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Old 02-13-05, 02:36 PM
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Here's mine and the reasons I chose the parts...

1. Scott Cr-1....best CF frame in the business. 73.3 STA and fairly long top tube. 880 gram weight is also nice.

2. Stronglight Pulsion Compact crank and 11-21 cassette. Lightest crankset on the market. Plus compact crank and 11-21/11-23 is more aero than big 53/39 chainrings and fatter 12-25 cassette. Plus the chain would be lighter and so would the rings and cassette.

3. Campy Record shifters

4. Campy Compact front derailleur and record shortcage.

5. Handlebars: haven't figured that out yet. Maybe 48cm Nitto Noodles vs 46cm Salsas ergo bars with flared drops.

6. Fizik Arione.

7 Seatpost: Thomson masterpiece straight clamp or set back design.

8. Wheelset: I'm still thinking. I'd have an Aero set and a climbing set. maybe tubular.

9. Tires: Tufo Elite 23mm. 220 psi and fits on clincher rim. Awesome!

10. Pedals: Crank Brothers Quattros.

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the ultimate bike would be light, stiff, nimble, comfortable and affordable. anyone can come ujp with an amazing wonderbike like the scott on an unlimited budget. the challenge is to find something pretty amazing that mere mortals can afford.
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A compact crankset is more aero than a standard one? Wow, what exactly IS the difference in frontal area of a 53t front ring vs a 49?
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C'mon. A non setback saddlepost on such a steep seattub??
And the flared bars. Thats really not very aerodynamic!
No Brett 12. You have to think more carefully about this.
Yes and the pedals. You know. In the deadzones, you're actually pushing/pulling
a spring. Give you less road feeling, and some loss to.
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Here's mine and the reasons I chose
ultimate bike?

it's My bike

Why?
cause it's my bike. I could afford it and it had the stuff I needed, and it's fun to ride and I'm frustrated cause the weather sucks to day (icy rain) and I can't ride.

What makes a bike ultimate? Some see the parts, some see the sum of the parts, some just see the thing that gets us outta the house.
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Originally Posted by Thylacine
A compact crankset is more aero than a standard one? Wow, what exactly IS the difference in frontal area of a 53t front ring vs a 49?
The smaller chainring 34 vs 39 is also more aero. Smaller cassette is more aero,12-25 has beefer cross section than 11-21 or 11-23. Not to mention the weight. Damn, people spend hundreds of dollars for wheels that give 25-50 gram drag improvements. Why not consider other things that improve drag, but don't cost anything?

You could always use the thomson set-back. I just like their clamp design.

BTW, guy with the Felt F-65. That is a really nice bike. I wish I had one
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Originally Posted by Lectron
And the flared bars. Thats really not very aerodynamic!
No Brett 12. You have to think more carefully about this.
Yes and the pedals. You know. In the deadzones, you're actually pushing/pulling
a spring. Give you less road feeling, and some loss to.
Well, If being aerodynamic means that I have to be uncomfortable in the drops....Maybe I'll scacrifice some "aero" to be more comfortable and use the drops more effctively.

I had 40cm bars at one time......more aero, but pretty much sucked.
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Originally Posted by Brett 12
The smaller chainring 34 vs 39 is also more aero. Smaller cassette is more aero,12-25 has beefer cross section than 11-21 or 11-23. Not to mention the weight. Damn, people spend hundreds of dollars for wheels that give 25-50 gram drag improvements. Why not consider other things that improve drag, but don't cost anything?

You could always use the thomson set-back. I just like their clamp design.

BTW, guy with the Felt F-65. That is a really nice bike. I wish I had one
Clamp design is great. Can't think of any better lightweght designs. A real railsaver.
Use it on my CX (Elite setback) where I sometimes hit the saddle harder than i want
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Lemond Tete de Course frame - spine design with carbon and Ti.
Custom paint job from Acme Bicycle painting.
Chris King headset.
Campy Record shifters and der's.
Campy Chorus cassette and chain.
FSA K-Force MegaExo Carbon crank.
Rolf Prima Vigors for most days.
American Classic Sprint 350 wheels for climbing days.
Tufo Elite tubular clinchers.
Zero Gravity Ti brakes.
Look Keo pedals.
Deda Alanera bar/stem (integrated) combo.
Selle Italia SLK Ti saddle.
Thomsom Masterpiece seatpost.

That would be my dream, if the paint job ever gets finished.

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Why the eggbeater quattros? Just curious...
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IF Ti Crown Jewel frame
Reynolds Ouza Pro fork
Campy Record shifters, brakes, derailleurs
Campy Record cassette
FSA Carbon Pro crankset, FSA ti bb
Kestrel EMS Pro oversized Carbon bar
Speedplay zero pedals
Fizik Aliante Saddle
Specialized S-Works carbon stem
American Classic hubs, dt swiss rims
Michelin Pro Race Tires
Easton EC70 seatpost

Why is it my dream bike? Because it took three months to go from dream to reality. It took much longer than that to justify it to my wife though.
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A Black 1982 Huffy Concours. An original "10 speed", before anyone ever heard of a 10 speed cassette.

She had stem mounted shifters, wrap around brake levers under the tops, and a dyno-headlight, so I could ride to work at night and wash dishes at the local restaraunt. That little generator made it so easy to ride. haha

That old bike got me through High School, and must have weighed around 30lbs or more.

Your dream bike is what you simply make of it. As you can see below, our dreams change and evolve with us, as we age.
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