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  • Planet X Pro Carbon Evo Disc
  • Premier Icon madeupname
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    I have happened across this at £299 for frame & forks.

    Tempted to buy one now to build up for if/when the weather improves…

    Anyone got one? Stiff or noodly? Any build issues? Has anyone tried to see if 28mm tyres fit?

    Website spec is standard PX mystery – frame photos are QR and no disc mount for a through axle disc frame.

    Finally, I dont fancy a SRAM bike, what are the chances of PX doing a Shimano build anytime soon? I reckon I’ll get as accurate an answer on here as from PX…

    Thanks

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    I bought one a few weeks ago. It’s a lovely bike really nice to ride, but i’ve only done one 30km ride on it as the weather’s been crap.

    It does feel pretty stiff but I don’t really have anything to compare it against. My previous road bikes have been a Triban 5 and a PX London road.

    I’m sure 28’s will fit, mine came with 25’s but I’m sure I saw 28’s on one of the builds….

    I wasn’t sure about Sram gears/brakes and was going to go frame only but in the end went for the Force 22 full build. I have to say the Sram stuff feels great and I’m not bothered about no shimano.

    For the prices at the moment I reckon they’re hard to beat. Look so much better in the flesh than the website photos. Mines the red one.

    Premier Icon ads678
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    Oh and the disc version is bolt through front and back as well.

    Premier Icon madeupname
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    Hi @ads678
    Thanks for that. May I ask what size you have there?

    I was looking at the red frame already (the pink is tempting but not pink enough….)

    I’ve got wheels and seatpost/bars etc that I could build it up with, so am not sure the £920 for full build delivered vs £350 f&f and headset delivered is worth it (and I have never liked the look of SRAM hydro hoods).

    If the rim bake frame was the cheaper one, I’d prob get that as then I could ride it without buying anything!

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    Mines a medium, and I’m 5’9″, 31″ inside leg. It’s got a 100mm stem at the moment but I might try with a 90mm.

    I did fancy the pink myself but as you said it’s not quite pink enough, I’d prefer it in a proper loud fluro shocking whaaaaa pink!!

    Premier Icon n0b0dy0ftheg0at
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    Threaded BB too iirc, it’s another “if money wasn’t so tight I’d be tempted” frameset for me, even though I have wheels and seatpost spares.

    ~£240 for a pair of 7020 hydraulic brifters and calipers, ready bled at Merlin.

    Premier Icon Bullet
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    I’m out on mine tomorrow for its first ride. Identical red in Medium. Going to try it with the Panaracer tyres but will probably swop the 25mm Michelin Pro4 Endurances over from my old ProCarbon. Interested to know if 28’s will fit ok? So pleased to be on road discs at last, never trusted the old rim brakes. Loving the metallic red as well.

    Premier Icon leeroybrown
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    They were doing a Shimano version a while back
    I’m tempted by the frame only option then buying a Shimano group set

    Premier Icon joebristol
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    I’d take a punt on the sram – especially for that price. I’ve had shimano tiagra / 105 10 speed mechanical / Sram Rival 10 Speed mechanical and now on shimano 105 11 speed hydraulic.

    Sram pissed all over the othersfor me – I dislike my 105 quite a lot. The gear shifting is too quiet / vague – I like the snappiness of sram. Just waiting for the brake callipers to start micro leaking as they’re now about 2 years old….

    Premier Icon Bullet
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    Brief first-ride thoughts compared to my old ProCarbon 105 rim brake version… Seems to put down power better (what little I have!), comfortable ride despite the angular tube profiles. Disc brakes are much nicer than the old rim brakes. Stock Panaracer wire bead tyres aren’t too bad (but will swop to Michelin Pro4’s) and the stock saddle isn’t very comfy but that will be changed.
    Overall, a nice package and a decent upgrade over the old model for not much cash.

    Premier Icon madeupname
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    Ooops, I bought a frame as a belated Christmas pressie to myself. How to explain the big delivery box to the wife..?

    Will borrow spare wheels from another bike, raid the random old parts knocking about to keep costs down, and either buy a 105 group or build it up from different dealers if cheaper.

    Stand by for annoying ‘what hose length/seatpost’ type questions, and listen for swearing as I learn to dismantle factory bled brakes, thred them through the frame and then have to re-bled etc.

    Possible pics if is doesn’t end up looking awful (and if I can wash the lawn, grout the fence, paint the hedge etc)

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    Had a few rides on mine now and smashed previous times. new bike syndrome I expect but its just sooo much better to ride fast than my previous road bikes.

    Second the comment about the stock saddle, lightweight but I don’t like it. I’ve just changed my for the spesh off my other bike.

    Tyres I think are fine, will probably change them when the weather gets a bit nicer, but they seem ok for now.

    Premier Icon madeupname
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    Great new bike day!

    No time to fully unwrap, just pull back bubble wrap to see the shade of red.
    Hmmmm not as deep red as above pics but I can’t complain.

    But track ends?

    Oh Planet X you’ve sent me a track frame, not the road frame shown on the packing slip….

    now for the fun of trying to arrange a swap – odds on I end up somehow paying more?

    Bollox

    Premier Icon n0b0dy0ftheg0at
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    Might be easier to take up track cycling or going illegal on the roads. 😉

    Good luck!

    Premier Icon Bullet
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    Further thoughts… Swopped to Michelin Pro4’s but the Fulcrum wheels feel really heavy. Will just have to pedal harder but as an overall ride it feels good.

    Premier Icon madeupname
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    So, PX took away the track frame last week and delivered the correct frame today (after gentle reminder).

    First question, having never had a plastic frame – PX advise there is no need to fit the lower crown race to the forks as it is integrated into the fork. However their tech support said grease everything as normal…

    I have read that grease can affect carbon, and am wary of weakening the fork steerer – the bearing is greased internally, should I grease the bearing to fork crown interface or leave it dry?

    Is there another suggested lube?
    Obvs Carbon assembly paste is coarse and not the thing to use on a bearing?

    Thanks in advance

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    I have read that grease can affect carbon

    Who said that, because unless there’s something very specific then they’re wrong.

    Epoxy resins are usually used as a coating to guard against various hydrocarbons!

    Premier Icon madeupname
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    it’s the danger of using the Web – grease damaging carbon by affecting fibres themselves/epoxy is mentioned on lots of sites/forums but never with a reference.

    It’s not my field so wondered about the hive mind views.

    But I’d hate to grease it like an aluminium/steel frame and have the fork melt cos I was an idiot! And have to buy new teeth

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    Thanks to this thread I have now ordered one in black. Grrrr. (Adds STW to the list of sites I must not visit after a few beers.)

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    Ordered 12:30am Monday.
    Built yesterday.
    Delivered today at 3:30, pedals nicked of a mountain bike and 25 miles done in the dark. Brilliant fun.
    Looking forward to sensible riding when I move back to Weymouth next month. Pics tomorrow.

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    I’m loving it. My first proper road bike in over 50 years.
    They’ve changed a bit.
    Bog standard spec except for the saddle.

    Bike-1

    Premier Icon ads678
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    That looks lovely. Obvs mine is faster though cos it’s red!!

    Premier Icon eddiebaby
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    I’ll have to fit red pedals to compensate. 🙂

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    😀

    Premier Icon hooli
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    I am trying very hard not to look at this, brilliant value. I loved my old pre-disc pro carbon even it was a bit flexy under power. Pity it got mangled in a nasty crash.

    Premier Icon itsjohn
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    Got mine in the autumn sales.. on the road for about 1000 miles now.
    Spent the winter months replacing metal bits for carbon.
    Crank is also a red crank now (not seen in photos)

    My last bike was a rim brake EC130E aero from planet X.
    After setting some great times with it and completing LEJOG I wanted a more cosy bike with disk brakes.

    Its a sportive bike.. comfort built in. Its light’ish. Probably really durable as its not a ultra lightweight. It ‘will’ kick a bit when you put the power down.. However, Stiffer wheelsets and a stiffer crank DO improve the dynamics although still retaining smooth velocity.
    With upgrades they can be turned into a very smooth riding, reasonably aero PB beating refined sportive bike.
    An excellent all rounder. at an insane price 🙂

    My prior EC130E by contrast was a pure race bike. The smallest input sent you forward even though the Pro Carbon Evo is a bit lighter (even in disk form)

    This Pro Carbon Evo by contrast is more of a GT. I set out to do a specific distance but I end up extending rides all the time. Its so smooth with its speed.

    I have a gravel bike with Force 1… Loved it so much I really jumped at the chance for Force 22.. I love it compared to Ultegra. Swop out the spider & crank for Red for a 100g shaving (fits the force chainrings which are rebranded red anyway – note tou have to tap a threaded grommet out of the chainring for the Red crank to fit as its added/adapted for the aluminium Force spider)

    As seen (with red cranks and light weight ZTTO casette) in XL and ebay carbon finishing kit, 59mm deep wheels, 7.9KG

    bike2

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