I recently sold my old Giant TCR Advanced which I found was getting a little racy for my aged (40yrs) state of physical disrepair (too much time spent in the office and not enough time on the saddle).
My original plan was to order a Spooky Mulholland frame and go for a sporty build with full Thomson finishing kit. I then spotted the Kinesis for sale over on BikeRadar and the rest is history. I have added the Prime wheels and am now pondering what else, if anything to change next.
The spec is as follows:-
Kinesis Racelight Gran Fondo Ti v3 Disc frame – 57cm (Di2 ready with all the bits & bobs for the conversion)
Kinesis Tracer carbon disc fork
Prime RR-50 carbon clincher disc wheels 6-bolt (tubeless ready)
Maxxis Padrone-TR 170 28mm tubeless tyres
Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset with RS805 flat mount disc calipers
Shimano RT86 Ice-Tech 6-bolt 160mm rotors
Shimano 105 cassette
Shimano R550 SPD-SL pedals
PRO PLT Ergo bars – 42cm
Fi’zi:k Performance 3mm bar tape
FSA OS-99 CSI 110mm stem
FSA K-Force Di2 carbon seatpost
Fi’zi:k Arione VSX K:ium saddle
As I mentioned above, I was rather lusting after a full Thomson finishing kit (Elite seatpost, X2 stem and carbon road bars) as all my mountain bikes have always had Thomson stems. The finishing kit on this bike is probably better than Thomson (other than perhaps the bars), so I guess it would be silly to change. There is still quite a bit of weight to take out of the bike from areas such as the cassette, chain, pedals and bars. The wheels aren't fantastically light, but unless I was going to spent huge amounts, it's hard to get really light with 50mm tubeless disc clinchers.
What I have found however is that although I carrying around a fair amount of added bulk from the Giant, the bike is seriously fast. The 28mm Padrones roll beautifully and the bike just zings along. It is also seriously stiff, yet not so much that the ride is uncomfortable.
It's still early days with the discs and I think I may be hampered by slightly contaminated pads (the brakes don't have a huge amount of bite and they squeal all the time). They still need running in properly, so time will tell.
Anyways, I hope you like....