel look untrue to you guys? I'm going to have my LBS check out the bike soon but just want an opinion.
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Old 10-09-11, 01:40 PM
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I use Thomson Masterpiece seatposts exclusively, FSA Wing Pro bars exclusively, and am a big fan of Ritchey stems. I REALLY want the new Ritchey C260 when they are actually for sale. If I were you though, not caring about stem weight, I would spring for the Thomson stem to match the seatpost.
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Old 10-09-11, 02:12 PM
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+1 on thomson. I have a matching set. looks good (IMO)
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
+1 on thomson. I have a matching set. looks good (IMO)
Can you share a picture of the setup?
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what year is this bike? and how much did you pay? i would leave it alone and not change anything. if you wanted different parts you should have looked at a different model.
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Can't you spin the wheels and see if they are true?
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If a standard bar puts excessive pressure on your hands, it indicates a fit problem. Most likely, the saddle is too far forward and a Thomson setback doesn't have much setback. Also, you shouldn't be using the flat top for extended periods. Most of the time, you should have your hands on the brake hoods or in the hooks. Even riding many miles of Colorado mountains on my regular route, I use the tops very little.
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Originally Posted by Lowcal View Post
what year is this bike? and how much did you pay? i would leave it alone and not change anything. if you wanted different parts you should have looked at a different model.
2011, $999... I'm upgrading a few things mostly for aesthetic reasons.

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Can't you spin the wheels and see if they are true?
Yeah, looks like they're fine.

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If a standard bar puts excessive pressure on your hands, it indicates a fit problem. Most likely, the saddle is too far forward and a Thomson setback doesn't have much setback. Also, you shouldn't be using the flat top for extended periods. Most of the time, you should have your hands on the brake hoods or in the hooks. Even riding many miles of Colorado mountains on my regular route, I use the tops very little.
Yeah, fiddled with the saddle and it's more comfortable. Bar tape is still ****...

Just upgrading for aesthetic reasons...
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Unless something doesn't fit, like your bars, I'd leave that stuff alone and maybe upgrade the wheels if you have $$$ burning a hole in your pocket.

It's not that I've never spent extra money on a bike part because I liked how it looked, but with static parts like a stem or seatpost as long as they hold your bars and saddle where you want them what else are you looking for? I over torqued a bolt on a cheap cnc'd stem once. My fault. Maybe it wouldn't have happened with a Thompson 'because they are the best', but I'd be more worried about cheap machine built wheels than the stem or post. And with the wheels as long as the tension is correct and even I wouldn't be that worried.

Assuming the brakes are some sort of forged dual pivot design you might try upgrading the pads to Swiss Stops or something before you replace them. That is if the stock pads don't stop so quick.
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I would get a white seatpost and stem if possible. I think Ritchey WCS would look good.

The bars can be white too but I would ditch the white tape. I have dual color white/black tape and I am tired of scrubbing with rubbing alcohol.
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Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
I would get a white seatpost and stem if possible. I think Ritchey WCS would look good.

The bars can be white too but I would ditch the white tape. I have dual color white/black tape and I am tired of scrubbing with rubbing alcohol.
I think I might try this...

White bars w/ black tape...
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White bars with red tape would be pretty cool too, assuming it was same / highly similar to the frame color.
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What about Easton EA70 or 90 stuff?
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Would it be easy to change how the wires run under the bar tape? Like make them go underneath?

A big issue for me with hand placement is because of the wire I have to shift my hand to the sides causing more pressure. The bike is stiff so I can feel the road pretty well. On my Allez the 5600 brifters don't have that issue and they're perfect.
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