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upgrading kilo tt pro

Old 12-09-08, 08:42 PM
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upgrading kilo tt pro

hey, was just wondering if anyone could give me any ideas: I am in possession of a Cream colored Kilo TT Pro, all stock so far. What does anyone think should be the first few upgrades and what colors do you think would look okay on a cream bike?

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Old 12-09-08, 08:48 PM
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Blue and red.

Often times the right shades of blue, red, and off white/cream look AWESOME.
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Upgrade whatever wears out but if you have the bug the most important parts are Saddle, pedals, handlebars.
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Old 12-09-08, 09:11 PM
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on my tt pro ive upgraded: bars, pedals, chainring, cog, lockring

next up is: seat, seatpost, stem wheels.

and before anyone says it....yes i could have just saved some change and bought a regular kilo since im doing all this but i really wanted the slate
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Yeah, I know for sure I need new pedals, then comes handlebars, my seat probably last because I do not have a problem with it yet. Would it be lame to get red deep V's? And also are riser bars mainly for tricks or just riding? Sorry for all the questions!
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Riser can be for tricks. Not many hand positions though.

I like Drop bars and Bullhorns...they offer more hand position.

Your bike has awesome rims...why switch them out for Deep V's?


Are you just goin for Fashion? or Practical upgrades...
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if you get the red wheels I would recommend the anodized red. Risers are not designed for tricks, people who do tricks happen to use them cause you can do barspins but risers are designed to raise your riding position. I would buy a cheap set and try them out, I have a pair that I switch out between my drops or any other handlebar I want to try depending on my mood.
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Originally Posted by Bebopman View Post
Riser can be for tricks. Not many hand positions though.

I like Drop bars and Bullhorns...they offer more hand position.

Your bike has awesome rims...why switch them out for Deep V's?


Are you just goin for Fashion? or Practical upgrades...
I am thinking bullhorns or riser so far and as far as the wheelset eh..I would say a mix, I don't know yet. I want practicality, but I really like the look of Deep V's, and no I am not just saying that because everyone and their brother has them.

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if you get the red wheels I would recommend the anodized red. Risers are not designed for tricks, people who do tricks happen to use them cause you can do barspins but risers are designed to raise your riding position. I would buy a cheap set and try them out, I have a pair that I switch out between my drops or any other handlebar I want to try depending on my mood.
Thanks for the advice! I probably will when I have money, how does wheel sizing work/do I need anything extra to put them on my bike?
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Originally Posted by Iwannagofast View Post
Yeah, I know for sure I need new pedals, then comes handlebars, my seat probably last because I do not have a problem with it yet. Would it be lame to get red deep V's? And also are riser bars mainly for tricks or just riding? Sorry for all the questions!
MKS Gr-9's are popular around here; they are a great, cheap platform pedal that works well with regular sneakers; bells bikes on ebay is selling a combo with toe clips and leather straps for 44 bucks which I just bought. Don't think those are your only option though, as there are tons of great pedals around.

As far as bars go, get whatever satisfies your uses; if you're doing mostly urban riding and you like the look of risers, go for them. I personally am rocking (yes, rocking) drops right now because you get the flat bar plus the drop position. Although the only time I use the drops is when I'm on a bike path with plenty of space and no traffic, I like the option. The multiple hand positions may come in handy if you ever go for longer rides as well.

If you like the look of something and can afford it, get whatever you want; some people here will hate on you for any number of reasons, mostly because you choosing to make your bike look the way that will make you happy simply is not hardcore enough for them. You're the one who has to look at it day in and day out, so do whatsoever will make that experience a good one..
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Old 12-09-08, 09:33 PM
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Thanks a lot that is very helpful! I used to have a road bike before I switched to fixed so I know how convenient drops can be but I am thinking I might go for something else.
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Pedals first, as the stock pedals s-u-c-k.
If you are abso-lutely gonna replace the bars, you could just chop 'em and flip 'em over as bullhorny kinda things, just to see if you like them that way without spending any cash.
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How do you know how much to cut them? Just eye it or is there a good measurement/angle?
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I just guessed.
Lined up more curve than I thought I would want. (so I could cut more if needed. you can't put it back, but you CAN take more off) Set them on the chop saw (wrapped and all) and WHACK. A little electrical tape on the ends, back in with the plugs and blammo, bullhorns. Didn't even need a second cut, they were fine. I made sure that my cut was level with the flat section of the bar adjacent to the stem.
You can use a hacksaw or pipe cutter as well, but clamp them into a vise, especially if you are anal like me and you want them to be even and level with each other.

edit: here's a photo.
edit edit: What the other guy said: the rims are nice, why not wait 'till they die to switch 'em out? I guess you could try to sell them on ebay/CL to offset the cost of new ones though. Enjoy the bike, I know it rides perty nice

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Old 12-09-08, 10:04 PM
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Cool thanks. The pic helps a lot. I think I might as well try it when I have time and a spare saw on hand. haha. I still can not ride for a few weeks due to a wrist injury but that gives me something to do.
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Did you get this Kilo TT pro off Ebay?
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get these, i would recommend the syntace stratos over these since they are half the price but there are none on ebay at the moment
http://cgi.ebay.com/Nitto-Bullhorn-B...1|293:1|294:50
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google around for syntace stratos!
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I also have the Kilo TT Pro and my first upgrades were:

- cog ring
- lock ring
- saddle
- rear wheel

Next upgrades (as money permits) will be:

- seat post
- handlebars
- stem
- headset
- front wheel
- pedals
- cranks
- chain ring

Makes you wonder why I upgraded to the Pro version ... mostly coz I wanted a nice ride to use while I waited til I could afford better components. I wasn't a huge fan of the stock Kilo parts.
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Why did you upgrade the rear wheel and what did you upgrade to?
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- cog ring
yikes!
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he meant to say cock ring
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IMO the order should be about this:

1 Pedals/Cranks/Rear wheel (these parts are terrible on the Kilo, and since it's pretty much your brake, upgrade ASAP)

2 Saddle (again, the stock one is unreal, a true torture machine)

3 Stem/Bars/Headset situation

4 All the rest (front wheel, seatpost and clamp, etc..)
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I don't have the Pro version but this is what I upgraded on my Kilo:

1) 17T cog: for more skid patches, slightly lower gearing
2) shorter stem + risers + grips: to get a more upright position on bike, better view of traffic
3) rear wheel: because I stupidly stripped out my cog, now I have a more expensive hub
4) ben's lockring: stock lockring was a POS
5) lock, lights, helmet, CO2, tubes, tire levers, allen wrench set: because I needed them
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