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Old 01-15-14, 02:52 PM
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downeastter, it looks nice. is it faster than your smart car?
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Originally Posted by robbyville View Post
R1, I noticed the zip ties on the crank arm. I assume it's to hold a cadence magnet? If so, have you considered one of the ones that attaches to the pedal spindle, mine has over 4000 miles on it and has never come loose. This assumes you have a spindle that it would attach to (I use DA pedals).

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I've tried the one that sticks to the spindle, the rare earth magnet.
it was giving me major issues, so I switched back. Plus my spindles are titanium so they wouldn't stick I had to use a dab of silicon.
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downeastter, it looks nice. is it faster than your smart car?
I think the smart car needs a bike/kayak rack on the roof!

Sweet bikes everyone!
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Originally Posted by bgrider View Post
I think the smart car needs a bike/kayak rack on the roof!

Sweet bikes everyone!
Actually the smart is a carbio. So it has a hitch and carries the kayaks on a rack and roll trailer. That also goes for the fiat 500 and audi TT. Here is Max, the smart car with the trailer, two kayaks and two bikes (under the cover) on his way to his new home in FL from Maine a couple of years ago… stop off at in-laws in CT.
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Incredibly cool thanks for the pic!
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Originally Posted by R1lee View Post
robby,
I've tried the one that sticks to the spindle, the rare earth magnet.
it was giving me major issues, so I switched back. Plus my spindles are titanium so they wouldn't stick I had to use a dab of silicon.
Ah, too bad. I've had good success with them plus the flat one that sticks to bladed spokes.
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Originally Posted by robbyville View Post
Ah, too bad. I've had good success with them plus the flat one that sticks to bladed spokes.
Which bike are you using it on? The trek in your profile?

I know this is a giant thread, but how do you like the domane with the novembers ?
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Originally Posted by R1lee View Post
Which bike are you using it on? The trek in your profile?

I know this is a giant thread, but how do you like the domane with the novembers ?
Yup on the Trek (my only bike currently).
I really like the fit and ride of the Domane, proved the importance of proper research since I was on the Ridley frame for a few months and just could not get it to fit properly (shame I loved that bike).

For the November's which anyone on this thread can appreciate , this is my second set. For me these guys are the sweet spot, I'm not willing to gamble on generic carbon, and not willing to pay $2k for some of the other proven brands. Dave and Mike run a stellar business IMO, good QC, good engineering in the case of the Rail's, impeccable wheel building quality and very reasonable prices. An added benefit given my recent change from the RFSC 38's to the Rail's that I probably would not have seen with some other wheels was that with their reputation for quality I was able to sell my RFSC's for almost $1k (with Chris King hubs) after a year of use and about 3000 miles. They were in perfect shape and the buyer really wanted those particular wheels. Obviously I highly recommend their products. Actual performance of the Rail's is great, super stiff, smooth and comfortable given the wide braking track and my 25c tire. I plan to set them up for tubeless operation once these tires wear out.
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Old 01-16-14, 04:18 PM
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here's my 2011 tcr advanced. the only mods i have done are changing out the stem and the bars to a 70mm and zipp aero carbon bars as well as changing all of the cables out to teflon coated cables and boy what a night and day difference they make! i also change the cassette to an ultegra 11-28 and swap the bar tape out constantly between white and green depending on which tires are on it.
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here's my 2011 tcr advanced. the only mods i have done are changing out the stem and the bars to a 70mm and zipp aero carbon bars as well as changing all of the cables out to teflon coated cables and boy what a night and day difference they make! i also change the cassette to an ultegra 11-28 and swap the bar tape out constantly between white and green depending on which tires are on it.
You swap out the bar tape every time you change the tires? Insane...but I admire the dedication.
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Well i have non adhesive tape and i only wrap the bars just past the hoods due to the type of bars and it only takes about 5 minutes and i dont do it every time like right now i have black tires and green tape.
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Originally Posted by DowneasTTer View Post
Actually the smart is a carbio. So it has a hitch and carries the kayaks on a rack and roll trailer. That also goes for the fiat 500 and audi TT. Here is Max, the smart car with the trailer, two kayaks and two bikes (under the cover) on his way to his new home in FL from Maine a couple of years ago… stop off at in-laws in CT.
Now that is a cool set up! I'd love to see a couple of bikes on the roof rack of a a smart car though. I made my comment partly because I have not seen it and, personally, I think it would make quite an impression.

Thanks for the pic,

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Finally got it Extremely happy with it. Exceeded my expectations. It is a what I would consider my ideal build in terms of practicality.

* 2013 Giant TCR Advanced SL ISP Rabobank
* 2014 Shimano Dura Ace 9000
* 2014 Enve SES Smart 3.4 with Powertap G3 hub
* Speedplay Zero Chro-mo (soon to be replaced by stainless)
* Specialized Toupe Pro 155mm
* 42cm Giant Contact SLR Carbon Handlebar
* 2013 Giant Contact SLR Stem 100mm
* Fizik Microtex 3mm bar tape
* Michelin Pro4 Service Course 23mm
* K edge GPS Holder

Total package comes in @ 15.88#s. A bit heavier than expected but it rides like nothing I've ever ridden. The bike is PURRRRFECT (for me of course).



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That's an amazing piece of bicycle rolling-art work I'm sure that it cost more than my first house… or least my first new car. Enjoy the ride.
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Old 01-25-14, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
Finally got it Extremely happy with it. Exceeded my expectations. It is a what I would consider my ideal build in terms of practicality.

* 2013 Giant TCR Advanced SL ISP Rabobank
* 2014 Shimano Dura Ace 9000
* 2014 Enve SES Smart 3.4 with Powertap G3 hub
* Speedplay Zero Chro-mo (soon to be replaced by stainless)
* Specialized Toupe Pro 155mm
* 42cm Giant Contact SLR Carbon Handlebar
* 2013 Giant Contact SLR Stem 100mm
* Fizik Microtex 3mm bar tape
* Michelin Pro4 Service Course 23mm
* K edge GPS Holder

Total package comes in @ 15.88#s. A bit heavier than expected but it rides like nothing I've ever ridden. The bike is PURRRRFECT (for me of course).



You know how much love this bike, & I don't have to tell you how much I love this bike, but I'm still gonna...
I love this bike!!!


I'm glad you went with this over the Venge, you'll be happier in the long run once you start racing this beauty.

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Old 01-25-14, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
Finally got it Extremely happy with it. Exceeded my expectations. It is a what I would consider my ideal build in terms of practicality.

* 2013 Giant TCR Advanced SL ISP Rabobank
* 2014 Shimano Dura Ace 9000
* 2014 Enve SES Smart 3.4 with Powertap G3 hub
* Speedplay Zero Chro-mo (soon to be replaced by stainless)
* Specialized Toupe Pro 155mm
* 42cm Giant Contact SLR Carbon Handlebar
* 2013 Giant Contact SLR Stem 100mm
* Fizik Microtex 3mm bar tape
* Michelin Pro4 Service Course 23mm
* K edge GPS Holder

Total package comes in @ 15.88#s. A bit heavier than expected but it rides like nothing I've ever ridden. The bike is PURRRRFECT (for me of course).



Give them a call, go with ti spindles.

http://shop.titaniumspindles.com
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Old 01-26-14, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
Finally got it Extremely happy with it. Exceeded my expectations. It is a what I would consider my ideal build in terms of practicality.

* 2013 Giant TCR Advanced SL ISP Rabobank
* 2014 Shimano Dura Ace 9000
* 2014 Enve SES Smart 3.4 with Powertap G3 hub
* Speedplay Zero Chro-mo (soon to be replaced by stainless)
* Specialized Toupe Pro 155mm
* 42cm Giant Contact SLR Carbon Handlebar
* 2013 Giant Contact SLR Stem 100mm
* Fizik Microtex 3mm bar tape
* Michelin Pro4 Service Course 23mm
* K edge GPS Holder

Total package comes in @ 15.88#s. A bit heavier than expected but it rides like nothing I've ever ridden. The bike is PURRRRFECT (for me of course).



congratulations, luis! so, the seatpost fit first time out--no need to chop it? and do you notice any difference in comfort with an isp versus previous previous bikes?
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Luis,

That bike is sick.
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Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder View Post
You know how much love this bike, & I don't have to tell you how much I love this bike, but I'm still gonna...
I love this bike!!!


I'm glad you went with this over the Venge, you'll be happier in the long run once you start racing this beauty.
I am speechless at how good the bike is. I am sooo glad I did too

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Give them a call, go with ti spindles.

http://shop.titaniumspindles.com
It doesn't show for Speedplay in their website though. That's a good idea gonna go all weight weenie!

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congratulations, luis! so, the seatpost fit first time out--no need to chop it? and do you notice any difference in comfort with an isp versus previous previous bikes?
Thanks! THey had to chop it but it is on the high side so I am on testing phase trying to see if it needs any more adjustment. Right now it is setup like the roubaix.

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Luis,

That bike is sick.
Thanks Rob!
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Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
I am speechless at how good the bike is. I am sooo glad I did too



It doesn't show for Speedplay in their website though. That's a good idea gonna go all weight weenie!



Thanks! THey had to chop it but it is on the high side so I am on testing phase trying to see if it needs any more adjustment. Right now it is setup like the roubaix.



Thanks Rob!
they won't, just call them.
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2010 Defy Advance 3
Nice Defy.
It has strong potential to be hot!
Consider a nice wheelset to upgrade the 22's, while they are bulletproof, they're known as heavyweights.
Clipless pedals, go a long way. Sure theres 2 side ofnthis story, but not having them is not an option in my opinion.
They go hand in hand much like owning bibs.
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Ordered my new 2013 defy advanced sl 1 on Sunday... CAN'T WAIT!!! Its going to be a huge difference from my '12 defy 5.
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What size?
I only ask because it looks like you had to cut off a big chunk of the ISP, I had to do the same with mine, I'm considering going from M -> S with my next one.
Nice bike by the way!

Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
Finally got it Extremely happy with it. Exceeded my expectations. It is a what I would consider my ideal build in terms of practicality.

* 2013 Giant TCR Advanced SL ISP Rabobank
* 2014 Shimano Dura Ace 9000
* 2014 Enve SES Smart 3.4 with Powertap G3 hub
* Speedplay Zero Chro-mo (soon to be replaced by stainless)
* Specialized Toupe Pro 155mm
* 42cm Giant Contact SLR Carbon Handlebar
* 2013 Giant Contact SLR Stem 100mm
* Fizik Microtex 3mm bar tape
* Michelin Pro4 Service Course 23mm
* K edge GPS Holder

Total package comes in @ 15.88#s. A bit heavier than expected but it rides like nothing I've ever ridden. The bike is PURRRRFECT (for me of course).

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Originally Posted by Ghost Ryder View Post
Nice Defy.
It has strong potential to be hot!
Consider a nice wheelset to upgrade the 22's, while they are bulletproof, they're known as heavyweights.
Clipless pedals, go a long way. Sure theres 2 side ofnthis story, but not having them is not an option in my opinion.
They go hand in hand much like owning bibs.
The Wallet is hurting with 2 bikes bought lately. The only thing I plan to do is add a Cannondale Quick seat. Its got the blue stripe on the side that Is a nice touch. Here is a photobucket shot of how it will look like. Bad drawing!
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