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Old 01-16-20, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ultrarider7 View Post

Mechanical Ultegra components.
Not. Please address the following:

-Bike is dirty
-Crosschained
-Those pedals cannot be unseen
-Unless your saddlebag contains a litter of puppies, it is inexcusably large
-Your cable housing and hoses are too long on the front end
-It appears you still have a pie plate (spoke protector on the cassette)...it is broken and off-center.
-Your wheels still have OEM reflectors
-Your wheel magnet is massive and not opposite of the valve stem as a counter-balance
-How are you supposed to use the drops with that mirror placement?
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Old 01-16-20, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
On the fence about this one. It has nothing to do with the setup, rather the paint job. Hot, but I think it would be a whole lot hotter if the rear triangle was red or the fork was white. One or the other. A red rear triangle I think.
I thought this when I got it years back, but the price from the LBS cleanout was just way way too good. It's aged well for a 2015/2016 bike. The headset area isn't modern aero but I semi integrated the bar/stem using a triathlon aero stem that fit the aero bars well.

In other words, there's no "round" spot on the handlebars facing the wind. Only aero shapes. Most of your EC90 or Zipps have the round part of the clamp area. This clamps top top to bottom, not front/back.

Like this:
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Old 01-16-20, 11:23 AM
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Bike IS filthy. It was the last ride of the year and the roads were lousy.
Changing mirrors this spring, it sucks.
Reflectors got to go! Agreed.
I like platform pedals, I need to buy something smaller, agreed.
I like the bag, I put keys, wallet and cellphone in it.
Can't really address the cables, it's the way it was setup by the LBS.
I think you're seeing a bolt for the dock and not the wheel magnet. It's pretty small.
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Old 01-16-20, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by ultrarider7 View Post
I think you're seeing a bolt for the dock and not the wheel magnet. It's pretty small.
A small flat neodymium magnet and some superglue is your friend.

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Old 01-16-20, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
Not. Please address the following:

-Bike is dirty
-Crosschained
-Those pedals cannot be unseen
-Unless your saddlebag contains a litter of puppies, it is inexcusably large
-Your cable housing and hoses are too long on the front end
-It appears you still have a pie plate (spoke protector on the cassette)...it is broken and off-center.
-Your wheels still have OEM reflectors
-Your wheel magnet is massive and not opposite of the valve stem as a counter-balance
-How are you supposed to use the drops with that mirror placement?
Correct.

Stage the bike, remove the "stuff", and take another pic.

Stage the bike.
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Old 01-16-20, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
On the fence about this one. It has nothing to do with the setup, rather the paint job. Hot, but I think it would be a whole lot hotter if the rear triangle was red or the fork was white. One or the other. A red rear triangle I think.
Yeah, white around the drivetrain wasn't the most practical choice...
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Old 01-16-20, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
+1

It's a shame that more manufacturers don't make tires with the darker reddish/brown sidewalls like old Continental GP skinwalls. Those look really nice on modern bikes.
Its a damn shame the tanwall GP4000s only came in 23mm.
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Old 01-17-20, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
A small flat neodymium magnet and some superglue is your friend.


Uh? A hub based speed sensor on the rear wheel is hidden nicely and costs about the same. I've no idea why people use this fidgety magnet and strap business.

Also, the computer on the bike is "good enough" for most uses.

I only use my wheel based speed sensor if doing really really nerdy time trial data gathering stuff needing the instantaneous accuracy of a sensor instead of GPS.

I've no idea why the magnet thing is still a thing.
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Old 01-17-20, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep View Post
Uh? A hub based speed sensor on the rear wheel is hidden nicely and costs about the same. I've no idea why people use this fidgety magnet and strap business.

Also, the computer on the bike is "good enough" for most uses.

I only use my wheel based speed sensor if doing really really nerdy time trial data gathering stuff needing the instantaneous accuracy of a sensor instead of GPS.

I've no idea why the magnet thing is still a thing.
My MadOne has a speed/cadence senor built into the chainstay, so a tiny small magnet is all I needed. I guess I sort of forgot that other manufacturers may not do that :-)
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Old 01-19-20, 08:41 PM
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My new whip needs to be judged

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Old 01-19-20, 08:42 PM
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My new whip needs to be judged

TCR?

Hot
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Old 01-19-20, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
TCR?

Hot
Yesss. TCR Advanced SL. The green changes color based on the lighting.
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Old 01-19-20, 08:48 PM
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My new whip needs to be judged

Yeah man. Hot.
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Yesss. TCR Advanced SL. The green changes color based on the lighting.
making my future bike research difficult. lol. seriously sweet ride.
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Old 01-19-20, 09:19 PM
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My new whip needs to be judged

Like the decaf in hell! Love the color. Even the discs look good.
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Old 01-19-20, 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
My new whip needs to be judged

Integrated seatpost isnt a good look.
Clamshell behind the saddle isnt something I've ever been drawn to.
That paint is really neat though. Almost makes up for the integrated seatpost.
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Old 01-20-20, 03:28 AM
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Pff. ISP is plus hot points, not minus
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Old 01-20-20, 07:32 AM
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My new whip needs to be judged

those bars look horrid, but the Dura-Ace discs are a nice touch.

Hot.
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Old 01-20-20, 07:35 AM
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Yeah, not a fan of those bars and the loose front brake hose bugs me, but definitely hot.

What cages and how are they?
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Old 01-20-20, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
My new whip needs to be judged

Hot, but don't care for the bars and question; how long is that stem? You have to be a whole lot more flexible than I am!

Last edited by ultrarider7; 01-20-20 at 08:40 AM. Reason: Added question
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My new whip needs to be judged

Very nice! Not a fan of the bar plus I would consider removing the wheel decals for a more stealth look.
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Originally Posted by ultrarider7 View Post
Hot, but don't care for the bars and question; how long is that stem? You have to be a whole lot more flexible than I am!
That's a 130mm. I'm 5'10" and had a 56cm MadOne with a 130 as well. With the 130, the Giant is still a little shorter in the reach department then the Trek, which is what I wanted for the race I'm doing in May. I'll switch those bars out at some point...They are Easton EC90 SL Aero's, so I'll have to drop a pretty penny to not downgrade.

The 130mm stem allows me to get low and aero. It's taken a while to get comfortable in this position, but the gains are worth it. (me on my MadOne)






Originally Posted by Noctilux.95 View Post
Very nice! Not a fan of the bar plus I would consider removing the wheel decals for a more stealth look.
I thought about removing them, but removing just the lawyer stickers took about 20 minutes with a hair dryer, WD-40, and a bunch of rags. I might get the wild hair eventually, but Giant definitely doesn't mess around with their adhesives
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Old 01-21-20, 01:39 PM
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Cypress,
Your Giant is hot.
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I'll switch those bars out at some point...They are Easton EC90 SL Aero's, so I'll have to drop a pretty penny to not downgrade.
I recommend 3T Aeronova.

Haven't used those actual bars myself, but I have three of the Toseek copies, and the shape is absolutely fantastic (although I trimmed about 40mm off the drops). The tops drop slightly so the centre at the start of the shoulders is about level with the bottom of the bar in the clamp, offering you a tad more drop.

The original Aeronova is a pretty high end bar, I'd say at least on par with EC90.
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That paint is pretty outstanding for a stock color.
I'm a bit of a freak so the extreme non-anatomicness of the bars does it for me on this build. Wabi sabi.
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