You might have come across my earlier posts on my previous Ridley Noah bike, Fixie Inc 953 frame and Scott CR1 frame. The last three I sold almost immediately after I received them, because I already had a new project in mind. The same goes for the '03 Litespeed Ghisallo frame that came in after the CR1. However, I have finally settled on the frame for my new bike: a Renovo R1
After sending a couple of e-mails back and forth with Nick Wood from Renovo Hardwood Bicycles, I decided to buy a Renovo R1 that was already halfway finished (i.e. the front triangle was already built). The frame features padauk wood in the main triangle with an accent stripe of curly maple and inner layers of birch wood in the rear stays. I hope to receive the frame somewhere in December, but here are some pictures of the frame in its current state. I hope you like it.
I had planned to built up the frame with mostly Campy Record 10-spd parts, combined with a Tiso RD, a Tiso cassette, KCNC C7 brakes and Xentis Mark 1 wheels (clear coated). However, yesterday I got a chance of a lifetime to buy a brand new Shimano Dura Ace 25th anniversary groupset
. Although it is shame to start using such a rare groupset in NOS condition, it would also be a shame to just keep it as a collectors item.
I will use as much of the groupset on my bike as I can. The headset is not going to fit, because it is 1" and threaded. The seatpost is also too small (I need a 31.6mm), but I plan to buy a shim (U.S.E.?) to make it work anyway. I am in doubt of using the pedals, because I have read several reviews on them being very hard to clip out of. Other parts (all black) will be: Deda Newton Shallow handlebars, Deda Zero stem 100 (both black), Fizik Arione CX saddle.
There are a couple of things I would like to have your advise on:
- What fork should I get? (I think a 3T Funda or Reynolds Ouzo Pro would look nice)
- What headset should I get (probably Chris King or Tune Bobo, but I am not sure of the colour(s))
- What rims should I use for the wheels? (Mavic Open Pro, Stans ZTR 340, or something higher maybe)?
- What colour cables should I go for? (I have some white Jagwire Racer cables lying around, but I doubt that those will look good)
Thanks for you looking and thanks for you comments!