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A Time to Build

Old 02-26-11, 10:51 PM
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A Time to Build

Finally acquired all the pieces for my new 2011 PedalForce QS3 group buy build.



Looking forward to riding and racing it (my first race is scheduled for April). I like that the 2011 paint is discreet and absent the copious decals. Should come in right around 15 lbs. based on weighing the components (frame in size 53 is 1.04kg and fork 369g uncut). Was able to audition the QS3 by riding my son's 2010 model featured here. It's appreciably stiffer than my beloved '09 Fuji Team.

Rather than a build list, more pics






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Old 02-26-11, 10:57 PM
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how much did all of that cost?
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That's gonna be a classy lookin' bike. I normally like decals, but the absence looks kinda good there...
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calbrner, right around $3300. Frame and fork was $726. Force group with red cranks and shifters were $1100 as part of the group buy. Boyd clinchers $1050. Rest purchased on eBay for savings.
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That's going to be a nice bike. I like the photo list of parts.
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Do a photo documentary of the build too!
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Originally Posted by crhilton View Post
That's gonna be a classy lookin' bike. I normally like decals, but the absence looks kinda good there...
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That's going to be a nice bike. I like the photo list of parts.
Thanks! I'm excited and anticipate the completed build.

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Do a photo documentary of the build too!
Okay! I began doing some basic wrenching on my Fuji. Looking forward to putting this bike together while learning from the process. The one thing I'm unsure about is the press-in BB30 bearings. The external bearings on my Fuji (Shimano w/ Ultegra SL cranks) are really easy to work on. Are the press-fit bearings something that should be left to my LBS?
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looking forward to seeing more
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Thanks! I'm excited and anticipate the completed build.



Okay! I began doing some basic wrenching on my Fuji. Looking forward to putting this bike together while learning from the process. The one thing I'm unsure about is the press-in BB30 bearings. The external bearings on my Fuji (Shimano w/ Ultegra SL cranks) are really easy to work on. Are the press-fit bearings something that should be left to my LBS?
Get on Youtube. There are videos of folks using $10 headset presses to do this. It helps to be handy and/or mechanically inclined.

I am doing almost exactly this (62cm QS3 from groupbuy + all Force groupset). If it wasn't my 5th Pedal Force frame, I'd do a build thread. I got the green, black and white frame, but I know yours is going to be a killer ride.

Good luck.
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That is going to be one sexy bike! Make sure to take lots of pics and post them! Have fun riding it.
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