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Hey SN69 -- A Picture Of My Dean(8 posts)

Hey SN69 -- A Picture Of My DeanGregory Taylor
Mar 31, 2003 5:55 PM
Okay, I ain't Ansel Adams, but here is a picture of my still-very-new Dean El Diente CTI --

For those playing along at home, it's a straight-gauge titanium frameset with a Columbus Carve Seatstay. The Dean Dudes twiddled with the tubing selection to dial in the ride for me. No extra charge. The fork is an Ouzo Pro, wheels are Chorus hubs matched with black Open Pros, the rest of the running gear is the "Poseur's Pick" of Campy flash (Chorus bits, with Record Carbon shifters, derailleur and seatpost). King headset. One of RBR's own, Curlybike, built it up for me. The thing sprints like a rocket, is comfortable like an old pair of loafers, and is really, really yellow. I like it.
That's a LOT of vinyl, Greg!sn69
Mar 31, 2003 6:27 PM
Oh, and the bike is a beauty. I REALLY dig the raw chain stays contrasted against the paint and the carbon. Boss--totally boss. I bet she rides like a dream.

Is that a General Lee I spy in the car stack?!

Very Sharp Eyes There....Gregory Taylor
Apr 1, 2003 6:23 AM
Yes, that is the General Lee back there. Just reclaiming a bit of our TV heritage. The really cool thing about it is that it is autographed by Ben Jones -- the actor who played "Cooter" on the series, and later became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has a roadside store out on Rt. 211 in Sperryville, VA called (aptly enough) "Cooters". If you are ever in VA and want a really good bike ride, I'll be glad to take you out there. Great climb, and very pretty roads.
re: Hey SN69 -- A Picture Of My DeanGiant Joe
Mar 31, 2003 8:16 PM
Nice ride(black/yellow looks sweeet),and the same titanuim bike I had my eye on.Don't worry I don't think your bike will fit my linebacker size body.But now I know what color to go with canery yellow,and It should match the paint job on my '68 Olds 442 perfect.Thanks.
Sounds like they treated you pretty good at Dean.What were you ridding before the Dean?
Ooooh...a 442. Hurst? W-30? Very sweet.Gregory Taylor
Apr 1, 2003 6:34 AM
A canary yellow 442 has to be one of the classiest muscle-car combos out there. Dr. Olds made some nice cars.

Yes, Dean treated me very well. This frame was actually a crash replacement for a steel/carbon confection (the Culebra CTI) that I had bought from them. It's a long story, but I was hit by a car on my first ride on the Culebra. Before that, my main ride was a Cannondale CAAD3. Like you, I'm a larger rider (6', 195 lbs.), and the Dean really works well for me. My only complaint with Dean is that it took a while to take delivery on the bike. Waiting was a pain in the ass, but it turned out nice.
re: Hey SN69 -- A Picture Of My DeanJuanmoretime
Apr 1, 2003 3:38 AM
Gregory, very sweet looking bike. I'm envious, my current main bike is a Litespeed Vortex. In the past I have had four Dean's, 3 mountain and one road, and felt they were some of the finest frames I could have owned. Hind sight is 20-20, I'll kick myself now.
Apr 1, 2003 5:41 AM
Always curious how much bikes tip the scale at.
18.5 lbs. with pedals (Speedplay X-2) (nm)Gregory Taylor
Apr 1, 2003 6:37 AM