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 Post subject: Kinesis Virtue Decade
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:08 pm 
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After riding a God awful Saracen Trace 1 which was too big for me I decided the time had come to treat myself to a proper off road beast, so spent some time browsing everyone's favourite auction site, and found the bike below, surprisingly he lived about five minutes from me, went round to see him, fell in love with it and handed over £450 and never looked back since.

Kinesis Decade Virtue 18" Japanese Tange Prestige Chromoly
Marzocchi 44 TST2 Air with 140mm Travel
Easton EA50 Risers
FSA 90mm 6 Degree Stem
Lizardskins Peaty Lock Ons
Hope Mono Mini's with 185mm Rotors Front & Rear
Shimano Deore LX Shifters
Shimano XTR Front & Rear Derailleurs
WTB Rims on Shimano Hubs
Thomson Elite Seat Post
Fizik Aliante Saddle
RaceFace XC Crank with FSA Chainrings
DMR V12 Pedals
Hope Finishing Kit Seatpost Clamp, Skewers, Headset Spacers in Red
, plus a few other bits.

I'm not really into bling but it's all tastefully done

Have a look at the pics and let me know what you think.

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It rides like a dream, keeps demanding more and it's a very comfy ride thanks to the Japanese Cromo. After buying it I found out that Kinesis had to change the name from Virtue to Virsa due to issues with Felt and as such they only made 50 10th Anniversary Virtue frames.

Enjoy

Liam


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:08 am 
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These are really nice.

You have a fine bike.


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You only paid £450 for that!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done.
They are indeed lovely, mine is my pride and joy. I also have a virtue, makes it that bit more special eh? Check the link in my sig...


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:15 pm 
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Yep believe it or not, I did originally offer him £400 for it and he declined, so ended up stumping up another £50, but I'm glad I did as it's such a joy to ride and is far more responsive and easier to ride than most of my riding buddies steed's, regardless of it being a steel frame. Nicely done btw and did you know there's a Facebook group for owners of Kinesis Decade's with some superb builds, I just love the wishbone seatstays and the skinny tubes.

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Liam


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