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Suggestions for an endurance/all-road bike with new Ultegra 12 speed groupset

Old 08-14-22, 10:01 PM
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Pics of the final build

Here is it after the wheelset/tire upgrade... The 700x29c Enve SES tires inflate to 31c on the AR wheelset. Took it out this morning and the set-up feels ideal for this bike. I still can't get over how good the new 12 speed Ultegra shifts...


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Old 08-15-22, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Caliwild View Post
Here is it after the wheelset/tire upgrade... The 700x29c Enve SES tires inflate to 31c on the AR wheelset. Took it out this morning and the set-up feels ideal for this bike. I still can't get over how good the new 12 speed Ultegra shifts...

My, oh my, it certainly does look fine!

I took mine out on our Saturday club ride and was pretty impressed. All I have done for now is adjust seat height and tilt. It fits me well enough to get me through the next two weeks until my fit appointment. The shifting is pretty darn slick. Coming from mechanical shifting, there were times that I didn't realize that it had already shifted. Quick, quiet, and smooth.

I think we are both going to be very happy with our bikes.
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Old 08-15-22, 08:25 AM
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That's a great looking bike and the new wheels definitely add to the aesthetic appeal. Just enough detailing on both to not fall into the generic stealth black look that is sometimes overdone.

I'm awaiting my new bike with Ultegra 12 speed and am really looking forward to it based on all the positive feedback I've seen. I'm sure it'll feel great compared to the mechanical 6800 and GRX 800 that most of my riding is done on.
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Old 08-18-22, 10:21 AM
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Quick update: Took the bike for a longer ride yesterday and I will say that I'm never going back to narrow rims/tires on a road bike again. The Enve AR's are super wide (they almost look comically wide) but they match up perfectly with their 700x29 Enve SES tires (which measure 31c on the rim). This combo does not feel any more sluggish than a narrow rim with 25s/28s and the downhill speed/confidence is much better. And, of course, the comfort is upped by a lot due to the lower pressures. This, combined with the effortless shifting, make this bike a pure joy to ride. Color me impressed. I just ordered the BMC top tube bag as well (https://mikesbikes.com/products/bmc-...d-top-tube-bag) and will post pics once I mount it...
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Old 08-19-22, 09:05 AM
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Sweet machine! Love BMCs... It's the only brand right now that would make me leave Giant.
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Old 08-23-22, 03:44 PM
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Wow, I just discovered something that I guess most people already knew... With Shimano di2, you can actually see which gear you're in by looking at your computer (mine is a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt but it works with Garmin too). See photo below... This is way easier than me trying to look between my legs at the cassette!

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I have a Garmin and it is a nice feature. What I like even better is that, at least with the Garmin, you can see the remaining battery levels in all three batteries. This will be especially helpful with the button batteries in the shifters.
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I have a Garmin and it is a nice feature. What I like even better is that, at least with the Garmin, you can see the remaining battery levels in all three batteries. This will be especially helpful with the button batteries in the shifters.
Good to know... Thanks!
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Old 08-30-22, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Caliwild View Post
Wow, I just discovered something that I guess most people already knew... With Shimano di2, you can actually see which gear you're in by looking at your computer (mine is a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt but it works with Garmin too). See photo below... This is way easier than me trying to look between my legs at the cassette!
Wahoo Elemnt works with Sram AXS also
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