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Finally got around to finishing this yet to be named bike! It took a while as it actually my first completely self-build bike.
This build started by deciding against buying a brand-name frame, and buy a FM066Sl frame instead. In this way I could build a very well equipped bike without spending too much. This choice was of course aided by the countless number of positive reviews for this frame on this forum, along with the fact that I just simply preferred the simplistic look of the frame over many (sometimes much more expensive) brand-name frames.
Even though I really liked the look of the plain frame, I still wanted it to stand out from the bunch. For this reason the original idea was to paint it dove-grey. This idea was, however, quickly eliminated as I could not decide on the precise colour and was unable to see any samples. In order to make it still stand out from the bunch of other Chinese open mould frames, I ordered some Sharpie paint pens. In this way I am able to ride a 'different' bike every day of the week, with a little bit of help of some acetone and (lacking) artistic skills.
The target for this bike was to build a bike that was suitable for both racing (first year U23) and climbing, that would not make me go broke in case of an accident. In short, it should be light and reliable, as well as to have no superfluous expensive parts (I really like that last target.. ).
Oh.. I just realised I have photos of every single component on the scale, except for the complete bike.. Will add this infamous photo tomorrow!
A) learned person, especially in the humanities
B) a person, especially a child, who studies; pupil
By telling you that I am the latter (I do find humanities quite interesting though..), you can probably figure out that this is not a Cervelo but a Chinese open mould.
I am not sold yet on their ride quality, but i would like to try and build one in the near future and see for myself.
Bike is looking great btw. Keep the pics coming and when you get to ride it, post anreview as well
I am about to buy one and can't decide the size. Aesthetics is the main concern so I want to know how much seat post outside the frame is looking good
Yours is quite good and can be a reference point for me
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I'm going to update the first post with the build list soon and will take some decent pictures this weekend.
Michel: I've been riding bikes of a small dutch bicycle brand for the last 2 years, so my opinion is probably not of much use to you.
Toffie: I had exactly the same concern as you. I really liked the look of the 54cm frame, but with my 180cm it probably wouldn't fit me well (it probably would though, but I did not want to take any unnecessary risk). Therefore I went with the 56cm frame. The BB to saddle height (Romin evo pro saddle) is 748mm. It's looking just fine, but I would have prefered to see a little more of the seatpost.
EDIT: updated the first post with a build list.
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