Sometimes a project just slows to a halt and languishes for years and years. That is what happened to my Vitus 997.
I bought it back in 2011, as a frameset with stem and bars, but a broken derailleur hanger. Vitus 992 Questions - Were There Any Carbon Ones?
The hanger was replaceable, but no-one sold the replacements, which is why the PO sold the frameset for $100 after shifting his rear derailleur into the spokes. I looked and looked for the hanger, emailing and calling bike stores all over the place, even some in France. Finally I took the broken bits of the old hanger, made a CAD drawing, and had a local water jet place cut me some blanks, one of which I tapped and installed on the bike. Making A Derailleur Hanger (Vitus 992)
The next year I was given some Campagnolo Record brakes for the project, which gave me the idea to build the bike with all Record bits. Silly, but what did I know.
I found a set of Record Titanium hubs quite cheap, and built my very first set of wheels using Mavic Open Pro rims and butted spokes. I was very proud. Then I learned that someone had cut the rear axle short to fit in a 126 mm frame, but the Vitus is 130 mm, and naturally I hadn't checked the axle length. And then I discovered that the Record Titanium hubs used a titanium axle that is incompatible with any other Campagolo hub, and of course those axles are long since NLA. There was no solution but patience. After the better part of a year searching on eBay, I found a single Record Titanium rear axle for sale somewhere in Eastern Europe. Needless to say, I grabbed it.
Meanwhile I was collecting parts. This took forever, mostly because I didn't know what I was doing. I mean literally. Initially I planned a conventional 2 x 10 setup, and I wanted all alloy parts, so I bought that era of Record drivetrain. Then I switched to a road triple, and so I now needed a whole 'nother set of drivetrain parts. This meant finding a Campagnolo Record triple crank and long cage rear derailleur, which took time. Never fear, the previous Record double stuff went to a good home. The Vitus requires an unusually small diameter seatpost, and that took some finding as well. I spent over a year finding this stuff.
The last obstacle was the brifters. Campagolo Record 10 speed brifters turned out to be too expensive on the used market, considering how much I'd already wasted with my incompetent project mismanagement. The Vitus was hung up in the garage to gather dust for two more years. Finally Campagnolo came out with 11 speed and the fast flush guys started selling enough of their 10 speed gear that I finally scored an affordable set of Record 10 brifters. Now I had everything needed.
And yet I didn't build the bike. I'd stopped thinking of it as an active project. It was just the dusty black half-finished bike that bonked me in the head occasionally.
Until today I walked into the garage, pulled the bike down, and started putting it together.
Here is how it looks so far.
Parts list at present:
- Record 10 alloy triple crank
- Record 10 front derailleur (a standard double, I hope it works)
- Record 10 long cage carbon rear derailleur
- Record 10 carbon brifters
- Record Titanium hubs
- Mavic Open Pro rims, silver
- Unknown butted spokes, black, might be DT Swiss but I can't recall, with brass nipples
- Record brakes
- Record bottom bracket, if I recall it is 111 mm or thereabouts as required by the triple crank, and I think it has a carbon shell (can't recall anymore)
- Look carbon seat post (hopefully it will stand up to the the Vitus' grub screw mechanism, I have a couple alloy posts as well)
- Campagnolo cable kit, basic black
- Cinelli stem, quill, silver
- Ritchey ergo bars, black
I'm doubtful about the bars. They came with the bike. I think they are ugly but plan to try them out, unwrapped, just to see. If I don't love them, I met a guy recently who is always looking for these bars so I can sell them easily. I'd be kind of interested in trying a carbon bar. I'm also doubtful about the stem. It is pretty enough, but probably too short at 120 mm, and I'd like a black stem to match the black post. If I keep the post, I may go looking for a black 140 mm stem. I have a 140 mm Cinelli Groove threadless stem in black, that I could use with a threaded-to-threadless adapter. A friend is looking for a 120 mm stem so I would just gift the quill Cinelli to him.
Saddle is up in the air. I have a few rather battered ones in the bin to try out, including a Flite Ti in perforated black leather, some of which is scarred off. Bar tape can't be chosen until the saddle is selected, of course. I've favoring some flavor of Fizik perforated tape. And I will need a couple of bottle cages, rim strips, tubes, bottle cage bolts, and other odds and ends. Oh, and, umm, I am thinking about adding some inline levers. Yes, I'm serious. This is meant to be the do-anything, Swiss Army knife bike.
So here is my question - and I do have one - I'm not (just) rambling. This is only the second bike I have built with brifters. What is the proper, cool kid way to route the cables? Should they cross over at the head tube, or just kiss, or not touch at all? Should the left side cables go in front of the right side cables, or behind, if they do cross? Do left side cables go to right side cable stop and then the cables cross under the downtime, or do you keep everything on its original side? Do you carry the housings under the tape all the way to the stem? Do you leave enough slack for big graceful loops, or pull them tight and use tape to protect the frame from rubbing?
Housings are not cut in this pic. I think I won't cut the housings, or wrap the bars, until I decide if I'm keeping the bar and stem, meaning I will look like a dork for the first couple of rides.