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Mercier Kilo TT Pictures

Old 06-22-07, 03:55 PM
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Wow, this is my first post on Bikeforums.

This Kilo TT is also my first track bike.

I bought one of these frames used off CL a month or so back, it'll probably be finished on Sunday. I'm excited to ride it, and it's rad to see this Mercier love post!

Here's my build up (pics in the future):
Kilo TT 50cm frame, black, decals painted over 'cept for Mercier logos on seat tube and head tube
lime green 36h Velocity Deep V (front machined) laced to Suzue Pro Max, rolling on black Vittorio Rubinos
EAI 17t cog
Dura Ace lockring
Shimano something BB
Sugino Messenger 46t chainring in black, modded with some other Sugino crank arms (RDs?), SRAM PC-1 black chain
MKS Sylvan track pedals in silver, MKS toe clips, and black Ale straps
stock seatpost
black Selle San Marco Concor saddle
ITM 100mm stem (to be replaced by Nitto Deluxe 90mm)
can't decide between generic 40cm chopped risers (w/ green or black Ourys and black BMX Oddessey monolever), or Nitto b125 track drops or random flop n' chop bullhorns (either with Tektro CX lever).

All I have to do is finish building the wheels, mount a front brake and lever, and choose bars and grip colors (black so just the rims pop, or green to match the rims???) Can't wait.

Yeah, this bike is a pretty one, and should serve me well for my purposes.
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Is the mercier any better than the "the hour"?? also a bikesdirect bike

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/thehour.htm

also is this considered an integrated headset?
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Old 06-22-07, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Hopetoditchcar
Is the mercier any better than the "the hour"??
Yes. Mercier has a much nicer fork.

Originally Posted by Hopetoditchcar
also is this considered an integrated headset?
no.
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Is that the only major difference?
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I got a black 53 a while ago, and after a while decided I wanted a front brake.

So. I first tried a Crosstop brake lever, but just switching the cable and housing to come out the right side make the cable rub in weird places inside the lever and seem somewhat inefficient. So I made a post about this and decided to get right handed BMX lever and just flip it over. This set up looks much better mechanically, but I can't get the damn thing to fit on the bars. What am I doing wrong?
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Originally Posted by erox
I got a black 53 a while ago, and after a while decided I wanted a front brake.

So. I first tried a Crosstop brake lever, but just switching the cable and housing to come out the right side make the cable rub in weird places inside the lever and seem somewhat inefficient. So I made a post about this and decided to get right handed BMX lever and just flip it over. This set up looks much better mechanically, but I can't get the damn thing to fit on the bars. What am I doing wrong?
Your bmx lever is probably for smaller diameter bars. You can try filing it out, though I wouldn't recommend it.

I'm not sure I understand what you are saying is wrong with the cross lever. Post a pic and we might be able to help you out with it.
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Ach, I would take a picture but my camera is on the fritz from a backpacking trip in southern Utah. Let me see if I can make it explainable by words.

I am planning on setting up the brake on the left side of the handle bars. I want the cable and housing going toward the caliper, coming out the right. The cross levers are set up for it coming out the left, toward the rest of the bars. When I reverse the routing on the cross lever, the cable rubs on the metal in places that would appear to cause wear on the cable and be generally inefficient. The bmx lever has the cable and housing going woard the caliper and has no awkward rubbing spots.

Make any sense?
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A few changes. Brooks sprung saddle, front brake, and origin8 Gary bars with black OURY grips.

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that looks beautiful, thing that boggles my mind a bit, on similarly sized frames, the TT vs. the angus/ mark v. The tt is a higher angle Seat tube but it has a longer wheelbase than the mark v/ angus. Which has more track geometry?
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Originally Posted by Hopetoditchcar
Which has more track geometry?
Beats me. As you can see, I ride it by the inlet and not on the track
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Does anyone have the weight of this bike?
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the kilo has more track geometry.
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I pulled the trigger on the Kilo. I want to swap out the bars anyone know the right size for the stock stem?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Hoshnasi
I pulled the trigger on the Kilo. I want to swap out the bars anyone know the right size for the stock stem?

Thanks!
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Ahh, "track geometry." I think that needs to go up on the
board with "ftw" and "+aliens" as the board's top cliche.
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already posted it in a different thread, but what the hell i guess.

to me i think it weights 15 pounds, could be wrong though. it's so ridicously light.
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what size is your frame?
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hey i need advice, i have a 50cm i havent ridden yet because of the toe overlap. im riding in heavy traffic and need to be able to make lots of quick turns in and out. i cannot risk hitting my wheel and falling over in front of a bus or something. i replaced the stock pedals & clips with MKS-Sylvan Lites (like a GR9, but smaller) and MKS mini clips. its still overlapping about 20mm.

so i know i could: get a 650c front wheel, replace the fork (although if i wanted an ugly straight fork i would have gotten a Fuji track) or i was thinking about trying bulletproof 140mm bmx cranks. obviously the bulletproofs are the cheapest solution. i measured and 150's wont even cut it. but do you guys think its going to be weird riding on 140mm cranks?

i picked this bike up strictly to leave locked up at night/in shady areas, so the fact that im already sinking money into it is bumming me out. any info or suggestions are greatly appreciated. thanks
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If you're really that worried about toe overlap, then you
shouldn't be trying to ride a track bike on the street in
the first place. Get a frame with laid-back geometry
and you'll be fine.
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I've been very careful the past few weeks but I'm not having any overlap issues at speeds faster than walking.
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Originally Posted by chuckles
hey i need advice, i have a 50cm i havent ridden yet because of the toe overlap. im riding in heavy traffic and need to be able to make lots of quick turns in and out. i cannot risk hitting my wheel and falling over in front of a bus or something. i replaced the stock pedals & clips with MKS-Sylvan Lites (like a GR9, but smaller) and MKS mini clips. its still overlapping about 20mm.

so i know i could: get a 650c front wheel, replace the fork (although if i wanted an ugly straight fork i would have gotten a Fuji track) or i was thinking about trying bulletproof 140mm bmx cranks. obviously the bulletproofs are the cheapest solution. i measured and 150's wont even cut it. but do you guys think its going to be weird riding on 140mm cranks?

i picked this bike up strictly to leave locked up at night/in shady areas, so the fact that im already sinking money into it is bumming me out. any info or suggestions are greatly appreciated. thanks
What about losing the clips and rocking some power grips?

You can back your feet out a hair when you are trackstanding/going super slow/riding in front of a bus/etc, and still have the benefit of being connected to the pedals when you're rolling.
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Originally Posted by Hopetoditchcar
Does anyone have the weight of this bike?

i'm going by my lbs today to weigh it...i'll post it later.

in the meantime, just messing around with it until my new wheels arrive, i find a white saddle and buy the white tape i will use on the bars. just put a freewheel cog on the flip/flop hub.

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Is bikesdirect.com the only place selling these?
Their sizing is wierd. 53cm then a jump up to 57cm? Seems like most people would want something in the middle of that but they dont have them. Maybe thats why they dont have them.
Anyway, who else sells these?
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Originally Posted by deathhare
Is bikesdirect.com the only place selling these?
Their sizing is wierd. 53cm then a jump up to 57cm? Seems like most people would want something in the middle of that but they dont have them. Maybe thats why they dont have them.
Anyway, who else sells these?
If I had to guess, I'd say that 55cm probably sold out first.

I know some people say that they're seen these in stores,
but as far as I know, the only place to buy them is from
bikesdirect.com or from their eBay alias (sprtymama, I
believe).
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Originally Posted by bonechilling
I know some people say that they're seen these in stores,
but as far as I know, the only place to buy them is from
bikesdirect.com or from their eBay alias (sprtymama, I
believe).
bikesdirect owns a chain of bike shops called Cycle Spectrum. I picked my kilo up from one of those stores.

sprtymama is actually the wife of the guy who runs the Cycle Spectrum chain. both are based out of Ponte Vedra Beach/Jacksonville, FL. the bikes are just shipped from bikesdirect's warehouse in Houston.
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