Been a long time lurker here so thought it was about time I posted up my new build.
For the past few years I have been racing full time but was forced to retire this year due to some long-term medical issues. This meant that for the first time in a long time I had to go out and get myself a bike, and was able to build it exactly as I wanted it!
I knew I wanted Di2, mainly because its hassle free and I couldn't be bothered dealing with cable stretch/wear (not a big deal I know). I knew I wanted a powermeter to keep track of my riding and for my own interest too. I knew I wanted something I was happy with visually and lastly I wanted a very clean looking build, after seeing so many potentially amazing builds let down by having cables everywhere, I wanted something clean.
I didn't have a set budget for this but all the parts where purchased as good deals so it came out much, much cheaper than expected based off the build list.
I was originally keen on getting an Evo frameset as I have always liked how they ride and their lines (rode one briefly in 2015), but when this frame came up for an absolute steal I couldn't turn it down. I do love the look of the Izalco's and knew they where great bikes and for the price I couldn't pass it up. Over the past few months I have been getting all the parts together as deals came up and bits became available.
I decided to get some wheels built up (with some advice from dudemanppl) and ordered some LB45 rims to be laced to White Industries T11 hubs with Lasers. Gloss rims and silver hubs/spokes/nipples. The hubs took much longer than expected to arrive and pushed the built back a few weeks.
I picked the complete bike up last week. It was built by Dan @ Shifter Bikes in Melbourne, he has been doing some amazing work and does super clean Di2 installs. The Di2 junction is hidden and some magic has been worked to hide all except one of the cables, which enters the downtube. I couldn't be happier with how the build looks and the only part I will be changing is getting a 'slam that stem' headset bearing cover, as well as the bar tape to fizik as this is delaminating behind the hoods already.
The wheels turned out absolutely amazingly, they look unbelievable in the sun.
Build list below:
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After a weeks riding I can happily say it is the best bike I have ridden, over the past few years I have been lucky enough to ride some seriously nice bikes but this takes the cake. The veloflex tyres on these wheels with the latex tubes are a delight. I'm currently running 75f/80r and would even go 5 psi lower, they are just so smooth and no hint of squirming or bottoming out the rim resulting in a pinch flat. The bike is everything I hoped for.
I had initially been using the LB pads on the wheels but after going to the hills last week they started to squeal so where stopped to Wiggle lifline pads whilst I wait on some Giant pads (recommended by dudemanppl). The Wiggle pads have been working well the past few rides although I haven't been out to the hills since.
Finally here is a few pics of the built bike (some photos show Fizik Antares, this has since been swapped for a toupe).