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 Post subject: Greetings from Portugal
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:19 pm 
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Location: Escalos de Cima, Portugal
Hello Everyone.
My name is António Sanches, and I'm a federated (I think that's how you call it) mountain biker in Portugal for team Liveplace by Palegessos/Bicicletas Santiago.
A little while ago I found out this forum, wich I found to be very nice, and now I want to show you all my training bike.
I bought it when it came out in 2007, and it has been my training companion ever since, with many upgrades done over the years.

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List of material:
Frame: Specialized Tarmac SL 2007
Fork: Specialized S-works full carbon
Wheels: Prototype custom wheelset
Brakes: O2Components Ultralite
Skewers: Edge aerolite
Crankset: Ultegra w/ridea ceramic bearings
Rear Derr: Ultegra
Front Derr: Microshift Arsis
Levers: Ultegra
Chain: YBN 101SFL
Seatpost: KCNC Ti pro lite
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Team Edition
Pedals: Look Keo 2 max
Stem: Ritchey WCS
Handlebar: Specialized Pro Road
Cable housing: Alligator I-Link
BottleCages: Specialized Customized

Total Weight: 7100grams
I considered it to be a light bike, given it's purpose wich is for training, since most of my team mates ride old steel bikes in their trainings :lol:
Cheers


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:33 pm 
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Nice! So you're a competitive mountain biker but use this one in training?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:50 pm 
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Location: Escalos de Cima, Portugal
Yes, this is where I do most of my training sessions.
Back in 2007 when I started I was more into road cycling, but in my area there aren't many teams, so I had to travel a lot to compete and be with my team mates.
A few years later, in 2009, I bought my first mountain bike and started riding in local marathons. Since then I got myself into mtb teams every year, and given up on road competition.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:33 pm 
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Hi Sanches!
nice bike!
can you share with us your protitype wheelset? (hubs - rims)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:04 am 
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Location: Escalos de Cima, Portugal
Hi there Alex.
The wheel components were chosen by me, and they were built in my presence, with the following parts:
- Rims made by Kinlin for the Prototype company, model XR-300
- Pillar's lightest steel spokes, the Mega Lite SS
- Carbon Hubs with Enduro super smooth bearings, made for O2Components

The total weight of the wheelset is 1440gr, and I payed 350€ (about 448 USD) for them.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:27 am 
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:welcome: Welcome to the forum. Your wise in starting with the wheels since they are the most critical area and best upgrade that can be done.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:56 pm 
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Thank You Juan.
The wheels were bought about a month ago, I had a pair of R-Sys Premium before.
Believe it or not, they gave me a few problems in their last year in my hands (or legs lol).


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:35 am 
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Nice to see it's still going strong in its sixth year of service.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 2:13 pm 
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Yes, it still does its job well, although from the original bike only the frame and fork remain :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:54 pm 
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Seja bem-vindos! Great looking bike.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:21 am 
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welcome to the forum and sorry to all other new people joining in who I have missed to salute .

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