For anyone who's interested...Update:
(w/pedals of course)
Wow. I made it. I'm done. For now. For a while. But, I made it.
I was blindly right to believe that the saddle would tie the bike together.
Like I said before, once I did one thing to this bike, something else would
jump out at me. It became a never-ending cycle (no pun intended).
Maybe that's why The Riddler's Question Mark kept calling out to me as a theme.
I didn't know why I couldn't be happy with the bike, why I had to keep doing
something to it or why I felt it needed more. Now that I see it in person as
I'd see it in my head, I understand. I didn't know what exactly it was that I
was looking for or trying to achieve with this build. It was literally an Enigma.
Today, I figured it out. Balance. That is what I was after. Not murdered-out after all. But, balanced.
For the first time ever I'm looking at it and don't see where I can improve it.
I mean really, I'm content. The only thing that'll take it to the next level would be a
set of 58mm carbon clinchers for effect, but right now, the Ksyriums are looking so hot.
Next, a nice ride to dial it in here and there, a nice detailing session and pictures.
This ain't no "too pretty to ride" bike, but it's a real world, pound the pavement rig.
Damn I have a smile on my face right now.
Pictures coming tomorrow. Current Build Sheet: Group:
-KMC X10SL DLC Black Chain
-Praxis Clover 53/39 Chainrings
-Far & Near Chainring Bolts
-Ultegra SL Crank
-Dura-Ace 7800 Bottom Bracket
-Dura-Ace 7800 12-23 Cassette
-Dura-Ace 7800 Front Derailleur
-Dura-Ace 7800 Rear Derailleur
-Dura-Ace 7800 Shifters
-Dura-Ace 7900 Pedals
-Ultralight CNC Brakes
-SwissStop GHP2 (Green) Brake PadsCockpit:
-Edge 120mm Stem
-FSA K-Wing Compact 44cm
-Carbon Bar Plugs
-Fizik MicroTex Tape & Gel
-Fizik Antares 00 Saddle
-Woodman Deathgrip SL Ti Seat Post Clamp
-Fizik Cyrano Seatpost (Carbon) [cut 27.2/170mm]
-Edge Composites 1.0 Fork
-Carbon Top Cap
-Cane Creek IS41 9.5mm Headset Upper Assembly
-Carbon Chainstay ProtectorWheels:
-Continental Grand Prix 4000s 23c Tires
-Continental Race 28 Supersonic Tubes
-2011 Mavic Ksyrium Elite
-KCNC Ti SkewersNotable touches:
-Custom matched fork graphics to match frame outline
-All-Carbon contact points (pedals, bar, stem, steerer, seat post)
-Custom sticker to cover warning label on seat tube
-Carbon tape wrapped shifter levers & plates
-The only OEM part on this bike is literally the frame
-Madonna Di Ghissallo Head Tube Medallian
(Patron Saint of Cyclists)Budget:
I paid $815. for the 2009 Cannondale CAAD9-7 and got $215. for the OEM parts I sold off
(still have OEM fork/wheelset/tires/fr der/seat post/brakeset) which brings my original price
down to $600. [easily far less than just buying the frameset alone as I had once considered].
I put about $3,400. of upgrades into it bringing my total to $4,000.
(If I sell-off my leftover OEM bits, I could bring that down to $3,600.)Some teasers shots...