The bike is done. Pics first then ride report later.
Weight? 7.11Kg! WTF? I added all my parts up over and over and couldn't figure it out.
Then I realized I forgot to add tyres and tubes -
I decided to buy a set of Tubeless rims instead of using the Racing 1's.
I have ordered a Zipp SL Speed seatpost - that shave off another 70g and a new set of bars......
Yes already! They look fantastic and are easily the best shaped flat top bar I have ever used. I just want to know why there isn't a standard way to measure bar width? 42 should be 42 right?
Zipp measures their bars outside to outside 3T measure center to center. While the bars actually feel really nice on the flat it seems I have lost all my leverage on the steep stuff and when out of the saddle sprinting so they have to go. If I was 10cm shorter this might not be such an issue. So anyone want to buy a set of 42cm (40cm for most other bar companies) Zipp SL Contour bars? PM me.
Setup has been an interesting thing too. I asked the mechanic to set it up exactly the same as the CAAD9. So you'd think centre crank to top of saddle, axle to top of steerer and tip of saddle to center bar would be pretty close right? It's not even close. Stack height is still too big. Based on the measurements I took from the CAAD9 the original stack was without the spacer on top of the steerer. But as I discovered the BB is so low in comparison that the saddle to bar drop difference is close to 30mm between the 2 bikes. This also means that the stem feels too short. So I'll be fiddling around with this for a while yet before it's finally right. I guess there's at least a few grams in stem and spacer removal. This thing might get under the 7kg mark without too much work but getting it under 6.8 without wheels is going to take some real effort. That said, it was never meant to be a featherweight, so whilst it will be nice to get it down there I'm not overly worried at this point. With only one ride I am already more than happy with where it's at as a package now and know it will be even better with the setup tweaks.
Here are some quick snaps. Enjoy
I can not get over how big the bottom bracket is on this bike. It's gobsmacking and it just simply dwarfs anything I have ever owned or ridden in terms of physical proportions and stiffness.
I had a sh!t of a time trying to mount my Garmin on that stem. At the moment I have to run my 500 because the 800 just won't fit.
Yes I took the valve caps off
Ride review to follow.
Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story......ArgonCAAD9 6.78KgSupersix 6.78Kg