Ok so after what was a calamitous event event which ended up in my BH dying
I've now gone and replaced it with a frame that should be able to withstand events such that would (and did) kill a carbon fiber frame.
Here it is, my new steel Baum Ristretto. Tubing is primarily Dedacacci. All the other parts (aside from the saddle) are from the BH. Ideally I would be running a Powertap wheelset that I recently acquired, however am missing one tiny but vital part so not able to run them
Weight was just a shade under 8.1kg, which given the spec's of the bike I am REALLY happy with. The geo's are pretty much spot on how I have the 595 set up, but for the sake of getting used to a new bike there are 10mm more spacers in than will likely be the case come a months time.
Top tube is actually 10mm shorter than the 595, however stem is 10mm longer as Darren feels this adds to the stability of the bike. So really looking forward to seeing the difference in handling from that aspect. Also should provide a nice little hit out between carbon fiber and steel - given the almost exact fits of the two bikes.
Was hoping to race this in this weekends Melbourne to Warrnambool, however only have a limited amount of rides left to get comfortable on it so may end up that the 595 gets rolled out on Saturday.
Whatever the case, I know it'll be getting a LOT of time over the coming months
(apologies for the pic quality, light not the best inside)
The cable stops are fantastic!
no kidding, oddly one of my favourite parts of the bike
And the welded on chain protector too
another excellent little touch. There are so many of these, I'm sure I'll continue to come across them as I get more and more familiar with the bike.
More pic's in herehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/41704477@N ... 023118991/
and once the weather clears I'll get some better ones!