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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:03 pm 
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Hey everyone.
I just completed my new r-077 build!
Thanks in part to this forum, I was able to make an informed decision on company and frame.
I'll have some pics and details up later today. Feel free to jump in with any questions.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:15 am 
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That is it?! Come on... post some stuff up!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:00 am 
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There's a gallery sub-forum. Start a thread there or have this thread moved.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:31 pm 
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here are a few links guys

shimano 105 gruppo
oval concept wheels
https://www.dropbox.com/s/xntqbtjezm4yd ... 9.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/f1e9zy6e2asta ... 2.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pl2gch1opc2f6 ... 1.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/a93lwf7w5rb2j ... 1.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/liz5bomwfoi0f ... 1.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/c0gxtysne940a ... 1.jpg?dl=0


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:41 pm 
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Looks awesome! Especially colour scheme! I like it. :-)

1. What's the frame size? Your body height/tall? Body weight?
2. Did you experience any issues with front derailleur or something else?
3. How much money did you spend on it? (You can PM me.)
4. What's the final weight?
5. How it feels speaking about durability and safety confidence? What about stiffness?

Thanks! ;-)


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:44 pm 
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Looks solid. That color is crazy, how did you specify the color you wanted from them?

Weight as built? Weight on Frame, fork, seatpost? Total Cost? I have plenty of questions.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:21 pm 
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I like, i really like! :)

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:20 pm 
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thanks for the responses! its been 4 days since it was built and I'm in love.

Velobuild experience: These guys were pretty cool. The email correspondence was super fast! as was the shipping.
I originally purchased the the R-015. But Chris emailed me promptly saying that they were changing the mold and it would be 30 days before it would be ready. He rec'd the 077. Now... I actually wanted the 077 but settled for the 015 because the reviews were positive and plentiful in the forums.
Screw it! I can't wait... pulled the trigger!!

My only gripe was the paint job... awesome color but I'm on the fence about how durable the paint job is. I'd feel better if there was a (matte) lacquered finish.

-previous and only road bike - Trek 1000 circa 1994
-6' 165lbs
-frame size large (56)
-no issues with the front derailleur. (Didn't know that was a thing)
-the frame/fork, septets, handlebars, stem, and paint job = $630 - I got a small discount because they didn't have the frame I originally ordered
-final weight 16.5lbs
-as far as the ride/confidence. its a bit hard for me to rate it because I don't have anything current to compare it to. My last bike was from the freakin' 90's!!!!
I was just happy to not have downtime shifters anymore!!!!
That being said...
I am a little gun shy about really cranking it out! I've been hearing all kinds of things about carbon (oem or not). So the last few days has been nothing more than a firm handshake. Although I did take her up to 40mph on a downhill once (i'm tearing up right now ;)
I'm also used to that strong trek aluminum frame, its a truck that I'm able to ride really hard on with no reservations. I already know that I'm going to have to refine my riding style, which is not a bad thing.

here are the bullet points
nice and stiff. love it
rarely have to get out of the saddle. so easy to get up to speed
cornering feel great
climbing is a breeze. start cranking and it jumps... ready to go faster
safety/confidence - taking my time. I'm an NYC rider (I ride like I drive a Cab) so I'm a bit aggressive. I'm trying to figure out what this thing is capable of without one of us breaking the other.
but after 3 days of riding with increase efforts... I'm feeling pretty good.
I'm sure I'll have more to say a few 100 miles in.
If anyone wants to follow, I'm on Strava as sirmilesdavis


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:36 pm 
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Looks good, and good to read some real first hand experience about the 077. But seriously, for a lot of reasons, you need to post the pics in the thread, not as dropbox links or links at all. You will do all the readers a huge favor.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:46 am 
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What tires do you use? Does that frame supports 700x25C besides of 23mm? How about 700x28C?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:32 am 
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Also I have another question. I'm choosing wheelset for that frame and a bit unsure... How do guys you think would it be better to go with 23mm or 25mm wide rims? Does it even support 25mm rims?

Thanks! :beerchug:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:04 am 
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no that is a first class entree post ! love the glow in the dark colour, i imagine it stands out even in nyc !


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:40 pm 
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Looks like I've found another VB-R-077/LTK118 related frame:

http://www.yoeleobike.com/carbon-bike-f ... light.html — this one looks very similar to VB-R-077/LTK118.

... if that helps someone.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:20 am 
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Ok, I have received my LongTeng LTK118 frame today. :mrgreen:
It's BSA, matt, black, without painting, XL/59cm.

Frame is: 907g
Seatpost: 177g
Fork: 330g

http://storage3.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451884085_5155356_c6ae8a10fb.jpg
http://storage2.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451884058_6600103_06efd8efc4.jpg
http://storage1.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451884057_9058644_5e83783011.jpg
http://storage9.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451884026_4836904_885cca2c05.jpg
http://storage7.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451883979_4721512_f72fda8c11.jpg
http://storage5.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451883977_2369487_4ec0daf36c.jpg
http://storage4.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451883957_3799383_9f8ae83e51.jpg
http://storage3.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451883857_4007296_ea058f2112.jpg
http://storage2.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451883852_1914632_4fadb904e7.jpg
http://storage1.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451883846_8686761_6fa2b8b3a4.jpg
http://storage9.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451883721_2104229_cddfcb6e0c.jpg
http://storage8.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451883720_3263596_92baba6514.jpg
http://storage7.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0104/h_1451883704_6346416_cefc13ed1b.jpg

Feel free to ask additional questions or requests new photos. ;-)
I could say I'm very happy so far. No issues, no problems, everything seems to be fine.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:07 pm 
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I've finished my LongTeng LTK118 (same as VeloBuild VB-R-077) build. My report:

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Current specifications:

Frame: LongTeng LTK118, XL/59, BSA, black, matt, 907g
Fork: LongTeng LTK118 FK118, black, matt, 330g

Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 2x11, 212+209g
Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 2x11, 50x34, 491+207g
Bottom bracket: Shimano Tiagra, BSA, not weighed (had some issues with bottom bracket)
Front derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 2x11, 87g
Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 2x11, short cage, 198g
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 2x11, 11-28, 247g
Cables/housing/bar ends/caps: Shimano, not weighed

Chain: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 2x11, 268g
Chain link: Sram PowerLink, 11 speed

Wheelset: ProLite Bortola A21, clinchers, 1533g (they were shipped with rim tape installed)
Quick release skewers: ProLite Bortola A21, 115g
Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro, 700x23C, 478g (pair)
Inner tubes: Continental Race 28 Light, 158g (pair)

Handlebar: open mould, Aliexpress, 440mm, 204g
Bar tape: chinese, Aliexpress, not weighed
Stem: Ritchey Comp 4-Axis, 120mm, 8deg, 165g
Headset: Neco NHB-15, Neco NHB-6B, 120g
Headset/steerer spaces: aluminium, not weighed
Bar extender: TrustFire, Aliexpress, 80g

Seatpost: LongTeng, 177g (shipped with frame)
Seatpost clamp: Procraft Elite C, 18g
Saddle: open-mould, not sure where it is from, my acquaintance sold me it, 105g

Bottlecage holder: Bontrager, from Aliexpress, 31g (pair)
Air pump mount: Lezyne Micro Floor HPG mount, not weighed

Brakes: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 173+170g
Pedals: Shimano Ultegra 6800 SPD-SL (standard spindle/axle length), 258g
Chainstay protection: Aliexpress, not weighed

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Heartrate monitor: Sigma PC 25.10
Bottle cages: Syntace
Saddle bag: EVOC
Air pump (high pressure): Lezyne Micro Floor HPG
Multitool: some chinese bought at Aliexpress

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Final weight: 7920g
With all accessories mounted (heartrate monitor, air pump, empty bottles, saddle bag with heavy multitool). This is my setup for rides.

Base weight: 7280g
Without accessories, but with pedals.

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My test ride today:

http://storage3.static.itmages.ru/i/16/ ... 977e39.jpg
https://www.strava.com/activities/505156598
https://www.endomondo.com/users/1194852 ... uts/latest

More photos:

http://storage1.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0229/h_1456717353_9838176_f176ef9b07.jpg
http://storage9.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0229/h_1456717341_3034121_38258ac28e.jpg
http://storage8.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0229/h_1456717311_9000784_a24a9357dd.jpg
http://storage7.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0229/h_1456717284_7123490_2aaf043e8f.jpg
http://storage4.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0229/h_1456717281_7854870_43a59c841b.jpg
http://storage3.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0229/h_1456717225_5374332_ca0d6209f6.jpg
http://storage3.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0229/h_1456717225_9559481_493a16e2b4.jpg
http://storage2.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0229/h_1456717154_5061930_cfe4c4fada.jpg
http://storage2.static.itmages.ru/i/16/0229/h_1456717153_4662695_74c12b2c53.jpg

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Feel free to ask additional questions!


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