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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:18 am 
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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.


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File comment: Just arrived at our home in Le Marche--along the Sibilini range. Could not believe the bike made it in one piece...largely thanks to the Sci-Con hard case I suppose. The wine is ready to go in the background!
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File comment: Custom-painted FSA bars and seatpost. Sly did a great job matching the flawless factory scheme.
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File comment: Handlebars were nicely detailed with factory-spec logos and kept the EPS butterfly lines moving from front to back.
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File comment: Was tough to come up with the right tape--decide to double-wrap cork and foil and capped with 5 gram carbon ends...worked out well.
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File comment: Shots with Shamal Ultra spare hoops in front of our accomodations...note the pasta sauce cooking in the background!
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File comment: View of the land...can you tell what kind of tree that is in the upper-left? I'll give you a hint...it's non-native:)
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File comment: New girl with her older sister...
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File comment: Here's a shot of the ol'girl, for you enthusiasts. She's pristine and we still ride her (albeit with new pedals, saddle and tires!)
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File comment: At the summit of Passo Pordoi--(at the Giro D'Italia monument) came down off this descent with a group of German motorcyclists--caught their lines, and next thing I knew we were passing buses at 90kph...AWESOME!!!
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Training Days: Colnago Cristallo
Mountain Days: Colnago AMOREps
Off Days: Ducati 600SS and Bimota DB1
Track Days: Honda CBR1000RR
Yesterday: Colnago Regal


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:23 am 
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Two more shots...


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File comment: At the summit of Passo Gardena with my girl. She kicked some serious arse. Had never climbed like this and managed to summit the Quattro Passi...nice.
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File comment: Needed a little religion after all the riding we put in...
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:welcome: back!

:thumbup: What else to say about the bikes and the trip?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:04 am 
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Great thread and story. How did you find the Boras on those crazy descents?

And more details about your time there please... If you feel like it of course.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:57 am 
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feels like you're riding in heaven with those gold things..


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I love that custom paint job on the seatpost and Plasma!! (I hate the computer mount though)

Yes, please tell us more about the actual holiday and the riding, it sounds amazing! How long are some of those climbs? What was the longest day?

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:06 am 
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Sella Ronda Bike Day

The event closes the Quattro Passi to all motorized traffic, for the exclusive use of cyclists. AWESOME!


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File comment: Coming back down to the house from Gamsblut Hutte. About 1.5 hours each way in snowshoes.
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File comment: Map of the Sella Ronda Bike Day around the Quattro Passi.
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Training Days: Colnago Cristallo
Mountain Days: Colnago AMOREps
Off Days: Ducati 600SS and Bimota DB1
Track Days: Honda CBR1000RR
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