My first real bike - Litespeed Ghisallo

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vitriol
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by vitriol

Hi!

My girlfriend bought herself a nice scott contessa cr1 team, and she wanted to ride with me. As I couldn't follow her on my mountain bike, I decided to build myself a road bike.

I've never done this, and the only road bike I've owned was worth 50$ and came from a dumpster. And that was like 16 years ago.

So about 2 weeks ago I started to read on forums and to shop on ebay and local classifieds. Found a Litespeed Ghisallo from 2009 in almost new condition.

My objective is to keep it light, reliable and nice looking!

I've already bought most of the components to build the bike. I bought almost all of them at a disount, and some were not my first choice, and some others were just a guess, as I am not sure of what I want or like yet. Also some parts already came with the frame, and since I have not been fitted yet, I'm not sure if they are the right size. So there's nothing definitive.

Here's my build list, with approximate weights (don't have a scale):


Frame: '09 Litespeed Ghisallo medium 800 g
Fork: Easton E90 SLX 300 g
Headset: Cane Creek S-3 112 g
Headset Spacers: ?????? ??g
Stem: 3T ARX-Team 100mm 120 g
Handlebar: 3T Ergonova LTD 180 g
Handlebar Tape: Specialized S-Wrap Roubaix 60 g
Saddle: Mcfk saddle padded 88 g
Seatpost: Lynskey Titanium 31.6mm 195 g
Seat Clamp: Hope 31.8mm 20 g
Front Derailleur: SRAM Force 22 79 g
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Force 22 178 g
Shift & Brake Levers: SRAM Force 22 307 g
Crank Set: SRAM Force 22 GXP 808 g
Bottom Bracket: SRAM Force 22 GXP ?120g
Cassette: SRAM Force 22 11-28 250 g
Chain: SRAM Force 22 256 g
Brakes: SRAM Force 22 280 g
Wheelset: Reynolds 32 1075g
Tyres: Veloflex carbon 23mm 510g
Skewers: ????? 34g
Cables & Housings: SRAM Force 22 80 g
Pedals: Tririg Mercury 151 g
Bottle Cage: King Cage x2 56 g
Computer: probably garmin 200 58g

Total: 6117g or 13.49pounds



First picture, others will follow as the project progress. Most parts I have not received yet... Can't wait to ride it!!!

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caballero
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by caballero

How tall r u ?

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cww180
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by cww180

Looks good, I would flip the stem though.

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by thprice

Just a suggestion, put Veloflex Extreme on the front.
For me they:
  • are about 30g lighter than the Veloflex Carbon
  • have great ride and grip (wet and dry)
  • last 6000 km on the front which is plenty

Can you provide feedback on the Tririg Mercury pedals after a 1000 km or so?
Interested to get real world feedback on them.

If you have already ordered both Veloflex Carbons, just store the additional one for later use on the rear ... Veloflex tubs are much better after 6 months 'ageing'.

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by michel2

jealous, for sure !
belissimo !!

vitriol
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by vitriol

Thanks guys!

I'm just over 5'7" and 150lbs. The stem came like that on the frame, with the spacers and all. I might get measured today, if not next week, so I'll have a better idea of how everything will fit for me.

Thanks for the suggestion on the veloflex extreme, I'll keep that in mind for sure. I don't want to compromise puncture resistance tough.

The tririg pedals looked interesting, but couldn't find real world reviews on them. I decided to give them a try, and their 180 days return policy convinced me I had nothing to lose. I'll give you my impressions on them in time, but keep in mind I have limited experience with other types of pedals.

vitriol
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by vitriol

Here's the bike assembled, with a temporary saddle and the wrong stem for me (I'll need a shorter and no angle one).

Next will be removing all the stickers, change the seatpost collar for a ti one and then who knows!

As is weight is 6,35kg or 14lbs.


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JackWalk
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by JackWalk

It would look much better if you flipped the stem up the other way. At the moment it looks a bit old man ish


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vitriol
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by vitriol

JackWalk wrote:It would look much better if you flipped the stem up the other way. At the moment it looks a bit old man ish



Yes, next stem will be angled down and 10mm shorter. Thinking about changing the chainrings for lighter ones too...

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caballero
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by caballero

Nice frame !!

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by Juanmoretime

Welcome to the forum! :welcome: A very nice build and weight. Nothing rides like titanium. Best of all allot of room to drop even more weight with the right choices. You may find the Easton fork to be a bit flexy.
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by voodoojar

Love the frame not loving the build. I dont see the point putting a bunch of heavy parts on that frame. unless you like heavy and flexy. It is a good start though.
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HillRPete
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by HillRPete

Hey voodoo, how's your Ghisallo doing?

voodoojar
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by voodoojar

Sold both of them, had the hill climb bike down to 3997 grams before I sold.

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by voodoojar

voodoojar wrote:Sold both of them, had the hill climb bike down to 3997 grams before I sold.


Sorry to steal your thread, Ill be brief. Sold both of them, had the hill climb bike down to 3997 grams before I sold. The Ghisallo frame just feel like old tech, sure ti lasts forever and all but at that weight it feels like you're pedaling a wet noodle up a hill. I remember at one point, I was doing a track stand at a stoplight and I could feel the entire frame flexing under me and I weigh 60kg.

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