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airborne carpe diem frame(9 posts)

airborne carpe diem frameweiwentg
Apr 22, 2002 6:58 PM
good? bad? piece of crap? this will be a cross racing bike, not a commuter.
re: airborne carpe diem frameatpjunkie
Apr 22, 2002 7:01 PM
should be fine. Titanium doesn't rust, always a plus in cx. Their frames have gotten decent reviews and not too costly for titanium
re: airborne carpe diem frameSteveS
Apr 29, 2002 9:00 PM
By no stretch is it a piece of crap. Thats just what the competition wants you to think. To be fair, I haven't ridden mine offroad but have been using it as another road bike and I think if worse came to worse, which I wouldn't want to happen, that the Carpe Diem would do fine for trail, road, and touring and I would be a one bike owner, not 6. Oh, yeah, I should say cyclocross included. My only caveat is that the frames do run large no matter what the spec page says. If one is looking at a CD, then buy the next size down if the top tube length works for you. Good luck.
re: airborne carpe diem frameRandyA
Apr 30, 2002 6:58 AM
I recently bought a CD for CX and road riding. I'm still in the process of building it up, but IMHO it surely is not a piece of crap. It has very nice build quality and is certainly a beauty to look at. I haven't had the chance to ride it yet (obviously), but I will soon...

I don't race (and don't really plan to) so I can't really comment on that.

Here's some pics! It's not done yet, notice there's no bar tape yet, but soon. Woohoo!

* First One:



* Second One:



Randy
re: partsSteveS
Apr 30, 2002 7:30 AM
Looks like you have a Moots seatpost. Very nice. What is that stem and what did you pick for gearing? Good luck, you will enjoy the ride.
Oh yeah... shoulda mentioned that...RandyA
Apr 30, 2002 8:36 AM
My parts pick is a mixture of road/CX/mtb as well as a mix of basic/high-end parts. The stem is a Thomson and as far as the Moots post, it's actually on there until my Campy chorus post comes in. The Moots was on my HT mtb.

Parts as follows:
* Fork: (a basic) Tange CroMo Hybrid fork
* Brakes: Avid Shorty 6
* H-Bar: 3T Forma2
* Shifter/Levers: Campy Centaur 9-sp
* Stem: Thomson Road (90mm @ -10°)
* Post: Moots layback (currently) --> Campy Chorus soon
* Saddle: S-I Flite Trans Am
* Crank: Campy Daytona 53t-39t
* Pedals: PerformanceBike Topo MC-7 (spare from my old mtb)
* F/D: Campy Daytona
* R/D: Campy Centaur
* Cassette: 12t-23t
* Wheelset: Mavic MA3 w/ Campy Centaur Hubs laced with straight gauge 14g spokes
* Tires/Tubes: Bonty Jones CX w/ Slime Lite tubes

I chose to go with more of a road-type gearing. I'm mostly an mtb'er, but in the last year I've been doing more road riding. I didn't want to get a road-only frame and CX frames are very versatile for taking on and off road so I chose to go CX.

My mtb has 46/34/24 rings & 11-32 cogs. When riding road with my mtb, I found myself riding usually in the big ring and the lower 4 or 5 cogs. So, I figured I would try the higher gearing a road crankset offers and use it as training for mtb rides. I am considering going with a road triple set and "bigger" cassette range, but I'll try the current setup first and see how it goes.

Randy
oops, forgot to mention...RandyA
Apr 30, 2002 9:03 AM
* Chain: SRAM PC-89r
* BB: Campy Daytona

D@mn after lunch lathargy...

Randy
oops, forgot to mention...SteveS
Apr 30, 2002 11:13 AM
I put a Campy ti Record (I think) post on my CD, very nice looking. Would be interested in how you feel that Tange fork works for you. Where did you get it and do you know what it weighs? I have the Co-Motion fork on my and it rides quite nicely but it really is a boat anchor. Too bad I didn't contact AME before they sold out to TruTemper as I probably could have gotten a custom carbon fiber fork with ti steerer and had a number of advantages.

Enjoy your bike and send in a picture of it and yourself to the Airborne Pilot's Log as I think you still get a T-shirt if you do so. Good luck.
I got the fork...RandyA
Apr 30, 2002 6:14 PM
... at Mud, Sweat & Gears. Here's the link to the forks page:

* http://www.bikeusa.com/components/indexForks.htm

The weight for each fork is listed on their respective pages. Now whether they're believable or not... I don't know. Coming off of mtb & suspension forks, the Tange fork is downright feather light. ;-) But then again, I'm not too concerned with weight. At least not yet.

Randy --> I do plan on sending a pic to the Pilots Log