I finally got all the various parts assembled in one pile, and began bolting them on last week. The build concept for this bike was to build a modern 10 speed equipped bike on a "classic" Italian steel frame.
I initially was going to build with mainly Centaur and only a few Veloce parts, but that changed for various reasons to a mostly Veloce build. I already had the Veloce BB, crankset, and FD (FD thanks to the generosity of a fellow BF member!!), and to cap it off I came into the possession of a NOS Pinarello frame for cheap. So, I decided to siphon off the Centaur parts for the Pinarello and finish out the Palo Alto with all Veloce (except the shifters, which will be Centaur).
As some of you might remember, I had issues right off the bat with the JIS/ISO headset mismatch. I resolved that issue by finding JIS cups in my parts bin that were on the edge of speck and so fitted snugly into the head tube, and by buying an ISO crown race from BikepartsUSA.com.
With the headset installed and adjusted, I started hanging parts on the frame. First the BB and crank, followed by the dťrailleurs, brake calipers, and wheels. The 3ttt stem and the Cinelli bars came off the single speed Viscount I acquired a month or so ago, and they are going to look very nice on the bike. Since the donor FD (thanks, again!!) was a 32mm clamp-on, I had to pony up a couple of bucks at the LBS for some clamp shims to make it fit snug on the 28.6mm seat tube. The wheels are a brand new set of hand builts, comprised of Chorus hubs/DT Swiss rr1.1 rims (found them on CL).
I have a spreadsheet around here somewhere, but total build price - including frame, all bought parts, and shipping - is hovering just above the $700 mark. $280 of that is the wheelset, and I could've saved $200 by using a lesser set I got for $80. In fact, I just picked up a minty sey of Mavic Heliums for $50 yesterday, but they are Shimano and so would cost a bit more to convert.
I still have to hang the shifters, install the chain, run the cables, tape the bars, and add tubes/tires/saddle. I'm thinking white saddle and tape.......
Viewers with an eye for detail will notice the triple/13-29 combo.......
Here are a few photo's to share:
What I started with:
Front derailluer, showing instert/shim:
From the rear - 10 speeds...Mmmmmmmmmmmm!:
A little out of focus and dirty, but the bars/stem (trust me, they're mint)
The rear half, drive side: