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  • Bought my first carbon

     nick dv updated 5 years, 10 months ago 5 Members · 8 Posts
  • naffa

    Member
    27 August 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Well after knocking about on a Carrera tdf for a little while I thought I’d buy a better bike. Spent bank holiday Monday visiting the Specialized concept store in Stafford, Decathlon, Run and Ride in Hednesford. I couldn’t find what I was after so went to see a mate who was selling the bike I bought.

    Carbon frame and forks

    Full 105 inc brakes

    Fulcrum race wheels

    Carbon seatpost

    Ritchey bars and stem.

    Because I’m not that fit I cant see myself managing very well initially with the 53/39 chainrings so Ive ordered a new 105 crankset with 50/34 (similar to whats on the carrera) and swopped the 12-25 cassette for an 11-28.

    Bought some new bar tape and gel pads and when I’ve fitted it all I’ll be away.

    I weighed it today and it comes in at exactly 18lbs with pedals.

    What do you all think?

    I love it! Cant wait to ride it, hopefully Friday or Saturday.

  • Roberto

    Member
    27 August 2014 at 8:41 pm

    very nice, don’t forget to post up how you find it against the tdf 😉

  • naffa

    Member
    27 August 2014 at 9:09 pm

    very nice, don’t forget to post up how you find it against the tdf 😉

    Hope im not disappointed. 😆

  • Gunner

    Member
    28 August 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Very, very nice. 😉

    Looking forward to a full report of how it rides when you get some rides in.

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    28 August 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Looks pretty.

    BTW, when you fit the 50/34, don’t forget to lower the front changer a bit – you may need a new inner wire for this.

  • naffa

    Member
    28 August 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Ive done a short commute to work on it this afternoon and all I can say is ‘wow’. Its got a great turn of speed, feeling quite zippy.

    I need to adjust the saddle height a little and maybe move it forward too but thats just fine tuning really.

    I rode it today because I fitted the 50/34, new cassette (11-28), and pedals before work. The weight is now 17.9lbs.

    Steve I hadn’t thought about lowering the front mech. It seems to be shifting ok so will it hurt to leave it as is?

    I might get to put a few more miles on it tomorrow so a fuller report should follow. 😀

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    28 August 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Ive done a short commute to work on it this afternoon and all I can say is ‘wow’. Its got a great turn of speed, feeling quite zippy.

    I need to adjust the saddle height a little and maybe move it forward too but thats just fine tuning really.

    I rode it today because I fitted the 50/34, new cassette (11-28), and pedals before work. The weight is now 17.9lbs.

    Steve I hadn’t thought about lowering the front mech. It seems to be shifting ok so will it hurt to leave it as is?

    I might get to put a few more miles on it tomorrow so a fuller report should follow. 😀

    You’re supposed to have about 3mm clearance between the top of the teeth on the big ring and lower edge of the front derailleur outside plate when it’s above it. However, if it’s working OK, then leave it – you may go back to the 53/39 combination when you get stronger.

    … and just to boost you bragging rights, bike weights are usually taken without pedals so probably under 17.5lb … which is under 8kg! 8)

  • nick dv

    Member
    29 August 2014 at 7:34 am

    Very nice 🙂

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