I can't figure out how to link this as an image so here is a link to the carbon frame I just purchase as my reward for 8 weeks of success on my 52 lbs in 52 weeks(225.4 - 216.4 last night). I realize that this a used carbon frame and that I'm taking a risk that its not usable. But at $260 I figure that is a risk worth taking as the way I would have gone othersize was to purchase a frame direct from China. SO no lectures about the risks of used carbon please.
It should be in my hands by the end of the week and now I can start building up the parts to go on it. The plan is to see if I can build a 16 lb bike that is clyde safe for $750 in parts (not including shipping).
So far I now have the frame, a front deraileur (105), the one of the new rims (H + son SL42) I'll attach to a current set of Reynolds hubs, the stem, a seat, and a set of brakes. I'm planning to buy Microshift Arsis rear deraileur and shifters ($200 new), so that will leave $200 for everything else. It will be tough since it looks like I'll need to spend $100 for the crankset. But if I can get all the parts and have it together by end of June I should have a sleek climbing machine for the Mountain Mama ride first weekend of August.