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 Post subject: Specialized E5 Smartweld
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:04 pm 
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Just putting the finishing touches to a budget-but-light-and-plenty-spinny build for this year's Etape du Tour. It's 8.4kg currently: I just need to trim the steerer and cut off the excess cable inner. Was hoping it'd be a little lighter...

Frame: 2016 Allez E5
Groupset: Ultegra 6800 (50/34, 12-32T)
Wheels: 2016 Mavic Aksium Elite
Stem: Thomson (temporary, need a black one)
Bars: Easton EA70
Saddle: Fizik
Bottle cages: Elite Custom Race

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:17 pm 
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lol at that steerer tube. Looks great can't wait to see the finish bike.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:22 am 
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Stem fix = BBQ grill spray paint. Then cook it in the oven at 200* for an hour.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:45 am 
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Beautiful bike!

I would be really careful about cooking any bike parts if it doesn't explicitly say it's ok. You could alter the grain structure to the point the stem could fail. If you want a permanent coating, send it to an anodization shop or just buy a black one.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:53 am 
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Any metal part that would be negatively impacted by heating to only 200* is not something you want on your bike anyway.


Back on topic, that's a good looking bike. I am a bit surprised it's not a bit lighter.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:04 am 
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It's easy to see why it didn't end up as light as you might have been hoping; Aksiums are crummy boat anchors. I say this as someone who's very warm towards budget options and even capable of forgiving some of Mavic's faults. They'll last you just long enough to save up for something nice without being extravagant.
Maybe WhiteInd hubs, double butted spokes and some new old stock Edge rims? If you want to stick with Mavic, Ksyrium Elite is not a bad choice, more aero than the Alu spoked Ksyriums and much cheaper.
I'd probably keep the silver just to be different, but if i was looking to save weight on a budget i wouldn't bother with the Thomson, as solid and precise a fit as it is.
The other thing holding you back on weight per dollar is probably the brakes, the newer brakes are better but noticeably heavier than a standard dual pivot due to the extra chunky carrier behind the pivots.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:53 am 
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Nice bike, did you weight it with all those sapcers on the headtube? (assuming you did not) There has to be a pounds of spacers there...

Random questions, looks like a weird fit with the amount of seatpost and short stem. From the Picture it looks like a 80mm or something very short.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:03 pm 
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Keep the silver stem and throw on a silver Thomson seat post, that should pull it all together

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:17 am 
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JoeFlan wrote:
Keep the silver stem and throw on a silver Thomson seat post, that should pull it all together


Ooh, leftfield. But looking at it, he's right.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:09 pm 
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Sorry, I don't know how to put this lightly, but maybe you need to work a little more on that bike before it's worthy of a topic of it's own. And the picture is just horrible quality and too big. If the purpose is to show a finished bike, then take the picture, when the bike is finished. If the purpose is to show a project, then take pictures all the way. This is somehow to much in between.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:54 pm 
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Click, click, click...

That's the noise that my BB30 BB with adapters for Shimano cranks pressed in makes. Is it time to plump for a Praxis BB? The clicking is insufferable at the moment. Everything else is grand. Really happy with the bike. May get some slightly better/lighter wheels in future. These Mavic Aksium Elites flex a little while climbing and rub on the pads at the rear.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:56 pm 
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I obviously need to lose a little more steerer as well. I just want to get a couple of hundred miles on it first and make sure that I get the stem where I want it.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:16 am 
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Yes.. time to get Praxis.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:13 pm 
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As a noob starting to think about upgrades with a BB30, are you referring to this? http://www.praxiscycles.com/conversion-bb/


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:29 pm 
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Wheels mfg sells an adapter for 24mm shimano spindles. U keep your existing bb30 bottom bracket. Been using it for a while. No funky sounds.

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