Slowly building up a new bike, which is taking a bit longer than expected due to the release of the new DI2 forcing me to have a rethink.
I would love your input or suggestions in the build that I am putting together. Essentially looking for a "clean" and "subtle" look on a frame that should do all the talking. Weight is not the main factor of consideration. I have some bits, I have some ideas for other bits and looking for your thoughts!
Frame: Firefly blasted Ti
Fore: Enve 2.0 or 1.0 ??
Headset: Chris King Black? Titanium? Silver?
Handlebar: 3T Ergonova Stealth (it is a comfort thing over the ENVE option!) - Own
Tape: Arundel Geeko Black - Own
Handlebar mounted front light: Exposure Flash??
Stem: Enve (to match forks) ??
Seatpost offset: ENVE or Firefly Custom ??
Saddle: Fi'zi:k Arione CX w/ Braided Composite Rails in Black – Own
Saddle bag: Arundel Dual – Own
Rear light: Exposure Flare??
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 - Own
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Shifters/Brake Levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 11x25, 11-Speed
Crankset: SRAM Quarq 34/50 - Own
Bottom Bracket: Chris King??
Wheels : Shimano Dura-Ace C24 - Own
Cage: King Ti - Own
For fork, have Firefly paint over the ENVE logos, they are too distracting, here is a pic of my Moots on which I think the fork is too "LOOK AT ME"
If money is an issue at all I would look for a used Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork, which I think looks better than the Enve with a subtle curve and feels better on the road (less stiff but not at all soft).
Make sure to talk to Firefly to see what axle to crown measurement they spec for your design. Reynolds Ouzo would be 372mm, while Enve forks are 267mm. If your frame is designed for 372 an d you want to use Enve fork, you need to use a Chris King 5mm baseplate, which goes under the bottom headset cup and extends the axle to crown of your fork to bring the geometry in line.
ENVE stem and seatpost have HUGE logos, people will think you are on an ENVE bike, if you want subtle how about a 3T stem (de-logo'd with acetone) or a Thomson X2 stem (pictured). There really is no reason for a carbon stem and it is a waste of money.
For seatpost, how about Fizik Cyrano carbon (pictured). It looks straight, but offers almost 25mm setback, or a Thomson Elite setback to match the Thomson stem if you go that way.
Black CK headset, sotto voce.
I think to highlight a Ti frame you should have black stem, seatpost, and fork. Some other people like Ti stem, Ti Seatpost and painted fork.
I dont care for Shimano 9000, but if you want it go ahead.