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Your Experience With A Mercier Kilo TT?

Old 12-01-12, 06:35 PM
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Your Experience With A Mercier Kilo TT?

Can you guys give me a review of the old or new Kilo TT? The is a new kilo tt that recently came out (appears that only the crankset and saddle have changed), so I will assume ride quality is the same.




Old Kilo TT http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...rome_paint.htm

new Kilo TT http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm
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Old 12-01-12, 06:45 PM
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Old 12-01-12, 08:08 PM
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It's a good bike, you push the pedals and the wheels more, don't expect it to be the same as a thousand dollar bike and you'll be surprised with what your money gets you. I love mine, but maybe I'm a cheap date
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Old 12-03-12, 02:18 AM
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oh FFS, normal smartypants replies abound. I have a 2012. no complaints, but nothing to compare it to, either, save a godawful Republic Aristotle. weight as delivered for a 55cm frame, 20 lb. have yr LBS check it over to ensure parts are tight, etc. No beef from me about the crankset other than a loose chainring bolt that makes the assembly creak (new crank bolts are in the mail so who cares... this is not a bolt fault, i just wanted new colored bolts.)

i will say the bar as delivered is a Deep drop; i swapped on a bullhorn immediately.
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I've only ridden my kilo TT up and down the block, and up a tiny hill. From what I can feel, it is a good comfortable ride. Excited to throw some new rubber on it tomorrow.
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There is a ton of information about the Kilo on this forum and probably every other fixed gear forum out there. Do a search, plenty of info is bound to come up.
The original Kilo TT picture thread starts with a review.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...lo-TT-Pictures

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Old 12-03-12, 11:06 AM
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It's an excellent bike, especially for the money. They are ubiquitous 'starter' SSFG bikes and information is abundant (seriously, google "kilo tt" and poke around).

The one catch of a kilo tt (and ANY BD bike) is that when yours comes you kind of need to treat it like a used bike- go over every bolt and be ready to add lubrication and retorque as you inspect the bike. If you can't handle retorquing and lubricating, you probably shouldn't be buying a bike online and should pay the premium for personal service from a brick and mortar bike shop.

Long story short: you won't do better for a new bike, but the discount has costs of its own.

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SS/FG got neutered.

There's an entire thread about kilo tt's among a ridiculous amount of other relevant threads. The search function is your friend.

"let's clean up the cluttered sticky's so we can have different clutter."

505 threads regarding the kilo TT, three of which are currently on our front page. Enjoy.
http://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=6739655

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Old 12-03-12, 12:13 PM
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As they say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

I had a Kilo TT once. Here's what it looked like:



Is this the new thread to post pics in or should I start another one?

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Old 12-03-12, 12:19 PM
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Here it is with tarck drops:




The bars looked cool but weren't very functional.

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Was that your first bike, Scrod?
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I had a conversion before that. It was my first real "track" bike.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
I had a conversion before that. It was my first real "track" bike.
Don't say that in the track forum
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Or what, will I die?
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They will squeeze you to death with their big thighs, right through the internet.
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Or what, will I die?
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That's actually pretty damn funny.
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That's ****ing amazing.

I'm glad this thread got unlocked.
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well played.
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I've had my Kilo for about 3 years now and while my experience has been positive, there are some things to consider before buying. My Kilo is a 50cm model and coupled with my size 11 feet toe-overlap can be somewhat annoying. While it may not be a huge deal (only about an inch and a half of overlap) it can be kinda scary to hit your toes when trying to make really tight turns in traffic. Also, the lack of space for full fenders is also bothersome. Especially if you live in an area with a lot of rain fall. SKS Race Blades fit but don't provide as much protection as full fenders. Maximum tire size for me is about 25mm in the front (with a brake) and about 30mm in the rear. While 25mm tires work well for me, I don't know how well maintained your city's streets are and might need a larger size. The lack of water bottle mounts is lame but plastic attachments are cheap. Other than that it's been a wonderfully reliable bike that I prefer to take over my aluminum CX bike a lot of time. Not the fastest or flashiest but reliable. Keep your bike well serviced and it will treat you well. I hope this been somewhat helpful.
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