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Just got one

Just a few notes from unboxing it . . .
The frame looks solid and well-finished, not as skinny as I thought it looked in the pictures (and I got a large). The one I received has Jagwire cables and Alex DC19 rims, and of course, no pedals. It has a 10-speed Tiagra cassette and mine was a 12-28. Crankset is 50/34. I tested a 28mm tire on the front and it fit with about 2mm to spare (vertically). A 25mm tire is the biggest that fits well in front. It says it was designed in Belgium and made in Taiwan. I got estimates of 20.8 and 20.9 lbs (no pedals) from standing on two different digital bathroom scales. It comes with a detailed, 40-item checklist from a mechanic that shows that the parts were torqued, adjusted, etc. and ending with a test ride. (It is built, you just mount the handlebars and the wheels.) It does feel like it has been checked out--it shifts smoothly, limits properly set, brakes adjusted, etc. (And, my brake calipers were 4ZA (Stratos), not Tektro.)

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I'm 6' 1" (185cm) and I think a large was right for me. Measured level from the centerline of the bars to the center of the straight part of the seat post is 27"(68.6cm) on mine.

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I used this chart:

and ended up buying a small. I'm 5' 8"(172cm) and I think it's a perfect fit for me.

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TheBigYahi (or anyone with a S) -- what's the weight of the bike, wheels / tires and seat mounted?

Feel free to chime if you have another frame size... just mention which size it is please!


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got a small, first road bike, completely changed my perception of biking.