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new Steelman...*big grin*StevenB
Sep 21, 2003 1:02 PM
howdy everyone...lurking here for the last couple months, waiting for my new Steelman Eurocross...just got it last week, what a beauty! (excuse my shameless, self-serving happiness!) unfortunately i'm recovering from a fractured cheekbone, so my initial rides have been pretty low-key...but i should be good to go in another week or so.

fwiw, i set the bike up with nice wide gears (34/48, 12x27)for trail and fire road exploration. the wheels are from Dave Thomas at SpeedDream - King hubs (bearings still sticky), Velocity Fusion rims, and WS oval spokes. Dave builds great wheels - the crash that busted up my face didn't hurt the SpeedDreams on my road bike at all.

as for Steelman, Brent is awesome to work with - he's busy for sure, but when he specs your bike, you get 100% of his focus and experience. more pics to follow, apologies in advance if they're too big...
pic #2StevenB
Sep 21, 2003 1:03 PM
pic #3StevenB
Sep 21, 2003 1:04 PM
pic #3dlbcx
Sep 22, 2003 7:33 AM
Nice. Brent must have redesigned his forks; my fork is the type with an investment crown. But, your's look to be a unicrown type.
You'll love the ride!! I race mine but also ride on trails and it just rocks!
pic #4StevenB
Sep 21, 2003 1:05 PM
ooo la la!buffalosorrow
Sep 21, 2003 5:04 PM
Very nice steelman indeed.
What size? Seat tube and top tube?
Did Brent ship the bike set up with the Campy/ FSA/ King?
thanks!StevenB
Sep 21, 2003 6:15 PM
the frame is a stock 53cm, and specs should be on www.steelmancycles.com. i only live an hour away from his workshop, so i went down for a fitting. we talked about parts, and he made some recommendations - in particular for the crank. i think he's posted his own review of fsa's chainrings on this site.
thanks!richpierce
Sep 22, 2003 11:09 AM
why the setback seatpost? Do you have long femurs for your height? Seems your position would be quite a bit farther behind the cranks than usual for me.
long setbackStevenB
Sep 22, 2003 6:11 PM
not sure if i need the setback b/c of long femurs, but that thompson post doesn't actually have that much setback...in fact, i should have listened to brent and gone with another post that offers a bit more - i find myself scootching (is that a word?) back off the end of the saddle, and it's at the end of the rails. i may try a ritchey post instead.
long setback- I gotcharichpierce
Sep 23, 2003 7:19 AM
I was guessing it also had some setback at the clamp- guess they do it all at that bend. The Ritchey is a great post at a great price.
Sweet BikeSenorPedro
Sep 21, 2003 3:02 PM
I especially like your build choices - quality stuff with a little variety. Excellent.
re: new Steelman...*big grin*Tailendcharlie
Sep 21, 2003 6:21 PM
Hello, nice machine! Is that a Shimano 12-27 cassette? I imagine it is, and if so how do you feel the compatibility between the Campy and Shimano works out. Thanx
re: new Steelman...*big grin*StevenB
Sep 22, 2003 7:24 AM
yep, it's a DA 12-27 cassette. shifting is good so far - a few new-bike stutters, but nothing unusual.
Campy 13-29 10s by the looks. nmSpunout
Sep 22, 2003 7:25 AM
D'oh! 9s...13-26. nmSpunout
Sep 22, 2003 7:26 AM
Stunning BeautyCrank-a-Roo
Sep 22, 2003 11:51 AM
Nery nice Bike!!! Enjoy riding it!!!!!!

Are you going to race this baby?

Crank
Congrats!peter in NVA
Sep 22, 2003 2:10 PM
Looks like you have Paul Neo-Retro in front. How do you like them and did you get the black or salmon pads?
I put them on my bike recently and they have great modulation. Also have 34/48 which is great for trail riding.
paul brakes...StevenB
Sep 22, 2003 6:15 PM
...came with black pads. are the salmons a softer compound? they work ok, but i could probably bring them a bit closer to the rims to get more stopping power. or maybe i'm just not used to the difference between road them and road calipers. so far i've only gotten one squeal, and that was when cranking down very hard on them.
Stunning BeautyStevenB
Sep 22, 2003 6:26 PM
thanks! i got it more for epic, all-day rides, but it certainly deserves to be raced. just have to see if my technical skills are up to it...and if the metal plates in my face from the last crash can handle it ;-)
Paul Brakespeter in NVA
Sep 23, 2003 1:37 AM
The salmons are supposedly better in the wet. There's a discussion of their advantages on Sheldon Brown's website. I've used both in the mud here in VA and honestly can't tell the difference.
The Paul's have much more stopping power than road brakes...check the straddle height. They are not like V-brakes, so closer to the rim doesn't give more power.
Some of the more experienced mechanics on this board can give you better advice.
re: new Steelman...*big grin*HWTrider
Sep 24, 2003 4:17 PM
Very nice. The more you ride it the more you will love it.