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I do need to figure out some way to "lock" the unused one so it doesn't move when I put pressure on it.
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As a relatively new person to this sport, I have to say it kills me to see how overlooked these early bikes are. I picked this Kilo up for $300 on Ebay, and have seen many of them selling there and on Craigslist for a song. I've been tempted a lot of times to pick up another one, but somehow reason and logistics always wins. This sport can have a high cost of entry, but I think too many who want to give it a try are scared off by the idea that you need a $5000+ bike to compete.
They're not the newest and shiniest, but I think they hold their own against even the best of the modern bikes (it's the engine, right?). High quality parts where it's appreciated; and solid, but less sexy where it's not, and the geometry seems to be perfect for my build. This is a 600 Ultegra 8-Speed, and while I'm tempted to upgrade it to DA 9 speed (since I have the parts on hand, and most of my other bikes are DA 9s), but I really don't wanna mess with what works.
I had planned on selling this when I upgraded (the Cervelo was another deal that was too good to pass up), but I can't quite seem to let go of it...It's a lot more comfortable to ride, and I prefer it on hills and more "curvy" rides. The Cervelo is fast as hell on a straightaway, but doesn't feel as nimble.
It's like a '62 Corvette. It might not be as technologically advanced as a new Z06, but every bit as sexy, just in a different way.
The old QR frames were built to last and with a modern wheelset and a few trick components would make a fast retro-modern ride.
Greg built up a custom Serotta a few seasons back for the front page and I kept thinking 'why not just do the same with an old Kilo frameset, it'll be just as good'
´Get the most aero and light bike you can get. With the aero advantage you can be saving minutes and with the weight advantage you can be saving seconds. In a race against the clock both matter.´
Used it as it appears here at Challenge Penticton Full distance tri and rode into 5th overall on the bike.
It's not the most expensive or latest technology, but it can get the job done!
Also tied for first at the local time trials lately the week before ( never thought that would happen ) less the aero bento and the aero bottle, just had a standard bottle in there.
Used a piece of pvc, electrical tape and 2 zip-ties for the computer mount which tucks neatle in behind the bottle, which fills the gap between my arms nicely.
Got the bike used 5 years ago ( no wheelset ) got the wheelset used this year, and built the disc cover myself.
I still have room to improve on the engine, it will be interesting what I can do next season!
Hats off to you! Very well done! Once the engine is finally tuned then you'll see how fast both of you can go!
try to ignore the sad state of the grass that couldn't survive being surrounded by multiple giant maples and a dog....
2015 Giant Propel Advanced 2. Prices in Canada are jumping for 2016 models, + Canada won't be carrying the Advanced 2 (105) next year so would have to get the Advanced 1 (Ultegra) = double price whammy.
So when I was able to get a deal on the last 2015 they had in stock in my size I had to jump on it. Might take the savings and put it into an Ultegra crank (stock is a non-series Shimano).
Also prefer this paint way more than the 2016 Advanced 1 scheme.
Was able to swap out the stock white seat and bar tape for black. White is nice I guess, just doesn't stay white long.
I was a bit unsure about the mini v-brakes, but they work really well (only had a couple rides on it).
I'll cut the stem down after a couple more rides once I'm sure of the fit.
If anyone is looking to offload a set of Flo 30s I think they would find a really nice home on this bike!