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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:24 am 
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For me the dreaded integrated headset. Despite supposedly looking sleak I think it makes the head tube look bulky and pig-ugly.

I'm with Chris King on this one and think that they are only for the convenience of the manufacturer.

Shimano road STi's are pig-ugly as well (but very nice to use!).


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:50 am 
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External BB bearings and octalink / ISIS etc , I have just got my head around chain lines and axle lengths for tapered cranks. If it ain't broke ...


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:54 am 
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The colour (black......urm, black........bit of black.......)

6" travel

Disc brakes

Riser bars

Short stems

9 speed


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:58 am 
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The quality of seals/bearings used in headsets.

Girlfriend bought a new C'dale F5 in August, replaced bearings in November and had to get a new headset in January! Yeah not an overly expensive bike and an unbranded headset, so the parts aren't range topping but that is quite poor!

I got a Marin Rocky Ridge in November, headset serviced and stripped at its first service in January, now it also needs replacing! You expect a bit better from a branded headset or at least sealed bearings on a bike that expensive!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 9:22 am 
Moderator /Lincs, E & S Yorks Deputy AEC
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Pickle wrote:

Disc brakes

Riser bars

Short stems

9 speed
Guess you don't wanna try my Orange 5 on the next local ride I come on ;)

The thing that I don't like are the stupidly wide bars that are in fashion this week, some are well over 700mm wide :roll:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:27 am 
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Pickle wrote:
The colour (black......urm, black........bit of black.......)

6" travel

Disc brakes

Riser bars

Short stems

9 speed


Perfectly describes my new build :lol:

The thing that bugs me on new bikes are the BB's, I like my square tapers :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:34 am 
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Most despised feature on modern bikes?

The numpties who ride them


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:41 am 
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ededwards wrote:
Most despised feature on modern bikes?

The numpties who ride them
Thanks :(


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:47 am 
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Andy B wrote:
ededwards wrote:
Most despised feature on modern bikes?

The numpties who ride them
Thanks :(
Sorry, didn't mean it at all and forgot to but the ironic smiley thing :oops:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:49 am 
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Suspension, OS every thing. Disc brakes.


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