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Dolan - Pre Cursa "Baby Dolan"

street bike turned track trainer put Alpina Carbon fork on - weighed it @ 20.2 lbs a minute ago

Frame:
Pre cursa 58cm

Fork/Headset:
Alpina Carbon fork/Alpina headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Sugino RD2/Sugino CBBF-103

Pedals:
Power Grips Sport Pedal Kit (both straps and pedals as a kit from them)

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
assorted cogs/Sugino RD2 46T/KMC Z510

Handlebars/Stem:
Oval Concepts WR700 36cm CtC/Cannondale 90mm

Saddle/Seatpost:
Base Camp/Alpina

Brakes:
Tektro RL721 inline lever/Tektro R320 250-005 caliper

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Aeromax Ebay special/Vittoria Rubino

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Aeromax Ebay special/Vittoria Rubino

Accessories:
cycloputer, Cygolite epsilon 700lumen headlight, Blackburn tail light

More Info:
Going for a clean look on this.

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Track upgrade
  3. Compact bars, new saddle, inline brake
  4. black saddle, cool trick street pedals

Added by zippy2012. Last updated almost 6 years ago.

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dfadhilm

dfadhilm says:

how does pre cursa ride on streets? and maybe some short review about this framesets?

Posted about 6 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

I love riding this bike on the street! I initially got it for use as a beater but it's much more than that. My favorite riding pastime on this is to put a powertap on for the rear and see what numbers I can generate. Last year, the town paved a bunch of my favorite streets. I took out and had a blast! I enjoy showing off my riding skills. Typically I enjoy 28-29mph spurts whenever pedestrians are around, often around corners, using the whole road, that sort of thing. I get a rise out of the comments. I enjoy 72-81" gear ratios for the correct kick round the streets. It's a totally fun bike. First time I rode it I overheard a bystander to9 his friend: "that's a nice bike!" One of my favorite things about this one is the color scheme with the colorful (B&W) chain. I never built anything this artful before. It's a total joy, well worth the money and great fun. I always see people on road bikes and I get a kick out of outriding them on this! (It's pretty much flat around here). Like I said, I'm a bit of a showoff rider when out on the road but it brings a lot of joy and that's my whole reason for riding anyway.

Posted almost 6 years ago

dfadhilm

dfadhilm says:

wow thanks for the amazing reply, hope your dolan will give more interesting experience to you, thanks man

Posted almost 6 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

A few of things about this bike: I tried out a variety of handlebars here. First were the black steel Nitto bars. They weren't cheap nor easy to find. I found the position uncomfortably low but I had prioritized aerodynamics too much. After those I used the Easton carbon fiber track ones. These bars also were not cheap. They were a little better but the grips were peculiar and I compensated with tape but never got comfortable with those. I spoke to a fella named "Gil" out @ the Kissena drome and he suggested compact bars so I got these used for like 12 bucks and they're just right. If I want to "shrink" my frontal area I bend my elbows. It's simple as that.

Posted almost 6 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

The saddle also required experimentation. I tried three or four different ones and finally arrived at this. Comfortable, durable aesthetic and inexpensive and it's not that heavy!

Posted almost 6 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

Finally the frame: I hadn't ridden anything like this before. The last frame I rode before this had lugs. At first, I thought the heft in my hand a bit heavy but once mounted up and riding that totally disappeared. The frame is quiet (that might attest somewhat to the thing being assembled neatly) and notaly absorbs shocks EXTREMELY well. Given a choice of hitting a pothole on any bike I've ever ridden (save fat tired bikes) this one is the clear favorite. The frame feels incredibly strong and it's particularly noticeable under adversity. The frame is also substantially stiff with no appreciable flex under full power and I'm not small (#190). Of all my bikes spoken about here on PR, this is the one I ride the most. My "Go To" without giving a thought. Oh yeah! That's also due to the fact that it's street shoe compatible.

Posted almost 6 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

Oh well, me and my big mouth. I hope it helps. Later.

Posted almost 6 years ago

spokelandia

spokelandia says:

how is the dolan for compared to the alpina, is is hefty?

Posted almost 8 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

I haven't weighed them but the Alpina feels lighter in my hand but of course because the other one has a brake. The main differences are stiffness: the Alpina is noticeably stiffer and the handling is different since the geometries are very different for the forks.

Posted almost 8 years ago

spokelandia

spokelandia says:

So for riding on the streets the dolan fork would be a better match?

Posted almost 8 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

On one hand they call it a road fork and it's drilled for a brake and that's all good and important but it's a wee less nimble handling than the Alpina. As for me I no longer ride without a brake on the road although I once did. I've actually been changing the forks back and forth every week if I take it to the track.

Posted almost 8 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

My advice: use the Dolan fork for the road, not the Alpina.

Posted almost 8 years ago

AznChiliSauce

AznChiliSauce says:

Where did you order this frame from?

Posted about 8 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

I got it from a guy in NJ

Posted about 8 years ago

bicycle862

bicycle862 says:

Is acceleration easy on your Dolan with 46T on 16T and when your are riding fast on straight does it get spinny?

Posted about 8 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

That is exactly how I would describe it. Fast accel and then spinny.

Posted about 8 years ago

riceboy

riceboy says:

I feel like a cross top lever would be much cleaner, or perhaps 2 hoods paired with compact drop bars. In my opinion it looks a little awkward with just one lever and the brake cable sticking upwards.

Posted over 8 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

I was concerned about speed being a factor when applying the brake. Since I ride in the hooks a lot. I felt the cross top might be dangerous (dogs, traffic). I picked the bars to keep all the geometry of my fixed gears very close in terms of hand, foot, saddle position. The bars are narrow so a little compact in one sense but not compact bars per se. I agree, it's a little old fashioned/lopsided with one lever but I like to relate my experience with the old guys and the younger ones too when I'm with others . Thanks for your recommendations. It's nice to hear your take on things.

Posted over 8 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

I owe it to you for your good advice. I finally put a cross brake on the bike and I'm very happy I did. Thx.

Posted almost 6 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

Yeah, they absolutely do! You simply need to tell them which one. For me I chose the road fork because I fear drilling carbon for a brake. It seems like death to me.

Posted over 8 years ago

playdirty

playdirty says:

alpina track forks are drilled for brakes, non-drilled version is actually just plugged

Posted over 8 years ago

zippy2012

zippy2012 says:

That's good news. Too bad their website says the forks are brake incompatible.

Posted over 8 years ago

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