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1. I just picked up my SC 9.9 earlier this week (large with 100/10 stem) and am in the process of dialing in my fit. I want to drop the bar pads around 10-15mm but, when I take out the spacer I want to remove, the bolt clamping down the remaining spacers is then too long and won't secure those spacers. Do I need to buy a shorter bolt? Or is there another adjustment mechanism that is just way too obvious that I'm missing?
2. Is there an easy way to open to the brake calipers so the wheel can be removed with a fully-inflated tire?
re: #2...there is no brake QR as you're used to on road bikes. Instead, we designed the brakes to run "wide open" with enough clearance for up to a 25c tire (if memory serves) to go in and out without undue interference (tolerances & profiles on tires being what they are), while still having adequate clamp-up during braking.
It appeared that the box had started to fall towards the wheel causing the box and wheel to rub (creating space between the draft box and the seat tube). A super simple solution for this was to stick a piece of rubber (a cut up tube in my case) under the seat stay section of the draft box between where the box itself touches the seat tube. This acts as sort of a lever by creating more space at the bottom section of the box meanwhile causing the top of the box to hug the seat tube. Does that make sense? I didnt even have to take the wheel off. I just loosened up the box and slipped some rubber between the box and seat tube and then tightened everything back up. Simple!
"One Line Robert"
Thanks again for your ongoing support for me and other SC owners Carl.
Had my first ride today. Loved the bike, but just one gripe. Like one or two others, I had problems with the seat post slipping. The post had carbon paste applied and I used a torque wrench to tighten the bolt to just under the 11nm max torque. Any other suggestions? Feel free to PM me.
Here's my latest setup....after a more thorough fit, flipped the seat post cap, new Zipp extensions were trimmed down 2cm to bring the shifters closer to the bend (I'm taking another 1cm off next week), new 100/45 stem which did require new cables and rerouting, new Fizik bar tape. The cockpit is now more comfortably forward and a tad lower. Ready to race a quick Oly tune up before my next 70.3.
By the way, at least two Speed Concepts (and probably more I am unaware of) were ridden to the podium. My wife, Molly Van Houweling, won a bronze medal in the W30-39 category with a 27:14 20k. Leigh Thompson won a gold medal/world championship in the W50-54 category with a 28:46.
Here is a link to a picture taken of Molly on her Speed Concept on the home stretch:
Various tips gathered from this thread and repeated help from Carl via PM were key in getting the bike ready to race. This is really a great resource. Thanks.
1. How did you get your brakes to be so flush? I assume they are working great so I am curious as I have been struggling to get my front brakes to align flush with the frame and still work properly. My LBS is great but they lack the expertise with Tri Bikes, so I investigate into these things on my own and with another shop that has more of a specialty with tri bikes.
2. Did you have the longer 100 stem ordered in? I would like to get this stem as well and was wondering if you went through trek or if your LBS was able to order it in with ease.
ps I am getting a quarq for my SC in the next couple of weeks so If I get one before you order it in maybe I can help with any questions you might have.
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