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JB

Member since Feb 2012 • Last active Mar 2020

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    Like the Breitling... but you can get a lovely original TT for half that price....

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    Yeah, only reason I’d replace is for a bigger tyre but then, I can use the Talbot for bigger tyres...

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    It is @t-v !

    Tbh @TM I will likely keep the wound up unless I can get a deal on something else. I don’t love the Whisky, but maybe that’s because of the integrated head tube.

    Having now used 105 a little more, I’m just incredibly impressed. The lack of modulation compared to discs is a little weird, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it in no time.

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    I do agree with you there @Big_Ted - if I could change anything it’d be a different fork that could take 28c tyres. The rear can easily take a 28. A classic Enve 2.0 would look the business. Here’s the paint in the sun.

    @Lolo well, the whole point of this bike was to be as cheap as possible whilst still being nice to ride.

    Frameset - $425
    Wheels - $260
    Group - $436
    Tyres - $80
    Tubeless tape - $12
    Everything else I already had.

    So buying anything above 105 would’ve been superfluous...

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    They’re tubeless and I already had them so I wasn’t gonna buy new ones for vanity sakes :-) was supposed to be the cheapest build possible! Oh 53cm effective tt x 54cm seat tube I think. Too tube is definitely 53. Talbot is a little long for me. Hence turning it into a flat bar gravel bike.

    And yes @thrasher it’s ortlieb. Has a little mount that attaches to the saddle rails.

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    Wife has the same with silver dial in 31mm. If it was 34 I’d have it on constantly!

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    Oh, weird not having Di2 and hydraulic discs. Having to manually trim your front derailleur is weird. But, on the plus side, this R7000 is amazing. Way better than 6800. Very, very impressed. And rim brakes aren’t so bad either. Especially somewhere that it rarely rains.

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    Only took it on a short 35k ride but so far, muy bueno. A very, very different bike to the Talbot. 25c, even tubeless on a wide rim, feels incredibly different to 30c tubeless on a wide rim. A huge amount, in fact. Mostly when out of the saddle, I can’t really throw the bike from side to side as much as do with the Talbot.

    I feel this frame flexes far more where you’d want it to from a compliance perspective. Bumps in the road feel the same as they did on the Talbot, despite the skinnier tyres. The Talbot was built with MAX in a good few places including the chain stays, whereas this is far more forgiving in that area due to its svelte, heavily shaped stays.

    It climbs effortlessly, too. Considering I’m very overweight at the moment, it was much easier to get up an incline than expected. The Talbot has admittedly always felt like a bit of a tank to climb with. This... like a race car by comparison.

    Overall, I’m very happy indeed. Fit is mostly dialled other than bar height and the frame itself arguably is a better fit than the Talbot, too. Will probably bring it up a tiny bit then take it back to the shop to have it’s steerer cut once I’m happy with it.

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    Yeah, seeing the same on Crown and Caliber emails. Dropping prices of Rolex sports references, Tin Tin Speedmaster (sorry @Dammit) and other desirable references.

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