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    Post your Taurine

    Hello, I 'm Steven from Belgium and I 'm new around here. Finally got an account.
    So, as I said: let's post some Taurines!

    Here you can find some pics of me latest bike. It took over 5 months to get the bike...
    http://i3.pinkbike.com/photo/1406/pbpic1406306.jpg
    http://i4.pinkbike.com/photo/1406/pbpic1406307.jpg
    http://i5.pinkbike.com/photo/1406/pbpic1406309.jpg
    http://i1.pinkbike.com/photo/1410/pbpic1410522.jpg

    Some specs:
    Frame: Taurine Carbon SI (framekit)
    Fork: Lefy Speed Carbon SL 110 DLR2
    Wheels: Mavic Crossmax SLR
    Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic
    Pedals: Crank Bros Eggbeater 4Ti
    Crank: FRM CU2 M27
    Chain: Sram PC991
    Cassette: Shimano XTR
    Derailleur front: Shimano XTR
    Derailleur rear: Shimano XTR
    Shifters: Shimano XTR Rapidfire
    Bar: Ritchey WCS Carbon flat bar
    Grips: Ritchey WCS
    Bar-ends: C'dale Ultra Light bar ends
    Stem: C'dale XC3 Team stem
    Headset: C'dale Headshok Si
    Brakes: Hope Mini's met floating discs v:160 - a: 160 mm
    Saddle: Sella Italia SLR Kit Carbonio flow
    Seat post: Ritchey WCS Carbon
    Color: Team Replica
    Size: Medium
    Weight: 9,04 kg
    Last edited by stevenvde; 08-04-2007 at 07:29 AM.

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    Looks fast standing still! You have a great, lusty bike... but it's way too clean.

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    Still working on that...but it 's very hard to find some mud...
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    No mud in Belgium?

    Nice bike! That thing must fly.

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    With the 4Ti's

    Does your heel/shoe ever hit your crank? I am thinking of trying the 4Ti's but due to my leg physiology, I need to have my heel turned in a bit on my right foot and I am concerned that the short spindle on the crank brothers will cause my heel to hit the crank on every revolution.

    My Large Taurine weighs 19.84 with EVERYTHING - bottle cages, etc.. I will post pics soon. It is the best handling bike I have ever owned. I give credit to the incredible lefty and the stiffness of the frame. Hard to justify a dualie when this frame mutes the trail vibration so much.

    ONLY complaint is that the BB is so low I hit my pedals on roots, etc.. (Time ATAC Pedals). Thinking the crank bros would give me a little more clearance. Also, my rear Racing Ralph in a 2.1 size is more like a 1.9 and I only run 31psi - so I think going to a RR 2.25 will raise my BB heigh a bit. Catching your pedals can put you into the trees hard - no fun. So I need to fix this.

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    Steve that bike is nice. But, what's up with the FRM cranks? Seems sac religious to take off the great SI cranks and put those on!! I had a set of those things come apart in a race. Where the spindle is fixed to the driveside crank arm, just pulled right out. I read that many others had the same problem. Some people were threading the spindle and using a fixing bolt similar to the non drive side to fix the problem. Just thought I'd let you know.
    -Chase

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    Is it any lower than most racy hardtails? You can't just pedal without taking rocks and roots into account, sometimes you need to slow or stop your pedaling a bit to go through some sections, it's always been one of the skills needed for mountain biking, on full rigid bikes as with skyscraper tall FS bikes. It wont be better with the eggs, they are not that much lower profiled and worse, they often release your foot when they hit something. They are still the best pedals even with that slight negative point but it's another reason to avoid banging them everywhere...

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    I found the crank choice odd too... I'd get a Hollowgram SL with only two chainrings on that bike...

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    About the crank choice... I 've bought a Taurine frame kit (frame + Lefty); the sublime Cannondale SI-crank is not delivered with the kit. Off course, I wanted that crank, but it costs about 1000 Euros (1300 USD / 680 BP) when bought seperately... Even me C'dale dealer said it was too much... So, it became the FRM.

    @jtc1: there is still a bit space I guess to turn your foot in. I think the biggest problem will be the small space between your heel and the chainstay...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    Looks fast standing still!
    Thats exactly what I thought when I saw those pics...It looks like it will go ride the trails by itself while you are at work.

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    BB height

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    Is it any lower than most racy hardtails? You can't just pedal without taking rocks and roots into account, sometimes you need to slow or stop your pedaling a bit to go through some sections, it's always been one of the skills needed for mountain biking, on full rigid bikes as with skyscraper tall FS bikes. It wont be better with the eggs, they are not that much lower profiled and worse, they often release your foot when they hit something. They are still the best pedals even with that slight negative point but it's another reason to avoid banging them everywhere...

    As measured it is a very low BB - and then with the low profile tire and low air pressure, I think my set-up is unusually low. Sure, a race bike will have a low bb to improve handling, but to be at risk for so many small stumps hitting the pedals it can actually cost lap time. I am coming from a Turner Nitrous - so I was a little spoiled in being able to just pedal through everything. I think just going to a larger rear tie will give me just the little bit of height I need.

    Still cant get over what a stiff frame fork combo this bike is - and the carbon mutes the trail buzz so much I just dont feel there is much advantage to a short travel dualie anymore.

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    What chainrings are you running?

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    Still original...the FRM's...
    Will be soon replaced by TA Specialités.
    GT Tequesta
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    stem

    which stem are you using? seems a 100 -5 degrees. it's right?

    ciao
    thanks

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    I also have a question but about your bar ends. Did you weigh them? And are they available from any Cannondale dealer yet?

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    Yep, that 's the one. I 'm considering a 120 mm (or 110 mm when possible).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    I also have a question but about your bar ends. Did you weigh them? And are they available from any Cannondale dealer yet?
    No, I didn't weigh them... It should be about 60 gr. I bought these bar ends mid April...
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenvde
    No, I didn't weigh them... It should be about 60 gr. I bought these bar ends mid April...
    I found out they are rebranded Smica/Post Moderne bar-ends... around 60gr indeed, I found some Smica for super cheap, no Cannondale logo but still, they are the same light bar-ends and they were cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gerous
    I found out they are rebranded Smica/Post Moderne bar-ends...
    My C'dale dealer told me the same...
    Great bar-ends: nice design, light and efficient stuff to use. These bar-ends will also be mounted on my GT...
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenvde
    My C'dale dealer told me the same...
    Great bar-ends: nice design, light and efficient stuff to use. These bar-ends will also be mounted on my GT...
    I personnaly like the fact that, as opposed to most bar-ends, the mounting bolts are toward the back, away from where you actually grab them.

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    Some updates:
    - Schmolke carbon flat bar SL
    - Schmolke carbon seatpost (in back-order - will be delivered soon)
    - Tune Speedneedle
    - Shimano XTR Shadow



    Road set-up... I often use the bike for the ride to my work...

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    Nice Taurine, when the weather's good I'll take some pictures of mine. I was thinking of getting an XTR Shadow, but I've read a few posts saying they have problems with the arm spring coming off. Have you had any problems.

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    I put the Shadow on the bike about 3-4 months ago and still no problems at all. If adjusted properly, it 's a pleasure to ride with.
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    that seat looks downright painful..."needle" is appropriate. ouch.

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    some taurines on www.eliflap.it

    i owned 2 taurine ...

    very well-done frame , a weapon on track

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