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Old carbon

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:59 pm

Thought I’d post a few pics of my carbon fibre bikes.
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Re: Old carbon

Postby GaryF » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:29 am

Wow! What an impressive collection of Carbon bikes. Didn't Giant make a big impression on the bike scene back when they first hit our shores! I think they changed the way we thought about bikes with their reasonable prices and their high technology.

I think Shimano components really suit a carbon frame and yours look to be kitted out in some very high level Shimano. Beautiful bikes.

I have always admired Look bikes and always wanted one but never had one. Your yellow framed Look must be a highly desired bike now. Pretty iconic.

My favourite is your Kestrel though. I remember seeing them in magazined and could never get over their flowing lines and style. I can't remember ever seeing a Kestrel 'in the flesh' though.

Confession time: I have never ridden a carbon framed bike. Not because I have anything against them - the opportunity has never presented itself.

Do you have a favourite?

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Re: Old carbon

Postby zedries » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:34 am

Oh that Kestrel.. yummy.

Almost bought an older kestrel TT bike for races just recently but I didn't love the colouring... Yours is the business.

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Re: Old carbon

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:18 am

I do love a Cadex...nice bikes
Mmm, SunTour

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Re: Old carbon

Postby uart » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:26 am

All very nice lots_of, but something about that purple Giant really catches my eye. Really classic lines. :)

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Re: Old carbon

Postby find_bruce » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:28 am

For someone who has lots of steel bikes, you have a nice collection of carbon

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Re: Old carbon

Postby baabaa » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:34 pm

Nice, so all the seatposts and the stems are alloy? Guess the bars are the same. Any chance you could note out the forks breed, type and rack then how each bike "feels" when out for a ride.

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Re: Old carbon

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:05 pm

baabaa wrote:Nice, so all the seatposts and the stems are alloy? Guess the bars are the same. Any chance you could note out the forks breed, type and rack then how each bike "feels" when out for a ride.

Yes, seatposts, stems and bars are all aluminium.
As for describing ‘feel’ I’m inadequate in that area. I came into cycling pretty late in life, have never raced, don’t have the power output to talk about flex and am a terrible descender so difficult to talk about handling. Very few of my bikes are a perfect fit. I usually have a long seatpost with a short stem (long legs short torso). So I feel that the bikes handling will be well off what the designer anticipated with the geometry of the bike. My observation is that the characteristics of a bike changes greatly depending upon the wheels, the tyres and tyre pressure. I enjoy riding all of my bikes but obviously the most enjoyable are the ones that fit me the best.
GaryF - from a looks point of view my favourite of the carbons is the Kestrel teamed with the Dura Ace 7400 group. The Look is the closest to best fit so is my favourite to ride.

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Re: Old carbon

Postby P!N20 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:08 pm

I've been dreading the day carbon fibre made it into the retro section (hi Quang) :D

That Look though...

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Re: Old carbon

Postby Uncle Just » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:05 am

^ +1

I agree on the Look. Despite the "squared off" lugged construction it's the pick of the lot. I remember something about the Kestrel in Bicycle Guide many years back and iirc it was the must have bike for triathletes apparently.

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Re: Old carbon

Postby baabaa » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:52 am

Thanks Losb, yes I agree the wheel-set makes a huge difference with these types of bike. I was just trying to recall the specs on that lot as would see them out and about with the local lot that would ride this type of frame for tri. The one bike did it all, training work during the week and then swap out the wheels to singles and race on the weekends. Being tall (need 60cm and plus frame-sets) I never found a carbon bike in that size I could test ride and feel comfortable on, guess as they were such big$$ then they imported only what would sell quickly and any thing my size was a special order. (During the most of the 90s my office in the Sydney cbd was opposite Clarence Street Cycles so I was a seen as a Type A tyre-kicker.)

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Re: Old carbon

Postby lunar_c » Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:36 am

There’s my old Kestrel!

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Re: Old carbon

Postby GaryF » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:35 pm

I just had to re-open your thread to have another sneaky look at your LOOK.
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Re: Old carbon

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:53 pm

lunar_c wrote:There’s my old Kestrel!

... and I still haven’t put on a shorter stem or replaced the bar tape.

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Re: Old carbon

Postby lunar_c » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:56 pm

All in good time!

It’d look the business with a cinelli 1A on it.

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