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Great looking bike, very good taste shown here!
Yes, there's something very appealing about classic lines and a good setup. And this is probably the most solid nice riding bike I have at the moment, or ever for that matter. Love these wheels so much that I've built up 5 more sets for different bikes. Still have one set of rims left that I will build on my older silver Chorus hubs that are on my early 90's Basso Lotto. It was my first "really nice" bike and I think it finally deserves some nice tubies after all these years.
I'm currently riding a Wilier Gran Turismo which is a great bike but it's a size too small and the ride is too harsh for my liking - it's fine for about two hours but doing a century or two long days back to back is too much. The Wilier has an amazingly stout and snappy frame which I may keep and use for crit races.
During the season I ride one hammerfest group ride (around 20 miles), two quicker rides on the weekends (between 30 - 60 miles) and a solo weekly recovery ride of about 20 miles.
Anyhow, please let me know what you think of the EPQ and how it compares to the C59.
Last October I bought a new Colnago EPQ frameset and used parts I already had for the build so it’s a bit hodgepodged - Calnago and others have builds that would put mine to shame but I'm a fatty so having the latest and greatest wouldn't have made me any faster! The build turned out to be greater than the sum of the parts and it's a fantastic bike that I'm very happy with.
Now on to the rim question. Initially I used a set of Fulcrum 5’s that were adequate but nothing special. They were the rims that were on my previous bike and I wanted to use the same: rim/tire/air pressure for comparison. I then put on a set of handbuilts (which I'm currently riding) that are 36 spoke Campy Moskva 80s laced 3x with a 10 speed 12 – 25 cassette on 7900 Dura Ace hubs and DT Spokes. The handbuilts are noticeably better than the Fulcrum 5’s. However, the brake track isn’t that good and the rim has some damage and I’d like to replace them. I want to go to a 11 speed cassette and the 7900 DA’s are spaced for 10.
My current weight is 190 pounds and I’ve been dropping weight (albeit slowly) steadily with the final goal of 175. Based on my riding style and the area I live I’m interested in stiff, light and strong (yes I know this won’t be cheep!) vs. aero. I run Shimano and have heard that Fulcrum will be going to a wider rim bed at some point in 2014. A wide rim Fulcrum 1 or Zero’s would fit the bill but I’m curious if a set of handbuilts would be as stiff and light – I know they would be as strong if not stronger.
Thanks for the input and safe riding.
http://cerrol.wordpress.com (my cyclingblog)
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