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Old 08-12-08, 02:48 AM
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i think you mean either probably or most likely.
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Originally Posted by dddave
i think you mean either probably or most likely.
I am going to have to ask to see your agency of always using proper spelling of everything and internet parlance task force badge.
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^^^ Hah!
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Please excuse the flash and weird lighting... My kilo:







Still need clips for the pedals, but overall she is pretty much finished...
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looks like the fork changes the geo quite a bit. how did it feel before vs now?
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nice threadless. have a look at mine if you haven't already... i did mine with the stock fork, from a much larger kilo(i got one of the mismatched framesets from bike island).
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Ok i finally fixed up my fixed gear. Bought the black kilo off of a friend of mine who too concerned about it being a "hipster bike" for 250.
Brand New:
repainted matte black, self job
-17t cog
-46t chainring from my LBS
-white chain from LBS (1/8")
-white bar tape
-dp 18 wheel set
-armadillo rear tire
-wellgo pedals (look real similar to the mks)
-mks steel clips
-double straps leather (mks)



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nice one, spoonielov -- i'm running the same tires (stock kenda in the front, armadillo in the back), seems great for commuting. Did you go from a 48 to a 46 tooth so that you could get a 1/8" chainring?
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Old 08-15-08, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by sp00ki
looks like the fork changes the geo quite a bit. how did it feel before vs now?
So i just finished it last night... so I havent had time to ride it yet... still working some kinks out. The new cog is having a little trouble catching on the chain and the front fork is a little wobbily... so gotta get that fixed before I see how it rides.
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Originally Posted by ZiP0082
nice one, spoonielov -- i'm running the same tires (stock kenda in the front, armadillo in the back), seems great for commuting. Did you go from a 48 to a 46 tooth so that you could get a 1/8" chainring?
I actually went 46 for the lower gear ratio. And the 3/32 wouldn't fit on any ring the LBS had. So it was more of a necessity than anything. This ratio is a lot smoother too. And the armadillo/kenda set up works just fine for me too! I didn't see the point of buying a new tire if it still worked fine
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Ah cool -- I've got a 17t on the way, and will be trying 48x17 for a while.

Unrelated, I was just comparing headtube angles:

74.5 - 2008 Bianchi Pista (57cm)
74.0 - 2008 Mercier Kilo TT (57cm)
73.5 - 2008 Surly Steamroller (56cm)

And I think that makes sense -- the steering/response feels in between a Pista and a Steamroller to me.
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Sorry for the less-than-perfect apartment shot, it's raining out here currently. Today I spray painted the headset spacers and stem faceplate, after picking up an inexpensive black 115mm Forte stem (+/- 8 degree). I'm liking the look over the stock silver.
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Originally Posted by sp00ki
looks like the fork changes the geo quite a bit. how did it feel before vs now?


so the feel of the bike is a LITTLE different now. I am definitely not as upright as before.. but not too bad. The carbon fork does ride significantly smoother and the new headset rides like butter. so overall its a better ride.

Biggest problem is the frame is a LITTLE too big for me, I should have gone with a size down from a 53 which is what I have, but I have been making minor comfort adjustments and so far so good.
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Old 08-18-08, 10:24 PM
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while this isn't photo-related, this has been my go-to thread for a lot of kilo-related things. here's the very cliche situation i've found myself in:

For no real reason my lockring (dura ace) starts to strip this evening. I say "for no reason" because it was installed super tight by a SS/FG-focused LBS a month and a half ago, and hasn't been touched since (and I've never skidded on it). I go to my LBS and they confirm it, it can't be tightened anymore. So, being that the stock kilo wheel was fixed/free, the wheel can no longer be used for fixed-gear riding. I couldn't justify a new wheel from the LBS because with the inflated Manhattan prices, it just felt too high. I don't really need a deeper-profile wheel (weinmann DP18 or velocity deep v) necessarily, but just anything that has a decent hub (maybe formula) and perhaps 32+ spokes.

What is the smartest thing to do?

1- get a new single rear wheel somewhere online? (though almost everywhere does wheelsets)
2- pick up a new full wheelset for around $150+shipping?
3- try to ask around online for a used rear wheel?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by ZiP0082

What is the smartest thing to do?

1- get a new single rear wheel somewhere online? (though almost everywhere does wheelsets)
2- pick up a new full wheelset for around $150+shipping?
3- try to ask around online for a used rear wheel?

Thanks!
I've been running these with great success for the last 2 years:

https://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ils&ProdID=548

the tires aren't very good and neither is the cog and lockring, but the price is right. I've said it before and I'll say it again that I really can't find a good reason to get rid of these wheels! I've had them trued once, I ride on some rough roads and drop the occasional curb and they are still fine

Here they are on the bike https://velospace.org/node/4671
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i think if you're going to get a budget wheel, get an alex r450 laced to forumula or a mavic.
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Old 08-19-08, 06:08 AM
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Thanks guys -- I ended up purchasing Formula 32H hubs laced to Mavic CXP-22s. I've heard they're great for a sub-$200 wheelset. I was considering the Alex R450/Formulas on Ben's Cycles, but the possible week delay in shipment made it a little less appealing. As it stands currently I can't ride into work, have to take the train

This certainly makes my total Kilo cost feel a little bit more expensive though.
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here's mine. seems like i copied several people in this thread eh? dont make fun of my stem setup its temporary.

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Old 08-22-08, 12:42 PM
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Nice one -- the black DP-18s and the yellow & black tires look great together.
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Originally Posted by ZiP0082
Nice one -- the black DP-18s and the yellow & black tires look great together.
Agreed, just enough colour to make it pop. Only thing I would change is a silver stem to match the rest of the components, but I'm just totally anal. It still looks awesome.
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the gold pedals are insane. i need a pair. and i think a silver thomson stem would be awesome on that.

kilo and impreza, lol.
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Old 08-23-08, 03:33 PM
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That bike makes me want to get a Kilo, it looks awesome.
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whats the race on the quilled stem frames?
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