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Rourke 953 s/s

skmarkskmark Posts: 29
edited March 2017 in Your road bikes
Well after a very long and mostly patient wait the day has eventually arrived and ......... it's here;

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I must say I'm very pleased with the final result. The build took a little longer than originally planned but Jason got involved in some more Guy Martin build stuff across the summer which you can't really blame him for.

The bike rides like a dream, the weather has tried it's best to stop me getting out during the last 2 weeks but I did manage a good 55km yesterday morning and love it. Ride is superb, so comfortable despite the new saddle (Brooks C13....I wasn't too sure about that). Dura-Ace Di2 is unquestionably better than me, so slick and quick. Speedplay pedals are quite stiff and will likely take a little getting used to but I'm certain that I'm going to enjoy riding this lovely machine very much.......bring on the spring.
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  • Oh my word......
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  • oldbazzaoldbazza Posts: 646
    That's rather nice that is.
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  • bobloboblo Posts: 360
    Loverly.
  • BeatmakerBeatmaker Posts: 1,092
    That is lovely, I'm considering a 953 Rourke for my 40th b'day next year and this has reinforced the idea!
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  • bmxboy10bmxboy10 Posts: 1,917
    Well done buddy that is one sweet and very tasteful 953.

    What was the wait - 9 months?

    I keep thinking about one but in 853.
  • That is a work of art , chapeau !
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,990
    Nice.
    I'd have one if they'd do a horizontal TT.
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  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,639
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Nice.
    I'd have one if they'd do a horizontal TT.

    Wouldn't they just build you one?
  • mr_eddymr_eddy Posts: 820
    Pretty special!
  • tlw1tlw1 Posts: 20,623
    love that - good choice in colour
  • dinyulldinyull Posts: 2,979
    Beautiful. That might be the nicest bike I've ever seen.
  • xdocxdoc Posts: 331
    Agree with NapD, with a horizontal TT that would be perfect.
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,990
    Garry H wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Nice.
    I'd have one if they'd do a horizontal TT.

    Wouldn't they just build you one?

    No
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  • flasherflasher Posts: 1,733
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Garry H wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Nice.
    I'd have one if they'd do a horizontal TT.

    Wouldn't they just build you one?

    No

    Very strange considering they're all custom built.
  • niallmoniallmo Posts: 103
    That is top class. Love the look.
  • fat daddyfat daddy Posts: 2,605
    wow .... that really is a thing of beauty

    Love the accents of the rear triangle matching with the dura ace bits and the decals. and the rest being black apart from that stunning frame

    stunning !
  • dowtchadowtcha Posts: 440
    Just lovely, really like the colour. It's a bike you keep for life.
  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,639
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Garry H wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Nice.
    I'd have one if they'd do a horizontal TT.

    Wouldn't they just build you one?

    No

    Shame.
  • rajMANrajMAN Posts: 429
    Lovely build.
  • skmarkskmark Posts: 29
    Thanks for the positive comments everyone, glad you like it too.

    The wait was about 6 months and might have been a bit quicker if I'd needed it to be, some of the delay was mine.
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Nice.
    I'd have one if they'd do a horizontal TT.

    To be honest I've never really got the whole 'horizontal Top Tube' thing......but each to their own I suppose.

    Anyway as others have said, of course Rourkes will make you anything you want and if you check out the Gallery section on their website you'll see many horizontal TT's which I'm sure will please you.

    My personal choice was taken due to stand over height and not being overly blessed in the length of leg department :D .
  • ravey1981ravey1981 Posts: 1,111
    Please tell me the seat isn't at the correct height for you in the pic??
  • 1986sv1986sv Posts: 83
    Superb bike!
    Brooks C13....I wasn't too sure about that

    How are you finding the C13 skmark?
  • skmarkskmark Posts: 29
    Brooks C13....I wasn't too sure about that

    How are you finding the C13 skmark?[/quote]

    It's early days yet. It is very firm but then I'm used to a Fabric Scoop Flat Pro which is pretty firm too. No issues with the Brooks so far but I do suspect we'll both take a little getting used to each other.
    ravey1981 wrote:
    Please tell me the seat isn't at the correct height for you in the pic??

    It's not, glad you're concerned :D You'll also note that there's no pedals in the photo's.......I don't ride like that either :lol: .
    Those are the shop photo's, it now has the correct setup for me, Speedplay Zero s/s pedals, a Nitto R-80 s/s bottle cage and a Garmin 820 attached.
  • JesseDJesseD Posts: 1,961
    That is one nice looking bike!

    Clean, simple and well thought out by the looks of things!

    Only change I would make is to a black seat-post clamp but that is nit-picking and very much personal taste, the colour though is fantastic!

    How does it ride, steel has natural flex so would be interested to hear comparisons to a carbon bike on stiffness, comfort etc.
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  • That's just lovely. I had one made in 853 and it actually took longer than 6 months - more like 8, so you've not done too bad with that wait.

    Like the colour as well (but prefer my red!), I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine, although saying that mine is pretty much tucked up for the winter, unless we have a decent spell of crisp, sunny winter days over the coming couple of months.
  • Garry H wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Garry H wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Nice.
    I'd have one if they'd do a horizontal TT.

    Wouldn't they just build you one?

    No

    Shame.

    My Rourkie has a horizontal top tube. I didn't even have to pay extra....;-)
  • Alex99Alex99 Posts: 1,407
    JesseD wrote:
    That is one nice looking bike!

    Clean, simple and well thought out by the looks of things!

    Only change I would make is to a black seat-post clamp but that is nit-picking and very much personal taste, the colour though is fantastic!

    How does it ride, steel has natural flex so would be interested to hear comparisons to a carbon bike on stiffness, comfort etc.

    C'mon, how does it ride?
  • term1teterm1te Posts: 1,462
    That is a very nice bike in deed, may you have a long and happy life together.
  • beak58beak58 Posts: 140
    An almost offensively good looking bike.
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