Latest update: Got the bike under 6kg with more Red parts and light tires and tubes, and back over 6 again by switching to the fastest tires available - now 6065 grams:
Update: Finished pics!
Inspired by other builds here and on other forums, I became interested in open mould genes and decided to convert my old school BMX (Redline RL20-II) and my DSLR equipment into a light road bike and a smaller, cheaper camera.
This means once the parts arrive, I'll have new equipment and fresh motivation to provide pics for this thread.
Ican were the fastest to respond to my mails, so I purchased the frame and some parts from them. I dealt with a woman called Seki who couldn't have been more helpful. There were some smaller misunderstandings, but nothing that would put me off from buying there again. I also got custom pictures for everything I inquired about - e.g. side views for the handlebars so I could judge the drop shape, etc.
On one side, if they had a more professional web site with better pics, prices and options, much of the back-and-forth wouldn't have been necessary, but then again dealing with a real person on the other side of the world definitely made the process feel much more special and peasant in my case.
In the end, my order was an AC066 frame set containing frame, fork, ican-branded headset, seat post and seat clamp, three bottle cages, and a "HB004" handlebar.
I missed the saddle I wanted to have - I didn't decide right away, and when I wanted to confirm my order the next day, Seki told me that someone had ordered 100 pieces and they were now sold out. Something similar almost happened with the bars - they had one left, and I was told that another salesperson had sold it to someone else, but for some reason I still got it in the end.
I ordered right before the Chinese new year, and when I asked for a tracking number right after the holiday, the frame had already cleared customs at the exact value ican had declared the box and was waiting for me at the post office.
Here are some pics, and I'll follow up with weights soon:
Any questions re parts or process, please ask!