A big milestone birthday is coming up next year and the new bike itch is rearing its head. So I'm getting started early on my new project.
In the stable at the moment are a road rim brake bike (viewtopic.php?f=10&t=122183&p=1093029&hilit=pasculli#p1093029
) and a winter road disc bike (viewtopic.php?f=10&t=139342&p=1230964
). Being tall (2m) and reasonably heavy (86kg), I am looking to build a road disc bike that comes out roughly at the weight of the Pasculli (~7kg ready to roll), with clinchers and reasonably durable components. I'll be riding it in the Alps, endurance style, so good descending and comfort are important to me.Frame
I'm going custom again on account of my size and long legs. My geometry is pretty much dialed in. On the list of candidates were Berk, Cryptic, Filament, Sarto and Univer Telai. I looked around for a long time and like a lot of what I have seen with the different builders, so it's not easy to choose. I decided to put my chips with Richard from Filament. My exchanges with him have been a real pleasure: he is responsive, to the point, and I really like how his frames have evolved.
The frame will be a little "non-standard" in that I asked for a hidden seat post clamp, hidden fender mounts (for potential rainy riding), and a lot of slope to have a long exposed seat post for passive dampening. Against current trends I'll go with PF30 to make it possible to use Specialized cranks.
It's tough to make a big frame look good, but I'm pretty pleased with the proportions.Groupset
Torn between Etap HRD and Dura Ace Hydro. The option of syncro shifting does appeal, and the single battery. On the other hand no wires on ETAP are also nice. Hmmm.Cranks
Likely Specialized S-Works cranks with a P2M or QuarqWheels
Still a bit up in the air. Currently I'm leaning towards CarbonTi hubs with Venn TCD35 rims, which should come out just below 1300g. Bike Ahead Biturbo Road are also an option. I also looked at AX Lightness Ultra, but the Extralite hubs seem like too much trouble for my weight. Tires will be trusted GP4000s in 25 or 28.Cockpit
Deda Superleggera handlebar - I just love the shape of the RHM. Maybe bonded to a Berk stem or just using a MCFK stem?Seat post and saddle
Tough one here. Maybe a Berk saddle combo, or a Meld3D with carbon rails and a reasonably light seat post.
That's where the current thinking stands - criticism and suggestions are more than welcome!