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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:30 pm 
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Bit of a crazy/cool/weird combo...
Aero + Road + Disc + Carbon = whoa

Built this one for my neighbor, an architect, who wanted carbon, disc, and electric, so this worked well.

I took her for a couple rides and can say enough to draw a few conclusions:
http://blacksmithcycle.com/shop/olympia-leader-disc-in-focus/

Overall ride quality is on the solid side, not too far off a Ritte Vlaanderren, for example.
Handling is not quite race, not quite endurance...I'd call it relaxed road geometry.
Gotta say that I did LOVE the feeling of disc brakes on a race bike...just cool.
Great bike for a non-racer who wants something aero but with a focus on comfort and versatility.

Weight was a bit on the heavy side, so I am looking forward to trying out the Boost disc next.
Complete build was around 17 lbs as pictured, lighter with Xentis wheels.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:40 pm 
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Amazing build. I've been willing someone on the forum to build one up since I spotted it in an article.
Personally I don't think the weight is all that heavy for a not totally over the top build. For a disc bike with a 2nd tier electronic groupset 7.7kg is pretty good.

Congrats :)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:57 pm 
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17lbs (7.7kg ) : Ultegra Di2, these wheels, saddle, hydraulics, in this size ? R U sure ? On aero frame ( not light from definition) ?

I'll bet 20lbs…

Very interesting concept BTW , aero + disc brakes. I like contradictions :)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:11 am 
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stormur wrote:
17lbs (7.7kg ) : Ultegra Di2, these wheels, saddle, hydraulics, in this size ? R U sure ? On aero frame ( not light from definition) ?

I'll bet 20lbs…

Very interesting concept BTW , aero + disc brakes. I like contradictions :)


Agreed, can't believe that is 17lbs as pictured. Also, sorry, but I don't get this clash of bike styles. Maybe I'm just getting old...

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 2:06 am 
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That does seem a tad optimistic on the weight. My Force + TRP Spyre with 1600g carbon wheelset came in a bit over 17lbs. Of course without seeing the full parts manifest, it is hard to say.

Nice build, though; di2+hydro is what i would have done if I weren't trying to keep budget under $2700. I love the disc brakes on the road race bike. (And in the USA you can race as an amateur with disc brakes; I do.)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:59 am 
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Did you weight the frame and/or fork? I know it's an XL, but am curious where a medium would come in. Personally I like the mix of aero + disc - if you're going to pay an aero penalty for the benefits discs give you, why not try to make as much back elsewhere as you can?

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looks cool!

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