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Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-11, 12:50 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,014
Posted By briscoelab

There were some reported problems with the...

There were some reported problems with the Centaur levers and older model rear ders. Something about the return spring not being strong enough, if I remember correctly. I can't remember all of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-11, 09:39 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,014
Posted By briscoelab

I've seen similar problems and they have always...

I've seen similar problems and they have always been realated to 1. Der hanger (which you state is fine) or 2. Cable friction.

The new style Campy levers are REALLY susceptible to cable friction,...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-12-11, 08:21 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,534
Posted By briscoelab

My LBS had a bad batch of 6700 chains come...

My LBS had a bad batch of 6700 chains come through last year. Nearly every chain in that groups developed the cracks in the plates or broke outright. Shimano replaced them all with DA7800 chains....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-11, 04:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,410
Posted By briscoelab

Like the good old Campy thumb button :)

Like the good old Campy thumb button :)
Forum: Road Cycling
01-20-11, 04:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,697
Posted By briscoelab

They are great bits of kit. The 4mm does not come...

They are great bits of kit. The 4mm does not come out (easily).
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-10, 09:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,423
Posted By briscoelab

Some carbon clinchers are very susceptible to...

Some carbon clinchers are very susceptible to warping under hard braking. Even Edge had this problem with some of their clinchers, but the tubulars hold up perfectly. It's because the walls of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-05-10, 11:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,786
Posted By briscoelab

That cross bike is just a rebadged leftover from...

That cross bike is just a rebadged leftover from when Quick Step was sponsored by Specialized. QS doesn't have a real cross team, so they prolly just repainted some stuff they had laying around....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-10, 10:49 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,808
Posted By briscoelab

I got one of those about a week ago as well. The...

I got one of those about a week ago as well. The frame was 1020 grams for a size 56. That's pretty respectable... about 70 grams heavier than an S-works SL3 with similar paint and the same weight as...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-10, 10:50 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,824
Posted By briscoelab

Pretty much me too. I've fairly tall (6' 1.5"),...

Pretty much me too. I've fairly tall (6' 1.5"), but have a short cycling inseam and a very long torso/arms. I actually settled on a -17* stem and it works pretty well for longer rides, but I've also...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-10, 11:21 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,824
Posted By briscoelab

Ditching the super tall HS spacer that...

Ditching the super tall HS spacer that Specializes ships the bikes with for the short 8mm one will gain you a lot right there. Then if you need lower, just get a -17* stem. I used a Deda Newton pista...
08-20-10, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5,101
Views: 3,284,034
Posted By briscoelab

The way a bike should look. Good job.

The way a bike should look. Good job.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-10, 01:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,064
Posted By briscoelab

My S-works has the specialized cranks on there...

My S-works has the specialized cranks on there and it is a heck of a lot wider than 138.5mm. Also, Sram claims their BB30 cranks to be that narrow.... all of them that I have seen are just as wide as...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-10, 12:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,064
Posted By briscoelab

Some of the BB30 cranks don't have any narrower...

Some of the BB30 cranks don't have any narrower Q-factor than their external BB counterparts.

Cannondale Si and SiSl cranks do have a nice narrow Q-factor though, and the Specialized cranks are...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-10, 11:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Posted By briscoelab

I think the Force brakes have a better feel than...

I think the Force brakes have a better feel than Rival, the cranks are nicer and a fair bit lighter, and the unified color/graphics are a nice touch as well. Plus it is still affordable. I personally...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-10, 11:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 813
Posted By briscoelab

We group night ride all the time. In the fall our...

We group night ride all the time. In the fall our group rides switch to riding gravel/level B roads. We nearly always come back in in the dark and one night a week we don't start the ride until it...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-10, 11:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 958
Posted By briscoelab

Any of the Colnagos (C50, EP, EPS) that I have...

Any of the Colnagos (C50, EP, EPS) that I have had descend very well. Classic stage racing geometry works well for those applications.

I've owned three Tarmacs as well, both S-works and regular...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-10, 10:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,430
Posted By briscoelab

I like a standard because the 34T was pretty much...

I like a standard because the 34T was pretty much useless, except for really steep climbs. 39T is much more versatile..... I like the gear overlap, less front shifting. I still use a compact in...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-10, 09:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Posted By briscoelab

Just go with the Full Force group. It's very...

Just go with the Full Force group. It's very nice, inexpensive, and you won't miss the zero loss in the right shifter. The Force cranks are pretty nice too. The overall look of the group is great as...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-10, 10:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,529
Posted By briscoelab

If I feel I have to have one, I use the smallest...

If I feel I have to have one, I use the smallest that Specialized makes. I usually only keep it on one of my gravel bikes. Most of the time on the road I just use my pockets. Tube, CO2, and one tire...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-10, 05:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,990
Posted By briscoelab

Carbon stems can be a bit silly at times because...

Carbon stems can be a bit silly at times because they are not usually not lighter than a nice aluminum stem and are practically always a lot more expensive. They are also only rarely stiffer than a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-10, 05:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,990
Posted By briscoelab

The 31.7mm Deda thing is just in how the round...

The 31.7mm Deda thing is just in how the round the number. It's actually 31.75, Deda call is .7, everyone else .8.

Deda Netwton and Zero are good. I also really like the 3T ARX Team, Ritchey WCS...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-10, 03:42 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 7,105
Posted By briscoelab

What is a slipping BB? Haven't heard of that one...

What is a slipping BB? Haven't heard of that one before. Sounds like it needed some locktite on the bearings. As far as I know that was the only thing that changed in the Specialized instructions to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-10, 03:25 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 7,105
Posted By briscoelab

A creaking BB and a seat post doesn't constitute...

A creaking BB and a seat post doesn't constitute it being a lemon. Those were just oversights by the initial LBS in installing them. Both easily fixed in about 5 minutes by them or any competent...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-10, 03:18 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 7,105
Posted By briscoelab

The crappy (if your side of the story can be...

The crappy (if your side of the story can be trusted at face) LBS didn't meet your needs. Did you ever deal with Specialized directly during that time? It really sounds like the LBS was infact doing...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-10, 03:06 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 7,105
Posted By briscoelab

Well, it sounds like they told you up front it...

Well, it sounds like they told you up front it was going to be a problem. You should have immediately walked out and went to another shop.... or asked to speak with the manager and ask if it was...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-10, 12:52 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 7,105
Posted By briscoelab

Shops don't get reimbursed for warranty labor....

Shops don't get reimbursed for warranty labor. Most will eat the cost if the customer isn't a total jerk. I'm willing to bet it was your attitude that resulted in them charging you. But, maybe they...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-10, 12:35 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 7,105
Posted By briscoelab

http://www.toothlessgrinclan.com/images/Smileys/wa...

http://www.toothlessgrinclan.com/images/Smileys/waaambulance.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-10, 11:51 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 7,105
Posted By briscoelab

Oh, I agree with you 100%. Just doesn't add up.

Oh, I agree with you 100%. Just doesn't add up.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-10, 11:26 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 7,105
Posted By briscoelab

Wow... with your tact and people skills I can't...

Wow... with your tact and people skills I can't imagine why you had any problems getting a new shop to work with you to fix the problems.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-10, 11:24 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 7,105
Posted By briscoelab

Yes, it can in fact cause the chain to be thrown...

Yes, it can in fact cause the chain to be thrown off the ring. It usually happens to the outside of the big ring. A Quickstep rider was injured at a training camp when Specialized first supplied them...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-10, 01:07 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 7,105
Posted By briscoelab

LBS do not get reimbursed for the labor on...

LBS do not get reimbursed for the labor on warranty work. Usually if you aren't a jerk about it, they will do it for free though.

If you're needing your FD adjusted every couple of weeks, it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-10, 12:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,417
Posted By briscoelab

Correct, you just need the BB30 adapter. The...

Correct, you just need the BB30 adapter. The actual cranks are universal.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-10, 12:26 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,286
Posted By briscoelab

The EPS and C59 are far from antiquated. They are...

The EPS and C59 are far from antiquated. They are both amazing frames. I have personal experience with the C50, EP, and EPS. Simply amazing frames! They are very well balanced and have an amazing...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-10, 07:55 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,384
Posted By briscoelab

We've gone through a couple times at around...

We've gone through a couple times at around 8:15-8:30 and no one was in the booth. There is a way to buy a ticket from a machine, but only for car passes.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-10, 03:01 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,384
Posted By briscoelab

Not if you get there early enough :)

Not if you get there early enough :)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-10, 12:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,746
Posted By briscoelab

A Specialized Tarmac Pro Sram or DA would be a...

A Specialized Tarmac Pro Sram or DA would be a nice bike. You could get that and a really nice set of wheels and/or a power meter and still be under your limit.

Want something different, look at...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-10, 12:26 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,384
Posted By briscoelab

Then it sounds like most things you've read are...

Then it sounds like most things you've read are incorrect.

It really takes ~2 weeks before things settle down when changing elevation greatly. Going somewhere and waiting a couple days to do a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-10, 10:00 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,384
Posted By briscoelab

I bet his gearing will be fine. Evans isn't steep...

I bet his gearing will be fine. Evans isn't steep at all... but the altitude will make it feel like it is :) My wife and I did it a few weeks ago with a 39-25 as the lowest gear (her) and 39-27 (me)....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-10, 12:09 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 6,343
Posted By briscoelab

Looks like being unprotected in the sun worked...

Looks like being unprotected in the sun worked out well here:

http://beaut.ie/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/wrinkles.jpg

http://thebeautybrains.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/wrinkle.jpg

I...
08-06-10, 10:59 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,507
Posted By briscoelab

Sweet! Teammates (Brian and Kim) just took the...

Sweet! Teammates (Brian and Kim) just took the Tandem road race win!
...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-10, 07:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,044
Posted By briscoelab

The new Elites are actually a pretty nice wheel....

The new Elites are actually a pretty nice wheel. They are an actual 1560 grams and have steel spokes. So they ride a lot nicer than the SLs while still having nice lateral stiffness.

Might want to...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-10, 11:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,417
Posted By briscoelab

There is no customs duty on component parts if...

There is no customs duty on component parts if they are coming from Europe and into the USA. Our friends to the north in Canada aren't so lucky in that regard.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-10, 12:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,043
Posted By briscoelab

Why not go with a 3T stem if you are doing a 3T...

Why not go with a 3T stem if you are doing a 3T bar? They are 6* also.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-10, 07:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,043
Posted By briscoelab

I don't understand the absolute need for double...

I don't understand the absolute need for double grooves? I have ran Campy and Sram on those bars for years.

Also, if you can't make the transition from bar to shifter flat on a Deda shallow, you...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-10, 09:50 AM
Replies: 18,748
Views: 3,737,279
Posted By briscoelab

DA7850 low profile carbon tubulars and a set of...

DA7850 low profile carbon tubulars and a set of 2010 Force shifters.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-10, 09:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 426
Posted By briscoelab

Check on RBR and Weight Weenies. There are some...

Check on RBR and Weight Weenies. There are some people with them there.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-10, 08:16 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,048
Posted By briscoelab

Nice watch :)

Nice watch :)
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-10, 10:26 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,417
Posted By briscoelab

No

No
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-10, 10:16 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 9,932
Posted By briscoelab

WOW... can't believe it:) The tete saga was just...

WOW... can't believe it:) The tete saga was just starting when I first joined BF. Since then I've owned 5 road bikes and we (wife and I) currently own about 15 bikes. I won't even begin to count up...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-10, 11:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 536
Posted By briscoelab

Honestly, with the small amount of acetone you...

Honestly, with the small amount of acetone you used you can just run a scotch brite pad over it to knock off the big chunks and glue up some new tires. It would be best if you used the same glue that...
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