Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: San Francisco
Bikes: Dolan Pre Cursa, Felt F15X
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Building a Dolan Pre-Cursa to race- input on components?
A little bit of back story is available in my first thread
, where I delusionally thought I'd ride this bike for long rides as well as on the track. Since then I've done a 80 miler and 110 miler on my Pacer, and decided that climbing the rolling hills of upstate NY on a fixed gear sounds like no fun at all. Then I contemplated getting the bike as a complete
from Dolan-bikes.com, but after scoring a like-new pair of Wabi GX410's for $100, I've decided to buy the frameset from DPM and build from there.
This will primarily be a bike used for racing. However, I will most likely ride it to and from the velodrome whenever I race, which is 10 miles each way. Because of that, this is what I'm currently thinking:
Frame: Pre Cursa with road fork (so I can have a brake for the ride to and from the track) Is this a terrible decision?
Wheels: Wabi GX410
Crankset: Omnium? Andel Deluxe? Miche Primato? I know I want a 144BCD set with a 48-50T ring, since I'm looking for 85" to 88". Really not sure what the best route to go is, and appreciate any input you guys can share.
Cogs: Going to try and get my chain the right length to have a city riding/warm up gear at around 75-78" and a racing cog. Something like 48:17 and 48:15. There's another thread in the Fixed Gear section where Soma's and EAI's have been highly lauded, so I may grab those.
Stem/Bars/Saddle: Seems like these don't matter as much as the drivetrain... I'll probably buy whatever I can find for relatively cheap.
Am I forgetting anything? DPM aren't shipping any orders until August 28th, so I'll probably start buying the small stuff while I wait for the frame to become available again. Not sure I want to risk ordering the frame from Dolan direct and take a gamble on customs charging 11%. Thanks all!