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Does this look like a $450 bike?(7 posts)

Does this look like a $450 bike?Matno
Mar 27, 2003 10:03 AM
Okay, that was my upgrade cost. But my old bike only cost me $200, and I rode it for 10 years before swapping parts. I thought I was just going to upgrade a few things here and there, but I ended up without a single part from the original bike! In fact, every part on this bike is in new or like-new condition! I guess it does pay to be a (very) patient eBayer...

Since these pics were taken, I've added red/black striped tires which make the bike look much cooler! All 105 drivetrain, Ultegra/MA3 wheelset (my first build), CAAD4 frame/fork, Bebop pedals, Ritchey WCS bars, blah, blah, blah. I'm having so much fun on this bike. Way better than my old one.

Good job - a steal - is the saddle on straight? nmPdxMark
Mar 27, 2003 10:54 AM
mine are all slightly angled to the drive side. nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 27, 2003 11:09 AM
Partly the camera angle, partly the saddle...Matno
Mar 27, 2003 1:16 PM
I've never seen a perfectly symmetrical saddle. Koobi's seem to be particularly prone to that sort of imperfection. Fortunately, it doesn't affect performance. In spite of what the picture looks like, the front half of the saddle is actually straight. The groove in the rear is slightly off center (about the last 1"), but that's not where I sit anyway. Can't complain considering that I got it in almost new condition (supposedly ridden 5 times) for $26 on eBay. (No picture, didn't even say Koobi. Just "Xenon" in the description. The title just said "bike seat"). :^)
Aerodynamics guru John Cobb suggests....cydswipe
Mar 27, 2003 3:08 PM
.. saddles should be turned 5 deg. or 1/2 nose width to the drive side for improved performance.
Why? What does that do?Matno
Mar 28, 2003 6:08 PM
Seems like any power you add to the drive side that way would take away from the non-drive side... Far as I'm concerned, there is no difference in power output between the right and left crank. (There is no way in hell I would ever flex a BB!)
notice how it takes at least one finger to hold it down...Akirasho
Mar 27, 2003 12:48 PM
... nice, very nice!

Be the bike.