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Finished my first build today!

Old 09-22-12, 08:35 PM
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Finished my first build today!

As a project, I assembled a Pinarello carbon fiber frame internal cabling; Shimano Ultegra 6700 components for the front hub, chainset, brakes, derailleurs, and shift/brake levers; Dura-Ace rear hub; Mavic Open Pro wheels; 105 pedals; and Easton handlebar and stem. I used a seat I had laying on the shelf and will probably switch it out. I'm really pleased with how it turned out! Here's a link to the story and photos from start to finish: My first custom build

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Old 09-22-12, 08:48 PM
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Looks good. I liked the writeup. Especially the "butt-ugly anti-theft tape."

Now ride it like you stole it!
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Very nice bike and write-up! Congrats.
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Nice work congrats! Do you mind if I ask what you paid for the whole build? And what the frame cost you ordering direct from china?
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Sweet, I love and detailed writeup and photos!
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Nice work congrats! Do you mind if I ask what you paid for the whole build? And what the frame cost you ordering direct from china?
The frame was $668 with free delivery. It took about two weeks to get to the US from China, arrived in New York at 9:00 am on one day and was delivered by US Postal Express Mail the next day.

The rest of the components (except the pedals) came from Colorado Cyclist and ran $1630. I didn't need the seat post since the frame came with an aero seat post so they deleted that from the package. It came with other items that I ended up not using. I didn't really like the seat so I used one that was sitting on the shelf in the garage. The included tires are foldable, racing tires. Nice... but not nearly tough enough for the roads around here and would have lots of flats. (I used Conti Ultra Gatorskins, instead) And the included headset wasn't used since the frame and fork manufacturer included a headset for that specific frame. With the tires and a set of pedals, I figure I've got about $2500 in it.
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Congrats on your build and great write up. Have to say...a remarkable price for a Dogma frameset. Any way to tell if it is a bonefide OEM frame versus knock off? Sure looks like the read deal. I am not real familar with that frame but have to believe the retail in the US would be close to $2K for the frame alone...perhaps somebody who knows better can correct me on that. No doubt you incurred some risk by ordering directly from China...presuming straight from the factory at that price..risk would be transit damage of course...you mentioned the box took its share of abuse...but you dodged that bullet and outstanding value.
Another bonus is the Dogma frame has a threaded BB...very nice complement to running Ultegra cranks which are very good.

A question...any idea how much your Open Pro wheelset weighs? Looks to be 32 spoke front and back..is that so? They should be rock solid and bomb proof.

Congrats on the build...beautiful bike.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
Congrats on your build and great write up. Have to say...a remarkable price for a Dogma frameset. Any way to tell if it is a bonefide OEM frame versus knock off? Sure looks like the read deal. I am not real familar with that frame but have to believe the retail in the US would be close to $2K for the frame alone...perhaps somebody who knows better can correct me on that. No doubt you incurred some risk by ordering directly from China...presuming straight from the factory at that price..risk would be transit damage of course...you mentioned the box took its share of abuse...but you dodged that bullet and outstanding value.
Another bonus is the Dogma frame has a threaded BB...very nice complement to running Ultegra cranks which are very good.

A question...any idea how much your Open Pro wheelset weighs? Looks to be 32 spoke front and back..is that so? They should be rock solid and bomb proof.

Congrats on the build...beautiful bike.
Thanks! Yes, the Mavics are 32 spoke front and back. I'm very pleased with them.

In the end, I don't truly know if it's OEM or some knock off. If it's a knock off, it's that close. The dealer said it was OEM. He had nothing but positive feedback from other buyers so no one has "caught" him selling knocks off before. It even has the Italian version of an "Assembled in Italy" label molded into the carbon fiber. I may be wrong... and I really don't care... but I'm choosing to believe the dealer that it's OEM.
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Nice job...I am jealous.
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Nice build. This is off topic and for that I apologize but where did you buy your snyapse? I live maybe 30 min from you and I'm currently looking for a good bike shop. Thanks, David
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Nice build. This is off topic and for that I apologize but where did you buy your snyapse? I live maybe 30 min from you and currently looking for a good bike shop. Thanks, David
Hi David,

The Synapse was purchased at Bike Shop of Winter Haven. Nice folks.

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This is mine, built up in Nov./Dec. 2011. Now 3,800 miles on it. Zero issues on it. Congrats to you on a beautiful build. Now ride it and try to wear it out.
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Originally Posted by lesdunham View Post

This is mine, built up in Nov./Dec. 2011. Now 3,800 miles on it. Zero issues on it.
Good looking ride!
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Awesome. I plan to start a very similar project in the spring. I'll probably take a lot longer as I'll piece everything together over a year or so instead of buying a package. This thread (and write up) make me anxious to get started.

I'm a bit confused by the BB on your Dogma. I would have assumed that it would have come with or require pressfit bearings instead of external cups. Obviously it's supposed to be that way or your crank wouldn't work.
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Congrats on the bike and the report.
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pinnarellos with shimano cry themselves to sleep at night.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
pinnarellos with shimano cry themselves to sleep at night.
What?
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/fr...012-10123.html
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/fr...2012-9989.html
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/fr...012-10403.html
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Will you share the link to where you bought the frame? Did it come with decals?
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Nice detailed write-up and bike. I'd love to build my own someday.
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Is the bottom bracket on that frame English or Italian?
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Is the bottom bracket on that frame English or Italian?
It's English. BB68.
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Will you share the link to where you bought the frame? Did it come with decals?
Sure. DHGate.com. They had a wide selection of frames, styles, and paint jobs. Some say they can even be custom painted and decaled.
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In the end, I don't truly know if it's OEM or some knock off. If it's a knock off, it's that close. The dealer said it was OEM. He had nothing but positive feedback from other buyers so no one has "caught" him selling knocks off before. It even has the Italian version of an "Assembled in Italy" label molded into the carbon fiber. I may be wrong... and I really don't care... but I'm choosing to believe the dealer that it's OEM.
Awesome build! I may get some flack for sticking my neck out, but I will say that the frame you got is a 100% knock off. Not OEM either (at least in my book). To me, OEM would imply these are the exact same frames which are shipped off to Italy where they are assembled by Pinarello. You got an open mould type frame painted to look like a Pinarello. It is just a couple little things that identify it as not being the real deal: english bottom bracket (versus italian), placement and size of the stickers, red paint should have sparkly metallic flake in it.

Real ones for reference



More in this thread from that "other" forum: LINK

All that being said, as long as you are happy with it, the bike looks great and I am sure it will last you many many miles. I built up a similar open mould CF frame from china myself which I have enjoyed riding.
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Have to agree. No way is that legit. FWIW, Dogma 2 frameset is $4,750 at Competitive Cyclist. It requires an Italian bb. Happy trails.
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