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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:16 am 
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Here is my custom KVA MS2 stainless steel beauty built by Alchemy for Blacksmith Cycle...

Frame: KVA MS2 stainless, graphics designed by me
Fork: Enve 2.0 - simple, stiff and light
Group: Shimano Di2 with Icarus hidden battery and Mini-USD charger plug
Wheels: Tune Schwarzbrenner Tubular wheels
Bar and Stem: 3T Rotundo LTD with Tune 4-bolt
Saddle: Tune Kom Vor full carbon
ISP capper: Tune Cappy
Cages: Arundle Dave-O
Weight: 14.1 lbs in a very tall size

This bike was actually t-boned by a d1ck-head on a commuter, and I'm lucky to be in one piece. Even luckier that Alchemy was able to replace the top-tube for me, which was taco'd, and get me back on the road. I've since switched to a Pro Vibe carbon front end, since the 3T was destroyed, but otherwise she remains pretty much as is. Great thing about stainless is you can ride all winter - Toronto winter is the real deal - without any worry about the finish getting ruined.

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I am seriously impressed by the stiffness and ride quality...much snappier than any steel bike I had ever ridden previously. Geometry was my own design, so I basically looked at all the bikes I've enjoyed in the past and came up with my ideal numbers. All in, I have been very pleased. Given that we sell these framesets for under $3-k with custom geometry in my shop, our customers have had good things to say about the overall package. As you can see, I am really the ideal custom geometry candidate...this bike has a 55 cm top-tube with a seat-tube and head-tube befitting a 61 cm bike. I am weird, but this bike fits me to a T.

Happy to field any questions here, or just email me!

Best,
Mike

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:50 am 
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Location: Denmark. Yeeees
:thumbup: I like it.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:19 pm 
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CippoForLife wrote:
Toronto winter is the real deal - without any worry about the finish getting ruined...



If it wasn't for the mayor :lol: (joke) :

http://www.cyclismas.com/2012/12/embatt ... -the-year/

Nice bike BTW

Louis :)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:24 pm 
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Man I would be worried about road salt on everything else! I am out in Milton but can't bring myself to bring my ti bike out on the salty roads.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:52 am 
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Beautiful! Love my Alchemy as well. Super product out of those guys.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 5:26 am 
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Thanks, guys...yeah, our FORMER mayor is a real a-hole, and the primary reason I didn't vote for him was his anti-cycling stance. Luckily Toronto remains a cycling hotbed nonetheless.

As for road salt, Di2 is pretty damn robust, as evidence of its regular use in CX racing.

Not only do I love the ride of this bike, but I also dig steel's lower carbon footprint as well, something I've been thinking more and more about lately.

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Mike

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:55 pm 
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Definitely a dick mayor. I was very happy to get out of the city!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:14 am 
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Beautiful. Though the 7900 Di2 is almost 1.5 lbs heavier than SRAM Red, isn't it? Worth it?

http://www.totalcycling.com/component-weights.html


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:52 pm 
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Well, that's a tough question, especially on weightweenies!
I would say that I do prefer Di2 to Red, even the newer version of SRAM's group.
Why? Better shifter ergonomics, cleaner rear shifting, and more definitive front shifting.
But I am also not as weight obsessed as I used to be. :shock:
I know, sacrilegious to say around here, but at my height, if a bike is sub-15, that's about light enough for me.
Am I going to be run out of here with pitchforks now?
If I was going to go mechanical, I'd go Campy Record, btw...I prefer the feel to the other mechanical groups. New Dura Ace would be a very close second, in a virtual tie with Red.
But this is way off topic now, isn't it...don't mean to start a groupset flame war!

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