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new Nobilette road bike

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I did a lot of research by reading, talking, listening, getting a serotta size cycle fit then finalized what my new road bike will be.

First, I have ridden Shimano Ultegra/D-Ace for years. I was going to stick with the Shimano but found the shifters can't be worked on...if they go bad the unit needs to be replaced.

Not so with Campy. Their shifters are fully servicable

After talking about the diff. between Chorus and Daytona in performance and price and weight I went with the Daytona cuz it fits my budget and will work very well and weighs, I am told, only about 7 more ounces than Chorus. The hubs are nearly the same cept for plastic skewer ends and the brakes are not the new Campy design. Plus, the 10 speed cogset will make a nice gear range for flats and for climbing...the 25 will be good on the last steep 1.5 miles of Left Hand Canyon to Ward, if that means anything to anyone out there.

The wheels will be Mavic Open Pro rims built on the Daytona hubs. I optioned for black rims to go with the look of the bike.

Fork = Reynolds Ouzo Comp with the alloy steerer. I saved $ for a slight weight gain over the carbon steerer; plus it allows for a higher stem stack cuz the steer tube is longer than the carbon steerer.

I was looking at Italian steel framesets (http://www.torelli.com)and the Lemond Zurich. That bike is a good deal! But my sizing on the Serotta Size Cycle found I have super long femurs which require a 72 degree seat angle. My old Basso was a 56 x 56 with a 73 seat tube. I am going with a 55 x 55 with 72 degree seat. I loved the Basso so getting the bike sized properly should mean even more love.

To get a bike with such a slack seat tube (Lemond = slack at 73; my Independent Fabrication, which I bought way too big sight unseen as it was such a good deal...and have sold it since, had a 72.5 seat angle) I am going with Mark Nobilette,(http://www.nobilettecycles.com) a master frame builder who lives near Boulder. He has made bikes for pro teams, the national team, I think, and morgul-bismark bikes, among others.

We met and talked about tubesets and braze-ons and the whole show. Pretty cool. It will be made with True Temper tubing with the top and down tubes made of the OX gold, I believe.

It will be painted, I think, Molteni orange. This was the color of Eddy Merxz's (SP?!) bikes when he rode for Molteni (sausage company...yum!). Classic color and will look good with the black fork and rims and bar tape. This color may change to blue (my basso). It needs to be lived with for years so...

I'll report back after it has been delivered and ridden. I'm spending quite a bit of money here, just over $2600. But I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time on this bike to train for later high altitude mtb riding in Winter Park, Vail, Leadville, etc. and just cuz I love road riding outside of Boulder and up into the mtns.

Cheers to Vecchio's bike shop in Boulder for their great help and service! (http://www.vecchios.com)<FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by astrochimp (edited April 10, 2001).]</FONT>
post #2 of 7
Hey astrochimp - congrats on the new bike. It sounds like a great one! I got the Zurich last year and love it. but it is a bit stretched out (good for me since I have short legs and a long torso).

I'm looking forward to your follow up as I've never ridden Campy stuff and want to know what the 10 speed gearing is like.
post #3 of 7
I don't know about this astrochimp. I think you may want to do a little more research on your selection.



post #4 of 7

Nice bike. I've been riding a combination of Basso and Kestrel frames with fully Campy for years and have always enjoyed the feel of Campy.

It's been years since I did the ride up Left Hand to Ward but the last 1.5 miles stick in my memory. Even longer since I've lived in Boulder.

Report when you do the Grand Circle (Boulder, Lyons, Trail Ridge, Granby, Berthoud, empire, Idaho Springs, Golden, Boulder). I did it in a combination of sunshine, snow, rain and hail in 1994.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
PowderJunkie...that loop sounds insanely long with lots of climbing and altitude.

I may do the Triple Bypass though as my usual Laramie Range Enduro has been cancelled. Gotta have a motivator and goal for helping to focus the training.

Gonzo...most stock bikes these days seem to be 74 degree seat tubes. THis is the so-called classic italian geometry, which was too upright for Lemond in his day thus his shallower angle.

The campy and shimano are all close to each other in price. I think the Daytona will be similar to the Ultegra.

A big reason for going with Nobilette is that Vecchio's is a dealer for him. I feel I am in very good hands with Peter and Sean and after years of catalogue bike shops I was also shopping for a shop. There are a batch in Boulder. Pro Peleton & Full Cycle are both good for human interaction. But Vecchio's has this old school feel to it reminding me of my old fave shop Turin in Evanston IL.

And Mark is a reputable builder and I had met him before on a ride. And, dammit, I deserve a custom road bike! I repeat that to myself over and over when the price flashes through my brain.

I'll let you all know how it goes.
post #6 of 7
monkey boy

So how much do you expect the whole rig to weigh? I have a friend with a 14# carbon framed road bike, and was wondering if the kind of dough you're putting out will get you down that light, or are you just spending that kind of coin just for the custom sized frame? I'm not a roadie, just curious.
post #7 of 7

Grand Circle is a double century with 14000+ ft of climbing. I was in much better shape the year I did it.

Really miss the Triple Bypass. I did it three years in a row before I moved to Switzerland. Loved the route. Passing trucks on the downhill west side of Loveland Pass.

Then I moved to Switzerland and found out what steep REALLY is. We use to do the "Alpine Brevet" in central Switzerland in July/ August. 87 miles with 13000+ of climbing. We added a little on to the standard route to get over 4000 meters of climbing in the day.

Enjoy the bike. Should be very sweet with custom fit geometry and full Campy. I almost bought a Nobilette when I bought my first Basso. Just could not justify it at the time.
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