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DarkSpeedWorks




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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:06 pm    Post subject: Planet X exocet 2 ? Reply with quote

I know they're still pretty new, but anybody buy and/or build and/or ride one of the exocet 2 frames yet?

It looks like a well-designed frame, but it would be interesting to hear some actual rider feedback.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ordered one a few weeks ago - according to an email it should be being built today - I will update once i've received it, it will be my first tri bike though.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm hoping that with the launch of the Exocet Mk II, my Exocet Mk I will become a collectors' item and increase massively in value Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crozza wrote:
I'm hoping that with the launch of the Exocet Mk II, my Exocet Mk I will become a collectors' item and increase massively in value Rolling Eyes


A certainty!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jeffm wrote:
Crozza wrote:
I'm hoping that with the launch of the Exocet Mk II, my Exocet Mk I will become a collectors' item and increase massively in value Rolling Eyes


A certainty!


they only sold them for a year, so I'm going to market it as a "limited edition"
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smaile wrote:
I ordered one a few weeks ago - according to an email it should be being built today - I will update once i've received it, it will be my first tri bike though.


Yes, please do update when you get out on a few rides. I'd be interested to hear your impressions.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will do - pick it up tomorrow from Bike Science in Derby. Very excited!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked up my Exocet 2 up on Saturday. I purchased it through Bike Science in Derby where I first went for a 10minute sizing session on a bespoke rig, ordered the bike and it was delivered 2-3 weeks later. I went back to Derby for my fitting where Andrew of Bike science was extremely friendly, accommodating and offered his expert opinion. We spent 2 hours sizing up saddle height, cleat position, handle bar height, assessing my flexibility and using infra red dots on my joints to measure my angles on a computer screen whilst using a power meter.

This was my first tri bike and can only compare it to my only road bike - a specialized allez comp.

I've only got out on her once for a 45mile ride. Cycling on the bull horns through the city centre out to my route the ride felt alot smoother, i presumed this was down to the carbon frame. The lack of ability to turn the bars around corners compared to my road bike became apparent on a few early times and the brakes where squeaky and tyres skidded a little - I presume that this is because i am used to breaking on my road bike (and it's the same as when I take my girlfriends car out and headbutt the steering wheel everytime i brake for the first time?)

The aero position is a bit alien to me but I felt comfortable down on the bars. The wheels make a great sound and although the speed increase isn't night and day it was a lot easier! I went out with a slower friend and when i put the effort in I left him behind - im sure this isn't all down to the bike but as mentioned it was alot easier to maintain a speed the right side of 20mph than it is on a road bike.

The one thing I noticed when i got back after a 45mile ride was how good my legs felt. Being kinder to the legs in preparation for the run is probably the main reason i purchased a tri bike and this was instantly noticeable. This Easter im going to get the sensor across from the road bike and sit at 90-100rpm cadence and in HRZ 2 for a few hours and that should be able to give me a good indication of the increase in Av' speed as I've done this a few times on my road bike.

Sorry that's all I can think of at the moment - If you have any specific questions then please let me know.

PS - the Matt black option looks great - it's like Batman's bike! I wish i had opted for the logoless wheels now.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the report.

If you can, I'd be curious to see some pics of your bike.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah not a problem, i'll post some pics up here, anything you'd especially like to see?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe just some photos of the whole bike, some close-ups of the matte finish (can you see the carbon fiber structure through the finish, or is it just matte paint?), some shots of the aero cable entry in the top tube, a close look at the seat post clamp mechanism (on the frame, not the post), a look at under the BB and the cable cover down there, and anything else that looks looks unusual, interesting, or particularly good.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the photos

http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/2960/img0036eg.jpg
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/1909/img0044dz.jpg
http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/6213/img0043rz.jpg
http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/2168/img0041pq.jpg
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/9571/img0040br.jpg
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/1510/img0039dw.jpg
http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/1884/img0038te.jpg
http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/9108/img0037zc.jpg
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good looking functional bike. ~#*$ pretty.

In fact, they should have just stuck with the T800 name

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

smaile wrote:
Here are the photos


Nice bike, great photos, thanks a lot.

One thing, I was wondering, the PX folks say this finish is "natural carbon". But, from your photos, it looks a lot like a frame that is just matte gray. Are you able to see any of the carbon finish? or carbon weave? or carbon UD fibers? Or has the frame just been painted gray?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

smaile wrote:
Here are the photos




You should call it The Rhino!
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