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    Jeff, I love what you did with the build. Awesome stuff.

    Liberace, you picked some sweet colors for that frame. You need to get a shot of it in the sun.
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    Default here's another...

    belongs to a friend. it's sweet. action shots coming.

     

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    Default wow.

    Those are incredible bikes. It makes me yearn for cross season (and a new road bike)...

    What carbon forks were Jack B and others using on their Zanks? Edge or Reynolds??
     

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    Default Zanconato Cyclocross

    This is a little gem that I will be racing this season in New England.

    The Structure: Zanconato frame and fork (roughly a 54cm) painted Bittersweet sunset metallic orange with white accents

    Some parts highlights:

    Headset: Chris King brown Sotte Voce
    Tires: FMB SSC Sprint
    Cransket: 7800 172.5mm with 40-44 rotor rings with Ceramic BB
    *modified front mech to accomodate the rotor rings
    Brakes: Tektro RX5 mini-v front, Paul Neo-retro rear
    Pedals: XTR

    After 2 months, I finally got all the bits and pieces and built it up last night.

    Right around 18.5 pounds or so.

    I think these inside pictures came out so so.
    With the flash it looks too fake, without it the picture is not sharp...

    Perhaps this weekend an outside shot which really shows off the orange metallic paint.

    Thanks Zancomoto, I love it!



     

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    Default Love it!

    That is a hot race bike. Tear it up and enjoy - I hope you don't wait until cross season to get that thing dirty.
     

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    Default forks

    I love those forks.
     

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    Default Cross riding

    I have been riding here sometimes,

    http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/brad.htm

    It seems perfect for cross riding, and very few people out on the trails.
     

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    Thumbs up

    That is a fantastic looking bicycle!
     

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    Default Orange

    Quote Originally Posted by Shinomaster View Post
    That is a fantastic looking bicycle!
    Thanks! The orange looks a lot lighter in the sun, and inside it turns into a dark orange, almost light brown. The tape will stay white for two rides...

    I have never had ceramic bearings before, but I was pretty amazed by how smooth they were compared to the stock Shimano bottom brackets.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by th_boone View Post
    Those are incredible bikes. It makes me yearn for cross season (and a new road bike)...

    What carbon forks were Jack B and others using on their Zanks? Edge or Reynolds??
    Sorry for the delay. I've built 2 road bikes with 1" Reynolds Ouzo Pro forks and a cross bike with an Alpha Q CX-20.
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    Default Zank: You're A Great Builder And An Even Better Man

    Props to our very own Zank: I can't thank you enough man. It really means alot to me.

    Preface- Swoop, please don't read too much into all of this. I think it is kinda awkward to be going personal in a public setting like this but the story needs to come out and Zank deserves to be recognized.
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    So several years ago there was a fundraiser to support breast cancer research with the winner receiving a frame/fork from none other than our very own Mike Zanconato and a hodge podge of donated 9 speed 105 stuff from some very generous donors. The winner was to be chosen through a raffle and I decided to throw my hat in the ring and bought 18 tickets. I became aware of the raffle from across the hall (there was no door into this room back then).

    First a detour: I never participate in raffles like this and would typically not have given it a second thought. This time, however, I decided to combine two important parts of my life. Hopefully the cycling part is obvious. The other component is that I had just been through a 21 month ordeal with my sister who eventually lost her tragic battle with a brain tumor. She had just turned 40 and left behind an amazing young son and an incredibly supportive and loving husband. I viewed it as another chance to make a charitable donation and this time connect it too something else in my life that even had a bit of a connection to her life.

    You can imagine my surprise and Joy several months later when I was traveling through the middle east and my Blackberry indicated that I had an e-mail saying that I had won the raffle. How totally cool.

    It has been some time since then and I was finally able to take the built up bike home today from my LBS. fwiw- I decided to go w/ a parts from a 2008 Force grouppo and utilize some existing wheels in order to remain compatible with other equipment that I have.

    I have attached some photos but let me first explain:

    * I am not one to personalize my bikes but given the circumstances and meaning I added some verbiage around my sister's name. It won't mean much to others but that doesn't matter at all....

    ** It is a cross bike (hey, Mike is a zen master at this, no?) but I can still do a bit of jiggering. Most of what you see in the photos can be shed when the snow stops falling, the streets are more dry, and it is Cross Time (fenders/cage). But that darn nipple for the frame pump just can't be hidden. So be it.

    *** My sister was no cyclist (she would respectfully think that we are a bunch of wackos if she ever visited this hangout) but in her younger days she took a NOLS cycling trip through Alaska and we still have her bright red Bridgestone that made the journey. I should only be so blessed to enjoy my journey's as she enjoyed hers...

    ****I am not going to give a fine, detailed ride report that try's to explain the nuances and subtle fine points. It is already just-right for me.

    ***** Mike Z is the Man. Thank You....Thank You....Thank You.....
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    Default Thanks for sharing

    An amazing story.

    Thank you.

    conorb

    p.s. That is one hot bike, I know you will cherish it forever.
     

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    Remember your sister each time you ride.
    That's a great bicycle you've won.
     

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    Great story, and a great bike too. "Pure Joy" has been a motto of mine for years.
     

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    great story.
    love the bike..
    its a lot like the one i have.
    the z man does a great job.
    kudos to him and to you
     

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    Mark, it was truly an honor and privilege on so many levels to work with you on this bike. We were able to raise a good bit for the Young Survival Coalition and we thank you and everyone else who entered the raffle for their incredibly generous donations. And it was certainly very special to work with you to create a lasting tribute to Joy.

    Beautiful job on the build. I really hope we get an opportunity to ride together at some point before I head back east this summer!
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    a nice reminder of your sister marco. enjoy the bike and remember those that have and continue to fight cancer.

    I may be the last guy on earth wearing a livestrong band, but it went on for my aunt and mother in law and ain't coming off anytime soon.

    ps - those colors on a cross bike are perfect... couldn't have done better if it were my own bike.
     

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    beautiful!
    shrink, terrorist, poet, president of concerned cyclists for the abolishment of bovine source bicycle parts and head of the disaffected commie dishwashers union.

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    Nice story.

    Cancer touches all of us.
    "It's better to not know so much than to know so many things that ain't so." -- Josh Billings, 1885

    A man with any character at all must have enemies and places he is not welcome—in the end we are not only defined by our friends, but also those aligned against us.


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    Marco,
    Thanks for sharing this touching story. What a beautiful bike that you'll forever cherish; Pure JOY says it all!!

    P.S. MikeZ is a class act alright
    -Jeff

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