A few months ago I got pretty sick of the toe overlap on my Tarmac and decided that since I'm not a pro, I'm not going to race a bike I wouldn't otherwise buy unless I get paid or get it for free. I have a hip deformity called Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI) that is compounded by a hip fracture I sustained two years ago while riding that necessitates a somewhat unorthodox postion: cleats slammed all the way back on S-Works shoes (with mounting holes dremeled out further) and, as a result, my saddle setback is only 10.8cm with a Specialized Power. In addition, I am pretty tall with extremely long arms and run around 14-15cm of drop to the hoods. With a 56 Tarmac and 591 front center the bike rides OK, but definitely not as ideal as my 58 Felt F FRD which it replaced.
I contacted a few builders with a vague paint idea, geo concerns, and loosely what I wanted out of the bike: disc, road geo, fit as big of tires as possible. I've ridden on and raced on lots of gravel and feel that the requirements of a gravel-capable bike are so overblown that I didn't want the slow and boring handling of a true "gravel bike", but do appreciate being able to use bigger tires so it had to clear 28s. I was indifferent to material, but it had to ride like a race bike because carving turns is super fun. The geo is essentially a 58 in reach and a 56 in stack, with a bit less aggro of a front end compared to my Felt:
To my surprise many of the builders were fairly unfriendly, unwilling to accept input, and really offputting. Stinner was so enthusiastic that they hit me back with a few surprises: they wanted to use the bike for their NAHBS show bike in collaboration with Enve/Mavic for their new Speed Release fork, they were more than excited to do my proposed paint scheme for no extra charge, and their stock geo could be made custom for me by simply using the headtube size of the next smallest model. I can say that after 150 emails and multiple phone calls on everything from the bottom bracket to the offset of the seatpost they have been extremely tolerant of and responsive to my analytic neurosis.
I'm pretty into Star Wars and chameleon paint so my idea was to make the bike look as if it were making the jump to hyperspace. This mock-up is very vague since it would take a lot longer to adjust the stripes and time is of the essence, but they will start ultra concentrated at the front of the bike and get smaller an more sparse at the rear. The base is a black with light silver metal flake to give it a space background and silver logos.
With the show fast approaching, this has been my only preview. Right now this is the only set of Speed Release rear dropouts in the world:
The build at NAHBS will not be what I ride. Nothing against Enve or Mavic, but every single bike these days just has Enve stuff slapped on, sometimes paint matched, and I wanted to build up something different. Plus this is WW and Enve shit ain't light!
Di2 hydro disc will never be full WW, but with some careful selections I can shave close to 2lbs off of a generic build. That's a significant portion of the bike's weight.
-DA 9170 Derailleurs and junction box. Shimano did not have the new shifters and brakes in time for the show. All bikes shown with them will have mock-ups or direct protos from Shimano. I will get these components when they ship this summer.
-DA 9100 pedals, +4mm spindle.
-Likely a King headset unless the builder can get me one of the new White Industries purple headsets.
-Tune seatpost clamp.
-Parlee carbon FD hanger.
-Arundel Dave-O cages, UD gloss to match the weave of the cockpit and rims.
-MCFK UD 27.2x300mm seatpost
-MCFK UD 120mm -6 stem
-3T Rotundo LTD bars. Once I know the length of my stem I might have it integrated and the bars modded so all wires and lines are run internally.
-Custom Berk Lupina Padded made 2cm shorter nose.
-SISL2 Hollowgram cranks, Stages to be added most likely.
-The new Enve 3.4s laced to Carbon-Ti hubs with Cx-Rays. Big ups to my man Ergott for sorting through dozens of emails about this wheel build.
-Either Schwalbe One Pro or S-Works Turbos, 25/26mm respectively.
-For daily use I will probably use Carbon-Ti thru axles actually.
-Will try Ashima Ai2 rotors.
-Silca frame pump. Because I'm an old Fred.
I will add pictures and update this as the build evolves. The bike will debut at NAHBS and then make it's way to me once the cranks, wheels, and cockpit arrive. My plan is to fly to the builder and ride the bike part way home!
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