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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:16 pm 
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A few months ago I got pretty sick of the toe overlap on my Tarmac and decided that since I'm not a pro, I'm not going to race a bike I wouldn't otherwise buy unless I get paid or get it for free. I have a hip deformity called Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI) that is compounded by a hip fracture I sustained two years ago while riding that necessitates a somewhat unorthodox postion: cleats slammed all the way back on S-Works shoes (with mounting holes dremeled out further) and, as a result, my saddle setback is only 10.8cm with a Specialized Power. In addition, I am pretty tall with extremely long arms and run around 14-15cm of drop to the hoods. With a 56 Tarmac and 591 front center the bike rides OK, but definitely not as ideal as my 58 Felt F FRD which it replaced.

I contacted a few builders with a vague paint idea, geo concerns, and loosely what I wanted out of the bike: disc, road geo, fit as big of tires as possible. I've ridden on and raced on lots of gravel and feel that the requirements of a gravel-capable bike are so overblown that I didn't want the slow and boring handling of a true "gravel bike", but do appreciate being able to use bigger tires so it had to clear 28s. I was indifferent to material, but it had to ride like a race bike because carving turns is super fun. The geo is essentially a 58 in reach and a 56 in stack, with a bit less aggro of a front end compared to my Felt:

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To my surprise many of the builders were fairly unfriendly, unwilling to accept input, and really offputting. Stinner was so enthusiastic that they hit me back with a few surprises: they wanted to use the bike for their NAHBS show bike in collaboration with Enve/Mavic for their new Speed Release fork, they were more than excited to do my proposed paint scheme for no extra charge, and their stock geo could be made custom for me by simply using the headtube size of the next smallest model. I can say that after 150 emails and multiple phone calls on everything from the bottom bracket to the offset of the seatpost they have been extremely tolerant of and responsive to my analytic neurosis.

I'm pretty into Star Wars and chameleon paint so my idea was to make the bike look as if it were making the jump to hyperspace. This mock-up is very vague since it would take a lot longer to adjust the stripes and time is of the essence, but they will start ultra concentrated at the front of the bike and get smaller an more sparse at the rear. The base is a black with light silver metal flake to give it a space background and silver logos.

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With the show fast approaching, this has been my only preview. Right now this is the only set of Speed Release rear dropouts in the world:
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The build:

The build at NAHBS will not be what I ride. Nothing against Enve or Mavic, but every single bike these days just has Enve stuff slapped on, sometimes paint matched, and I wanted to build up something different. Plus this is WW and Enve shit ain't light!

Di2 hydro disc will never be full WW, but with some careful selections I can shave close to 2lbs off of a generic build. That's a significant portion of the bike's weight.

-DA 9170 Derailleurs and junction box. Shimano did not have the new shifters and brakes in time for the show. All bikes shown with them will have mock-ups or direct protos from Shimano. I will get these components when they ship this summer.
-DA 9100 pedals, +4mm spindle.
-Likely a King headset unless the builder can get me one of the new White Industries purple headsets.
-Tune seatpost clamp.
-Parlee carbon FD hanger.
-Arundel Dave-O cages, UD gloss to match the weave of the cockpit and rims.
-MCFK UD 27.2x300mm seatpost
-MCFK UD 120mm -6 stem
-3T Rotundo LTD bars. Once I know the length of my stem I might have it integrated and the bars modded so all wires and lines are run internally.
-Custom Berk Lupina Padded made 2cm shorter nose.
-SISL2 Hollowgram cranks, Stages to be added most likely.
-The new Enve 3.4s laced to Carbon-Ti hubs with Cx-Rays. Big ups to my man Ergott for sorting through dozens of emails about this wheel build.
-Either Schwalbe One Pro or S-Works Turbos, 25/26mm respectively.
-For daily use I will probably use Carbon-Ti thru axles actually.
-Will try Ashima Ai2 rotors.
-Silca frame pump. Because I'm an old Fred.

I will add pictures and update this as the build evolves. The bike will debut at NAHBS and then make it's way to me once the cranks, wheels, and cockpit arrive. My plan is to fly to the builder and ride the bike part way home!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:25 pm 
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look forward to seeing this build.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:39 pm 
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That's gonna be a rad Stinner!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:49 pm 
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Maybe, or maybe not?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:59 pm 
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Workspace looks more Paul Sadoff but Stinner's been killing it with their paint schemes. Can't wait to see that Hyperspace paint.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:01 pm 
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You have the right state, I will confirm that!

I'm choosing to wait on seeing it till the show just to be more surprised by it. From what I've gathered the mask that is being used for the stripes is something they have never seen nor used on bikes and sought out just to re-create the hyperspace lines!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:06 pm 
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This is going to be awesome! Looking forward to see it finished!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:18 pm 
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Really looking forward to seeing this build progress. The ideas behind it resonate with me.

If it won't give the surprise away, what BB standard did you decide on to run the Hollowgrams? Will they be the purple version off the Slate to match the purple WI headset?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:41 pm 
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I'd take the weight hit regarding the rotors, Ashimas are OK but my Avid HSX feel so much better.

Paint sounds excellent.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:02 am 
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Interested to see how she turns out. Surprised to hear that some of the builders you contacted were unfriendly. I've only dealt with one custom steel builder, but they were super accommodating straight off the bat. Of course, I expected to pay extra for detailed paintwork as the intricate patterns will take much longer to apply.

Can't wait to see her.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:07 am 
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It wasn't so much as unfriendly, just dismissive. The custom geo was a big part so I left that up to them and in a few cases it was clear that they just plugged stuff into Bike Cad and couldn't explain why they did what they did. They seemed annoyed to deal with me whereas the builder I chose was the opposite.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:11 am 
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Broady wrote:
I'd take the weight hit regarding the rotors, Ashimas are OK but my Avid HSX feel so much better.

Paint sounds excellent.

I'm still thinking of swapping to the new Hope brakes and rotors once they're out and there is some feedback and weights on em.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:46 am 
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I may well end up being a guinea-pig for the new hopes, asked my LBS to get some in for me the other day.

Had hopes for years on the MTB, never had any issues.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:15 am 
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KWalker wrote:
Broady wrote:
I'd take the weight hit regarding the rotors, Ashimas are OK but my Avid HSX feel so much better.

Paint sounds excellent.

I'm still thinking of swapping to the new Hope brakes and rotors once they're out and there is some feedback and weights on em.


I run the hope floating rotors (old sawtooth pattern) - love them. I have a new 160mm front in the mail (due next week) which I can weigh when it arrives. I'm over 90kg. My 140mm Ashima rotors were perfect WW spec but lacking in the 'actually stop the bike' department. Not sure about the new road rotors are worth switching for although in the current debate on danger, I'm guessing my sawtooth pattern ones would probably upset a few people...

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As soon as I can justify them (only just finished building my c59) I'm switching to the new rx4 brakes. Run Hopes for years on my mountain bike and need them on my Festka.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:38 am 
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I just care about the weight. I'm 150-160lbs, I don't need tons of power. I run Formula R1 Racing with Ashima on my Yeti and they work awesome, but road disc is a new ballgame for me. I'd get the Hopes if the weight is equivalent to the 9100 calipers simply because they come in purple. As for the rotors they ain't any lighter than Icetech, so if I'm switching its to a single piece 6 bolt.

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