It's been a while...nearly two years ago I posted Evolution of The Dream
with great enthusiasm.
The Lightweight Clinchers are gone, but I still train on that beauty weekly. Couldn't have imagined a more perfect machine...until...I found AMORE.
There is just no sane way to reason owning two Italian masterpieces. Then again, I'm not sure there is much "sane" about cyclists. We are a rare breed indeed. My "normal" friends listen to colorful tales of climbing dizzying passes and seeking out unexplored roads...all they hear is pain, suffering and insanity. And perhaps they're right. No matter...AMORE struck me as a vision of beauty and potential. I decided that instead of buying a sensible trainer, I'd just ride the Cristallo weekly and equip AMORE with mountain-crushing gear. Took about 6 months to get this one built, then took her (and the girlfriend) over to Italy for a spin.
Managed to summit Cima Fausto Coppi, Passo Sella, Gardena, Campolongo, Pordoi among others in the Alps...did a few rides through the Sibilini mountains as well including Sassotetto. Spent more time on 10% plus grades than I did sleeping...awesome trip. Here is the machine that got me there--beat her down pretty good, especially on the descents (Flanders has nothing on the ice-cracked, desolate Sibilini dirt-rock backcountry!), but that's why we build'em right? This bike was created specifically to conquer the Dolomites and she was an absolute dream to ride...I felt like Chris Horner climbing with perma-grin.
The vision was to build a machine that perfectly balanced beauty, weight, strength, performance and reliability. Here's how she specs out:
Frame Set: Colnago EPS AMOR (54cm Standard)
Wheels: Campagnolo Bora Ultra Two Gold
Tires: Continental Sprinter Gatorskin Tubulars
Pedals: Look Keo Blade 12nm
Handlebars and Stem: FSA Plasma Full Carbon (Custom Painted)
Headset and Spacers: Colnago EPS
Brake/Shift Lever Set: Campagnolo Super Record 11
Brake Calipers: Ciamillo Zero Gravity Olympic Edition (SwissStop Yellow King Pads)
Crank Set: Campagnolo Super Record 11 (50/34, 172.5)
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 11
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 11
Sprocket Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11 (12-27)
Chain: Campagnolo R-11
Brake/Shift Cable Set: Campagnolo Super Record 11 and Alligator iLink
Seat: Selle Italia SLR Flow Carbon
Seat Post: Token MonoQ Carbon (Custom Painted)
Water Bottle Holders: Campagnolo Record Carbon
Weighs in at 6780 grams or 14.95 pounds.
Training Days: Colnago Cristallo
Mountain Days: Colnago AMOREps
Off Days: Ducati 600SS and Bimota DB1
Track Days: Honda CBR1000RR
Yesterday: Colnago Regal