Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: living in the moment
Bikes: 2005 Litespeed Teramo, 2000 Marinoni Leggero, 2001 Kona Major Jake (with Campy Centaur), 1997 Specialized S-Works M2, 1992 Specialized Rockhopper
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i just saw the alpha-q at the shop yesterday. it's amazingly light. we ordered it for a ferarri build of a major jake frame. we also ordered a winwood for another build and the difference was amazing. incredible workmanship, laterally stiff, beautiful and way, way, way too expensive. same with te wound-up. if you're building a cross bike for racing, and you're not a pro, then it's overkill.
as for brakes, we went with the new shimano 550 cantis for the ferarri. i personally can't stand avids. if you have an unlimited budget, look at the paul's neo retros, if you are reasonable, look at the shimanos. they seem to be stiffer than the avids [less machining at the back], not much heavier, but with an almost identical profile.