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Kuota Ksano Arrived!!!(19 posts)

Kuota Ksano Arrived!!!Akirasho
Nov 14, 2003 12:43 PM
... first off, let me just say that this is gonna be a quick and dirty visual assesment as I just got the frame, took a few crappy shots, downloaded 'em to a web album, posted here... then out the door I gotta go...

2004 Kuota Ksano arrived this afternoon packed in a logoless plain brown bike box... the only hints being the "Made In Taiwan" stamp.

Frame was well packaged (too well... had to fight to get the wraps off) and appears to have arrived in perfect condition (no apparent nicks, scratchs or fubars) along with a full carbon fork, CF seatpost and FSA headset.

Frame is a natural weave with gloss clear coat (no obvious pinholes or fisheyes)... awesome. There are no obvious mold parting lines or flash... and for the most part... has the appearance of continous carbon fiber. No excess glues, residues or such... decals appear flawless.

Frame has a 1 1/8" internal headset (FSA) but aside from the headset interface, appears to be all carbon. The seat tube appears to have an aluminium insert. A post clamp is included... and appears to be very small. I'll have to contact Kuota on the torque spec.

Rear der hanger is replacable.

According to the box insert... the warranty is for 36 months.

Here are a few pics.



Profile view.



Closeup profile view of headtube.



Closeup profile view of seat tube cluster.



Closeup profile view of top tube.



Quarter view comparing top and downtube detail.



Closeup BB cluster.



Closeup cable route.



Closeup left chainstay... it's flattened and reminds me of the flexing stays on Cannondale's EPO frame.


... whoops, fork pics popped off...Akirasho
Nov 14, 2003 12:48 PM




Be the bike.
What gruppo?boneman
Nov 14, 2003 3:06 PM
Let us know when you get that bad boy built up and what the ride's like.
If you let me borrow your Unobtainium card...Akirasho
Nov 14, 2003 7:23 PM
... it'll be RECORD 10 with Campy Boras!!!

Otherwise, it'll probably remain Shimano since that's what I've got on hand... and what's on most of my other rigs. Course, some of that Campy carbon shur wood be purdy.

I'm looking forward to comparing and contrasting with some of my other frames... might even try to sneek out on a couple test rides on someone's OCLV or TCR carbon to round out the pic... but alas... it'll be a while so... stay tuned.

Be the bike.
re: Kuota Ksano Arrived!!!Dave Hickey
Nov 14, 2003 1:22 PM
If there is one bike that could break me away from my LOOK fetish, it's that bike. Please post pics of the completed ride.
WOW!!! (nm) - OK, WOW again (nm)cmgauch
Nov 14, 2003 1:33 PM
Very nice. Where can I get info on the geometry? nmT-Doc
Nov 14, 2003 1:53 PM
Nevermind...got it: http://www.kuota.it/ nmT-Doc
Nov 14, 2003 2:21 PM
... there is a slight error...Akirasho
Nov 14, 2003 7:40 PM
... the flash site lists incorrect head tube lengths for the 59 and 62cm frames...

The head tube length on the 62 is 210 and on the 59 it is 183. I think these are the only errors (I think the error is corrected in the most recent pdf file).

Be the bike.
weighed it yet? nmDougSloan
Nov 14, 2003 3:15 PM
... actually, I did...Akirasho
Nov 14, 2003 7:09 PM
... musta either been in a hurry, or it popped off the bottom of the original post...

Frame is a 59cm measured center to center with a 58cm top tube and weighs in at approximately 1338g with the post clamp.

Seatpost is a 27.2mm with an alloy head weighing in at 218g.

Fork has a 1 1/8" carbon steerer and weighs 379g.

Didn't weigh the headset cuz it was packaged seperately... and I knew if I opened it... I'd start to lose stuff before I was ready for the build!

I'm quite happy with these specs.

Be the bike.
I thought you were going to paint those helmets???biknben
Nov 14, 2003 5:56 PM
Very sexy looky frame BTW. Looking forward to seeing it complete.
... the real irony is...Akirasho
Nov 14, 2003 7:17 PM
... I've only worn one of 'em!

Yet, the plan still remains... experiment with some custom graphics and such!

Thanks for the frame compliments... it's sitting just behind me in my 'pooter room... with greasy finger prints all over it!

I'm still trying to come up with a reasonable build plan... I want to throw as much carbon on it as practical (wouldn't Boras look nice?)... in particular, perhaps a set of the new anatomical bars from the likes of FSA or Stella Azzura.

Now, I just need to settle down and take my time (and earn enough money to pay for it)!

Be the bike.
Will this be your stem??gray8110
Nov 14, 2003 8:16 PM
Also available from here

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3638524333&category=42333#ebayphotohosting
... how 'bout this one?Akirasho
Nov 14, 2003 9:32 PM
... very clean looks... though it's not even listed on Kuota's site.

Anyone know about this company?

http://carbonspeed.com/kuota_carbon_light_stem.html
http://carbonspeed.com/index.html

Be the bike.
re: Kuota Ksano Arrived!!!FTF
Nov 14, 2003 9:02 PM
Very very nice man, Good luck, I really look forward to seeing that fully built up. Ummmm :)
FSA Carbon Pro Team Issue cranks are a must! nmJuanmoretime
Nov 15, 2003 4:36 AM
re: drool.cydswipe
Nov 16, 2003 6:25 AM
Man, ever since you started posting pics and asking about that frame I've wanted one. What a great looking bike. I'd say it rivals the flat black Look frame in awesomeness. It may look like Darth Vader's TIE fighter when you get done with all the carbon! Congrats. What a great bike. Be sure to post tons of pics when it's complete and also how it rides. Gotta go, I'm starting to turn green with envy.
... just added a couple more pics...Akirasho
Nov 16, 2003 6:33 PM


Frame with fork temporarily installed (this is why I never throw anything away... shipping bushings from another fork!)



Headset, spacers and a few accessories.

Included were the FSA headset (54g including crown race) expander assembly (42g complete with top cap) 17mm of generic carbon fiber spacers (5g... though there is a problem with the thickness of two of the spacers) long recessed crown brake bolt (5g) and inline adjusters (7g per pair). I also took off the seatpost binder and weighed it seperately (19g). A more accurate frame weight is 1317g.

Now, it needs to be wiped down... lots of smudged finger prints...

Be the bike.