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What do you think of my new ride?(16 posts)

What do you think of my new ride?Thorman
Jan 25, 2003 2:55 PM
I just finished putting together my TCR composite today. She's actually not 100% complete yet since It's going to be another week for the Coombe pedals, but I figured she's close enough to see what you all think of her.

At just a tad over 15 lbs. I dressed her in full Dura-Ace, Easton bars and post, SLR saddle, Deda Newton stem, Ksyrium SSC SL wheels wrapped in Michelin Pro Race tires. The pedals will only add another 185 grams so total weight will be less than 16 lbs. Not bad for a size large.

Nice bike - are you a big guy? That's a lot of post showing,Fez
Jan 25, 2003 3:05 PM
even for a compact.

I'm probably just jealous... I've never owned even a sub 18lb bike before.
Nice bike - are you a big guy? That's a lot of post showing,Thorman
Jan 25, 2003 5:22 PM
I'm 6'3" so that's why you see so much post. I looked at the XL frame, but it was way too long for me. The large had almost the exact same spec's as my 60cm Trek. The only thing that is significantly different is the wheelbase.

Really nice! Let us know how she rides...nmrwbadley
Jan 25, 2003 4:58 PM
what's your everyday ride?....pben
Jan 25, 2003 7:42 PM
@ sub 16 lbs I can't imagine you intend to ride this everyday, unless you live in the perfect bike riding location. I live in Chicago, and could not imagine the damage done to this ride. Especially if I was 6' 3" - unless I weighed 145
what's your everyday ride?....Thorman
Jan 26, 2003 4:10 AM
This bike won't see the winter roads ever. I live in Northeast Ohio where the roads aren't too bad most of the year. This is my daily ride. It's a Trek 2200 with 105 and an older set of Ksyriums. BTW-I'm 170 lbs. (working toward 165 by race time).
How much drop from the saddle to the handlebar?LC
Jan 25, 2003 7:56 PM
The Giant Compacts always look uncomfortable to me. Can you even ride in the drops for more than a couple minutes?
How much drop from the saddle to the handlebar?Thorman
Jan 26, 2003 4:15 AM
There is around 4.5" of drop between the saddle and bars. I tend to ride in the drops more than most people so I don't anticipate it being a problem. I spent two hours on the rollers doing adjustments yesterday and didn't notice a lot of difference compared to my old ride which has 3.5" of drop.

SHMOKIN' ! nmSintesi
Jan 25, 2003 8:14 PM
re: What do you think of my new ride?JFunk
Jan 25, 2003 9:20 PM
Great looking ride. If you really want o stay under 16 pounds look at apair of the new Velomax Ascent II's. They come in at about 8-10 OUNCES lighter than the Ksyriums.

Man, maybe I should get off the steel thing and buy a carbon frame!!

I thought bikes had to be over 16lbs to be race legalShihtzu on EPO
Jan 25, 2003 10:27 PM
fix your scale
I thought bikes had to be over 16lbs to be race legaltremblay
Jan 25, 2003 11:48 PM
Don't you mean 15lbs? The UCI minimum weight is 6.8KG, which translates into 14.99lbs.
I thought bikes had to be over 16lbs to be race legalThorman
Jan 26, 2003 4:19 AM
You are correct that the minimum is 15 lbs. I won't have any problems going below the limit. Even if someone had a sub 15 lb. bike I don't anticipate an official at my next cat 4 race walking around weighing bikes.

New RideBananaman
Jan 26, 2003 7:08 AM
Looks great!
I've got the TCR1 Composite (red and white)with full Ultegra grouppo and bought a pair of Ksyrium SSC Wheels to replace the Cosmos which came with the bike. The carbon frame is so light, responsive and stiff. The perfect frame!

I notice you also have a shimano flight deck on board.I've been trying to get the new bracket which extends the display to the front of the stem and on the centre line of the bike instead of to the side. This is a much better position as it gives more room for hand grip on the bar.
Jan 26, 2003 7:11 AM
You have motivated me to return to the nice fold of Carbon bikes.... WHOA.
re: What do you think of my new ride?aliensporebomb
Jan 26, 2003 5:13 PM

I like it. Heck, I like your "daily driver" ride too.

You know he's into it big-time when his "regular" bike
has Ksyriums too.

Someone asked if you can spend more than a few minutes
in the drops on one of the TCRs. There's two ways to
look at that: you can flip the convertible stem to raise
the bars up a little or you can use it as is. It's not
terrible but for me when I first started riding the thing
I hadn't had a road bike that actually fit me in, oh,
perhaps a decade. Maybe this season I'll put it in the
down position.