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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:10 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:20 am
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Location: California
Right then chaps, I have donned the flame retardant jumpsuit and am ready to post a new project.

I purchased a lovely Corsa Extra in Columbus SLX from Citizen Snips- a great transaction, thank you Vince!

The build is primarily an Ultegra gruppo, with a Campy headset and Veloce compact crankset- lots of hills where I live in Northern California- and finished off with a set of NOS Dura Ace hubs laced to new Velocity A23s. It was the first time I have built my own wheels and it was an enormously rewarding experience!

For more pics, see http://www.dropbox.com/gallery/52809680 ... x?h=95d5e1


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 2:29 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Ummm, anyone going to comment on this?


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 7:32 am 
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Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:46 pm
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Location: Montpellier, France
I will - it's beautiful... A Corsa Extra is on my wishlist, and I'm reading William Fotheringhams new Merckx bio at the moment, so even more inspiration. Not sure how I missed this when you posted it in April.

The modern kit really suits it. I haven't been able to open the Dropbears gallery here at work but will try later from home.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 5:27 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:29 pm
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Location: United Kingdom
tut tut, cross chain :lol:

Lovely frame though.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 5:36 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:12 am
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Location: wiltshire
nice!
retrobike purists don't seem to like bikes with modern groupsets...
more fool them.
A great build - well done on the wheels. I've just ridden 45 miles through the hills on a bike i built up completely myself and nothing fell off(including me)
Very satisfying 8)


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 5:48 pm 
Old School Grand Master
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Location: Staffordshire
Very nice.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 9:26 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:20 am
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Many thanks for your feedback chaps. The wheels were particularly satisfying, and an exercise I would recommend everyone try at least once. I have to say with the 25mm tires on the Velocity rims, the ride is superb!


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 12:21 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Tue May 15, 2012 8:20 am
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Location: Sheffield
Prettier than mine, earlier too, I'd guess, with the lugs for the cables on the toptube? Grats on the wheel building, I have done a couple of motorbike wheels, and it isn't easy. Do you have to allow for offset on the rear (ashamed to say I've never looked that closely at a roadbike wheel)?


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