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    A Concours in Progress...

    Here's a few pics of my Serotta Concours in progress. Sorry the lighting isn't so great- I had my camera's exposure set for outdoors when I took these.

    This is an 05 Serotta Concours OS w/ cobalt blue paint, Oval Concepts post & 120 cm stem, and Mike Garcia wheels (DT Swiss RR1.1, Speedcific hubs, 28 fr, 32 rear). The bars are Kestrel EMS, saddle is a Fizik Arione, the crank is Chorus, and the tape is metal blue Fizik to match the metal blue stripe on the saddle. Yes, I know the tape goes on AFTER the shifters ;), I just wanted to see what it looked like and quickly did an obviously messy job without taking off the backing. I will finish the rest of the build with 2005 Chorus stuff & Veloflex tires. I also have some black Fizik tape if I decide I don't like the blue stuff.

    Geometry is 58 ST, 58 TT, 73.5 SA, 73 HA, 8 bb drop, 2deg tt slope, 41.5 chainstays, 101 wheelbase, 61 front center, 5.9 trail. I have about 7mm of spacer under the stem in the pic with about 5mm on top. For some reason I like the looks of having some spacer on the top. I may end up removing one 5mm spacer below and cutting the steerer a little once I've put some miles on it. I am riding very comfortably for long distances on my current sled with 1cm additional drop than reflected here. We'll see..

    With a new baby in the house, I've had to delay some purchases, but I'll have it on the road by Christmas - and what a fine day that will be!
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    Those low profile tires are waynar.

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    Nice bike! I like the blue bar tape , hope you won't change it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by alienator
    Those low profile tires are waynar.
    Thanks. They are the new 0mm racing slicks from michelin. Unlimited wear life. A little dicey in the corners though..

    BTW, what does "waynar" mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne77
    BTW, what does "waynar" mean?

    probably 'way gnarly', or something like that.

    that is a really beautiful bike. i've never been a fan of the color blue, but the way that frame looks with the bar tape is stunning. i hope you don't swap it out for black.

    be sure to post final build shots!

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    Going the silver component route on that bike is an excellent idea - it will be a beauty when it's done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry b
    Going the silver component route on that bike is an excellent idea - it will be a beauty when it's done.

    Thanks, I have to thank your "white bike" for the stem and post inspiration..
    If two people are in complete agreement, one of them is not necessary...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne77
    Thanks, I have to thank your "white bike" for the stem and post inspiration..
    You're welcome.

    I get more comments on that bike. While riding it in the Buffalo Bicycling Classic last month (Boulder) someone went by and told me they'd seen it online. Small world.

    I think Oval's stuff is far underappreciated. I know it's just more contract stuff more Taiwan, but I think the fit/finish is pretty darn nice if you have the desire to use silver.

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    That's a hot bike. Very simple but clean and classic look (even though I think Serottas are overpriced). Definitely show it when the whole thing is built up.

    Just so you know, Ariones come also in a blue version (maybe with a black strip in the middle or something), which will go well with the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne77
    Thanks. They are the new 0mm racing slicks from michelin. Unlimited wear life. A little dicey in the corners though..
    BTW, what does "waynar" mean?
    waynar-->way gnarly
    tonar-->totally gnarly

    Apparently snowboard speak or summat.

    Nice bike. I bet those slicks have a sick, low rolling resistance.

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    Beautiful. Nice job. You can be proud of that mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elviento
    That's a hot bike. Very simple but clean and classic look (even though I think Serottas are overpriced). Definitely show it when the whole thing is built up.

    Just so you know, Ariones come also in a blue version (maybe with a black strip in the middle or something), which will go well with the bike.
    Thanks! I agree that Serottas in general are priced at a premium. They just came out with an all carbon model called the Meivici that is $7000 for the frame!! The Concours ($2500), however, is pretty competitively priced compared to other double butted custom ti frames out there; the Seven Axiom is $2700, an IF ti is around $3100 with a fork, a custom Moots is around $2600, etc.

    Even at $2500 I wouldn't have pulled the trigger on this one if it weren't for a deal my lbs cut me where I received a free set of either Reynolds Alta Race or Ksyrium Elite wheels with the purchase. I took the Reynolds wheels and sold them on eBay for $500, so I essentially got the frame for $2000. Still pricey, but I wanted custom ti, and I love the shaping Serotta does to the tubes.

    Anyway, thanks everyone for the compliments. I'll post some pics when she's all built up.
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