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First ride on new bike!(6 posts)

First ride on new bike!Ian
Mar 25, 2001 12:39 PM
After two months without a road bike the last of my parts came in Thursday night and I spent Friday building it. Here is the rundown.

Frame Look KG281
Fork HSC-3
Wheels Velomax Orion Comp
Group Dura-Ace
Seatpost Look Carbon Ergopost
Seat Flite Gel Ti
Stem Deda Newton
Headset Chris King
Handlebars Easton EC-90
Tires Vredestein Fortezza Tri-Comp
Pedals Speedplay X/2

It was nice to be back on the road after two months of only mountain biking. Went out for 23 miles Saturday and 44 miles Sunday. Smooth ride, but I had a Trek 5200 before, so I was expecting that. Carbon, for me, is the only way to go.

The steerer tube / stem / handlebar is not as stiff as the Trek. But going from the Icon Air Rail / Deda Zero / Icon bars to what I have now saved around 350 grams. And I don't notice it while riding, only when standing over the bike and trying to make it flex.

The wheels are works of art. I had not seen these in person or ridden them. I purchased them based on good reviews here. They are light, seem to be stiff (haven't given them an all out sprint yet) and when in the stand will spin forever. The mirrored hubs are beautiful.

I like the hand positions on the EC-90. But I did notice they do stretch you out just a tad more. I probably would not have though, had Doug not mentioned this.

The Dura-Ace STI give a little more feel and feedback than the Ultegra. And the front chainring seems to shift smoother, maybe the nickle plated chainrings?

Well, that is it. I just wanted to give my first impressions and share my excitement.

Mar 26, 2001 1:52 PM
...sounds like you got just about everything you could wish for - I'm curious -how much does it wiegh?
Mar 26, 2001 5:03 PM
17 lbs or maybe just a hair under. I need to take it to an LBS with an accurate scale. bike..john de
Mar 26, 2001 2:52 PM
i also just got a new one, atleast two months ago, still seems new to me even though its already gone down(U turn too fast) always takes me awhile to adjust to a new bike and feel at home on it..i have the same bike you had, the trek in blue and i put campy on kyseriums on it...why did you bother switching, it most have been expensive...the carbon feel is new to me and i also think it is so nice.. bike..Ian
Mar 26, 2001 5:08 PM
To bad to hear you have crashed your new bike. Hope I have better luck. I had the Trek in silver. I worked in a shop when I bought it, so I sold it for more than I paid. I switched because I think nearly every rider (myself included) dreams of building their bike from the ground up, so that is what I did.
May the wind always be at your back.bill
Mar 27, 2001 9:36 AM
Part of the rest of the blessing is "may the road rise up to meet you," but that's sort of a disturbing image to cyclists.