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Old December 16th, 2012, 07:50 PM
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Greg, is this the Xelius frame you test-rode?:



If so, I dig it. But if you get this sweetness, you have to go with the super duper 11-speed Dura-Ace electronic and the Hutchinson road tubeless. The chainstay commands it.

That frame looks very similar to the frame Jeremy Roy is riding here:

http://www.lapierre-bikes.co.uk/site...mages/roy5.jpg

Roy has that beautiful aero position and natural ankling. He looks really good on the bike. Note the red number too. It's angry. Roy won the red number for most combative rider. And he even attacked again on the Champs-Elysees for good measure:

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Old December 17th, 2012, 07:41 AM
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Nice Ho...

Did you get a new bike?

Yeah. After John bought the EMX-5, he didn't know what to do with his EMX-3, so I took it.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 09:33 AM
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lapierre-Fra...item27cde5cf4a

good price here. from a quick search... not many used frames on ebay. i hope you score the xelius.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 10:41 AM
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860g with an integrated seatpost and 57cm top tube? That thing is really light. My EMX is well over a kilo, and that's without the seatpost. And my EMX is considerably smaller.

And $1750 landed? That's really cheap too. You could save enough to bankroll that Dura-Ace 9000 with the bitchin 52/36 crank and 11-28 cassette.

This frame is full of win.

Just don't cut the seatpost before finalizing your position. I think your current saddle height is way too low:

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Old December 17th, 2012, 01:47 PM
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I have to agree with John on 52/36 crank and 11-28 cassette. It would be a very pleasant range and you wouldn't look like this after climbs...



I think with the Xelius frame you can easily build a 15-16 lb bike. I think my C59 Italia is 1 kg without seatpost.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 02:32 PM
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My hanger is back to straight:


Courtesy of Tullio:

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Old December 17th, 2012, 03:01 PM
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Love that-I can only understand a few words here and here but the passion for cycling and Paris-Roubaix shines throughout that video.


I got one word: MERD @ about 18:20.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 03:02 PM
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Courtesy of Tullio:


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Old December 17th, 2012, 07:41 PM
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Greg, is this the Xelius frame you test-rode?:



If so, I dig it. But if you get this sweetness, you have to go with the super duper 11-speed Dura-Ace electronic and the Hutchinson road tubeless. The chainstay commands it.

That frame looks very similar to the frame Jeremy Roy is riding here:

http://www.lapierre-bikes.co.uk/site...mages/roy5.jpg

Roy has that beautiful aero position and natural ankling. He looks really good on the bike. Note the red number too. It's angry. Roy won the red number for most combative rider. And he even attacked again on the Champs-Elysees for good measure:


It looked like that but I don't recall seeing the Shimano and Hutchinson stickers-I think he said it was a 2012 Xelius 400 frame.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 07:52 PM
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860g with an integrated seatpost and 57cm top tube? That thing is really light. My EMX is well over a kilo, and that's without the seatpost. And my EMX is considerably smaller.

And $1750 landed? That's really cheap too. You could save enough to bankroll that Dura-Ace 9000 with the bitchin 52/36 crank and 11-28 cassette.

This frame is full of win.

Just don't cut the seatpost before finalizing your position. I think your current saddle height is way too low:


That is not my chosen saddle height. That is what I'm forced to ride since I rounded off the grub screw for securing the seat post with a cheap Park Tool multitool. I can no longer tighten it properly so it will not stay up where I place it but moves down and gouges the new post so I just leave it there until I buy a new grub screw.

I've been hoping one comes up on eBay but I may just have to pay some ripoff Canadians $70C for new one (1/2 way down page):

http://www.giroposte.com/Frames.html

I better order one or two before they run out.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 07:56 PM
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I have to agree with John on 52/36 crank and 11-28 cassette. It would be a very pleasant range and you wouldn't look like this after climbs...



I think with the Xelius frame you can easily build a 15-16 lb bike. I think my C59 Italia is 1 kg without seatpost.

Yes those gears sound very attractive.

I would probably still look like that: An out-of-shape fat-ass fred-but I would definitely have gotten to the top of the hill much faster!
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Old December 17th, 2012, 08:02 PM
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I got one word: MERD @ about 18:20.

I'm sure that describes the experience of riding Paris-Roubaix quite succinctly.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 08:02 PM
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My hanger is back to straight:


Courtesy of Tullio:


That's an awesome tool-never seen that before. Is that yours?
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Old December 17th, 2012, 08:05 PM
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lapierre-Fra...item27cde5cf4a

good price here. from a quick search... not many used frames on ebay. i hope you score the xelius.

I've been looking at complete bikes here:

http://www.texascyclesport.com/store...idCategory=394
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Old December 17th, 2012, 08:23 PM
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FDJ has a Flickr photostream.


Love this one:



Flanders:




Those lime-green Europcar Colnagos are fugly. They can do so much better than that.


Tour:


I wonder who made the decision to pave over the cobbles on the Champs-Elysees a few decades ago? Talk about a bad decision.

Next to Chavanel's unpainted EMX-5:

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Old December 17th, 2012, 08:27 PM
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which are you considering? campy or shimano or sram?
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Old December 17th, 2012, 08:32 PM
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That's an awesome tool-never seen that before. Is that yours?

It's mine now. It just landed from eBay. I could never afford this tool when I was racing. No way. That hanger tool was part of the Campy tool kit back in the day. I needed a hanger gauge/bender after I tweaked my Swiss Cross. I checked ebay and a new Park one was $60 and this used Campy one was $100, so the choice was obvious.

I just checked the hanger on my EMX and it was bent as well. These new aluminum hangers are ridiculously delicate. So I tweaked it back into alignment.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 08:40 PM
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I've been hoping one comes up on eBay but I may just have to pay some ripoff Canadians $70C for new one (1/2 way down page):

http://www.giroposte.com/Frames.html

I better order one or two before they run out.

$70 for a grub screw? That's ridiculous.

On a Vitus I would think it's a standard metric thread. Wouldn't just any grub screw of the same thread work?

Also, I have a small tub of this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FSA-Carbon-A...-/280882049906

This stuff is awesome. I had a slipping seatpost problem on both my EMX3 and EMX5. This paste feels like lapping compound, but the chunks are purportedly plastic rather than aluminum oxide. The grip is very good. In fact, it can be a little difficult adjusting the machine just right because the grip is so good. But once you get the bolts tight, the parts stay in place beautifully. It also works just as well on aluminum as it does on carbon.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 08:50 PM
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Greg, I hope you throw down on the Lapierre, but this may be your last chance to own some marvelous French piece of shit that plays accordion music as you ride:

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Old December 17th, 2012, 09:28 PM
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$70 for a grub screw? That's ridiculous.

On a Vitus I would think it's a standard metric thread. Wouldn't just any grub screw of the same thread work?

Also, I have a small tub of this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FSA-Carbon-A...-/280882049906

This stuff is awesome. I had a slipping seatpost problem on both my EMX3 and EMX5. This paste feels like lapping compound, but the chunks are purportedly plastic rather than aluminum oxide. The grip is very good. In fact, it can be a little difficult adjusting the machine just right because the grip is so good. But once you get the bolts tight, the parts stay in place beautifully. It also works just as well on aluminum as it does on carbon.

It's not a standard grub screw. It's stainless steel with a ball bearing embedded in the end where it contacts the seatpost.

I'll just buy one and be done with it.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 11:43 PM
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Greg, I hope you throw down on the Lapierre, but this may be your last chance to own some marvelous French piece of shit that plays accordion music as you ride....

Ooops.

Is Lapierre a French bike?

One might think it's a French bike because of the name and the general frenchiness of the FDJ squad (French sponsor, French directeur, French riders, French tires). But from this website I thought it was British:

http://www.lapierre-bikes.co.uk/

But then this review said the bike is made in Dijon:

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/c...s-fdj-12-46404

So I checked and Lapierre also has a French site:

http://www.cycles-lapierre.fr/

I did some reading on the British site and found this:

Quote:
In 1946, Gaston LAPIERRE started a small bicycle business in Dijon, France (Côte-d’Or region), quickly finding success in an industry that was experiencing rapid growth in general. The management was passed on to his son, Jacky LAPIERRE in 1960.

In 1972, a new factory was constructed in the industrial zone of Dijon to accommodate increased production numbers. In addition to the production plant, a new building was also dedicated to spare parts sales, complete with a new showroom for the bike collection. The LAPIERRE™ brand begins thriving and becomes a reference among bike specialists.

My bad. I should have known that Greg would go for a French bike, just as I would go Belgian or Han would go Italian.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 08:30 PM
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Love this:


Just check out Bobet in the maillot arc-en-ciel. No gay rainbow glasses. No lame rainbow shorts. And he's got the collar. What a cool motherfucker.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 09:20 PM
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Greg, I hope you throw down on the Lapierre, but this may be your last chance to own some marvelous French piece of shit that plays accordion music as you ride:


Stopped at a local bike shop in Pomona and checked out a LOOK 695. Talk about sticker shock.

It was also SRAM Red equipped but had this awesome LOOK ZED 2 one-piece carbon crank. I have to say I really dug that crank.

Check it out:

http://www.bikeradar.com/news/articl...-review-26817/

One thing that I found rather corny but also liked that there was some variety was that LOOK offers the frame in like a zillion different colors-I don't like the international flag colors though:

http://www.lookcycle.com/en/all/rout...e-premium.html

The frame was impressive-very light and nice handling even with my street shoes on. If I had the money that would be it.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:01 AM
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I kinda dig this one:




It's a contemporary version of the La Vie Claire machines:


Elite has even made a contemporary version of the old TA Coca-Cola bottles:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-ELITE-Co...item20cc847330
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 08:57 PM
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