After a long, frustrating and eventually fruitless courtship of a new Colnago (too much paint OCD on my part) I'm giving up for now and moving on to n+1, a custom Enigma XCR. http://www.enigmabikes.com/bike-enigma- ... steel.html
I'm not massively hung up on the ww thing but as I'm ending up with more component budget now due to lower frame cost and as the steel frame will be on the heavier side I'll play. So, most components are up for discussion and input is welcomed on weight, performance, looks, whatever. Budget will be around my initially considered parts' costs. The bike is intended for long, quick, hilly rides.
I've got the groupset and wheels coming already which I bought with the Colnago in mind. In a couple of days I have a fitting/consultation session with the Bike Whisperer (London, UK) and then on to Enigma in the afternoon to discuss the design of the frame with my numbers in hand.
XCR frame, horizontal top tube geo. Full Polished frame. Blasted logos.
DA 7900 groupset
DA 7850 C24 tubular wheelset
Edge 2.0 fork unless Mark at Enigma talks me out of it.
Everything else is to be decided but should be black or ud carbon, I'll probably want to de-logo/sticker most finishing kit etc.
My initial proposed build with crude/googled weight estimates is
XCR frame w/ headbadge 1545g
Chris King Nothreadset 98g
Edge 2.0 Fork (est, cut) 310g
Dura Ace 7900 groupset 2045g
Dura Ace C24 tubulars 1250g
Fizik Arione CX braided, black 169g
3t Dorico Ltd post 175g
3t Ergonova ltd bars 192g
3t arx team stem 125g
Dura Ace 7900 pedals 248g
Vittoria Evo SC x 2 500g
Black Fizik Microtex 63g
Lezyne Power cage x 2 118g
Total estimated 6838g
Other finishing kit I've thought about are enve/edge and deda (presa bars/black stick) but 3t seemed the best weight to £. Also I was encouraged by the apparent ease and success with which some of you have de-logoed 3t parts.
WRT forks, I'd quite like to get rid of the edge/enve logos, any ideas how easy this is? Had thoughts about replicating somehow as a shadow or ghost logo a la black on black lightweights.
Wheels, I'd like to de sticker and have a small mirrored dura ace decal made for each rim side, like the logo on the 7800 chainset for eg.
I need to speak to them about the headset but I'd quite like an integrated one for cleaner lines, is there any reason not to go down this route? I've seen xcr frames of theirs with this option.
The Bike Whisperers recommend Speedplay pedals for reasons not yet made clear to me, how are they?
How realistic is the estimated weight?
Anyway, very much looking forward to Tuesday and reading any of your thoughts and advice before I go and during the build.
As it's gallery, here's my soon to be other raw steel bike, also built by Mark @ Enigma....