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Old 06-11-18, 07:28 PM
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Put this together this weekend, always wanted a celeste concept & I finally found one. It is a rocket and I forgot how much I enjoy riding brakeless, its been a fun weekend. Oh and the TT protector is a joke

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That ugly bike is so ugly with it's ugliness! I wonder what jerk-off suggested you get that ugly hideous bike? LOL, super nice!
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Old 06-21-18, 02:40 PM
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It's not ugly. It just stinks.
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Originally Posted by TimothyH
It's not ugly. It just stinks.
Horribly stinky! Crappy tires, garbage levers,the worst cranks and an extremely heavy steel frame with an asploding crabon fork .
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Sweet. How many miles do you have on it now? What are your thoughts/feelings now that you've been riding it a while?
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Originally Posted by AlmostTrick
Sweet. How many miles do you have on it now? What are your thoughts/feelings now that you've been riding it a while?
Well...

You know how when you cook a big meal and then don't feel like eating it? It was the same sort of thing with this. I built it, rode it a few times and then it just sat in my living room. Last night was the first time I rode it in over a month and I was reminded what a sin it is to let it sit. Right now it has only 106 miles on it.

It fits better than any bike I've own. It doesn't impose itself - no pain, no adjusting position every 30 seconds because of discomfort, able to ride in the drops or the tops, no problem. It's weird having a bike that fits perfectly.

The fork makes that hollow carbon bike sound so it gives the sensation of riding carbon. Those who ride carbon know what I mean. It is not cushy like the Bianchi Pista which could be downright springy at times. I would not call it buttery smooth. It is stiff and you can certainly feel expansion joints and cracks in the road but it is not twitchy like a track bike and very easy to handle. Rodriguez nailed the "sporty road geometry" for me.

I'm not sure about the tires. They pick up every pebble and grain of sand. They are scary like a race car tire - tons of grip and ultra fast but I'm afraid to find out how far I can push them.

But yeah, I will publicly commit to riding this thing more and intend to do a metric or two, maybe even a century on it this summer/fall.

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I know the feeling, sometimes the build and the anticipation is better than the actual bike. Lewis Black said it best at the beginning of his "record album", Anticipation and rather than quote him I suggest all go out and take a listen.
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Old 06-22-18, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH
It fits better than any bike I've own. It doesn't impose itself - no pain, no adjusting position every 30 seconds because of discomfort, able to ride in the drops or the tops, no problem. It's weird having a bike that fits perfectly.
I'm sorry for asking this but inquiring minds want to know

Can you please tell me why a custom-fit frame with a pretty long headtube needs so many spacers 'tween the headset & stem?
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Old 06-22-18, 03:21 PM
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Came across a 2008 Greg Lemond Fillmore frame that happens to be my size... for a great price too. Transferred the parts over from my KHS Flite 100 and built it up. Unfortunately, its not in the best cosmetic condition but it rides like a dream. I do miss the tight track frame aesthetics of the kilo TT but the Lemond handles much snappier yet is confidence inspiring with its road bike geometry. This is basically a Trek road bike with the slightly adjusted "Lemond" geometry with track dropouts.

True Temper OX Platinum tubing with full carbon fork. 17.7lbs as pictured. Next is a lighter wheelset and better tires/tubes

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Old 06-22-18, 08:33 PM
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Sweet bike! Like a cooler version of my Wabi IMO.
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Old 06-23-18, 02:46 AM
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Originally Posted by IAmSam
I'm sorry for asking this but inquiring minds want to know

Can you please tell me why a custom-fit frame with a pretty long headtube needs so many spacers 'tween the headset & stem?
Not at all... Your question is less about the bike and more about the rider. I've never been terribly flexible. Too much saddle to bar drop puts pressure on the crotch and causes numbness for me - very uncomfortable. A low handlebar also rotates weight forward onto my hands and makes them go numb too.

The bike was sized with only 17 mm saddle to bar drop - the head tube is pretty long + 30 mm spacers + 8 stem. My Niner gravel bike is my next most comfortable bike and is set up with similar saddle to bar drop.

HTH. Below is the drawing.



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Old 06-23-18, 02:52 AM
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@Dougboy, that is a great looking bike.

What saddle is that?
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Old 06-23-18, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH
I'm not sure about the tires. They pick up every pebble and grain of sand. They are scary like a race car tire - tons of grip and ultra fast but I'm afraid to find out how far I can push them.

But yeah, I will publicly commit to riding this thing more and intend to do a metric or two, maybe even a century on it this summer/fall.

-Tim-
What tires are these I can quit make it out on my laptop

Thanks,

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Originally Posted by TimothyH

What saddle is that?
Unbranded China Carbon. Fits my butt really well at about 135g. Similar to this Narrow Version
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Crank needs a trip to the powder shop.
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Originally Posted by labcoat
What tires are these I can quit make it out on my laptop

Thanks,

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Vittoria Corsa G+

I guess now they call them the Corsa Competition

https://www.vittoria.com/us/corsa-competition.html


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Crank needs a trip to the powder shop.
I hear ya, but I'm done. They would only get shoe scuff anyway and I've already gone to Carolina in my mind... (check out the first 30 seconds)



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Originally Posted by pwebb
Put this together this weekend, always wanted a celeste concept & I finally found one. It is a rocket and I forgot how much I enjoy riding brakeless, its been a fun weekend. Oh and the TT protector is a joke

Woah a "classic".
Be very careful torquing down that seat collar and only adjust when absolutely necessary.
They're very fragile and there's no real solution to get around a cracked one.
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Originally Posted by Leukybear
Woah a "classic".
Be very careful torquing down that seat collar and only adjust when absolutely necessary.
They're very fragile and there's no real solution to get around a cracked one.
i hear ya & have done plenty of research to do my best to prevent a cracked seatpost. Found an old thread where @Scrodzilla recommended using carbon paste as an option to help the seatpost hold without needing to clamp the seatpost as tight. Might try that along with babying the hell out of it.
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Old 06-25-18, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Leukybear
Woah a "classic".
Be very careful torquing down that seat collar and only adjust when absolutely necessary.
They're very fragile and there's no real solution to get around a cracked one.
Is there really nothing you can about a cracked one, short of taking it to a good welder for expensive repair?

I saw a Wabi Classic frame for sale locally, in my size. Owner is asking a mere $50 for it, because it's cracked. The crack runs circumferentially around the seat tube, between the clamp and the top tube joint. It goes both sides of the slit at the back, a few centimeters in each direction.
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Originally Posted by Broctoon
Is there really nothing you can about a cracked one, short of taking it to a good welder for expensive repair?

I saw a Wabi Classic frame for sale locally, in my size. Owner is asking a mere $50 for it, because it's cracked. The crack runs circumferentially around the seat tube, between the clamp and the top tube joint. It goes both sides of the slit at the back, a few centimeters in each direction.
In the context of what the pista concept is made out of, aluminum, it's really difficult to repair due to the characteristics of the material and the lack of material in that area. It has very thin tubing.
Even then after a repair, there's no guarantee that the repair will last even the first use right afterward.

The Wabi Classic on the other hand, is steel. Steel is the easiest to repair by both the property of steel and "modular" construction of steel frames.
You should have no problems getting it repaired by a person that knows the trade. With the repair lasting more than a lifetime.
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Nice looking ride there, StirFry. ^ ^ ^ Also cool: the SA-365 Dauphin in the background. (The French have not done a lot of things well with machinery throughout history, but some exceptions are the Citroen DS and a few very good helicopters.)
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