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I Love My Windsor Hour!

Old 07-03-08, 10:47 PM
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I think the older ones came with a threaded stem/headset/fork and the newer ones (recent shipment) came with threadless
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Old 07-04-08, 12:14 AM
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OK, I need you folks with threadless to post pics. ASAP

Also, here is what BD lists for specs:

Frame Windsor Custom Butted and Tapered 4130 Cromoly with Track Dropout, Externally butted seat tube, single water bottle mount, REAR RACK braze on mounts. Frame and fork drilled to fit normal front/rear road brake calipers

Fork
Windsor Custom Drawn Triple Butted and Tapered 4130 Cromoly Aero Road
Drilled for road brake 1 inch steerer

Headset
CH Sealed CageBearing 1 inch or Threadless 1.125 (No Choice)

Crankset
TruVativ Touro, 48T (FREE FACTORY UPGRADE TO FSA Vero Aluminum)

Bottom Bracket
Sealed Cartridge 103mm

Pedals
WellGo Road w/clips and straps (Assembly tip: Tighten pedals BEFORE/After Every Ride)

Front/ Rear Derailleur
N/A / N/A

Shifters
N/A

Cog/s / Chain
16T Fixed Gear / KMC Z410

Hubs
Formula TrackSpec Black Anodized Aluminum, High Flange, sealed bearings
REAR FLIP/FLOP HUB with BOTH fixed cog side and on the other side you can install your own freewheel cog.
Assembly Tip: TIGHTEN YOUR HUB LOCKRING BEFORE / AFTER RIDING

Rims / Spokes
32H Aero Track DoubleWall, black anodized aluminum (machined brake track) Stainless spokes

Tires
Kenda K191 700x28c Black wall high pressure road, presta valve tubes

Brakes/Levers
N/A

Handlebar
Butted 6061 Aluminum Anatomical Bend

Stem
Forged/Welded Aluminum, Removable Bar Clamp, Black Finish 1 inch Quill or Threadless 1.125 (No Choice)

Tape/Grip Deluxe Cork

Saddle
SL Turbo Style Racing, Cromoly Rail

Seat Post/ Seat Clamp
SL Micro Adjust Aluminum 250mm / Windsor SL Machined Aluminum

Sizes
49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61, 64cm Bike Geometry Size Chart

Colors
Matte Silver (shown), Matte Slate (medium gray), Gloss White (sizes and colors ltd availability) Click Here to see more Detailed Images of the bike
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Old 07-04-08, 12:22 AM
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After some riding I did
1. the rotafixa on my rear cog the tightened the lockring (I thought I was too much of a fat boy at first)
2. tighten the left crank arm which came loose afte 15 miles non-stop,
3. had to adjust the toe clips,
4. my rear wheel is slightly out of true
5. I now need to tighten the chain

Other than that, just looking at it makes me want to ride. I just came from riding through 2 boroughs for no reason.
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Old 07-04-08, 12:28 AM
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Give me a few days til my wheels get here, and I'll post a picture of my newly painted setup. It's basically stock except the wheels/pedals
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Old 07-04-08, 12:30 AM
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Cool
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Old 07-04-08, 01:03 AM
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i hear you get a choice of threadless or threaded... not too sure here, i'll try and ask BD

(*newbie question* what is a better choice? threaded or threadless?)
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Old 07-04-08, 01:07 AM
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Originally Posted by FrenchFries View Post
i hear you get a choice of threadless or threaded... not too sure here, i'll try and ask BD

(*newbie question* what is a better choice? threaded or threadless?)

I enjoy my threadless. My brother has a threaded stem on his bike and it was a pain in the ass to attempt to fix when it started getting loose. No need for any tool besides an allen wrench to adjust mine
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Old 07-04-08, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Ghaurok View Post
I love my windsor too, though I actually never ridden mine stock (rode my friends though, which felt pretty good from what I recall). Went with a threadless carbon fork for mine off the bat:

(Wheels are an older set I had lying around, I think alexrims + formula or equivilant hubs, thicker axles than the ones that came with the windsor though.)

Though not finished with it yet (will powder coat bronze, and some new pedals, handlebars etc). Used mainly for commuting or just going around in town in general.

Did you repaint yours white? or was yours a version that had removable vinyl stickers? Because mine are, as far as I can tell, not removable
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Old 07-04-08, 10:33 PM
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white tape!
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Old 07-04-08, 11:13 PM
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Here is my bike. Only thing different from stock is the saddle and the lights.
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Old 07-05-08, 01:53 AM
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Originally Posted by iansmash View Post
Did you repaint yours white? or was yours a version that had removable vinyl stickers? Because mine are, as far as I can tell, not removable
I sanded them off, carefully for the most part. But in person and close up you can tell where the finishes are different from the sanded basecoat and the original clearcoat.
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Old 07-05-08, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Ghaurok View Post
I sanded them off, carefully for the most part. But in person and close up you can tell where the finishes are different from the sanded basecoat and the original clearcoat.
Details!

Also, which fork & headset did you go with?

Thanks!
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Old 07-05-08, 09:01 AM
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Ah, if it's going to be that much trouble, I'll probably strip the bike and have it painted a nicer white color and then protect it w/ 3m film on the main tubes
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Old 07-05-08, 09:28 AM
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really no white tape? so did you just sand down to the powder coat? what did you use to sand?
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Old 07-05-08, 04:30 PM
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I spent probably too much time sanding (almost a waste since I'll get it blasted and coated within a month). I used a 100 grit to go through the clearcoat, then switched to a 220 to sand the decals off. If I had to do it again I would try some lacquer thinner or something after the clear coat to see if I could peel the whole decal off. Oh and then I finished it off with 600 grit for smoothness. I'm out of town and away from my bike, so not able to get better photos.

The fork I have on there is a Nashbar 1" threadless carbon fork, with a cane creek c-1 headset and a 3t mutant 1" stem.
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Old 07-05-08, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Ghaurok View Post
I spent probably too much time sanding (almost a waste since I'll get it blasted and coated within a month). I used a 100 grit to go through the clearcoat, then switched to a 220 to sand the decals off. If I had to do it again I would try some lacquer thinner or something after the clear coat to see if I could peel the whole decal off. Oh and then I finished it off with 600 grit for smoothness. I'm out of town and away from my bike, so not able to get better photos.

The fork I have on there is a Nashbar 1" threadless carbon fork, with a cane creek c-1 headset and a 3t mutant 1" stem.
The Nashbar fork you have has a slightly different rake than the stock Windsor, right? Did you notice a difference in steering feel or how the bike handles?
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Old 07-05-08, 07:21 PM
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yeah, i'm interested in that too b/c i want the same fork...
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Old 07-06-08, 12:40 AM
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I can't say for sure right now, but over the next week I'll try to get a head to head comparison with my friend's windsor hour with the stock fork (same frame size).
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I love bikes without decals. I wanted to remove the decals from my Windsor when I received it but then realized it was under the clearcoat. I didn't want to sand down the clear and have parts not match others.
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Old 07-07-08, 12:21 PM
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that fork on there looks tooobular
I want to switch to a threadless but am weary of what to do/get/performance

my bb still rides well, I think I just got kinda lucky, it does creak a little, Im sure I will change it out sooner than later
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Old 07-07-08, 12:26 PM
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For those of you who think your BB is creaking, check other things, especially your crank arms. I find my left one comes loose after a while of riding.

I'm going to powdercoat my frame Incredible Hulk green like this Soma Rush, keeping the other components black. Maybe some black & green Soma Thick & Zesty bar tape on my Soma 456 drops. I'm also thinking of going with a carbon fork & threadless headset.

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I love that color ^
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Old 07-07-08, 01:32 PM
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Ya, it's going to be hotness, especially since I'm getting a black carbon fork.

I can OD with this saddle:


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Old 07-08-08, 10:03 AM
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I picked an Hour recently to be my beater/errands bike. It's my first fixed gear and love it so far. I thought the gearing (48/16, as according to BD's site) was kind of heavy, especially going up a couple hills here in Jersey City. The other day I took off the rear wheel to tighten the lockring and discovered they shipped my bike with a 15T cog! That's 86 gear inches! No wonder I can't skid!
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Old 07-08-08, 10:10 AM
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no way really? That's weird haha...Mine definitely came with a 16T.

You definitely need to tighten the cog and lockring though from when it's shipped. I would also recommend swapping to 17T...Awesome ratio IMO
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