The art of taking a perfectly good road bike................
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rez



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:20 pm    Post subject: The art of taking a perfectly good road bike................ Reply with quote

................and making it look nicer but not actually any faster!!

Very nearly finished "Project change it for no apparent reason" and thought I'd post a few pics up. The bike started life as a standard 2016 Reacto late last year. I then went about changing out standard parts for the following. Only the frame set is left from the original bike;

- Specialized Toupe Expert Saddle
- Mavic Carbone Carbon Wheel Set
- Conti GP4000S Tyres
- Ultegra Direct Fit Aero Brake Set
- PRO Stealth Evo Carbon Integrated Aero Bars and Stem
- Prologo Bar Tape
- Ultegra Di2 Front/Rear Mech and Brain
- Dura Ace Carbon Pedals
- Dura Ace Compact Chain Set
- Dura Ace Di2 Electronic Carbon Shifters
- Dura Ace Di2 Battery
- Dura Ace Rear Cassette
- Dura Ace Pads
- Dura Ace Chain
- Race Wear Carbon 3D Printed Garmin Mount
- X-LAB Gorilla Carbon TT Bottle Cages

She rides well but sometimes struggles on very poor road surfaces. Stiff is an understatement! Loves going fast and to be fair, looks it until I swing my 15 stone over the saddle Smile Then not so fast Laughing Wink










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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is one very sweet looking machine 👍🏻
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very, very nice. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much spent, or shouldn't we ask?

How much lighter??

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's lovely! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers gents. It is a wee bit lighter but not hugely. Cost? I've got over £5k in the bike but it's hopefully a one off. That said, I bet I pass an identical one tomorrow morning on my way into work lol Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rez wrote:
.... That said, I bet I pass an identical one tomorrow morning on my way into work lol Laughing



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rez wrote:
Cheers gents. It is a wee bit lighter but not hugely. Cost? I've got over £5k in the bike but it's hopefully a one off. That said, I bet I pass an identical one tomorrow morning on my way into work lol Laughing


All that money, & it's a 'Work Bike'!?? Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always thought the best upgrade you could make to any road bike was a mountain bike... Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doomanic wrote:
I always thought the best upgrade you could make to any road bike was a mountain bike... Wink


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Maybe if it's a (mid-90's) Pace Research, a Ritchey P-21, or a Klein Attitude??

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doomanic wrote:
I always thought the best upgrade you could make to any road bike was a mountain bike... Wink


That comment needs a BIG "like" button.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice, bet it doesn't show on radar with that stealth like profile and colour scheme.

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