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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:36 pm 
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Hello, I'm not familiar with this forum, this is actually my first post.
I'm not such a weight-weenie because i simply don't have the necessary money to buy very light equipment.
I'm a junior-rider in Belgium and ride with this bike:

Frame: Eddy Merckx Premium
Fork: Easton ... (?)
Seatpost: Eddy Merckx
Stem: Deda Newton
Handlebar: Deda Newton
Saddle: Selle San Marco Racing Replica
Cageholders:Tacx Tao
Group: Chorus 2006 (alu crank)
Cables: have absolutely no idea, Campagnolo I presume
Wheels: small budget, so just 1 wheelset:
Mavic Open Pro- Chorus hubs & DT Competition spokes (different wheels on pic)

The bike isn't that light, but it rides quite good.

Still I'm looking for a new bike for season 2007... Suggestions are always welcome

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Looks like a nice ride to me! Welcome to WW. 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:57 pm 
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:welcome: on Weight Weenies, Koen. Enjoy the forum and learn a lot about bike equipment.

You sure have a very nice and decent bike for a junior. Good components choice for racing in Belgium: the Premium is a good quality frameset (wit Easton fork indeed) and the Chorus is an excellent group.

Cables are Campagnolo. Saddle is San Marco Regal, same as Tom Boonen uses.

I hope you do well on it.

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Thanks.

Does anybody have problems with Tacx Tao Cageholders too?
I have already broken mine 2 tao's... :evil:


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If you like the bike then keep it...spring for some wheels if you're looking for something new.


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Koen wrote:
Does anybody have problems with Tacx Tao Cageholders too?
I have already broken mine 2 tao's... :evil:



Yes, the Tao's just are not strong enough for the work on our flemish cobles. :wink:

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Welcome to the forum Koen!
I have to say that your Merckx is one of the nicest bikes I'v seen on the forum, ever.
It doesn't have to be all carbon and high-profile-rims to be pretty.


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You have a classy bike, race-worthy components (deda newton & co., campy chorus) and super reliable yet top quality wheels. Congratulations on your choices!

I wouldn't change that bike if it fits well!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:02 pm 
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C a s r a n wrote:
Koen wrote:
Does anybody have problems with Tacx Tao Cageholders too?
I have already broken mine 2 tao's... :evil:



Yes, the Tao's just are not strong enough for the work on our flemish cobles. :wink:


Stupid as I was (am), I followed this thinking-process: if prof's use them, then it will be a good choice for me too...
Ofcourse, not!


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frenk wrote:
You have a classy bike, race-worthy components (deda newton & co., campy chorus) and super reliable yet top quality wheels. Congratulations on your choices!

I wouldn't change that bike if it fits well!


I'm not 100% happy with my wheels, especially on the rear wheel, I has been trued a couple of times. But, in general, they're good wheels.
I'll try to get some better wheels for the coming next season:
something like Corima, Ksyrium ES, ...
still looking

(for money :D )


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:10 pm 
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Koen wrote:
C a s r a n wrote:
Yes, the Tao's just are not strong enough for the work on our flemish cobles. :wink:


Stupid as I was (am), I followed this thinking-process: if prof's use them, then it will be a good choice for me too...
Ofcourse, not!



No prob. They look nice, aren't super expensive. I used them the way pros use them: ride them for 1 or 2.000km, and when they brake of, install new ones. :roll:

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I've found it quite dangerous:
i was riding the tour of flanders for juniors and on the cobble-section of the 'haaghoek' and suddenly I felt something pushing against my leg:
my cageholder has broken off, fell down so that my bottle was pushing against my leg.
so i threw my bottle away and rode on with 1 tao
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does elite has the same problem?


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Great looking bike!
Welcome to the forum Koen! 8)

It's Joachim here, your team m8 :D


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Hi Joachim !
my EddyMerckx is not bad, but your 2 Giant T-Mobile are beauties too!


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I think if I was riding cobbles I'd lean a little toward the Ksyrium SL's as opposed to the ES.


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