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March 10, 2008, 4:11 p.m.
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Old hand back in the game

Man I wish I still lived in Sooke. I'm actually across the country in Halifax finishing up school right now. I'll be back in BC for the summer.

I hadn't thought of Banshee or Transition. I'm sure there's a dealer in the area here. Any models in particular?

March 10, 2008, 3:40 p.m.
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Old hand back in the game

Hi guys,

It's been almost four years since I sold my bike, switched to road and headed out to school. After a few years out of the game I'm itching to get back into riding.

I've got some parts laying around from my old ride - enough that all I'm looking for a is a new frame and fork. I'm thinking the new Bullit cause it's cheap and I like single pivots - they're all I've ever owned. I like the look of the Totem but was also considering the 36.

Of course I know test riding is in order but I'd like a place to start so please help me out and suggest some other options I may not have thought of. My budget would be in and around $2500 for both frame and fork.

A little about me. I'm 5'7", 140 and am a smooth rider. I'm looking for something lively with around 7 inches. To start I wouldn't be doing anything more than about 8 feet to tranny. I'm 25 and am not a beginner. Just a dude who's a little out of the loop after some time off.

Hope that makes sense

graeme

Nov. 22, 2006, 12:33 p.m.
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Which frames am I missing... (1.5 headtube)?

Evil Imperial
24 Bikes
Sinister Ridge

Sept. 26, 2006, 2:16 p.m.
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Interbike: Dirt Demo Day 1

Good work! Let me be the first to cast a vote for the new (and improved) Bullit

Aug. 22, 2006, 11:16 a.m.
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Anyone know where I can get a CK

http://www.aspirevelotech.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD[HTML_REMOVED]Store_Code=AVT[HTML_REMOVED]Product_Code=FISO36GRN[HTML_REMOVED]Category_Code=FISO36

36hole, green ck front hub.

of course, it is sold out, but they also carry a bunch of other colours.

Give a call and they'll have one to you in coiple days…no i don't work for AV, I just appreciate good service

Aug. 19, 2006, 3:57 p.m.
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Anyone know where I can get a CK

I've bought two hubs from from these guys. Very fast (2 days) to my door and very reliable. Shipping is $12 with tracking # - no taxes or duty paid. Can't say enough good about Aspire Velotech.

$179.99 = ~$200CAN +$15 for shipping

http://www.aspirevelotech.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY[HTML_REMOVED]Store_Code=AVT[HTML_REMOVED]Category_Code=36hole

June 27, 2006, 11:10 p.m.
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Road Bikes.

Dont worry I wont be posting alot of the roadbike. I repeat I am ashamed

mmmm….lycra

June 27, 2006, 11:06 p.m.
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Road Bikes.

1400grams.. I'd have to see it to believe it. I have Open Pro's on Dura Ace hubs as my winter wheel set. They aren't as light as my Bontrager X lites, by my educated, but rarely calibrated, hand weight scale.

Ferry leaves every hour during the summer…

June 27, 2006, 11:05 p.m.
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Road Bikes.

mmmmm CK again… mmmmm that sounds yummy. I can go 10 speed on thos?

Yup - or 9 or 8….which is something NONE of the other companies can do. CK all the way.

June 27, 2006, 11 p.m.
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Road Bikes.

I went CK and couldn't be happier.

Don't worry so much about carbon cranks. There are NO performance benefits. I'd concentrate on better wheels, a better saddle and then just pit some miles on it.

Either way congrats - you're gonna be in wicked shape and have a tonne of fun!

June 27, 2006, 10:55 p.m.
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Road Bikes.

Well, illomatic has some idea's. I dont agree with any of them thou.

Road bike wheels in general, the Pre fab ones are more than strong/light enough for 80% of most users. Unlike mountain bike wheels Pre fab are generally considered better than one, that can be built by a shop, Ie Mavic Open Pro's are generally used as a winter wheel set.

I agree - the R550's that come stock on his bike will be more than strong enough; however, I'm just passing along some advice from things I've learned the hard way in terms of wheel choice. Ross said he was looking to upgrade - I'm only giving advice on what to do in terms of wheels if that's where he's looking to spend cash.

Hand built wheels are the more economical choice - plain and simple. For instance, $800 got me a set of CK's laced to OP CD's w/ Revolution 14/17's and Salsa Ti skewers, including build. At just a hair over 1400 grams they're lighter than Ksyrium SL's and upwards of $400 cheaper. You do the math. At 32 spokes per wheel if I do break a spoke 50km's out I can still limp home without destroying my rims.

I'm just trying to prevent Ross, who seems to be someone who buys the best at any cost, from wasting more money on hype. Sorry you didn't get the same advice early enough - you should really try a set of nice handbuilts some time.

June 27, 2006, 6:50 p.m.
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For the love of God...

well got a few things planned.

If you're gonna upgrade wheels DON'T buy prefab's like Ksyriums. They might look purtty, but if you break a spoke 50kms from home you have to walk back. Plus the cost of replacing spokes on that kind of wheel is just stupid and you may have to wait weeks for your shop to get some in.

Instead, get a REPUTABLE shop like La Bicycletta to build you some custom wheels. It's cheeper and will suit you better as a heavier rider. They'll also look waaaay sicker.

Wheels are really the only part of road bike that you can upgrade that make an appreciable difference in the way the bike rides. They're also the only real place where you have to worry about rider weight.

I'm thinking navy CK Classics, laced to black DT RR1.1 rims with white Sapim CX ray spokes. It'll still come in lighter than ANY prefab set you can buy that's rated for your weight.

June 27, 2006, 6:09 p.m.
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Road Bikes.

Solid choice…and it has a compact drivetrain.

Only thing I'd change ASAP is the saddle. Go Fizik Arione Ti - lightest, comfortable saddle made.

http://www.fizik.it/catalog.aspx?subid=Arione_Wing_Flex_Black

What you've got on there right now will turn into a brick about 40kms into your first long ride.

June 27, 2006, 1:43 p.m.
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I'll second that

ross go for a specialized allez beautiful bieks built well
reasonable prices.

I have an Allez Elite. Fantastic bike. The only thing I've changed has been the wheels (now Kings laced to Mavic OpenPro CD's) and switched to Shimano compact. If you ride lots of hills I'd look into a compact set-up - it provides a much wider range of gears. From a super low 36/23 to a massive 50/11.

Unlike in mountain bikes the MOST important thing is fit! Don't even worry about components or frame material. Just get something that feels right for you, but for sure give the Allez series a spin. Also take a look at Cannondale - they have a few bikes that come standard with compact gearing and ride very well.

June 22, 2006, 6:21 a.m.
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Nemesis?

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/article2229.html

I think you may have a easier time getting ahold of a Sovereign - which is the best do-it-all hardtail ever produced, but you are closer to the Nemesis Project headquaters so who knows…

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