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 Post subject: Ex-Koga from Belgium
PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:35 am 
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Hey,
I'm an amateur racer from Belgium (also student...) and i was really proude with my Koga Full Pro M. Not really lightweight with 8.3kg (racing setup), but hey, i waited 6 months on it, due to problems with paint and seatpostcollar, so i was really pleased when i had it!
Rode fanstatic also!
http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/7637/dscf2408yt3.jpg
sorry for the big pic...
Here stacked with Campa Chorus, Richtey WCS, Novatec Carbon wheels and Look Keo's -> 8.3kg
Would be a bit lighter with my Ksyriums, but that day the race was flat with nice roads...

Now, noticed all the past tense??
Well, i had a little accident... Returning from a race, heading to my job (also work in the weekend) the bike fell of the bike carrier on the left lane of the motorway! Probably not well tightend in combination with the heat that stretched out the plastic holder, anyways, he fell off... Not to much damage untill a car ran over it... My heart broke...

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stripped for the insurance expert, not to much damage on this side...

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a little scratch here, oke bar was lost... (shifter pretty ok by the way, scratched but still working!)

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Big problems over here!

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Derailleurhanger was broken off (C a s r a n didn't like it anyway :wink: )

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Rear derailleur now in 2 pieces

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Wheel kinda broke too...

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and the frame broken... :cry:

Enough crying, my other bike!
This one i bought last year because i crashed onto a van with my old bike (nice Gios A90-Ultralite) and had no bike left to race the last bit of the season. Second hand ProRace Viper with the old parts of the Gios.
Has been alterred a bit with the old parts of the Koga now and looks like this:
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i know, it needs cleaning, but its raining, i have to study,...
specs:
Medium ProRace Viper (including 4Winn fork)
Chorus drivetrain: Chorus 03 rearder, Chorus 06 frontder, Chorus 06 brakes, carboncranks (i think FSA, not sure), Pro PLT stem, FSA RD200 bar, Look Keo, SxForce bidonhoulders, trainingwheels (Chorus hub and Ambrosio Excellight rim)

Now, the mtb...
I have one complete, the other one in progress. First the complete one:
Ridley Thunder 2002 with some upgrades: Xt rearder, LX-shifters and brakes. Heavy as hell 11.6kg (with crmo fork)!

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saddle came from the Gios (all my bikes have Selle San Marco Concor Light)

The one in progress is missing: rearderailleur and shifters (ordered sram x0+x9triggers); headset (will buy one); seatpost, bars, seatpostcollar and barends (odered hopefully here today!).
The pics of the works:

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frontend, due to missing headset, still seperated

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other part, without wheel and brake
Specs:
Biria frame (really cheap, but heaviiiii! 2.2kg)
RS Reba Race U-turn 85mm
Sram X0 rear-, xgen frontderailleur, x9-triggers
Mavic Crossride wheels
Hayes HFX9 brakes
rest is cheap secondhand material, that i hope to shine up a bit (see topic How much $/complicated to strip a frame of paint? in road section)

Lot of story, lots of pictures, i hope you like it, caus' it was a lot of work putting this thread together!
:twisted:

Grtz
Ghastly

[Edit by Frankie => removed img tags on first pic. img waaaaay to large]


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:56 am 
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Welcome to the forum Ghatsly...interesting bikes,but damn, theres a few photo's there, might have to scale some of them down :?

How do you find Koga bikes?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:57 am 
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Location: A bigger rock in the Pacific (AUS)
Also, what were those wheels on the Koga?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:33 am 
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Koga Miyata is a dutch brand, see www.koga.com

Novatec Carbon wheels, bought them as Token Carbons, without the stickers...


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:53 pm 
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Sorry, I meant how do you find them to ride, not how do you find them

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 2:30 pm 
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My Koga rode very fine! Much more stiff then my ProRace, light steering, immediate respons and still comfortable!

rode...

Grtz


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Excuse me, I couldnt help myself, but is your middle name "Lucky"?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:46 pm 
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Jesus! How did your bike "fall" off the back of your car?

I use a fat Kryponite steel cable looped through the towing eye on the back of my car and D-lock the bikes to it. This protects them if you need to stop at the services quickly and also means if your rack fails it should catch the bike. The bike will be screwed still, but at least it wont go through the following cars windscreen.

Bad luck with your bikes.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:03 am 
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Okay, my new MTB is done! Did this one all on my one and i'm proud of it! All second hand material, except the frame, crank and barends (student...)
Most difficulties encounterred at putting the cups of the headset in the frame (took me about 2 hours...). Not much photos during assembly, cus i wanted to finish the bike and go racing!

BUT... much photos afterwards!

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Complete bike in natural habitat

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Me, taping frame to protect from cables

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Sram X0


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"Advanced-Tubing-Technology"

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RS Reba with Poploc and Mavic Crossride (roadtires)

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Cockpit

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Hayes HFX9 backbrake

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Sram X-Gen frontder.

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Hayes Nine and X9-triggers (had to put in a normal screw, because the seller forget to put a good one into the pack :evil:

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XT-cassette and KMC X9 chain

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Lost the V-brakes

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Yellow protection for Gore-Tex cables

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The holes where the screws for the bagageholder where are filled with silicone...

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... as if the hole under my frontder. Light and clean!

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Truvativ Firex crank (plus BB) and Shimano 520 pedals

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U-turn at 100mm for the moment

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Poploc on, doesn't block completly, normal???

What do you guys think??
Grtz

Img tags removed 1st photo, please keep image width under 1078 pixels (not all of us have wide monitors). Cyco


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 5:55 pm 
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sorry about the photos... :oops:

new ones: new (used) tires and other saddle on the bike, switched some stuff from the Ridley to the Biria, to make the Ridley asphalt-ready and the Biria more mud-proof!

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Biria

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both bikes

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some wheels (must definitly buy me a raceset insteed of all those old trainingsets...)

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the rack: dad's mtb, my Ridley, dad's old racer, Koga

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dad's new racer: Thompson (belgian) Helium with Ultegra 10-speed and Shimano wheels. more then enough for someone who rides 6000km a year...

Now you've seen it all, I'm not going to give the address, that would be too easy :twisted:

Grtz


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Koga-ouch !!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:17 am 
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My ProRace is now ready for fixie-training!
I've made it a fixed gear, but not single speed... Still following?
I got an old tubular wheel (Nisi with a 6-speed Normandie '76 hub) and attached the body to the axle, so it won't stop when I stop pedalling. So I do have the advantage that a don't have to loose the rd, I can shift if I can't keep up with the pedals, but I don't have the advantage of a normal fixie that kinda keeps your legs turning (through the chain that gets a push from the wheel).
Great for long slow distance training. First one is allready done and I felt that it's hard to keep on pushing the pedals for 3 hours straight... But that training!

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What do you guys think?
When my new bike arrives, I'll make this one a true fixie (I think)...

Grtz


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New project!

Theme: build a (really) cheap classic looking bike without gears.
Parts: Bianchi Vento frame, Mizuno 1" fork, Campa Sirocco or old Nisi wheels, Ritchey handlebar and stem, Selcof seatpost, Concor Light saddle, Campa Chorus crank, brake and ergopowers and Shimano Spd-R pedals.
Costs: 11 euro (star for fork and handlebar tape)
Looks: nice!
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with the Siroccos

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even more classic looking with the oldie (1972) wheels

Comments?


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