So I have made a few posts in this forum, mostly questions and some responses, and have been amazed at the information freely given. I do feel a little out of my depth at times but learning is all part of the fun. I wouldn't call myself a newbie to bikes per se but forum participation is a new thing to me. I have always enjoyed the post your ride/build threads that included a story and explanations and observations as to why certain parts were sourced so here is my attempt.
I am from Melbourne, Australia and have been riding a Stevens SLR around for the last couple of years. I am from a MTB back ground and moved across to Road on an entry level bike and this signaled my intention to look seriously at riding on the road. It was my first roadie build from the frame up and sourced parts from all over. A quick spec list is Stevens SLR, Sram Red (force cranks), Dura Ace C50's, 3T Ltd Stem, Pro Bars, Fizik Kurve saddle.SavedPicture
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I really dig this frame, it is surprisingly agile, has great power transfer and is comfortable. Longest ride on this was 12+ hours. I have just had an issue with cable friction and poor shift quality. As I started to race on the road this became even more noticeable and I began thinking about a new ride. I had always been keen on a Storck but the price in Australia had pushed that into being a pipe dream, through my usual internet wanderings I came across a sale on the Storck Scentron and the seed was planted to move across to Di2 at the same time. Fortune was about the shine on me as I was hesitant at not being able to test ride or see one in the flesh, when a 'as new' Scenario came up for sale second hand in my area. It was a 55cm and a price too good to pass up, so in came this. Full Ultegra build (wheels inc) with a FSA K Force post and Pro Logo Scratch saddle. SavedPicture (1)
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This photo was taken around Melbourne on the first ride out to test position. The steerer has since been trimmed and is essentially the same as seen here. The ride is different, I would describe it as solid, great power transfer and certainly rails a line. Bumps and road rough road surface don;t seem to cause it any problems at all, not even a sound or rattle. Its quite hard to describe. It rolls along beautifully and seems assured, I love that feeling but to me it doesn't feel exciting in the sense of riding something with really agile steering. Probably a lay mans way of putting it and might make it sound 'dead' but its just very different and to me, confidence inspiring.
It was fortuitous to test ride the 55cm as for all round riding its probably a little smaller than I would like. Great for crits and short rides but a little larger would add to the comfort. So I ended up purchasing a Storck Scentron in a 57. This arrived today. WP_001268
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I have most of the parts but the final build list should look something as follows:
Frame Storck Scentron
Fork Stilletto 340
Stem 3T Arx Ltd
Handlebars Zipp Vuka Sprint
Seat Post Bontrager XXX Lite (stripped to matte finish)
Saddle Fizik Arione CX (white with blue stripe)
Shifters Ultegra Di2
FD Ultegra Di2
RD Ultegra Di2
Cranks Rotor 3D
C/ring Bolts Token Ano
Cassette Ultegra 10 Speed
Chain Ultegra 10 Speed
Pedals Speed Play Zero
Bar Tape Lizard Skin DSP (white)
Brake Cable Alligator I-Link (black)
Brake Caliper Zero Gravity (black)
Brake Pads Carbon Pads
Wheels PowerTap/Enve with Sapim CX-Ray
BB Generic Alloy w/ ceramic bearings
Bottle Cages Bontrager XXX lite (stripped to matte finish)
Tyres Continental Sprinter
I had toyed with the idea of going Campagnolo Record EPS, however being able to pick up the Ultegra Di2 for a steal meant I could purchase the intended wheelset. The slight weight penalty (I know this is WW don;t shoot me) was something I could live with. I have a bit of a grinder riding style with a natural cadence in the high 80's low 90's I can push faster but is not my natural state so am interested to see if the O-Symetric's will suit. As I bought the cranks with no rings, the O-Symetrics were actually the cheapest option for new rings so won;t cry if they don't work out.
Hopefully this comes together as well as I see it in my head. I'll post updates as it comes together.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.