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Old January 7th, 2013, 03:54 PM
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Old January 7th, 2013, 03:59 PM
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Hungry Thomas... LOL
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Old January 7th, 2013, 04:54 PM
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This one is nice:


It has the Dura-Ace tubeless wheelset with the blackie Hutchinson tubeless.

I dig these Lapierres that are all Dura-Aced out with the Dura-Ace pedals and wheels. However, I just can't get past the ugliness of the Dura-Ace 7900:


I hate that crank. It looks like some grand attempt at art that failed. Same thing with the rear derailleur. Even the colors are ugly. Shimano must have agreed too, because the styling of the 7900 group lasted only three or four years before Shimano dumped it.

I think this frame with the Dura-Ace 9000, Dura-Ace tubeless wheels, and Dura-Ace pedals would be sweet.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 05:16 PM
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This is funny:


But it's funny in a way that Shimano didn't intend.

One sort of expects Campagnolo to copy Shimano. At least that's the way it's been since the dark days of cycling in the 90s. Campagnolo copied Shimano on the slant-parallelogram rear derailleur. Campagnolo copied Shimano on index shifting. Campagnolo copied Shimano on the STI shifter.

But look at that Dura-Ace 9000 cassette. 11-speed. Half titanium and half steel. The lock ring even has the same torque spec. It's a total copy of a Super Record cassette.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 10:26 PM
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Old January 7th, 2013, 10:49 PM
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Stuff like this blows me away:


These guys are good:


It doesn't take power. It takes technique.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:41 PM
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This guy is skilled too:


Note how Giuseppe holds the tire tight with one hand while getting the rest of the tire into the rim groove with his other hand.

Imagine using these on your high-dollar rims and tires:

http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...FRCCQgodEkoA6w

I can't believe such a product even exists. This is the best part:

Quote:
These are nice simple levers that will be easy on your rim.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 12:11 AM
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This is a nice video on the Dura-Ace 9000:


I love those new shifters. They're alien but without looking gimmicky. The curves actually look functional as well as beautiful. The original STI were revolutionary, but they were ugly as sin. And they stayed just as ugly generation after generation until the 7900 shifters came out. These 9000 shifters are approaching or perhaps even equaling Campagnolo Ergopowers.

I don't know which Dura-Ace wheels are on that bike, but they look bitchin too. I dig the reinforcements at the nipples. The extra thickness is there, but the rims don't have that shitty billet look that all of the other rims seem to have.

Damn, and you can trim the front derailleur now? I guess Shimano gave up on its purported "no trim technology" that was a fail.

This is a really nice group.

This Shimano video is hilarious:


I think Super Record 11 really messed with Shimano. This Shimano video looks and feels just like the cheesy Campagnolo videos:





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Old January 8th, 2013, 11:31 PM
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This is bitchin:




I don't follow Shimano stuff, so I didn't even know this was available.

It's a sprint button for shifting while in the drops. This takes electronic to another level. One of the advantages of electronic is that the derailleur is actually driven sideways by worm drive rather than pushed out by a spring or pulled inward by a cable, so you can shift under the hardest climbing or sprinting while standing. Shifting while standing during climbs isn't as big of a deal because your hands are typically on the hoods where the controls are, but sprinting is different because the shift levers or buttons are hard to actuate when you're sprinting. This is a huge advantage if you race.

This sprint button gets me more excited than the climbing buttons I had seen previously:


Both are cool but I think the sprint buttons are more exciting.

Right now these buttons are kinda shitty add-ons, but imagine when they're integrated into the bar and shift housings. That would be awesome. These buttons may even replace the large levers currently in use on Di2 and EPS, which have the same proportions that they did for mechanical shifting, are probably larger than really needed for electronic work, and work on swing arcs required for mechanical shifting but not electronic actuation.

I also don't see why this stuff won't be available for Campagnolo EPS. In fact, I think these extra controls are even more suited for EPS because you could hold them down and take advantage of EPS' multi-shift abilities.

Speaking of integration, I saw these Calfee Di2 seatposts:

http://www.calfeedesign.com/carbon-f...i2-retrofit-2/

Those are sweet too.

In just a few years, electronic shifting went from kind of a shitty add-on to fairly integrated components. You can now have a clean machine without wires, zip ties, and a battery cluttering up the machine, and you can have shift controls on the hoods, by the stem, and on the drops. I also don't see why the derailleur battery couldn't power other stuff too like computers or possibly even lights. Seamless integration isn't quite there yet, but I don't see why it won't happen in just a few more years.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 11:53 AM
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This cutaway is a cool illustration of Shimano's forging technology:

http://bikeworks.at/wp-content/uploa...ce-11-fach.jpg

I love how everything is all hollowed out. Even the big ring is hollow. I just wish that whoever made the cutaway had left the hollow spindle full length. It kinda sucks with the spindle cut down like that.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 12:40 PM
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Greg, did you see this Lapierre carbon cyclocross?:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lapierre-HM-...item19d805d9df

If the fork is included, that's a good price. You could sort of kill two birds with one stone with a machine like this and have both a dirt bike and a road bike just by swapping out tires. Hutchinson also makes cyclocross tubeless:

http://www.hutchinsontires.com/en/ca...ivers=4&pid=19
http://www.hutchinsontires.com/en/ca...ivers=4&pid=20

One problem though with swapping out tires would be the sealant if you decided to run tubeless. It's not a huge deal but it would be messy.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 06:42 PM
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 09:21 PM
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Very cool-however my bike fund was robbed so a new bike has been moved back a bit.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 09:52 PM
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Very cool-however my bike fund was robbed so a new bike has been moved back a bit.


sorry to hear...
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Old January 24th, 2013, 11:05 AM
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Very cool-however my bike fund was robbed so a new bike has been moved back a bit.

Same here. I robbed my bike fund also. I had a hard time deciding between carbon fiber and titanium but ended up with a chunk of titanium.

The PAM351:

PAM00351

I tried on several models of Panerais in the last few years and they've never done it for me. I wanted to love them and I liked they way that they looked online, but not on my wrist. Then I found this watch. Love at first sight. I guess my old Battaglin will have to do.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 11:15 AM
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Nice! Congrats.

At least you robbed your own bank but I think Greg got robbed period... LOL.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 12:00 PM
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Oh shit.

Congratulations on your new Panerai.

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Old January 24th, 2013, 12:07 PM
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Thanks. I bought this watch with the intention of it being my weekend watch and my Speedmaster would still be my everyday watch. I just can't take this thing off. The only time I wear my Speedmaster now is when I go fishing or kayaking.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 02:12 PM
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Same here. I robbed my bike fund also. I had a hard time deciding between carbon fiber and titanium but ended up with a chunk of titanium.

The PAM351:

PAM00351

I tried on several models of Panerais in the last few years and they've never done it for me. I wanted to love them and I liked they way that they looked online, but not on my wrist. Then I found this watch. Love at first sight. I guess my old Battaglin will have to do.


Sweet. Now you can start hoarding straps..
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Old January 24th, 2013, 02:38 PM
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Wow! That is stunning! Congratulations.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 10:50 PM
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Congrats Mike-that is worth robbing the bike fund for.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:10 AM
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Greg, it's super lotto time:


Or, if you prefer, scratchers:

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Old January 25th, 2013, 08:42 AM
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Greg, it's super lotto time:


Or, if you prefer, scratchers:


Nice.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:42 PM
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good luck!
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Old January 25th, 2013, 07:45 PM
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Nice! Congrats.

At least you robbed your own bank but I think Greg got robbed period... LOL.

Nope. I robbed it for something a little less exotic than Mike-a chunk of forged 7075 T6 aluminum.
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