are the pics of the Rambouillet I recently built.
notable specs are the dura-ace triple octalink crank & BB, DA Derailleurs,
Phil 32 hole cassette hubs w/ DA 12-25 cassette, DA 9 speed bar
cons mounted at the Cane Creek levers with Kelly Take-Off mounts,
Tectro long reach calipers, Nitto Technomic Deluxe 90mm stem w/
Nitto 46cm Noodle bar, Shellacked Cork bar tape w/ a cotton wrap
and hemp twin finish at the ends, Thomson post with a B-17 saddle,
Esge fenders carefully installed with an even margin at the tire
circumference, Nitto bottle cages, Continental 25mm hard skinnies
(too skinny to look right under the fenders though the fenders look
really good when I have the 32mm speedblends installed. whew....
bike rides like a good dream....even with the 25mm continentals.
I put them on to run an experiment comparing the 32mm to the 25's.
The bike rides so well, the only difference I could detect was in
weight. The big gears work well for the rides I do in Birmingham,
AL. Most of my time is spent in the middle of the rear cluster and
shifting between the big and middle ring.
only regrets are the black rims and the black fenders. Silver rims
may have a better braking surface and the fenders just seem to look
better in silver. The bike is a 2005 56cm. I was a little reluctant
to get such a big frame because I am only 5'6 with an 80cm PB height.
I run the Brooks B-17 a little forward on the rails and I may swap
the 90mm stem for a 80mm to shorten the cockpit a little more.
do think, however, for a stock sized bike, this fits me well and
is very comfortable. I think if I opted for the 54cm frame to get
the shorter top tube, the seatpost and stem would have to run so
high, it would look out of proportion. At 36, how things looks is
less important to me than how they function. At the same time, however,
I feel bikes are a functional expression of art that one can either
ride to the store or across the country.
for the size of the pics....I could not figure out how to resize
them once the shots were snapped...