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Critique this build for "holes" please?(9 posts)

Critique this build for "holes" please?Zonic Man
Jun 5, 2003 10:11 AM
I'm a 5'10, 210 lbs MTB racer, big guy, sprinter you betcha, don't much like hills. A bit fat, yes, but with an 18" neck, pretty much characterized as "stocky".

I'll be racing crits on this bike, and using it for up to 120 miles in a shot, with the average ride being 50 miles. No road races.

This is my first roadie bike, so I'm excited, but also want to know if what I'm getting is worthy or not.

For what it's worth, having high end stuff is very important to me, but that high end stuff has to be durable as well. On the MTB I run 2003 XTR on a custom steel hardtail and Fox fork for example.

Campy is not an option for me. Too "clunky".

Here's the build:

2003 Litespeed Sirius (Schroeder Iron bike) w/ fork
ITM Millenium stem 31.8
Easton EC90 bar
Easton EC70 post
SLR saddle
Dura Ace Shifters/levers, cranks, rear derailleur, chain
Ultegra brakes, cassette, BB, front derailleur
Ultegra/Open Pro wheels
Conti GP3000 tires
Eggbeater Twin Ti pedals

Thanks in advance for feedback!
wheelsmadstork
Jun 5, 2003 10:34 AM
With your build and preference for sprinting, I think some stronger and stiffer wheels would be better. I'm a lanky 188 lbs and I spent more time than necessary keeping a 36 spoke rear OP trued up. I switched to CXP33 rear wheels, 36 spoke for everday and a 32 spoke for big rides/events. Don't have to touch them. I get by with 32 spoke OPs on the front, but I don't race crits.

Suggestions? I would get two sets of wheels, one for everyday and one for racing. I like the CXP33 for everyday, but there's also the Velocity Deep V. For racing, I don't have current experience there, but I see lots of Ks and Eurus sets out there now under all weights of riders. One racer I know told me that he liked the lateral stiffness of the Eurus wheels, and this guy is an animal on the bike.
re: Critique this build for "holes" please?divve
Jun 5, 2003 11:09 AM
I'd nix the handle bar. The EC90 is rather flexy...seat post is okay but has a lot of set-back. If you don't require that it will make for a strange saddle to post position. Regarding the wheels, in my opinion they are fine provided you select CX Ray spokes - 32H....then again such a build really deserves DA hubs. For pedals I'd rather go Speedplay Zero. The adjustable float is an incredible feature and there almost no adjusting time coming from MTB.
Hrm.Zonic Man
Jun 5, 2003 12:08 PM
I'm getting the bar, post, and stem in order to be flexible enough with price to get the most expensive stuff (within reason) to be able to swap around later, when the bike comes and I'm going to be fitted.

I'm getting the bike through litespeed from teh shop I work part time at, and then going to another specialty roadie racing shop in a nearby town where a good friend runs the shop and having him do all the swap outs, setups, fits, etc.

Who knows what I'll end up with....
re: Critique this build for "holes" please?took
Jun 6, 2003 3:44 PM
nix the DA hubs. the titanium freehub body will strip too easily under a heavy rider. i'm 180 lbs and i had to replace mine w/ ultegra after 2 seasons. :(
I would spend more on wheels and less on pedals bar and stem!nmthe bull
Jun 5, 2003 12:20 PM
Pedals?Kerry
Jun 5, 2003 5:02 PM
The problem noted with the Eggbeaters is that the pedal protrudes quite a ways under the shoe, making your cornering clearance less than sterling. Possibly not the best pedal for crit. racing. Consider a Campy ProFit or Speedplay (among others) to get better cornering clearance.
Clunky?! (nm)mfuchs1
Jun 6, 2003 4:05 AM
Yep. (nm)Zonic Man
Jun 6, 2003 8:33 AM