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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:24 am 
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Haven't documented the bikes in a while so i thought i would post this up for reference later on.

Firstly the Helium SL. So this frame was custom finished by the previous owner in a primer/flat grey colour whilst the ridley logo was applied using 3m reflective decals. Quite a simple and understated finish and i picked it up for a bargain so no complaints there at all.

I wanted to build this bike up to be relatively sturdy without too much emphasise on weight but because the frame module is inherently so light (1100g for the frame/fork/headset) it still built up to be a 6.2kgish bike. Even with the 404's. I know that the dura-ace chainset is mismatching but i kinda dont care and i think i will move to UI2 shortly on this bike. Currently i am looking for a lighter do it all mid depth wheelset and am thinking about the Bora one 35 dark labels.

Ride wise the frame is up there with the best i have ridden. Very compliant and the geo seems to suit me a little better than the sworks. It seems the reach is a little shorter and that works for me a little better. Front end of the bike is however stiffer feeling vs the sworks but i am not sure if that is down to the frame of more so a combination of wheels/handlebars/tyres. Cornering wise it is predictable and planted and really just a good ride overall. Can't think of anything really to fault except for the fact that the cabling is a little crappy near the BB with a sharp twist. This causes havoc with mechanical grouppos and maybe especially so given i am running the Aican. Hence why i want to move to Ui2 asap.

Helium SL
Ultrastar 3
3T Team 110mm
Absolute Black Headset Cap
Thomson Race Carbon Handlebar
Lizardskin DSP 1.8mm tape
Red 22 Grouppo
Swissstop black prince pads
Dura-ace 9000 chainset with Stages
FSA K-force dark seatpost 0mm off set
Specialized Romin Pro
Speedplay with TI Axle
Aican Bungarus cabling
Arundel Mandible cages
Zipp 404 Firecrest clincher
Michellin Pro 4 25c

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Next up is my S-works Tarmac. This one i went a little more adventurous with the part spec and it is currently around the 5825g mark. Pretty happy with that figure given the frameset wasn't all that light in the first place. It runs a first gen di2 dura-ace grouppo with custom internal cabling loom/seatpost battery and other little bits and pieces. I don't think i will change anything on this bike in the near future though.

Bike rides very snappy thanks to the lightweight wheels but i feel that it is a compromise when it comes to braking as it is no where near as good as the zipp's on the Ridley. The custom DI2 loom/battery also doesn't hold the same charge as a standard di2 battery and when it dies, it dies completely without any warning unlike the standard Di2. So i have to keep vigilante in keeping it charged all the time.

Sworks Tarmac
Extralite stem 110mm
Absolute Black headset cap
Enve Compact 400mm handlebar
Lightweight tape
Di2 Grouppo
MCFK seatpost 350mm 0mm offset
Tune Kor Vomm saddle
SiSl2 chainset 165mm 50/34 with SiSl Stages
Speedplay pedal with TI Axle
Recon Alu cassette 11-25
Eecycleworks brakeset
Aican Bungarus cables
Custom internal loom/batt
Arundel Mandible cages
Lightweight Milenstein Clincher
Sworks Cotton

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:21 am 
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Wow nice rides, guess your like your grey ;-). Thanks for the ride report as well. I have an Excalibur that I got cheap and use as training and bad weather bike and have to say that the geometry on the Ridley is my favourite I've ever ridden (other bikes SS Evo Nano and AR1). I've tried to sus what exactly it is from the numbers but the Ridley just has this kind of 'steerable from your bum' feeling that means the bike just responds so nicely to bit of weighting etc. I'm really tempted to get a Helium SL in place of the Cannondale which is a fantastic bike in terms of lightness and ride quality but I do miss that Ridley handling.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:53 am 
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Love both those paint jobs. Was the helium originally from Sydney by any chance? Looks familiar.


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Love the colors! :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:15 pm 
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Sweet rides! I'm sure I recognise that frame from Bicycle Market? Also love that Tarmac, I think I've seen it around on Instagram and the colour way is simply bliss and very unique.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:45 pm 
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I think I recognize the frame from @guidowongolini's instagram. LOL. Definitely a Sydney bike.

The paint on that tarmac is gorgeous.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:42 pm 
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Very, very nice.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:50 am 
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Hey ultyguy definitely agree. I have ridden the SSix evo a few times and had a Caad10 which has the same geo and the defining difference for the Cannondale is that the handling is slightly twitchier. Slightly faster. Still damn good but slightly quicker.

Where as the Sworks/Ridley and my previous SLR01 all have a slightly calmer handling.

Thanks for the comments guys, i am indeed based in Sydney and the Ridley is Guido's old frame.

I am currently in the last phases of deciding on wheelsets and have short listed

Bora-One
Kysrium SLR WTS
Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite
Dura-ace 9000 C24

I am a little undecided atm. Leaning towards the Bora's but are the most expensive option out of that line up. The Wider rim appeals to me as i am going to use 25c tyres and the mid depth is definitely going to be a do it all setup.

I have ridden on the C24's previously and my memory of them are that they were some of the comfiest wheels i have ever ridden. Spins up nicely too with rim weight of around 380g? By far the cheapest option. The Mavic and Fulrcum i am impartial to but kinda feel the pricing of them is almost approaching bora one level. I might as well make that final stretch and get the Bora's?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:44 am 
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Both awesome bikes. I especially like the SWorks, and the Cannondale cranks somehow work really well together....and what a cool paintjob

The Boras would be my choice with Campa but with DA I would go for the Fulcrums or the C24s. More pics would be nice!


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I too really like the grey frameset. Have you had any problems with the seatpost slipping? Thanks


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Bikes are great the kitchen is better tho :-)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:59 am 
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No slippage on the seatpost. Nor saddle on the seatpost.

Still can not decide between C24 or Bora's. Would be pretty funny with Bora's though as it would be a sram red drivetrain bike with a dura crankset with a Campy wheelset. Kinda funny.

Here are some more pics taken on the iphone :)

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 9:43 pm 
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How is that Absolute Black stem cap working for you? I love the look of it and the simplicity of the design. Just haven't brought myself to click on "purchase" just yet.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:05 pm 
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Works just fine. Gives a very clean appearance as well.

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