As it's red hot outside, I'd thought I'd start a thread documenting my current winter commuter project / build.
After 6 years worth of winters on my trusty Ribble, I'm a bit bored of it and want something a bit better. After I checked my Strava account, I was slighty surprised to read that I do more miles on the Ribble than any of my, errr, 'better' bikes so I thought I might as well get something nice.
Here's the Ribble in the sun today, bless it:
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For its replacement, I want the following:
- Rides like my Van Nicholas
- 25mm rubber
- Low low maintenance
- Able to take a powermeter
- As light as possible (I want to train on this too)
- Disc brakes
- Durable finish to fend off damage in the rack at work inflicted by people's Halfords entry level 'bikes'.
- Ability to swap out wheels quickly (as in no hub gears etc.)
I went through all the various material options, quickly dropping the alloy as that wouldn't be a step forward, dropped carbon too although with all those cheap Chinerellos out there, it was tempting. That left steel and Ti. I was all set on a Cotic Road Rat, but there was no opportunity to fit internal cable on that without a repaint, so wasn't very future-proof. And the fork looks stoopid. After some Googling, I narrowed it down to the Lynskey Sportive and the Lynskey Cooper. The Sportive won out in the end as I liked the idea of a chain stay mounted brake calliper as it looks cleaner with the mudguard fitted. Also, I have a 27.2mm post spare, and the Cooper isn't a 27.2.
I made some inquiries about the frame at the various UK stockers and managed to get a deal. I paused a bit before pulling the trigger on it as I wanted Di2 provision. I contacted the factory, to find that this was another $500. Fortunately, the almost unbelievably helpful Don Erwin waived this charge. Thanks Don!!
So, at the moment, the frame and fork are in the welding queue and I'm amassing the bits.
Here's the spec at the moment:
Frame: Lynskey Sportive Disc (XL)
Fork: Lynskey Sport Disc
Headset: King NoThreadSet
Front and rear brake: Hope V-twin on SLX rotors
Front Mech: Ultegra Di2 6700
Rear Mech: Ultegra Di2 6700
STi units: Ultegra Di2 6700
Cranks: Ultegra 6600 (53/39) or Rotor3D with Power2max
Wheels: XT centrelocks (32h) on Mavic A317
Seatpost: Van Nicholas 27.2mm Ti
Pedals: Shimano SPDs
Saddle / Stem / bars / tape / tyres: TBA at the moment
I'm ordering all the bits, so I'll post pics and weights when it all shows up.
I've never seen a Ti Di2 bike with hydraulic discs so I'd welcome any thoughts / advice.