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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:16 am 
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After cracking both a Scott CR1 and then a BMC SLR02 I decided it was time to go for something a bit different. I'm now focussing on creating a lightweight and durable Aluminium bike. It's a daily rider and racer, so sensible component choice is key (light, but not OTT weenie).

Note: I'm taking my time with this build, and the current spec doesn't represent my vision for the bike.

Weight: TBC

Latest photos on page 2.

Chassis
    Frame: Kinesis Aithein (59cm) w/ Power Torque BB86 & FSA No.42/ACB 1489g
    Fork: Kinesis Aithein 391g
    Seatpost: Bontrager Race XXX (31.6 x 400mm) 200g
    Stem: 3T Arx (120mm) 147g
    Handlebar: 3T Ergosum (44cm) 260g

Groupset
    Crankset: 2013 Campagnolo Centaur Carbon (175mm) w/ 53/39t 662g
    Front Derailleur: 2013 Campagnolo Centaur w/ Token TK375 chain catcher 94g
    Rear Derailleur: 2013 Campagnolo Centaur w/ AEST jockeys 220g
    Levers: 2013 Campagnolo Centaur 373g
    Brakes: 2013 Campagnolo Centaur w/ SwissStop Flash Pro BXP Pads 307g
    Chain: KMC X10EL 262g
    Cables: Campagnolo/Jagwire

Contacts & Accessories
    Pedals: Look Keo Classic 2 274g
    Tape: Generic LBS black cork tape
    Saddle: Selle San Marco Ponza 230g
    Bottle Cages: Fabric x2 6g
    Computer Mount: Superstar Garmin Out-Front 68g
    Sensors: Bontrager ANT+ Combo Sensor 24g

Wheels
    Rims: Interloc Cadence Aero
    Hubs: Vision Trimax
    Spokes: Sapim CX Ray (20/24)
    Skewers: Shimano Internal Cam
    Cassette: Ambrosio - 12-25
    Tyres: Clément Strada LGG - 25mm
    Tubes: Continental Race 28

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:48 pm 
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I have a Kinesis frame myself. I'm glad to see more of them around. It makes me feel like my purchase was a little more justified. Good luck with your build.

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What colour Aithein are you going for?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:15 pm 
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Now that has been a long standing debate in my head. I've gone for Orange. The durability issues with the Black
put me off unfortunately and Green will clash with most of my kit :roll:

It was a tough choice between the Aithein and the Bowman Palace too, but the Kinesis wins hands down on price.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:52 pm 
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Well listed and organized parts list, this is already a great start. Get those pictures posted! :) Keep it up!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:12 pm 
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Thanks. I'm pretty anal with my parts lists so I can keep track of what's what.

Waiting on frameset and last few remaining parts (chain, tape, cables) and then I'll post back :)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:40 pm 
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Finished the build last week and intended to get some photos in the sun on my ride over the weekend...
Got so absorbed in riding it that I completely forgot! Anyone who's seen one of these in the flesh will
appreciate that this colour can't be photographed!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:29 pm 
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I can't see the image unfortunately


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I can. Killer drop!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:00 pm 
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6'5" :wink:

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Sweet ride. I've not had any durability issues on my black aithein. Have ridden it in some terrible winter weather. However, can totally see how durability issues can occur. Though saying that a mate has had his green aithein replaced under warranty due to corrosion. Apparently upgrade bikes are very good if you have any frame issues!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:09 am 
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BTW, how's the tire clearance on the Aithein - could you run 25+ mm fornt and rear?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:47 am 
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MikeyBE wrote:
Sweet ride. I've not had any durability issues on my black aithein. Have ridden it in some terrible winter weather. However, can totally see how durability issues can occur. Though saying that a mate has had his green aithein replaced under warranty due to corrosion. Apparently upgrade bikes are very good if you have any frame issues!


Thanks! :D

Interesting, the black models are the ones I've heard of as having corrosion issues due to the engraving.
Either way, I no longer worry about my decision not to get the black - I LOVE this orange.

Marin wrote:
BTW, how's the tire clearance on the Aithein - could you run 25+ mm fornt and rear?


I'm running 25mm in there both ends currently with tons of clearance to spare, I wouldn't buy a bike that
didn't fit 25mm tyres. Haven't tried 28mm but I would be surprised if they don't fit. Will get photos later
tonight. If you use Continental tyres however, a 25mm will have issues, because Conti massively mis-label
their rubber (i.e I think the 25c are actually 27mm wide etc.) My partner uses 25mm Gatorskins so I could
test this...

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Nice build Devon, good to see another one with Campag. You're right - photos just don't do the burnt orange finish justice (mine is here.)

Regarding the tyre clearance I've just fitted 27mm Vittoria Open Pavé CGs to mine without difficulty. Clearance is adequate, if not plentiful.


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Ooft! That thing looks incredible. Need to get a Kinesis post for mine, and the all-black chainrings are a massive improvement.

Is that a kinesis seat collar? Mine came with an unbranded traditional (clumpy) style one that didn't fit.

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Thanks; yes it's a specific Aithein clamp available here. A bit expensive but light and a nice finishing touch.


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