So, in July an Addict R4 frame and fork arrived at my doorstep. It is the white version of the frame. It was bought with the idea in mind of sanding it down like Coloclimber did with his Time VXR
. When it arrived I sanded the frame a bit in some spots, just to be sure that I was actually going to sand it.
The weights of the bike as it arrived:
Fork and frame:
But, first I built it with most of the parts of the old bike. Sram Force cranks, tuned force rear der, force shifters, Ceramic BB, Look KeO CF Ti pedals, 0G brakes, tuned campa Record front der, Record chain, DA cassette, New Ultimate wheels, 3T pro stem with Ti bolts, Bontrager Alloy bars, Ritchey WCS CF post, AX lightness Endurance saddle, Ritchey headset, Tune bottle cages, Ilinks, mini Ilinks and Lizzard skins bar tape.
I hope I listed it all...
Then I started riding it and fell in love with the handling, performance and comfort of the frame. The package just works. Fall has entered the northern hemisphere and time has come to start the big sanding and tuning project. The fork has already lost most of its white coat and the weight has dropped to somewhere close to 340 grams. Nothing super light.
The frame still has most of its paint, but it will start to loose it in the next couple of weeks.
Just when I was in my last weeks of commutes I changed to different pedals. The KeO's were old and the bearings of the left pedal were playing up and I got really annoyed with that. That was the moment that I bit the bullet and changed from KeO's to Speedplays. The CroMo's were bought as I wanted to upgrade them with Ward spindles
. some two weeks ago the spindles were bought and they arrived after 5! days. (excellent service by Ward.) I did order two sets of spindles and they came in at: 27.0 / 27.1 / 27.1 / 27.2
Changing the spindles was a completely different story...
Speedplay advises you to heat the torx bolt that attaches the body to the spindle to 300 deg F, or ~150 deg C for us metric guys, before you even try to get them loose. After heating one came loose with a lot of force and the second just plain stripped. It had to be drilled out. The spindles Ward made slid in easily and I ordered some Ti bolts to replace the original one. The pedals weight 160 grams atm and that is with Ti spindles, standard bodies and steel bolts.
Something I also really want to have is Alloy butterflies and Ti bolts. Torontocycles
is selling the bolts in Ti and used to have the Al butterflies, but seems to only stock Ti ones now. I would really like to have black anodized butterflies though. Does anybody know where I can get those?
'Tape was made to wrap your GF's gifts, NOT hold a freakin tire on.'