Update. S-Works 'Nighthawk' now finito,,,,,, No more fettling.

by trikeman   July 11, 2012  

Hi All,
Finito..... Thankfully,,has been fun though.

This is my S-Works 'nighthawk' Nerd Tarmac SL, bit dirty as she is piling in the miles of late. Just treated her to new GP4000s, 7900 mechs (kept the brakes Ultegra of course) a chain, new cables and some new Fizik bar tape.

Oh' she is a sweetie and this is the last fettling she will get this year - honestly.
Big Grin

Regards

Trikeman. Wink

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Nice one Mr. T.

Can I ask, why the comment on the brakes? As in they are good enough? Or that you prefer them?

No problem, just interested.

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
11th July 2012 - 17:08

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Hi SD
have 7900 brakes (groupo) on one of the Colnago's and also on a bike I sold recently and I don't rate them as good, strong, controllable or as powerful as Ultegra. Although the 7900 brakes are a few grams lighter and actually look better (and cost bucketfulls) they just don't cut it with me, and not just me either. For some reason they just don't seem 'man enough' and flex at pivots within a short period, much shorter than Ultegra - Ultegra seem more workman-like (brutal) and I just prefer them, especially for longevity and holding toe in.
If I have the choice between mega expensive (one way to try to substantiate thier performance) 7900's and Ultegra's there is only one I would dive for, though I do use the 7900 brake blocks in all.
I undesrstand they are on most of TDF bikes, but daily maintenance and they don't get chance to wear before they are changed/binned. Some may say all that's rubbish - they cost more! - but that's just my experience and personal choice.
Hope it helps.

Regards

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [369 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:02

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Cool. Thanks for taking time out to explain.
I guess running full ultegra myself made me curious. I must say mine stop fantastically.

I am not sure you'd want more from a road bike brake tbh.

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:15

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The face of an ex 7900 owner after trying out Ultegra with 7900 blocks.

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Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [369 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:26

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trikeman wrote:
The face of an ex 7900 owner after trying out Ultegra with 7900 blocks.

woah! explain further please!

russ

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
11th July 2012 - 22:27

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trikeman wrote:
The face of an ex 7900 owner after trying out Ultegra with 7900 blocks.

Woah sh*t!

1. Is that you?

2. Caption serious?!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3208 posts]
11th July 2012 - 23:06

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Holy mother. We need more of a back story with that.

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posted by Gkam84 [8868 posts]
12th July 2012 - 0:09

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Perhaps a caption competition would be adequate in providing all means of explanation

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
12th July 2012 - 0:16

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Yes, tell all.

posted by Super Domestique [1600 posts]
12th July 2012 - 13:47

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I think that's fright makeup ^^

I've got 7800 brakes and yeah, they feel a bit weak. Putitng Swiss Stop pads on them has improved matters, but I must say the Centaur brakes on the other bike feel better.

posted by bashthebox [645 posts]
12th July 2012 - 15:36

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Ha, ha,
Thankfully it's not me but it is the result of an 'over the front' moment - not directly attributed to the brakes,,,,, we have been told, but of course we don't believe that - we just accept it.
He's OK now though.

Regards

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [369 posts]
13th July 2012 - 17:07

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