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room for improvementdolmencc
Jan 5, 2002 6:22 AM
can anyone see room for improvement in my soon to be 'new bike'
De Rosa Merak frame
campy 10 sp record with carbon seatpost and ergobrain
campy neutron clincher wheels
deda elementi magic bars, stem
look 357 pedals
selle italia SLR saddle
vittoria opoen corsa cx tt tyres

anyone have bad experience with any of above
Jan 5, 2002 8:35 AM
Your selections are fine, but you will always find someone who has had bad luck with a particular brand or model of component.

I had bad experiences with Vittoria tires (open king marios). Short tread life and prone to cuts. Two of three met an early demise from cuts. I've used Continental GP3000's for years on the same roads with no problem. The new models with black sidewalls are great.

A good saddle is one that just happens to fit your butt. All you can do is try it and see.

I personally like speedplay pedals. They are lighter and easier to get into. Used LOOK for many years, but swithched to speedplays three years ago.
Same luck herepmf1
Jan 8, 2002 11:32 AM
Those Open Marios rode great and looked cool, but sure didn't last very long. I don't think I got 600-700 miles out of them. Glad I only paid $22/tire for them on a close-out.
re: room for improvementmackgoo
Jan 5, 2002 8:54 AM
I too would say all things look good. I would say dump the clinchers and go tubular. You'll never look back.
re: room for improvementmerckx56
Jan 5, 2002 9:08 AM
evrything is good, but dump the saddle unless you have a very narrow ass. i know it's light, but that doesn't matter if it hurts your butt! get the 396 pedals. it's the same body as the 357, but the adjustable tension is a nice thing to have.
if the slr saddle doesn't work(try it first), try a flite ti.
i've had great experiences with the vittorias. i get about 2500 miles out of a set. they are soft and thin and may flat more, depending on where you ride. just remember to rotate them after every 500 miles. that's how to get more life out of them!
other than that, it sounds like a juicy set-up. it should be a light rig too!
re: room for improvementweiwentg
Jan 5, 2002 10:25 AM
yep, make sure the saddle is right for ya. unless you're Mr. Ironbutt. ;)
re: room for improvementdolmencc
Jan 5, 2002 10:45 AM
thanks for the replies.
i've tried tne saddle already over 100 miles. its one of the most comfortable i've ever used.
you may opt for the longer (350mm) reacord seatpostsecourir
Jan 5, 2002 12:52 PM
as the merak frame is a sloping top tube depending on your frame size and the seat height you normallly ride with you may need the longer post just to be sure.

the rest of the bike setup looks good but if you use pro-fit campy pedals you can then be on a totally italian ride but pedals are very much a personal thing. i like my chorus profits - a little tighter than looks but it allows for an ergo brain cadence setup and shaves a few grams as well. to be honest i am not sure whether the looks have room for the campy sensor (knowing look they have probably made provisions for it).

by the way where are you getting all the above?
you may opt for the longer (350mm) reacord seatpostdolmencc
Jan 5, 2002 4:07 PM
the frame has been on order for the last two months size 48 sloping.
the groupset and wheels still have to be finalised but the bits i've mentioned are first preference unless something better comes along.
i had considered the campag carbon cranks but couldn't justify the cost.
i'm living in ireland and most of the components are coming in through england
anyone that CAN justify the cost of them carbon cranks..secourir
Jan 6, 2002 12:21 AM
is someone i would like to befriend or even have the oppurtunity of courting their daughters as they cost top wack money. having not seen a pair or not yet heard a report about them i would hold off. i think FSA were about to launch their carbon cranks to fit campy b/brackets but then it wouldn't be campy.

if i was spending i would opt for all chorus except for the record cranks and hubs (and 9 speed at that). i like the way all that polished alloy looks and i think youll get more milage out of the set. i feel a little over carbon as i was the first in my club to get sugino 75 carbon brake levers over 13 years ago - whereas now i love the look of polished metal and alloy. for slightly more weight you would have a more durable and top functioning groupset. in functionality the chorus parts are not a downgrade from record and anyone that tells you different is full of crap as you are paying for the exotic carbon and titanium bits. apart from the hubs and crankset of course. and i might add that the chorus all steel cassette gets at least twice more miles than the ti and alloy record ones.

with the money saved i would build a cheap set of wheels for bad and inclement weather unless you live in a part of ireland that has benifited from global warming and is unusually dry and warm.

but you have the main parts of the bike (frame and wheels) thought out and that is whats most important. the rest is pretty easy to pick out. you will have many enjoyable miles ahead of you and i must admit that even though i find no fault with any of my bikes i am still envious. choosing all the bits and pieces of a dream bike build is as close to nirvana as most of us get in terms of outright luxury and extravagance. well with our clothes on anyway :-)

post a pic so we can ooooh and ahh when its all together.
you may opt for the longer (350mm) reacord seatpostSnowBlind
Jan 7, 2002 10:05 AM
We wants them! We wants them, My Precious!
Crunchy, juicy, cranks my Preciousss!

Whoa, too much time away from the bike...