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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:48 pm 
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Here's my Taiwanese carbon frame with an expensive paint job! First proper ride today after building it up, and I love it to pieces.

Frame/Fork: Ritte Vlaanderen small/53cm, gloss grey
Headset: FSA
Top cap/expander: Currently FSA but about to swap it for a Carbon Ti expander, Thomson top cap and an alloy bolt
Stem: Thomson X2 10 degree 130mm w/titanium bolts
Handlebars: Thomson carbon 42cm (178g on my scales!)
Bartape: Lizard Skins 3.2mm
Seat topper: Ritte
Saddle: Prologo Scratch Nack
Wheels: Reynolds 58 Aero carbon clincher
Tires: Conti GP4000S II 25mm
Tubes: Michelin Air Comp latex
Skewers: Reynolds
Crankset: Dura Ace 9000
Bottom Bracket: Praxis Works Conversion
Chainrings: Dura Ace 9000 53/39
Chain Catcher: Deda Dog Fang
Pedals: Look Keo Carbon Blade 2 (Cr-mo, 20nm)
Chain: KMC X11-SL
Cassette: Sram Red 11-28 11sp
Front Derailleur: Dura Ace 9000
Rear Derailleur: Dura Ace 9000
Shifters: Dura Ace 9000
Brakes: Dura Ace 9000 w/Reynolds blue pads
Cables: Shimano
Bottle Cages: Arundel Mandible matte carbon w/black alloy bolts
Garmin Mount: Bar Fly 2.0

Did I say I loved it to pieces? There are a few tweaks I'm looking at - titanium bolts for the seat topper (it's heavy, but the lion decal is stopping me swapping it for a Tune), Panaracer R-Air tubes, lighter skewers (KCNC?) and alloy/nylon screws for the Bar Fly and Dog Fang. Oh, and there's a Stages power meter on the way. Beyond that, a BB30 crankset (SISL2) would save weight, but I'm enjoying a creak-free ride right now, and I'm not sure I'm willing to go back to press-fit BB bearings.

My geeky build sheet says it's hovering around 6.8kg as it is, but it's been built (mostly) for comfort, stiffness and reliability rather than as an out-and-out weightweenie bike. If I'm feeling flush I might get some EE brakes, and a Berk saddle, which with some less comfy bar tape would get it under 6.6...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:43 pm 
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Looks great. It's been almost 4 years for me on the Bosberg and I still love it.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:23 pm 
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Aren't most frames Taiwanese with an expensive paint job?

Love Rittes, thinking go getting a Bosberg next. Yours is beautiful. Great job.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:18 pm 
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That bike is sick! Love the wheel choice, group, frame (the expensive paint job for sure), it just works terrifically.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:36 am 
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Great looking bike.

Is the frame bb30 and you're using a adapter to bsa?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:41 am 
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Wooow woooow woooow!

Beautiful!!! And unique.

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Ok, that's nice.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:16 pm 
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Thanks everyone - I'll post some better photos soon.

@stuka666 - yes, it's a BB30 frame but after a few issues in the past with creaking BB30 bearings I was keen to try something else, and had heard great things about the Praxis 'conversion' bottom bracket. So far it's performing brilliantly, and the DA9000 cranks seem at least as stiff as my old Hollowgrams.

The Dura Ace 9000 mechanical shifting is phenomenal :D

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:16 pm 
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Beautiful build! Keep the DA cranks!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:37 pm 
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great looking bike! ritte's have sweet paintjobs doe.

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lovely :thumbup:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:49 pm 
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Nice. Solid build that. Join the club...

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New Zipp stem on order, will be cutting the steering and getting a newer expander/topcap. Need some new pedals, thinking of the Blade 2s but I've heard mixed reviews. Was also thinking of a new saddle and to change the topper (pantone 2915C for the blue, not sure of the grey). Should be able to lose 200grams to join you at 6.8kg. I'll keep my eye out for you 8)


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