Thought I'd come and check in, thanks for the welcome
Frankie - B wrote:
Hey, I was so kind to send you a welcome by PM
Maybe you haven't got that much replies as your bike doesn't seem to be typical WW material (yet). This forum is about high tech, innovation, tinkering and light builds. If you look for general chit chat over bikes WW might not be the best place for you. I hope you understand.
Welcome non the less!
Just quite amusing number of views Vs nothing! I'm on BMW E30 forum where we have a newbie section and make a point of saying hello, well the intentions there.
My first move would be to drop the triple crankset and long arm rear mech for the regular Ultegra equivalents.
Then replace the tyres with Schwalbes or Michelin Pro-Race. Tyres make a big different to the ride.
I like the bike, but tbh the frame doesn't really justify much more than that. The wheels are ok (I've used a pair as my winter wheels for years), but might be worth replacing with Dura Ace C24s if you really felt like pushing the boat out.
The frame was available on it's own but I still can't sind a weight for it. It's a prime candidate for replacement as you suggest, but without knowing where I'm at it's hard to find out what's better! I came to the same conclusion about wheels, upgrade to dura ace level for the difference to actually be noticeable.
Could you expand further on your tyre recommendations, lighter/folding?http://www.trekbikes.com/pdf/2008/catal ... oad_en.pdf
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It's hard to recommend anything because that's a balanced build without a part that stands out and I just don't know you at all.
The triple crank does make perfect sense for some people. I have a friend who just saves all this energy for the downhill and sprints out of every corner and is on the gas the entire way, so he needs the 53x11, but at the same time won't make it to the top with a 39x23.
Nice tires and latex tubes might be worth looking into, maybe veloplugs while you're at it.
There's a ton of colorful tidbits like seatpost collars or headset spacers out there, if that's what you want.
If you refresh this page a couple of times you'll see different banners at the top like starbike and fairwheel. It's always worth my time to just browse around there.
I've done about 600miles on the bike now with no significant comfort issues so am starting to think about cutting 2 of the 3cms protruding of the steerer off. Velo plugs seem like a great place to shave weight, as would Aluminium nipples if it's viable with just 20 spokes? I've never used less than 32h on my MTB's so not used to having so few spokes.
I've spun my 52/12 out half a dozen times down hill and not cracked 50 yet so the next cassette probably will be 11-25 instead of 12-27. Hopefully the triple will go eventually but right now I'm still climbing the local (quantocks) 1:6 hills using the granny ring
I've been challenged to a set hill climb course where 4mins is the record by someone who went to the Olympics many years ago, 5mins is really good form and I took 6 1/2mins so a little way to go yet!