Antonio Taverna build this frameset for me. Planned as a low maintenance bike for daily commuting (220km a week). Slowly taking shape with Campa Record seat post, headset and hubs, Chorus Skeleton brakes, Pista cranks, Mavic SSC hubs, Selle San Marco Regal titanium saddle, 3T Pro Chromo stem, Merckx bend Super Competizione handlebar and Cane Creek levers (with Campagnolo rubber).
Waiting for Conti Giro tubes, Brooks bar tape, Miche chain and a set of Speedplay stainless pedals to arrive.
I put together this 53cm IRO Mark V over the weekend.
I wanted to go back to a steel frame. The ride is much better than the aluminum District that I had been riding. I also prefer a chain over the belt drive. And it finally gave me a chance to mount some proper short reach brake calipers, Bontragers in this case. I do like good braking.
I also used this American Classic seatpost to mount the Ti Rolls saddle. This seat post does not get enough attention, it is very adjustable and super light.
The District had felt a bit big at 56cm. It had long chainstays hence a long wheelbase and also a giant 16cm head tube. The 53cm IRO is on the small side with a very short 10cm headtube. I have a 140mm stem, party for reach and partly for rise. It's quite comfortable though I might try a 130mm stem some time. I prefer to be a bit stretched out vs. hunched over. And the forward bars are superb when pedalling out of the saddle.
What's that rear brake caliper you have on there?
Here's a crappy cell phone pic of it thrown together. Bought two new stems to see if I like something not silver better to match the seat. Have different chainrings than pic'ed now too, 50/46 to go with the 17/21 dingle. Still might get carbon wheels too, who knows
That photo does not do your bike justice!
And while I have it here, what color bar wrap? I'll take the 216 color splash off and put something more appropriate on.
built this a few weeks ago, went out to test it, and on the first ride both tires popped, crappy rim strips.
how to tape your bars http://www.flickr.com/photos/89572419@N00/sets/72157629279270681/
that seatpost is dope. I want one.
Ride everything. Shave nothing.