Valy wrote:Always liked these frames! Read elsewhere that cornering feels awesome - could it be down to the slacker head angle? Wonder why everyone is going with 73/steeper for most sizes as. I mean if this is good enough for TDF etc.
But yeah, very nice bike!
These pedals you have, have you tried speedplay before coming to them, or have they been with you for a looong time? Is there anyway to limit the float?
Thanks Valy! Not sure if it's the head tube angle but I feel like the BMC developed fork and tapered head tube definitely helps. The beefy fork crown helps with the stiffness before the fork begins to slim down and the carbon changes to the 1K carbon weave. Whatever else it may be, it definitely works, and works very well.
As far as pedals go, I wanted to try something different and light. I've heard some good stories and some bad stories about speedplay pedals. I'm sure it's not everyone but it seemed like they required extra maintenance and few guys I ride with complained about the cleats getting clogged very easily. I've been quite happy with the Bebop pedals. The design is very industrial looking and the cleats are all metal making them very tough. If there is any dirt/mud build up you're able to just push it out as you're clipping in as the pedals are hallow. I've had them for over a year and no major issues. The large amount of float it something to get used to and I'm sure it's not for everyone. I found that if I didn't lubricate the cleat at all the float remained just fine but over time it wouldn't feel as icy, as some describe. Unfortunately there is no way to limit the float but they are fairly inexpensive so you could give them a shot if interested. I'll be upgrading mine with some Ti spindles soon to drop some more weight.
CAMSHAFT wrote:I am not a fan of putting sub brands of another bike manufacturer on my bike. I would only put those on a Trek. I thought the Pro cages would match your Pro bar. Although I would only put a Pro anything on a Shimano equipped bike. Thats just me.......
Yeah, I see where you're coming from and I understand. I run a Specialized saddle, with Shimano wheel and stem/bar combo and Sram grouppo. Some say that Shimano wheels and Sram grouppo are a no-no but honestly I could care less. As long as everything works perfectly together it's nothing but aesthetics. Thanks for the link with the Pro cages tho
1spd wrote:good night! Some of you guys are just frickn picky! If it makes you feel any better the Pro cages will go with his DA wheels as pictured! Seriously though, if you like the cages frickn run them! I picked up two Specialized cages because the owner of a local shop gave them to me for 1/2 price. The down side is that they were white! So I sanded them down, hit them with a light coat of primer and then black, clear paint. Weight went up a couple of grams but they work great and now match. Can't complain about getting both cages for $44 really.
Oh, and as far as modding the rings! Kick @$$! I would have been ticked off if that happened to me but probably would have attempted the same thing (after doing some research first). Glad to hear that it is working. Hell you can't even see it once the bike is together unless you go looking for it! Good job! Not a bad weight either. Especially knowing that there is room to drop it further if you decide to do that.
Thanks 1spd! With cages to me it's nothing more than aesthetics as most carbon do a pretty decent job of holding the bottles nice and snug.
I've done 90 miles over the weekend and everything worked perfectly. I did a combination of sprints, steep climbs and etc and the modified ring did just fine. No apparent flex/noise at all and as you pointed out, you really have to get close to the crank and look very carefully to notice it! I got a kick out of it when I saw my LBS mechanics face when he saw it
I'm quite content with the weight but it will drop a bit soon. New Ti pedal spindle are coming as well as lighter brakes, carbon cages, lighter cables, and maybe some lighter chain ring bolts as the current ones need to be replaced.