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Old 11-02-08, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ZiP0082
I've been having a hard time finding a black 30.0 seatpost collar.
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surly makes the one, but its hard to find in stock. lemme know what you find.
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that green and orange kilo is disgusting
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wonder if 30.2 would work?
https://cgi.ebay.com/SeatPost-Clamp-S...3286.m20.l1116
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Originally Posted by this1time
seriously, what is with the white tape jobs? i get benjamin831's downtube but the seattube doesn't really match...

and not to be insulting fuggers, i mean it's just my opinion, but your bike looks terrible. it makes it look cheap (yes, i'm aware....) and like you're ashamed of it. seriously, why not opt for the bikeisland frame or save your sticker money and get it painted/pc'd whatever color you want. or at least continue the little two stripe pattern elsewhere for consistency! it looks like you have a paper toptupe protector...or two or three.
Well it is thrown together with parts that I had around. I got the frameset used for very cheap and definitely don't have the time right now to do put too much time into it. The color scheme is awful but it's going to work through the winter and then it's either gone or painted black.
I do agree, as it sits right now it's not pretty. The 3m stuff was 8 bucks and the unappealing nature of it doesn't outweigh the useful reflective as a winter bike.
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Old 11-02-08, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by JayNev
that is tempting. for how tiny the part is, $5 seems more realistic (than this $30 business).
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Originally Posted by Junbao
what size is that?
It's a 47 cm. My Caad 9 is a 50cm, and both bikes fit me like a glove. I was hesitant about
ordering the 47 but glad I did; it seems true that they do run large.
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Originally Posted by this1time
dude, you're a genius! have you ever stripped anything? probably not, but good luck and take pictures for sure!

to anyone who is remotely aware, they'll strip the frame for you, sandblast and treat it to make sure its prepped specifically for the process. this is included in the price...if it's not, take your business elsewhere...
they take the bike apart at a car paint shop? or, what sort of shop are you talking about?
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no, they chemically or abrasively strip the old paint off the frame. most automotive shops will not have a sand blaster unless they do in house restorations, you might have to go to some type of metal/welding shop to find someone to sand/media/soda blast something.
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i'm looking into buying a kilo tt soon. however, i cant decide on the 53cm or 55cm. I know the 55cm is "relatively" new (i.e. KHS finally added a 55 for 09 i believe). anyone have it? how tall are you and what's your inseam? How does it fit?

i have a 33" inseam and i'm 5'11". My specialized allez is a 56cm but i researched and know the kilo is slightly long.. I've read the 53cm would be the choice for a 56 cm rider, albeit on the small side.

I've searched and only pulled up a thread about the 55 coming soon. Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by torricantdance
I second that. I love that color.
Thank you :-) That's the one they call "slate". I had the impression it would be more of a grey color and was shocked when I opened the box; I love that color too. In person it looks almost black with a fine sliver metal flake to it. See, in the picture the sun is hitting it, causing a dark silver color. Mystic Grey perhaps? ha ha

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to help out the guy above me, I'm 5'8" and I ride a 53cm Kilo. I don't know if there's a 54, or 55, but the 53 soundstoo small for you, since it fits me perfectly.
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Originally Posted by fuggers
Well it is thrown together with parts that I had around. I got the frameset used for very cheap and definitely don't have the time right now to do put too much time into it. The color scheme is awful but it's going to work through the winter and then it's either gone or painted black.
I do agree, as it sits right now it's not pretty. The 3m stuff was 8 bucks and the unappealing nature of it doesn't outweigh the useful reflective as a winter bike.
cool, hope i didn't come off as a jerk, just really wondering why people were doing this to their bikes...feel you on the reflective aspect though! would rather be visible then pretty...

and seriously, there was that beautiful purple kilo build a few pages back that was totally ruined by an off color purple tape job...the mercier logos aren't that bad to warrant such a gross solution!
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Originally Posted by ez12a
i'm looking into buying a kilo tt soon. however, i cant decide on the 53cm or 55cm. I know the 55cm is "relatively" new (i.e. KHS finally added a 55 for 09 i believe). anyone have it? how tall are you and what's your inseam? How does it fit?

i have a 33" inseam and i'm 5'11". My specialized allez is a 56cm but i researched and know the kilo is slightly long.. I've read the 53cm would be the choice for a 56 cm rider, albeit on the small side.

I've searched and only pulled up a thread about the 55 coming soon. Thanks in advance.
hey, look back through this thread, your size has been mentioned many times. both dougland86 and i ride the 53cm kilo and we're both 5'11"/32" inseam. it fits perfectly. and if it helps, i ride a 56 iro mark v with a 55.5cm tt and it really feels like the kilo is tailored to me!
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thanks for the info. Looks like i'll get a 53cm for christmas...no money at the moment. nice bikes everyone! i hope to join the ranks by said holiday.
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yeah, 6'0" with 32" inseam and ride a 53cm Kilo. really fits very nice. i tried the 55cm and i could obviously ride it, but i think if you're between sizes, it's more a matter of taste. i like the more nimble feel of the 53cm and have had no issues with TT length, seat height adjustment or stem level.
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anyone know if the new kilo's are shipping from BD with 1 inch theaded or threadless fork and stem?
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i'm pretty sure everything is 1" threadless these days. (in terms of the complete kilos)
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nm.
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whats with 1" threadless anway? the good ole boys over there to cheap to spring for new headstes ?
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here's my thoughts on my kilo tt

I was given a kilo tt a few months ago. It was given to me "stock". It rode ok - but couldn't stand looking at the wheels, hubs and pedals. I bought Velocity deep V's with Paul hubs, gator tires, front brake and put on some Campy Athena pedals w/matching steel cages. Now I have this bike that has parts that exceed the original cost of the bike new. I still have to swap out the stem, bars and seat. I just bought a vintage concor on ebay so hopefully I'll have a nice saddle. I really think I went way too far. I think I'll swap out the frame next:-) no problems at all after that, right?

Seriously though, my feelings are: I should have went out and bought a decent frame and added what I wanted. It would have been easier and I would have something of value - not to even mention maybe CHEAPER. Basically, I have a frame that's a bit too tight for my style, not lugged ( I like lugs), too much pedal overlap, a color I don't like and I'm broke & tired from swapping all those parts! I'm 60 for Christ's sake.

Is the Mercier a good value? IMHO No it's not a particularly good value just inexpensive.

Would I buy one again? only if I was limited by funds.
Frankly, the guys at BD have been very helpful in giving me details of the parts I needed to replace. They always responded to my questions very fast and were really helpful. I think they might be the best thing about the bike!

Photos in a few weeks. Right now my dilemma is: Do I change the original crankset, bars & Seat post simply because I don't like the way they look?

Does anyone have an opinion on the stock TruVativ Touro crank set??

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Originally Posted by sept2749
I was given a kilo tt a few months ago. It was given to me "stock". It rode ok - but couldn't stand looking at the wheels, hubs and pedals. I bought Velocity deep V's with Paul hubs, gator tires, front brake and put on some Campy Athena pedals w/matching steel cages. Now I have this bike that has parts that exceed the original cost of the bike new. I still have to swap out the stem, bars and seat. I just bought a vintage concor on ebay so hopefully I'll have a nice saddle. I really think I went way too far. I think I'll swap out the frame next:-) no problems at all after that, right?

Seriously though, my feelings are: I should have went out and bought a decent frame and added what I wanted. It would have been easier and I would have something of value - not to even mention maybe CHEAPER. Basically, I have a frame that's a bit too tight for my style, not lugged ( I like lugs), too much pedal overlap, a color I don't like and I'm broke & tired from swapping all those parts! I'm 60 for Christ's sake.

Is the Mercier a good value? IMHO No it's not a particularly good value just inexpensive.

Would I buy one again? only if I was limited by funds.
Frankly, the guys at BD have been very helpful in giving me details of the parts I needed to replace. They always responded to my questions very fast and were really helpful. I think they might be the best thing about the bike!

Photos in a few weeks. Right now my dilemma is: Do I change the original crankset, bars & Seat post simply because I don't like the way they look?

Does anyone have an opinion on the stock TruVativ Touro crank set??

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now lets get this straight, you're mad because you spent a ridiculous amount of money for aesthetic reasons, and, now you're asking us if you should spend more money for ridiculously aesthetic reasons!?!

that and the fact you're sixty and asking a bunch of twentysomethingteenagers for advice!

ride your bike already....or sell it.
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Originally Posted by sept2749
I was given a kilo tt a few months ago....
sounds like this might be more your style



Just kidding, more power to you for biking. I don't really understand what the complaint is here...you were given the bike, you upgraded some parts, all (or at least most) of which can be transferred to a new frame if you get another, and you aren't happy? If you don't like the frame you can sell it and buy another one but I don't think you will have much luck trying to convince people the bike isn't a good value.
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Even if you replace every part on the complete kilo, the frameset still looks great, in my opinion.
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my TT Pro....almost finished.
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Just ordered the black 53cm. I was going to go for the frameset, but I decided to go complete. Extremely excited right now!
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