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Long search is over, here's the new ride. Whatya think?(14 posts)

Long search is over, here's the new ride. Whatya think?rwbadley
Dec 1, 2002 7:17 PM
After looking for months for the ride that jumped into my lap and said 'Take me home' Here is the result! A Steve Rex Foco steel/carbon seatstay beauty. I found this on the RBR classifieds. The fellow that was selling it lives about 200 miles from here, and we agreed to meet at midway.
Fillet brazed, canary pearl and...rwbadley
Dec 1, 2002 7:26 PM
ohhh what a sweet ride. The fork is Ouzo pro. The seatstay is columbus carbon. The wheels are record/open pro with steel/ti 13-26 cogs. The drivetrain was Dura Ace, but when I received it is now Daytona/ Centaur 10.
Fillet brazed, canary pearl and...crosscut
Dec 1, 2002 8:34 PM
You said: "The drivetrain was Dura Ace, but when I received it is now Daytona/ Centaur 10."

So the seller baited and switched? Or, you changed out the components? In either case, you got screwed or you screwed yourself. Otherwise, it appears to be a nice bike, regardless of the color. This is the first bike Rex used carbon seatstays? Good luck.
No bait /switch,rwbadley
Dec 1, 2002 8:48 PM
According to Rex, the racer it was originally built for had DA, it was sold then as frame/fork. The guy I got it from had built it up with Campy. It was as presented in the ad. It tracks straight and true. I am unaware of any problems with the Carve seatstay. It appears to be solid...
No bait /switch,crosscut
Dec 2, 2002 9:10 PM
Okay, no bait and switch. Too bad the original Dura Ace didn't come with the bike. No need to upgrade then.

The carbon seatstay thing is popular now, and the first from REX, and I hope the adhesive will serve you fine in the future.
Humm....crosscut
Dec 1, 2002 8:35 PM
You said: "The drivetrain was Dura Ace, but when I received it is now Daytona/ Centaur 10."

So the seller baited and switched? Or, you changed out the components? In either case, you got screwed or you screwed yourself. Otherwise, it appears to be a nice bike, regardless of the color. This is the first bike Rex used carbon seatstays? Good luck.
Fillet brazed, Canary pearl, and I have arwbadley
Dec 1, 2002 7:48 PM
mild case of upgrade-itis. The whole bike works really well, but it just seems to need other than the clunky Centaur calipers. They do work nicely tho' I have another photo, but something seems to not be working at the moment , hang on
OK, here's the pic andrwbadley
Dec 1, 2002 8:11 PM
some of the things I found out about the bike. It seems Steve built it for a racer in the San Fran Bay area. He apparently didn't ride it much, as he was sponsored with other bikes. The frameset went to the fellow I got it from, and he built it up. I called Steve Rex, and asked him if he had indeed built the bike, he said yes, and this was the only one with carbon stays he has done, as he found it rather expensive and time consuming to build them as custom one-offs. This I can understand, even a small builder needs some economy of scale. So, think it needs a touch of Chorus or a bit more Record? Even as it sits, I am in lust...hee hee hee.

Funny thing, here in Reno I have not seen another Rex bike. Today I went for a club ride on it and there was another one! New-no carbon stay with straight tubes and black/blue paint. Really pretty also. I am impressed with this builder!
Tweetie looks sharp ......Spirito
Dec 2, 2002 5:11 AM
nice looking rig there ..... good score. i wouldnt worry about its lack of Chorus or Record cache as Daytona/Centaur works very well and the difference is small.

on a side note i had forgotten just how good a plain black Flite saddle looks.

log plenty miles and smiles

ciao
No computer? How will you ever know when you're speeding? (NM)eyebob
Dec 2, 2002 7:09 AM
Oh, I forgot. Wanna knowrwbadley
Dec 1, 2002 8:19 PM
the price for this screaming little beauty? Let me put it this way. If I put Chorus BB and cranks, and record brake calipers on it. I will have spent about as much for the bike as for a used Trek 5200 on e-bay! Whoo Whoo. It pays to peruse the RBR classifieds. Thanks Gary! You da Man!
I have parts.desmo
Dec 1, 2002 8:39 PM
I'm parting out my current ride to build up a new frame. I will have 2001 Chorus Brakeset, 10 speed Crankset, BB, Ti post, and shifters all in excellent condition available. I was going to ebay, but contact me if interested otis@otisrecords.com
very coolj-son
Dec 1, 2002 9:04 PM
never heard of steve rex, but it looks great.
sweet ridetrackee
Dec 1, 2002 9:34 PM
Had a Rex about 6 years ago that I had to sell for financial reasons. Worst thing I ever did. Steve is out of Sacramento and if you go to the Sacramento river ride on Saturdays, you may run into him and you'll probably see a number of his bikes. At least you would have a few years ago when I lived there, and I am assuming he's still there and the river ride is still going on.