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New Road Bike...(17 posts)

New Road Bike...RandyW
Nov 17, 2003 5:59 AM
Finally got my new road bike done and out for it's maiden voyage yesterday. Custom Soulcraft frame/fork, '03 Record (except DA hubs, Wipperman chain, and AM Classic cassette.) I've only put 30 miles on it, but I think she'll be a keeper.
Charcoal is the color...RandyW
Nov 17, 2003 6:02 AM
I can't get any pictures that really show this color very well. It's basically black with a very sparkly metallic clearcoat.
Im in lust!mtbmon
Nov 17, 2003 6:04 AM
that is a thing of beauty my man! very nice!
Front angle...RandyW
Nov 17, 2003 6:06 AM
Matt and Sean are great. If you're looking for a sweet handcrafted steel frame, look them up. As you can see, they don't just make mountain bikes.
One more...RandyW
Nov 17, 2003 6:07 AM
and thanks for looking.
Is the fork steel or carbon?Dave Hickey
Nov 17, 2003 6:16 AM
I really like straight blade forks.

Very good looking build........................
It's steel...RandyW
Nov 17, 2003 8:18 AM
weighs more, and cost about the same as carbon, so my only real excuse in getting it was that I love the look and always wanted one. It seems to ride quite nice (again, only 30 miles so far).
Pretty bike, but I'd be carefulbent_spoke
Nov 17, 2003 6:16 AM
if you get discomfort or uneasiness during the ride, I'd expect that your bike is rejecting those DA hubs. (may require a transfusion).

You should get some nice miles out of that baby!!
Very nice, and a questionMel Erickson
Nov 17, 2003 9:28 AM
I'm partial to black bikes and yours is a particularly fine speciman. I will be building up a campy equipped bike this winter and will also be using the American Classic conversion cassette with a Connex chain. How do you like the shifting? Can you compare it to an all campy setup?
Very nice, and a questionRandyW
Nov 17, 2003 12:19 PM
Honestly, it's all too green for me too really tell much yet. Everything shifted fine for the one outing. This is my first Campy bike, and the only other Campy equipped bike I've ever ridden had a Campy cassette, but with the Wipperman chain. It all seems a little stiff yet, like there may be some break-in involved. I think the shifting will be more "mechanical" than my DA that I've ridden for years. I always thought it had a rather vague feel to it. "Did it shift - I'm in a different gear so it must have."
re: New Road Bike...MShaw
Nov 17, 2003 10:02 AM
That looks a lot like my Bontrager Road Lite! Once I get around to taking a pic, you'll see what I mean.

"It's like, how much more black could it be?"gmc
Nov 17, 2003 10:02 AM
Any Spinal Tap fans out there?

Nice looking bike. My jealous-o-meter is pegged.
None more black, heh heh (nm).MVN
Nov 17, 2003 11:07 AM
It could have black chainrings and an IRD teflon chain!(nm)merckx56
Nov 17, 2003 2:56 PM
re: New Road Bike...Fett
Nov 17, 2003 6:39 PM
Randy, beautiful bike. Are we going to see it around the hills of Brown County anytime soon? What type of steel did you use. I am seriously considering a custom steel road bike in the near future. What was the frame weight and fork weight. The weight weenie in me is having trouble giving up my carbon.
re: New Road Bike...RandyW
Nov 18, 2003 5:54 AM
Hey Jeff, the Indiana monsoon continues! We can't seem to go more than a day or 2 without rain, and it's getting to me! Especially since I've also got a new MTB to try out ;)

The tubing is a mix of True Temper (top tube & down tube) and Columbus (seat tube and the stays). The frame weighed in right at 3.7lbs, and the fork 1.75lbs. The complete bike is right at 20lbs, and there is nothing that would be considered super-light on it, except maybe the Speedplays. Just using an Ouzo Pro or similar would save .75lbs, but it's plenty light for me as is.
Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments. (nm)RandyW
Nov 18, 2003 5:56 AM