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Just finished the bar wrap tonight.
She comes in at 16.68lbs, after I swap the saddle she'll probably jump to 16.75lbs

























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52cm Tricross S-Works frame
Richey Carbon Cross fork
Avid Ti 8 cantis
Mavic ES wheels (taken from my road bike, will be swapping them out for the tubular version soon)
Bontrager x-lite cranks
FSA carbon ring
N-gear chain guard
Dura-Ace R-shifter,classic DA left brake lever,DA RD, DA 12-27 cassette
DA 41T ring
Easton EC70 stem
Easton EC90 post
Specialized Toupe saddle
Specialized Carbon SL handlebar
Fizik bar wrap
SRAM HP 9speed chain
Specialized Houfellizer tires (freebies)
XTR cabling
Eggbeater Triple Ti pedals
 

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Nice

Friggin sweet man....nice ride... :D
 

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Be careful with the wt.

I had a friend build a super light cross bike. He weighs about 140 and managed to break a set of carbon bars, carbon seatpost and the carbon rails on his saddle. While it's great to have a super light bike, and your's is very beautifu, but if you can't finish a race because of broken components the lightness doesn't matter.

Do you plan on getting a set of tubulars? That would really lighten it up!
 

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Great bike and awesome pics!

quick question - what camera are you using? I have an old Canon IXUS 330 and I can NEVER take quality pics like that. It is a 2.2MB. Should I be looking at a new one so that I can take as good pictures?
 

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fisherman said:
Great bike and awesome pics!

quick question - what camera are you using? I have an old Canon IXUS 330 and I can NEVER take quality pics like that. It is a 2.2MB. Should I be looking at a new one so that I can take as good pictures?
yes, you should be looking at my fuji s602 that i will sell you.
haha.
 

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Mosovich said:
I had a friend build a super light cross bike. He weighs about 140 and managed to break a set of carbon bars, carbon seatpost and the carbon rails on his saddle. While it's great to have a super light bike, and your's is very beautifu, but if you can't finish a race because of broken components the lightness doesn't matter.

Do you plan on getting a set of tubulars? That would really lighten it up!
Thanks! Do you know the brand of carbon components your friend was using?
The only carbon part that is questionable is the seatpost since it's not a monocoque design like the EC90 zero setback. Once I take her on a few practice runs I'll know more on how the post will hold up to bike mounts (both smooth and messy attempts)

Oh...and the Fork...It's very light...430g after it was cut. I wonder how it will hold up to the abuse of cross? I feels plenty stiff, stiffer than the stock Sworks fork (doing the press the fork legs together test, not sure if that has any validity to a forks' stiffness)

I've been using the easton EC90 flat hbars on my xc rig for 2 years and they've held up amazing well considering the abuse I've given them. Hopefully Specialized FACT carbon is just as strong. The bar felt as stiff if not stiffer then the easton ec90 equipe bar I was going to get but I chose the Specialized for its shallower reach and better drop.

Yes I plan on going tubular. I'm not 100% on the wheelset but right now I'm looking at the Mavic ES tubluar version. I love the ES clincher that I stolve from my road bike. The ES wheelset is very stiff and the hubs spin so effortlessly.
 

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fisherman said:
Great bike and awesome pics!

quick question - what camera are you using? I have an old Canon IXUS 330 and I can NEVER take quality pics like that. It is a 2.2MB. Should I be looking at a new one so that I can take as good pictures?
Thanks but these shots were "quickies" down in my basement with just 1 flash.
I use a Canon 1D. It's a 4.4MP Pro body that is now replaced with the 1D Mark2n
it's a sports photog body.
The quality of shots depends on 3 things:
1. The Camera's sensor. having a 100Googolpixel camera doesn't mean squat if the quality of the sensor is subpar. Think pixel quality not quantity.
2. The Lens. Think of it as driving a sports car with crappy tires..the tires are your contact point to the road...Even great tires can make a mediocre car feel better.
3. The person behind the eyepiece...you!
 

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Gorgeous bike & beautiful pics!
I forgot you were in Montreal, I just spent the last week there (well 5 days) took my winterbike up and down old Montreal and University ave area. Hit Mount Royal geez 8-10 times over 3 days, great climb gotta come back in summer for a proper assault on that one.

When did the use of car turm signals and looking before a lane change become optional in QC !
 

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there were more than 5 CF seatposts broke

in our series this season. 2 in one day (different class races). don't let what works on your mtb misguide you. a flat CF MTB bar gets most of the vertical load absorbed by the shock. so all the vertical stress put on the bar from jarring is greatly reduced. On a cx bike with a rigid front end and usually wider bars all the vertical loads are going right to the bar/stem connection. I always here guys using the cf MTB bar comparison and unless your front end is rigid is apples and oranges.sweet bike. beautifulpix, well done. but if that ride is headed to serious O/R abuse you may wanna swap those out. your rig will still be under 18 lbs
 

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having destroyed so many wheels

in my short cx career can't imagine running a $1000 plus set of hoops. having tore a spoke right through the rim wall on a K it makes me nervous seeing them in cx, but it's a small bike so I'm assuming he's light. but why use a radially spoked wheel in cx? vertically stiff so shock is more greatly transmitted but laterally soft so prone to tweaking.
I don't get that one. was funny Excel makes a wheelset called the swiss threat Hugi 240 Hubs, 32 spoke 3x DT spokes to DT semi aero rim. around 600 bucks easily repairable, replaceable and lighter than most fancy hoop sets out there.
 

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in my short cx career can't imagine running a $1000 plus set of hoops. having tore a spoke right through the rim wall on a K it makes me nervous seeing them in cx, but it's a small bike so I'm assuming he's light. but why use a radially spoked wheel in cx? vertically stiff so shock is more greatly transmitted but laterally soft so prone to tweaking.
I don't get that one. was funny Excel makes a wheelset called the swiss threat Hugi 240 Hubs, 32 spoke 3x DT spokes to DT semi aero rim. around 600 bucks easily repairable, replaceable and lighter than most fancy hoop sets out there.

sweet bike. whats the msrp on the frame only? Love the red/black combo.

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in my short cx career can't imagine running a $1000 plus set of hoops. having tore a spoke right through the rim wall on a K it makes me nervous seeing them in cx, but it's a small bike so I'm assuming he's light. but why use a radially spoked wheel in cx? vertically stiff so shock is more greatly transmitted but laterally soft so prone to tweaking.
Weve been through this one a bunch of times - K's have stood the test of time for their ability to take abuse, anyone sub say 200lbs ? as a guess and is not a monster on gear should be fine -I'm very hard on wheels and after riding my cx on gnarly mtb trails they have NEVER needed to be trued even after several gut wrenching "DING" sounds from the rear wheel and I cant say that for any and I mean any other wheelset. No signs of cracks around eyelets or usual fatigue points etc and not one damaged spoke. Is this due to superior engineering or high spoke tension I dont know - but they plain ol work.

Heavy riders like yourself will (and you know ooh too well) crush any wheelset given the right combo of speed and force. It all comes down to how much cash youre willing to throw into your cx rigs. They are as good a choice as any. As said before we both have 2 sets of K's and theirs no way either of us payed full tilt for either set so good deals are out there.
Given the choice I would get used K's over say D/A hub laced to a high end tubbie rim and tub K's can be found cheap as no one wants them :) hub seals are way better than D/A or Ultegra etc too.
The reason for radial spoking is same as for crits, minimal deflection when hitting corners hard, any deflection when railing around a slippy offcamber on a 30psi tub is going to throw off a good bike handler and thats never good. (if ones handling skills are sub par well spoke pattern is a non issue) I notice a difference when training on D/A 32 spoke laced to DT Rev's (1550g wheel set) then racing on K's.

I still use 32's when faced with a jungle cross course but then I dont mind if I whack one on a bad bunnyhop etc, makes me cringe to see Wells etc hop 16" boards on Reynold carbons :-(
 

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well we agree

as like I said before,I saw my friend crash head on into a curb and his K was fine.
tome the biggest issue is,if it is damaged how long and how much it takes to repair.

as far as hub seals, I prefer less sealed hubs. I prefer ease of rebuildability vs watertightness. I just assume water is getting in. My concern is getting it out.

as for crits, most crit guys I know run 2 or 3x. Radial spoked wheel may lack some deflection but it'll bow under hard cornering which pushes you wider in a corner. I can push my regular wheels in corners way harder than my K's.

anyhow your cringe at wells on on Reynolds (though he gets his free) is equal to mine seeing lower level guys on K's. we must just have different fun funds.
 

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as for crits, most crit guys I know run 2 or 3x. Radial spoked wheel may lack some deflection but it'll bow under hard cornering which pushes you wider in a corner. I can push my regular wheels in corners way harder than my K's.

anyhow your cringe at wells on on Reynolds (though he gets his free) is equal to mine seeing lower level guys on K's. we must just have different fun funds.
Years ago crit guys would ride "overbuilt" 3 x to avoid bowing but now deep section vertically and laterally strong rims rule the roost also the improving rolling ability is a big bonus for crit boys. Maybe my lack of weight does not allow wheels to bow, but I certainly push them hard enough to rub brake pads at times!

I have said before that K's worry me for cross simply because I cannot afford to blow them up. I stopped racing mine even though they had proven more than worthy of the task, but I have 3 sets of $150 tubs for smashing into barriers. That was 2 seasons ago when they ran $500US used now if I buy cx wheels I will for sure hunt K tubies.

You say lower level in ability, but some of these guys could probably support their own pro team when it comes to funds!! Ridley X-nights, Zipps, 3 x colnagos built with record - the list goes on. An $800 wheelset is considered cheap by some, looking at weight weenies makes me laugh at times, that guys can afford to throw away carbon record cranks when Schmolke comes out with one 50g lighter. Their money not mine - thats fine.
 
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