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  1. #1
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    Nov 2009
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    West MI
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    Yay, after 6 years of duathlons I'm finally getting a TT bike!!

    The bad: not the bike I'd originally had my heart set on, as our shop lost its contract with BMC. That leaves KHS and Focus. The smallest Focus is at least 1 full size too big, on top of being an especially aggressive frame. Instead of smooth and light carbon the new ride may be heavier and sorta buzzy, as it's alum.

    The good: the KHS is "dirt cheap," for the specs and should fit me well in an XS. It will leave some budget for wheel upgrade, too. The BMC would not have. And I can someday upgrade the frame, assuming I continue to love duathlons for several more years...as much as I have for the past 6 years. Assuming the frame fits me well, I'd like to target my first Powerman du, next year.
    Kirsten
    run/bike log
    zoomylicious


    '11 Cannondale SuperSix 4 Rival
    '12 Salsa Mukluk 3
    '14 Seven Mudhoney S Ti/disc/Di2

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    northern Virginia
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    Congrats!

    FWIW I don't ride any faster on my carbon road bike than I did on the old aluminum one. And I did find that buying the wrong wheels for the carbon bike made things beyond buzzy. So having good wheels on an aluminum frame that fits well could serve you very well. And I think Muirenn has found that a carbon stem on an aluminum bike can make the ride smoother, so maybe that's another upgrade to look into.

    - Gray 2010 carbon WSD road bike, Rivet Independence saddle
    - Red hardtail 26" aluminum mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle
    - Royal blue 2018 aluminum gravel bike, Rivet Pearl saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver 2003 aluminum road bike
    - Two awesome worn out Juliana saddles

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    West MI
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    Ahh...I'm not yet sure how the aerobars attach to the steer tube, but I'll definitely look into a carbon upgrade on that if it's aluminum.
    Kirsten
    run/bike log
    zoomylicious


    '11 Cannondale SuperSix 4 Rival
    '12 Salsa Mukluk 3
    '14 Seven Mudhoney S Ti/disc/Di2

  4. #4
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    Sep 2007
    Location
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    You KNOW this thread is useless without pictures. Enjoy!!
    Speed comes from what you put behind you. - Judi Ketteler

  5. #5
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    Nov 2009
    Location
    West MI
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    I definitely will! I hope I'll have it in a week or so.
    Kirsten
    run/bike log
    zoomylicious


    '11 Cannondale SuperSix 4 Rival
    '12 Salsa Mukluk 3
    '14 Seven Mudhoney S Ti/disc/Di2

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Taylor, MI
    Posts
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    Any new bike update yet?

    P2
    2018 Trek Silque SLR6 - Selle SMP Glider
    2018 Specialized Dolce EVO Comp - Selle SMP Glider
    2011 Trek Madone 5.2 WSD -Selle SMP Glider
    2013 Giant TCX W - Oura 143

 

 

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