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Back to steel and first Campy bike, the first ride.(10 posts)

Back to steel and first Campy bike, the first ride.Juanmoretime
Mar 22, 2003 2:38 PM
I've posted the picture again and was ask to post my thouhgts about my first ride.
The first ride was kind of a final adjustment ride dialing everything in, stopping every couple of miles to fine tune the build.

So here are my thoughts and I will be comparing this to my Vortex which is full Dura Ace, Reynolds Ouzo Pro Fork, Alien ti post, Selle SLR and Velomax Curcuit comps.

The ride of the Schwinn 853 frame is great, the ability of the frame and fork to absorb shock is better than my Vortex. The steering was very precise and the bike corners very well. The Chorus hubs are somewhat loud when freewheeling, although not enough to be be bothersome. I've heard some people comment on Campy have more mechanical noise and found this not to be true if you spend a lot of time dialing in your derailluers. The shifting was very precise and crisp, much more positive than the Dura Ace. I'm totally blown away at how smooth front derailluer shifts back and forth from the small chainring to the large, it shifts silently and I really don't notice the actual shift. The chain runs very quietly as well. I think the brakes also are a notch up from my Dura Ace's. I never thought anything would work better than Dura Ace and I was wrong.

To sum my ride up, I love the new bike. It's handling and ride are very close to the Vortex in many ways. The Vortex is still stiffer and quicker in a sprint, although the ride is stiff although not as stiff as some of the Klein's I have owned. I'm not selling the Vortex, although to make it a better bike than the Schwinn, I'm going to have to sell my Dura Ace components and go Campy on the Vortex. I guess I now have a race bike and a century bike. It's going to be a tough choice on which to ride afer I get the Vortex converted.

I never thought it would happen to me, I guess I'm now a Campyphile.
re: Back to steel and first Campy bike, the first ride.High Gear
Mar 22, 2003 3:11 PM
Very Nice. Is Schwinn still being made? One thing I also like about Campy, is that the cables are under the bar tape. It gives the bike a cleaner look.
Beauty! Welcome to the fold.Spunout
Mar 22, 2003 3:32 PM
Spunout, are you a pro. photographer?Iamhoosier
Mar 22, 2003 4:24 PM
That is the best bike picture I have ever seen. I downloaded it while back. Bike is great but the compostion, BELLA!!!!
Thanks! Amateur. nmSpunout
Mar 23, 2003 3:34 AM
A question in regards to the Lemond bike pic?mpj
Mar 22, 2003 4:31 PM
Just curious as to how the bike appears to be free-standing in that pic? Thanks!
Look close, rear tire on the black lamp post. nmSpunout
Mar 23, 2003 3:36 AM
Mmmm-mmmm, good! -nmTig
Mar 22, 2003 4:27 PM
Campy! 1-2-3 at Milan-San Remo! (nm)cipolini2b
Mar 22, 2003 6:50 PM
Needs a black saddleIMO.Nice bike (nm)TREKY
Mar 22, 2003 7:45 PM