Beautiful bike and congrats on scoring a rare frame
Ride it in good health!
Correct me if I'm wrong but is that a mechanical group ready frame? I think I can see cable stops on the down tube. How did you run the Di2 cabling? I think some of the weight might also be coming from the 11-32t cassette and Ultegra RD. How do you like that set up? I plan on running it on my Sram equipped SLR01 for serious climbing days. I'm sure cutting the steerer, running a smaller cassette and DuraAce RD will put you right at 6.8kg.
Thanks plpete, your bike is pretty sweet too! Yes, mine's a mechanical frame, I simply liked this B/W colour scheme, yet I really wanted Di2, so did my best to run the wires externally under the downtube as cleanly as possible, and the seattube battery was a huge plus!
You're right, the RD+cassette is weighing it down, but where I live I do a lot of hill climbs, and on my last bike I was runnint 12-30t, so naturally for this built I opted for something bigger than a 28t, but on my brief first ride, I'm thinking this bike been so efficient and light, I may be able to live with 28t, we'll see about that. The RD and 32t is playing very nicely and smoothly with the rest of the DA group, highly recommended.
Have a few ideas about losing that 120g, will update as I go.
Beautiful build! Thanks for sharing.
great looking frame!
I agree with the sentiment regarding the wide ratio cassette and it stands out visually as well... do you have a lot of climbing planned?
Thanks, and yes the cassette is a bit of a visual sacrifice to the hilly parts where I live.. the long cage RD is a bit of an eyesore too..
That is one good looking bike! Cut the tower as you mentioned.
The bike is beggin' for a white bar tape.
Thanks for the pchop! I'll be playing around with some colour combinations throughout my ownership of this bike for sure.
The cheapo bar tape is a bit of a temporary thing, since I'll be treaking things here and there and trying different fits, it'll get messed up in the process, some proper tape will come later..
Very nice. Agree with the white bartape! How tall are you?
umm.. not tall.. 157cm or 5'1?
That just looks like an excellent build. This frame looks so much better in the small sizes rather than the big. And stick with black bar tape; it is so much more functional that white as the dirt doesn't show as much.
Cheers, I did a lot of homework before embarking on it! and paying attention to alot of details..
I do like the simple and clean look of the black tape, but who knows, I may be brave someday and go all out on some white tape..