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New Ride/Winter Project(13 posts)

New Ride/Winter ProjectHorace Greeley
Mar 12, 2003 7:57 PM
My new Look KG381 (2002 red/black). I picked up the frame at totalcycling in February and now she's ready to ride. The frame is even nicer in person. While I don't post much, this forum was great for putting my ride together...Thanks to all. Now all I need is a break in the weather (snow tomorrow, but sun and warmer weather this weekend!). More pictures in subsequent thread and and hopefully a ride report in the coming weeks.
re: New Ride/Winter Project - More PicsHorace Greeley
Mar 12, 2003 8:09 PM
Another pic. For those who are interested, build details are as follows: full D/A, Velomax Ascent wheels, Deda Newton bar/stem, U.S.E. Alien seatpost, Selle SLR saddle, and Look PP396 pedals (red/black).
re: New Ride/Winter Project - More PicsHorace Greeley
Mar 12, 2003 8:10 PM
More pics. Sorry, I don't know how to put multiple images in one post.
re: New Ride/Winter Project - More PicsHorace Greeley
Mar 12, 2003 8:11 PM
re: New Ride/Winter Project - Last PicHorace Greeley
Mar 12, 2003 8:12 PM
Last pic. Gives you an idea of the clearcoat carbon. As I mentioned, it looks even better in person.
hey! i really like the floor! oh..nice bike too! (nm)EpicX
Mar 12, 2003 10:21 PM
Great job!Dave Hickey
Mar 13, 2003 4:04 AM
Many happy miles to you. That is one beautiful bike. It looks like you did your reasearch well. The setup looks perfect.
Sweet ride. -nmcydswipe
Mar 13, 2003 5:29 AM
nice! few questionsFrith
Mar 13, 2003 6:24 AM
what are the dimensions? specifically STA and TT...looks pretty lax. Any trouble getting over the bb? Doesn't look like you have your seat slammed all the way forward yet anyway.
a few responses...Horace Greeley
Mar 13, 2003 7:25 AM
Thanks. It's a 54 (c-c). STA is 72.5, which is slack. TT is 55.6. However, when you factor in the slack STA in order to get to the same position over the BB, the effective TT is about 1.7 cm shorter. My other ride is a C'dale, with a steeper STA (74) and a longer effective TT (54.5). In order to keep the same relative position, I went with the U.S.E. Alien seatpost to eliminate any setback (which I had on my C'dale to get the right fit). Saddle is slightly forward on the rails, but nothing unusual.

For me, the big decision was whether to go w/a slightly smaller frame (my C'dale was a 54, but measured C-T). In the end, I went with the 54 (c-c) to eliminate a steep drop to the bars given the integrated headset and lack of a tall headtube. With this frame, I'm probably going to remove some spacers since the drop is actually less than what I'm accustomed to, unless I like the higher position.

The slack STA appears to work well if you have longish legs, shortish torso like me. If you had the opposite dimensions, it would be a trickier fit to keep your position the same relative to the BB. For me, the geometry just feels better than the C'dale, even though my positions are approximately the same. Not sure why.
Real Nice!!....that red & black is a dramatic look [nm]bent_spoke
Mar 13, 2003 6:40 AM
i like how the head tube shows a little carbon in the middleFez
Mar 13, 2003 10:23 AM
It looks like an extension of the carbon fork below

Very nice bike.
Thanks....Horace Greeley
Mar 13, 2003 11:34 AM
One of the reasons I chose the red/black color scheme was b/c the CSC color is a bit dull in person (still very nice though). I do like the stealth concept, but figured this color scheme is unusual in the U.S. since it is European color.