Road: Could Not Resist….
Project SL Pro is all but ready to roll 🙂
Just need to pop to my local garage to borrow some 8mm torques for the head tube bung (torque set I borrowed does not have a bit that big!). One last double check of nuts and bolts / pressures etc and we’ll be ready to roll. Plan is to pinch an hour tomorrow morning 🙂
Early indications, from a few pedals up and down the back of our terrace = big 🙂 *
Piccies etc at some point…
*this may be revised after an hour of being brutalised by an unknown (to my butt) saddle on tyres so thin and a such a high pressure they may as well be steel belts 😉Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I want a pair of scales like those. Cheapest way to lose weight……
I was retentive enough last year to do a couple of builds weighing everything on some new kitchen scales. To the nearest 100g (the accuracy of my bathroom scales) they agreed with my bathroom scales exactly.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
The benifit (or at least difference) with alphas is they make any tyre seem much much bigger than it is as the ‘bead socket’ is that much shallower.
On my old rims 23mm tyres were just a smidge wider than the brake track, could get wheels in and out without releasing the brake cable, on the alphas it looks like I’m running 25mm tyres and it has to be wound off a few turns (no QR on my callipers).Posted 4 years agodazhSubscriber
Built mine up at last. Will be changing the wheels for something more blingy once I’ve decided what I want and how much I can afford. No idea on the weight but it’s lighter than than my aluminium fixed wheel commuter, and much lighter than my Litespeed Vela. Took it out for the first time yesterday over Holme Moss. First impressions are that it’s much smoother than the Vela over bumpy roads. Also much stiffer and I could really feel the difference in the power being transmitted to the drive train. Descending it felt a little twitchy but I’m putting that down to either the wrong stem setup (haven’t decided the best size yet) or me just not being used to it. All in all I’m very pleased with it and it feels like a significant improvement on the vela.
I had a bit of a scary moment when I hit a pothole going downhill and heard a loud crack come from the fork/head tube area. I thought I’d broken it on the first ride, but a very close inspection has not revealed any visible damage so I think it’s ok. Will be watching it on the descents for the next few rides though just in case.Posted 4 years ago
Last night in finally got out on my pro. First road ride on >25 years!Posted 4 years ago
Roughly 16 mile loop, up and over the pennine hills. 😯
numb plums after about an hour – will tilt nose of saddle down a bit and set if that helps.
numb hands – I was riding in my MTB (not padded) gloves and have just standard, cork, bar tape = not exactly the same as the big, round, ODI’s on my mtb. Of course, hand position & pressure thereon (mostly riding on the hoods) is also completely new. Any thoughts on how to alleviate or is it just a case of putting a couple more rides in a see if things improve?
Sit bones seem fine, though I’ve not tried to sit on the bike today!FuzzyWuzzyMember
I don’t suppose anyone’s tried SKS raceblade longs + 25mm tyres on their CR1 pro have they? Need to replace my winter frame and this is tempting (chances are I’ll end up building it up with new bits and keep the current winter bike for the turbo though…).Posted 4 years ago
Shibboleth’s post about the ride harshness is a bit of a worry to, I’m used to quite plush riding bikes (Roubaix is current winter bike).SamBMember
Started building up my Plasma last night. First thoughts:
– the internal cabling on the bars & stem was an absolute b**tard to fit 👿
– the internal cabling on the bars & stem looks really good when it’s all fitted 😀
– the frame is LOOOOW – definitely going to need to get some spacers to raise up the pads on the front end
Otherwise good – hoping to get the drivetrain swapped over this evening. One step closer!Posted 4 years agodazhSubscriber
non-matching bar tape and saddle colour on the last 3 build pics?!
I wasn’t aware of that rule. Now you mention it, it does look a bit wrong. My CC bill is straining under the weight of the frame, groupset and other bits, and some nice wheels (with white hubs maybe?) are next on the list, but it will be rectified at some point. Oh the shame!Posted 4 years ago
Having done 2 rides now, 35 miles or so in total, up, over and around the pennine hills 😯 (so much for easing myself in with 10 milers and taking it from there) I’ve got to say the bike is great! I was all too nervous that I’d ‘done the wrong’ thing but, no – as the milage (let alone climbing!) indicates, there is but one fault with my Pro – it just wants to keep on going, when the ‘engine’ perhaps cannot manage anymore..
Sorry, make that two faults, it wants to keep going, and wants you to keep knocking it up a gear!
I’ll post a picture up at some point. Meantime, just wanted to say thanks again..
to boblo, for the head-up
to those of you who ‘made me do it’ 😉
to those of you who proffered various bits of guidance and advice.
total aside – another new (to me) find – aren’t bibshorts great – why did I wait so long to try them!Posted 4 years ago
:(Not sure, I bought it now rather than waiting for next year to buy either one of these
one of these
Condor Super Acciaio
or one of these that caught my eye in Paul Hewitts last week
Hewitt Fiera SC
Don’t get me wrong it’s silly light and with the new Soul 2.0 wheels seems very fast and handles well.
But it looks a bit big, I have very short legs 🙁
If I’m having a Sunday/Sunny day bike I want it to look right, a bit shallow maybe, but that’s the truth.
The Scott is probably for sale TBH and I’ll probably go for one of the above.
or even one of these
The problem is the Enigma Elite and Hewitt have at least 8 weeks waiting list 🙁Posted 4 years ago
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