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Teschner SC7000 EuroPro

Teschner SC7000 EuroPro

Australia's Peter Teschner made the team mercury Fuji bikes back in the late '90's. Now he's making these amazing scandium/carbon bikes on his own. The bike is simply amazing; climbs effortlessly with no flex yet rides incredibly smooth. 15 lbs 5 oz with Am Classic wheels, Dura Ace 9, Mavic brakes,

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How do you like the easton slx fork? I have one in my merlin agilis and every time I ride I can't help but wonder if the fork will hold up.
 

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The fork is remarkably good. I had last year's EC90 -- the 395 gram one that has sort of straight blades. That fork had a rougher feel to it--as if it was too stiff. This new one rides much smoother; when you hit irregular pavement it isn't as traumatic. With regard to strength, this is supposed be withstand fatique much better than last years. I feel "safer" with this fork.
 

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No more worries for me then mate! I also really like the smoothnes of the fork and to add even more softness to the package I have an overside EC90 roadbar installed: very comfy.
 

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By the way, if you are interested, two things.
1. Teschner's web site and some reviews from cycling news
http://www.teschnerbikes.com/
Seriously, you can call or email the guy. He will convince you. The AUS Cycling team has won a bunch of time trials on his bikes.
http://search.cyclingnews.com/cgi-bin/htsearch?config=htdig&restrict=&exclude=&method=and&format=builtin-long&sort=score&words=teschner

2. here are my opinions of the various components:
- USE seat post. Not enough set back (none). Plus it's a pain in the a** to adjust. Not the weight i thought, either. Cut it down and it's 140 grm. I like Thompson post more (rigid, easy to adjust). Too bad they don't make a Masterpiece with setback.
- IRD bottle cages. Around 50$, 16 grams each. Relatively cheap (!) for the weight. Bottle has fallen out once though.
- IRD metawire cables. More trouble than they are worth. Look nice, but really hard to dial in just right.
- Syntace Stem. Rocks. Love the little grippers that make it easy to mount the bar
- Ritchey Biomax bars. Awesome! So comfy. Much better, more confident feel than the Easton Carbons and they are aerobar safe. Highly recommended (225 grm)
- Am Classic wheels. Absolutely amazing. Not fragile feeling. Though I dented a rim on the first ride and hub life is questionable. But at 1350 grams, how can you go wrong? The quickest, cheapest way to cut a lot of weight.
- Mavic brakes. Work just as well as ultegra (and probably dura ace). No quick release but that isn't really a problem. Would love to get zero gravitys, but that's pretty pricey. Compared to Dura Ace 10, Mavics are a bargain at less weight.
- Dura Ace BB. Best for weight and price IMO.
- Dura Ace shifters (9 spd). Kind of letting me down. The wire that hooks up to the Flight Deck computer got tangled in the lever. Just cut it out.
- Dura Ace Cranks (9spd). Good deal right now with everyone upgrading to 10-spd. However, would like to upgrade to FSA K-force (460 grams with rings vs 595!). The cranks and Zero Grav brakes would put this at sub 15 lbs.
-Speedplay chromoly S-2's. Can't justify the extra $ for titanium. These are great pedals and pretty damn light.
- Hutchinson Airlight tires. 190grm each. Not too bad. Sort of in between contis and michelins for hardness. Wear has been good so far (600 miles) tho the side wall is roughed up a bit.
- Aireon Saddle. Has definitely grown on me. A little heavy but pretty comfy. If I could do it again, might get the Alliante. I alternate with the really light Selle Italia Flite (135g) but it gets uncomfortable at 40 miles. To me, the most comfy saddle is a Selle Gel (230 g).
The best part is that the bike doesn't feel "scary light".

Anyhow, hope you all get out for a killer ride this weekend.
-twain
 

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