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<15lb SL2 Build

Old 11-11-08, 11:51 PM
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<15lb SL2 Build (NEW PICTURES)

14.9 lbs w/ pedals and a powermeter. WOW.

Adding the Garmin, bar tape and bottle cages put it over 15... but when I get the Red cassette, the final bars and stem and shorten the cables (after fitting and the second steerer cutting) it will come back down close to 15 lbs, if not under.




Build:

2009 Tarmac SL2 Team 56cm Black/Red ($$$$)
SRAM Red Shifters, FD, RD, Brakes, Bottom Bracket ($$$)
SRAM S900 crank, Quarq Cinqo ($$, $$$)
Rolf Prima Elan Aero wheels ($$$)
Rival cassette (was already on the wheels)

Temporary stuff until I get it to the fitter:
Forte (performance) 110mm stem ($/2)
Fuji weird bend deep drop bars 42cm (loaner from shop)
Broken Toupe Ass Hatchet Saddle... need a saddle asap.


How does it ride? I really truth be told thought it would be maybe kinda better than my '06 Fuji Team Pro (w/ the Rolf wheels) over a long 100 mile ride as the more forgiving frame reduces the beating I take, and lighter sure, and that would help climbing....

But it looks like I'm going to turn into one of those guys who says If you can afford it... get it. This thing rides amazingly better than the Fuji. The "stiffness" that people talk about, and I assumed didn't really apply to me w/ my non-sprinting legs.... I found it felt more like a "tighter" feel... and it is sweetness. I have to admit I'm surprised. Very pleasantly surprised.

I can't wait to get some longer rides in.


As to ultimately finishing it, I'm thinking:

With shallow drop bars, the bar top will be flat, and the last 1.5 cm of spacers will come out w/ the hoods staying in the same position (it drops somewhat now). The fitter will have plenty to say about this.

Ritchey wet white stem
Ritchey wet white bars
SRAM white hoods
Fizik red tape
Selle Italia SLR Carbonio white saddle
Michelin Pro3 red tires

And road shoes and pedals in the spring (riding winter mtb boots w/ the spd's through the winter).

EDIT: New pictures added... post #36.



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Old 11-12-08, 12:08 AM
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Where are the eyelets for a fender/rack? All those ducats, and no eyelets?
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Old 11-12-08, 02:47 AM
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Nice build, with that kind of money, it better be nice! AHha
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You have a Garmin, shouldn't you also add XM Satellite Radio?
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Old 11-12-08, 04:42 AM
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The question at everyone's fingertips:

Are the water bottle cages carbon?
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Q - why are there so many sub 16 lb bikes in NYC?

A - it's easier to lug them up to your 4th floor walk up.




btw - what's with the flash? i expect more from someone with a login of nycphototgraphy.
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The curb looks familiar...
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Wet white? Don't go there. Stay stealth with the Black.

I'd like it if I could get an SL2(or colnago or cervelo or Look) devoid of all paint, then get all my other parts free of labels as well. I'd feel more proletariat all the while knowing I owned the best piece of private property I could afford. That way OBama couldn't take it from me.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
Q - why are there so many sub 16 lb bikes in NYC?

A - L'alpe d'river road
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Next project- replace rider's skeleton with carbon fiber tubing.
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A - L'alpe d'river road
forever etched into my memory.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
btw - what's with the flash? i expect more from someone with a login of nycphototgraphy.
Finished building after dark, and my lighting skills are limited to things that wear bikinis?

I'll get better pictures.... eventually.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
You have a Garmin, shouldn't you also add XM Satellite Radio?
TO me, the Garmin is just the recording head unit for the CinQo power meter.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
*snip*

btw - what's with the flash? i expect more from someone with a login of nycphototgraphy.
Exactly what I was thinking.

Nice ride OP, though I'd get over the obsession with having a sub-15lb bike and just ride it for what it is - a beautiful machine which should handle like a dream.
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Originally Posted by Matt Gaunt View Post
Exactly what I was thinking.

Nice ride OP, though I'd get over the obsession with having a sub-15lb bike and just ride it for what it is - a beautiful machine which should handle like a dream.
The sub 15 lbs wasn't an obsession... it was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting closer to 15.5. I built it because I'm going to be riding / training / racing probably twice as much total next year as I did this year, and figured If I'm going to be doing MY best, then I may as well build the best bike to do it on.
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btw - what's with the flash? i expect more from someone with a login of nycphototgraphy.
Atleast I don't advertise myself as a photographer haha.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Atleast I don't advertise myself as a photographer haha.
I can see where this is going... at least I see which particular beating I'm going to take here.
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Very nice. It's going to be fun.
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correct.

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I like the build. Nicely done! The Rolfs are a good choice for the money. Some people find them too flexy, but I'm 175 lbs. and like them for most any conditions. They roll very fast! A tad on the loud side. Has anyone heard these compared to the King hubs? I'd like a frame of reference.
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I love the Rolf's, been riding them for about a year. Just about as light as you can get in a clincher (unless you go to magnesium). I'm 155 to 160 and I don't notice any flex.

They do roll fast... I really notice it descending where I'm faster than my weight says I should be.

And I found them to be quieter than the old Bontrager Race XXX Lite's they replaced.
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Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
Finished building after dark, and my lighting skills are limited to things that wear bikinis?

I'll get better pictures.... eventually.
I'm sure you can hang a bikini on it somewhere.
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Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
I love the Rolf's, been riding them for about a year. Just about as light as you can get in a clincher (unless you go to magnesium). I'm 155 to 160 and I don't notice any flex.

They do roll fast... I really notice it descending where I'm faster than my weight says I should be.

And I found them to be quieter than the old Bontrager Race XXX Lite's they replaced.
Ditto.
I actually feel that they roll better and faster than my Mavic Ksyrium ESs. That prompted me to replace the bearings in the ES hubs with ceramics.
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Finished building after dark, and my lighting skills are limited to things that wear bikinis?

I'll get better pictures.... eventually.
Please re-shoot with bikini models and shut us all up.
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Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
I love the Rolf's, been riding them for about a year. Just about as light as you can get in a clincher (unless you go to magnesium). I'm 155 to 160 and I don't notice any flex.

They do roll fast... I really notice it descending where I'm faster than my weight says I should be.

And I found them to be quieter than the old Bontrager Race XXX Lite's they replaced.
What's the weight of the clinchers?
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