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At last, my new ride is built up!(17 posts)

At last, my new ride is built up!noveread
Mar 2, 2003 7:48 AM
Although it could be several weeks yet b4 I am able to provide a ride report! Gotta wait for the roads to clear before I ride the new steed outside!

I know some of you don't care for the compact geometry, but I sure do! :)

Anyway, the bike has Dura-Ace, Velomax Ascents, Thompson Seat Post, Fizik Aliente saddle, 3T ZEPP stem, 3T Prima 199 bars, Look 396 pedals, Axial Pro Lights tires. I have not weighed it yet, but it is sickeningly light! Lighter than my fastback, and that one weighed in at a hair under 18lbs!

Oh, come on April!

re: At last, my new ride is built up!Live Steam
Mar 2, 2003 9:59 AM
She's a beauty! How about a report on the finish. I have never been much of a fan of raw Ti, though I must say it is growing on me, but how did Litespeed do with their painted finish? Is the logo painted on or is it a decal applied over or under clear coat? I haven't seen a painted Litespeeds in person. Good luck and enjoy!
re: At last, my new ride is built up!noveread
Mar 2, 2003 10:46 AM
The Sirius is actually an aluminum bike, not ti, so that's why the painted finish...

re: At last, my new ride is built up!Live Steam
Mar 2, 2003 6:18 PM
I hadn't had my coffee before posting this morning :O) I know that Litespeed is painting their Ti frames though, but I would still like to know how the finish is on your AL frame as I haven't seen any painted Litespeeds to make a judgement upon.
Well, if it helps...noveread
Mar 2, 2003 7:50 PM
I don't know if it is going to apply to how Litespeed's finish on a Ti bike will be, but the Sirius is quite nice, at least to me. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say the logo is a decal under the clear coat. I can't feel a bump in the paint or clear coat as I run my fingers over the decal, but one edge of the logo where the grey paint is makes it look like it is a decal...

Of note, I have heard that the paint on the dropouts on the Sirius is a bit prone to chipping. But I have only heard that report for paint on the dropouts...

I'm jealous!!!Sprint-Nick
Mar 2, 2003 10:26 AM
Very nice bike! I'm jealous :(

Out of curiousity why do you have your seat so far forward and such a long stem? I know some people move their saddle to change handlebar reach when instead they should get a new stem. This of course as you probably knows changes the front of your knee being inline with the pedal spindle at 90 degrees.

Tailwinds (not that you'll need them on that bike!),
Nick :)
I'm jealous!!!noveread
Mar 2, 2003 10:51 AM
Well, it has to do with my non-optimal-cyclist-dimensions! I have short legs, long torso. We went with the laid-back seatpost which turned out not to be necessary. Had I got the straight post, the seat would have been in the middle of the clamp. Don't know why we got the laid back, I have a staight Thompson on my other bike and the seat is placed in the middle of the rails. Watch for this seatpost on an ebay near you! :) Oh well.

The long stem (130mm) is again a result of my long torso.

Just checking! :)Sprint-Nick
Mar 2, 2003 11:12 AM
Looks like you got all the bases covered!

When you taking her for her first ride???

I'm jealous!!!Akirasho
Mar 2, 2003 11:43 AM
The long stem (130mm) is again a result of my long torso.

.. wow, another 130'r out there...

My morphology puts me on a 130 or 140 mm stem depending on the frame top tube length... but from a slightly different cause... long leg and arms... short torso (someone on the family tree was an alien). I was sized once (by the numbers) with a 110 and was miserable till I popped a 140 in there!

Nice looking rig... I feel your pain about the roads... a bit more melt today... I can actually see my street!

Be the bike.
Very nice setup. How were you able to spec those parts?Fez
Mar 2, 2003 11:39 AM
I thought Litespeed was selling complete bikes only now.

You look like you have a lot of non-stock parts there. Did you start with the frameset and build it up? And tell us how those Velomax wheels compare with other wheels like the Ksyriums. And the Zepp is my favorite stem - light, good looking, and no creaks.

Again, nice bike.
Very nice setup. How were you able to spec those parts?noveread
Mar 2, 2003 12:57 PM
I built it up from the frame+fork. It was not purchased from an LBS, but rather someone who got the frame on a warranty replacement. Allowed for a really, really great deal.

As for the wheels, I got these for this ride as I had a set of Orions (which had come stock) on one of my other bikes. An LBS was closing out these Ascents for $400 for the pair. A very light set of clinchers (<1500g/pr). Will not be able to compare them to the Ksyriums as I have never ridden a pair.

well, tell us how the ascents compare to the orions,Fez
Mar 2, 2003 2:16 PM
i guess if the velomax ascents are stiff, light, fast and durable, they should replace the ksyrium as the wheel of choice, since they are $100 cheaper at retail and at least 200g lighter.
well, tell us how the ascents compare to the orions,noveread
Mar 2, 2003 5:06 PM
Well, seeing as I have yet to ride this bike I cannot comment on the Ascents. However, the only difference between the Orions and Ascents are spoke count. I'm a light rider so I really should not see much difference in performance I would think. The Orions I like a lot, seem nice and stiff to me, though I'm by no means an expert. I don't spend nearly the thousands of annual miles on the bike to be able to tell much difference between pairs of $700 wheels!

Note though that Velomax rceomends the Ascents for riders under 175lbs (not that they won't last for someone heavier, just not recommended for a heavy rider). I'm hit around 135 or so during the height of the season so I'm well under their weight guidelines. If you are a big strong rider, try the Orions, they are not much heavier, like 50-60g or so...

re: At last, my new ride is built up!dave woof
Mar 2, 2003 11:55 AM
Just a quick note -

you probably shouldn't lean the frame against anything unless you're really careful. It'll mar the paint or worse.. I always lean it using the tire..
Not to worry...noveread
Mar 2, 2003 12:52 PM
I wouldn't dare risk chipping the paint before I even ride it! The layout of the room required me to set the bike against that wall corner to provide for the least busy background. It's hard to see in the pic, but the bike is actually leaning on the left crank arm right where it joins the BB just to the left of the wall corner.

Look out for the spacer police.MR_GRUMPY
Mar 2, 2003 12:32 PM
The spacer police might give you a ticket for having more than 1 CM of spacers. (just kidding)
Look out for the spacer police.noveread
Mar 2, 2003 12:59 PM
YEah, they'll get over it! :) I figured I'm better starting off at full length and then cutting it down rather than cutting it down and deciding I want it long later...