|Look at me||AcesFull|
Oct 17, 2003 10:15 AM
|This is my newest stead after a pair of 40 mile rides. I have spent the better part of 2 months outfitting her. This is a 59cm Look KG461 with a Record/Chorus mix. The frame and Campy components came from Totalcycling.com, the wheels are OpenPros laced to Chorus hubs (parts from Texas Cyclesport), the stem/bars are Cinelli Solida from WiseCycleBuys, and the saddle is a Rolls Regal. All together I have exactly $2038 in her sans the Shimano pedals (blasphemy I know) and the seatpost. Special thanks go to totalcycling.com. These guys worked with me to get exactly what I wanted at a silly price. This is my first experience with Campy and carbon. I have been impressed by both.
It was a pure pleasure to build. I don't see how I will ever go away from Campy. I have built a Dura Ace (Cervelo P2K) and two Ultegra (C'dale 2.8, Curloo road) bikes. Nothing against Shimano, but the Record shifters are flawless. I believe that Campy is better engineered and easier to build and adjust.
I bought this sized frame based on a lot of the stuff I have read about fitting. I have come to believe that most of my frames are too small. I have a very long torso (1.86m tall and an 85.2cm cycling inseam). I have exactly 3cm of stand over on this bike. The stem length and bar height is almost perfect with the spacers. I will trim the steering tube and remove the spacer next week.
I love the way the KG461 handles with Veloflex pave tires. It absolutely feels like it's on rails in the corners.
I hope you enjoy the pictures. Comments are welcome.
|re: Look at me||AcesFull|
Oct 17, 2003 10:17 AM
|On the rocks.|
|re: Look at me||AcesFull|
Oct 17, 2003 10:19 AM
|Not many will see this angle.|
|Bon Velo....||Dave Hickey|
Oct 17, 2003 10:31 AM
|Very nice looking build.|
Oct 17, 2003 10:37 AM
|You're right, you'll likely not go back. Veloflex makes awesome tires. I'm runnin' Criteriums on my carbon wheels. Email email@example.com for the best prices on tires I've found. He's a great guy too.|
|Welcome to the club||pitt83|
Oct 17, 2003 11:04 AM
|I love my 461. Mine is Ultegra / DA mix (pics posted in March). After one whole season, I still love the bike. I too was impressed with the nimble handling. I ran Vittoria Open Corsas when I got the bike and thought the tires contributed to the handling. Your expeience tells me it's a compbination of factors.
Enjoy the ride.
|Black Ops with Black carbon frame looks nice||bimini|
Oct 17, 2003 11:54 AM
|I like OPs and am a fan of Chorus. Noticed you stayed away from the carbon Record parts on the wear parts. Record carbon is not worth the weight savings on parts that take abuse in my opinion.
Why did you go with the long arm rear Der. on a twin front chain ring? do you plan On going to a triple? I believe a medium arm will go up to about a 30 on the rear with a twin setup.
I agree, something about Shimano pedals on a LOOK / CAMPY bike just does not sound right.
The bike looks very sharp, functional and reliable. Should keep you happy for many years and miles (if not post it here and I might buy it from you)
|Black Ops with Black carbon frame looks nice||AcesFull|
Oct 17, 2003 1:10 PM
This is the bike I SHOULD have bought a few years ago. You are right about the OPs. My boutique wheels are my most embarrassing pieces of equipment. I had no idea of what I was missing with OPs.
The RD is a medium cage because it offers the greatest amount compatibility. I have a 13x29 on the back and thought a triple might be nice someday. I did Blood Sweat & Gears/Six Gap this year and swore at my 12x25. We are planning on going to the TdF this year, so I wanted something that can climb. The Campy 13x29 got me basically the same block with a frisbee.
Age has cured many of my hubris problems.
I will probably get the Profit pedals eventually, but right now the savings account is hurting. And I certainly can't afford a divorce lawyer.