Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Orange Co, CA
Bikes: '01 F1000 Lefty ELO
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Wow, I ride this same bike and always love seeing them at events.
My 105 derailleur shifted an 8 speed cassette no problem. I did have difficulty adjusting it for a 9 speed, so I installed a new Ultegra derailleur, works fine. If you go 9 speed you will also have to add 9 speed chainrings, chain and shifters. Scout the catalogs, I used closeout Dura Ace 9 speed downtube shifters from Nashbar $18.00 ! You may also find a deal on Brake/Shifters. Also, mine had a spacer behind the cassette that I removed so I was able to run the original wheel w/ 8/9 spd but you would have to disassemble to check it out
I was concerned about fatigue in the original aluminum fork so I replaced it with an affordable carbon fork that matches the frame nicely. The only other changes were a carbon seat post and aero bar, the brakes work just fine.
There was an issue with the bonding of lugs to the carbon tubes at one point. This frame was recalled and re glued by Specialized. Listen for a small 'clank' when you accelerate hard. Chain forces pull the cassette forward, compressing the drive side chainstay and putting allot of tension on the non drive chainstay, i/e trying to pull the lug from its tube. Pay close attention to any gaps between end of tubes and the stop on the lugs. I would not recommend using this frame very long or hard on a trainer for similar reasons.
I figured most of this stuff out, and have done all of the work myself. There are plenty of reasons why not to hang ~ $500 in parts on this frame, but ... I love cranking it out, on one of the first sub 20 lb bikes. It has also produced looks of confusion from more than one Style Conscious rider down here, so that's cool too.