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Old 05-04-2013, 08:56 PM   #2701
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Just finished another build (again & finally!).
Think some of you might remember this when I first got it:


Bought as a frame and fork again, and slowly built it up. Actually had this one before my 2 Kona projects, and wasn't really working hard on it, thus it took so long.... Well, definite lack of funds too!






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Frame: 2005 Giant TCR C1 (Carbon frame/fork)
Handlebars/Stem: Zeus Zeta Carbon / Ritchey WCS Carbon 100mm
Fork/Headset: Stock / FSA Carbon Integrated
Front Wheel/Tire: Mavic Aksium Race / Bontrager R1 Plus 700 x23c
Rear Wheel/Tire: Mavic Aksium Race / Bontrager R1 Plus 700 x23c
Crankset/Bottom Bracket: SRAM Red / SRAM
Saddle/Seat Post: Bontrager Affinity RL / Deda BlackStick Carbon
Pedals/Chain: Shimano 105 / SRAM PC-1071
Shifters/Derailleurs: SRAM Force / SRAM Rival
Cassette: SRAM PG 1070
Brakes: SRAM Rival
Misc: Deda bar tape, Jagwire cables/housing

Probably make this the (new) race bike, if I ever have time to ride it. Yes, it's a really small frame, but hey, lighter right? Again, haven't had a chance to ride it except around the block.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:13 PM   #2702
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^ truth! don't get something that's 'carbon' just for the sake of getting carbon!
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:34 PM   #2703
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My opinion on that BMC, pretty nice! And backcountry.com is good, because of the lifetime return policy! Looks like they only have 48cm and 51cm left, hope one of those sizes are suitable for you.
$400 is a good chunk of change (for me at least, not to these other ballers in here). You can save that and buy some accessories, clothes, tires, etc...
The whole aluminum vs. carbon and harsher ride...you'll just get use to what you're riding. It's not like you're riding cobblestones everyday, are you?!? I have steel, aluminum, scandium, carbon, aluminum/carbon hybrid bikes. Each have their own characteristics, but I do not find any one bike more harsh than the other. Maybe I should get a titanium bike next for comparison sake! JK!
Yeah, that's why I was thinking it was a good deal. $1149 for the BMC vs $1450 for the Roubaix. The BMC is full 105, and the Roubaix is full Apex, so the equipment levels are similar though the BMC seems to have the better wheels, with Shimano R-501 and Continental Ultra Sport tires vs. Mavic CXP22 and Specialized All Condition tires. I can use the $400 on a helmet, pedals, shoes, etc. I should be riding a 52cm frame according to the bike shop so the 51cm frame should work great for me.

I have never ridden a carbon frame before so I do not know how much better it rides vs. aluminium, but I wanted to find a smooth, relaxed geometry bike more for longer fitness rides than racing so that's why I was looking at carbon frames.
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Would you call the Roubaix frame an entry-level carbon frame? The SR01 seems to be the lowest bike that BMC had in their 2012 line-up... though they do have a narrower focus than Specialized and are a good brand as well.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:09 AM   #2704
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The Roubaix uses the lowest grade carbon materials (not that it's bad.) Not to mention their groupset is...not the greatest.

BMC makes solid framesets although most of their bikes are now carbon, that particular model on backcountry.com was specifically made to BMCs specifications. That and it has a 105 groupset. I would have pulled the trigger on that bike if it weren't for the deal on the Guru Flite.

I might just get it for my bike in LA.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:25 AM   #2705
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Boooom. Team Sky smashed the TT just now. Cavendish lost the maglia rosa to salvatore puccio of sky

still, hard to watch this stuff ... lol. if it weren't for the effin' birds chirping outside, i wouldn't have waken up to watch this hahaha

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Old 05-05-2013, 09:02 AM   #2706
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my buddy has a Bmc aluminum bike and he loves it. I haven't tried so I can't compare to my Supersix which is carbon.

Edit: my bad. My buddy has a sl01 so it's carbon as well.
Btw westwood cycles in Coquitlam is having a cannondale demo day. If you wanna go ride an evo red
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:12 AM   #2707
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:38 AM   #2708
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That BMC looks like a good ride, good price point too. 105 is getting into Shimano's higher end so it will be quite crisp and positive feeling.

And I might have to try out a Supersix myself
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i've tried my friends sl01 (with ultegra di2 and mavic kysium wheels)
the frame is stiff, repsonsive and corners very well. i really like riding it

not sure difference between sr01 and sl01, but they look almost the same
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SR01 = BMC Street Racer - aluminum frame
SL01 = BMC Road Racer - carbon frame

Two different monsters in their own rite.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:04 PM   #2711
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so RS peloton.

any suggestions for a decent best bang for value wheelset between 5-700?

i dont bike to commute, just for the sake of riding my bike on nice days, training i guess, not racing.

either local sale or online.

here are just a few that i've looked at my price range.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/mavic-ksyriu...wheelset-2013/

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/mavic-cosmic...wheelset-2013/

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/campagnolo-z...cher-wheelset/

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/fulcrum-raci...wheelset-2013/

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=92176

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=76736

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=76735
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I do not recommend the Campy/Fulcrum wheelsets. They have a low spoke count and if you want them for just riding and training, these are not good for it. (FYI - Fulcrum Wheels are owned and made by Campy. They simply wanted to diversify their market and product line.)

Or pony up for a set of the Reynolds Solitudes. They are 15xx grams and change without tires and fit within your budget. I have a set of them on the Guru Flite right now and was on the CAAD10 before.

An alternative is to give these guys a shot - http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com/
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not familiar with wheels. But higher spokes the better?

Btw. I'm about 128 pounds. So not a heavy rider lol.
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Yup. Got to ride an SuperSix EVO2 with Sram Red Even scored a free Cannondale water bottle



Beautiful riding bike. Took it down Pipeline Rd. which is notoriously rough and the bike was surprisingly smooth yet stiff at the same time. At $4000 it should be. Slightly easier to pull hills than my CAADX. Probably due to 5lb difference in weight and 23c tires to my 35c fatties @ 85psi max

Shifting on the otherhand, well let's just say I'll stick with my Shimano Ultegra.
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Btw. I'm about 128 pounds. So not a heavy rider lol.
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For the most part, these will be okay for you but if you have 20 - 24 spokes for a guy your weight, it's good insurance so your wheel doesn't crap out on you if you hit a pot hole etc. There are other things like aero dynamics, ride quality and whatever but I'm not versed enough to really share any objective opinions or experience. Give John @ PMS a call!

OTG-ZR2 - I hope your went home with that bike! I'll swap out the Red group for my Rival, okay? Thanks!

re: Red vs. Ultegra - of course, both are different in terms of shifting but Red is at a point of diminishing returns. I didn't mind Ultegra shifting smoothness (in fact, I liked it a lot) but as I said before, the hood design didn't work for my hands.
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I do like the crisp up shifting of Red. It's much more positive than Shimano. The down shifting was the deal breaker for me. The demo bike and my bike were almost exactly the same as they were requiring adjustments, both very minor, like 1/2 to a full turn on a barrel adjuster.

I tried for the life of me to get the Sram in by just adding some extra push to the lever as I do with my Shimano when it's stuck between gears. The Sram would jump up to the next gear and then fall back into the original gear. I didn't like that. Maybe I'm just used to how my bike is and don't quite know the tricks of double tap yet.
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Strange. Sounds like the bike needed adjustments.

I had to get a quick rear derailleur adjustment as mine jumped in and out of gear and a few touches at PMS, problem was solved in minutes and free!

The downshifting on SRAM took me a few rides to get used to so you're not the only one (and this is coming from a full season on Ultegra!)
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I'm fricking jealous. I have to work while it's gorgeous out, my friends are going to the beach and you guys are doing demo rides on the Cannondale bikes
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Good deal if anybody wants these tires - Michelin Pro3 tire set
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You rode those didn't you? How'd they stack up against the 4000's?
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Yup! But I still prefer the Pro Race 3. I'm on one full season on them and still good.

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tl;dr versioin: Michelin Pro Race 3 = High performance tire. Continental GP4000s = awesome daily rider for training and possibly racing tire
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boyd vitesse are uber bang for your buck. i think i've mentioned this before but i was minutes away from pulling the trigger on those but then i saw my kysrium elites for sale and i couldn't resist!
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