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New bike pornpedalAZ
Nov 10, 2003 5:45 PM
Finally took delivery of my custom Ti beauty made by Titus. 59 cm, but compact geometry. 7,217 grams; a tick under 16 lbs. Here goes:

... Compact indeed...Akirasho
Nov 10, 2003 6:52 PM
... if it weren't for the length of the headtube, you'd swear it was at most a 56!

Noticed the DA rear and Ultegra front... how is it deck'd?

Be the bike.
DA up top nmpedalAZ
Nov 10, 2003 8:18 PM
A 59cm compact? Isn't that an oxymoron?merckx56
Nov 10, 2003 7:48 PM
I'm happy that you got a new, custom rig, and if you are happy with it, that's great, but a compact in that size just doesn't look right to me! I just never understood the idea of getting a teeny, compact frame and then putting a super long post and an upright stem on it for it to fit correctly. That long post is going to flex, and possibly fail one day. Titus makes cool stuff and I'm sure the workmanship is great, but I just don't get it!
I hear what you're saying,pedalAZ
Nov 10, 2003 8:17 PM
but I am more of an engineering type than an artist. I didn't see the point of toting all that extra tubing around, just to get the top tube horizontal. I ride a large Titus RacerX mountain bike with a long carbon post and have had no trouble with it. In fact, many mountain bikes show a similar amount of seat post tube. This post is a Maxm, made by a Titus affiliate. It is very stiff, using their proprietary Isogrid technology.
Them are some mighty fine welds...Matno
Nov 10, 2003 8:05 PM
Purty as can be. What a bike. I agree that the compact geometry on a bike that big does make me do a bit of a double take, but that is one beautiful setup. Congrats! (I can't say that that saddle makes me jealous though. Let us know if it's actually comfy!)
Saddle sweetnesspedalAZ
Nov 10, 2003 8:12 PM
That saddle used to be on the MTB until I damaged it in a crash. Once I got it repaired, I decided to save it for a road bike. It is much more comfortable than the SLR now on the MTB. The carbon shell flexes nicely, rather than cutting into your leg. Saddle weight is 99 grams.
Pretty bike. You must have some hellacious hills...rwbadley
Nov 10, 2003 8:20 PM
with gearing like that you could climb a wall.

16 lbs is pretty light. Let us know how she rides
I had certain hills in mind while designing the bikepedalAZ
Nov 10, 2003 8:54 PM
including one a mile from home, and quite a few around the state of AZ that I hope to conquer on longer outings. On my first (and only) century ride last summer, I got clobbered on the hills, so I wanted to be prepared. I can always drop the cassette back to a 12-25 (got one of those too) or a 12-23 if I get really dialed into shape.
re: New bike porngabaguy
Nov 10, 2003 9:24 PM
What kind of seat is that?
AX Lightness MTB Comfortline SprintpedalAZ
Nov 11, 2003 7:26 AM
99 grams
Very niceLactateIntolerant
Nov 11, 2003 5:36 AM
Take a pic of those tires once they have about 500 miles on them. I've been considering them, but am concerned they'll look like crap once they're dirty. They look great now.
Nov 11, 2003 6:09 AM
If it matters use some Pedros Bio Degreaser to wipe them off when they get a little too dirty. It doesn't attack the tire and cleans them really well. I do this with my rear after a rain ride when all that grey rim gunk seems to get on everything.
re: New bike pornOverhill
Nov 11, 2003 8:18 AM
Is that an FSA Compact crank? I had been considering a triple, but was intrigued by the FSA Compact, but don't know anyone who actually has one. What led you to that choice? What is your experience with it so far? It looks like a 50/34--correct? Thanks. Beautiful bike!
50-34 cranksetpedalAZ
Nov 11, 2003 11:52 AM
Haven't even ridden her yet! Maybe this afternoon.
Very niceJFR
Nov 11, 2003 1:00 PM
Great looking bike.

And IMHO, I think a compact road frame from Titus, a manufacturer known for high end mtbs, is really kinda cool. It sure seems right to me. What do you expect when it's parents are mtbs?