I'm building this bike specifically for altathlons, which are long bike/run/mountain-climbing solo speed attempts and setting records in altitude, distance, and elevation gain or loss. If you're curious, here's a video of altathlon training: http://www.donbowie.com/new-video-my-idea-of-a-hard-training-day/
The purpose of the build is for aero on the long hauls (no drafting is allowed) and light weight for the long climbs- plus a little comfort for distance (often +120 miles). Feel free to chime in with comments or suggestions- always looking for more performance and reasonable weight reduction. (hopefully constructive)
Here's my current build at 6.94kgs:
Frame: Milani N107 Carbon Ultra frame size XL
Wheels: American Classic Carbon 58 Wheels (race only)
Levers: SRAM Red
Derailleur/Shifter: SRAM Red
Bar: 3T Zefiro LTD Aero
Stem: Easton EA90
Crankset: Lightning SL x 172.5
Chainring: Praxis Clover 53/39
Chain: KMC X10SL DLC
Cassette: KCNC Ti 12-27
Brakes: KCNC C7
Pedals: Speedplay Zero Ti
Headset: Cane Creek IS
Saddle: Cobb Cycling V-Flow (I ride the rivet in aero, suggestions?)
Seat Post: Milani Aero carbon
Cages: Arundel MandibleConsiderations:
1) I think I need slightly more reach, so I'm considering swapping the 110 Easton EA90 stem for a 120 Extralite UL3 - anyone use this stem? I don't want flex during my climbs.
2) This model Milani is a bit noodly up front- in part I think due to the extreme narrow tube construction combined with a fairly tall headtube. I'm wondering if an ENVE 1.0 or 2.0 fork might tighten up the flex. This is no crit bike, and I'm not charging super-tight downhill corners (er, well sometimes) but a little less flex might be good. Perhaps I need to learn a little more about trail, too. (plus, I'm coming off a super-agile BMC Race Machine, so the difference is noticeable.)
3) Hawk Racing has some great looking hubs and their bearing story is convincing. Anyone have any thoughts or experience with Hawk Racing bottom brackets and/or hubs?
4) Vanity question: Wheel decals/logos or no?
Lastly, I'm not slamming my stem. This is an endurance bike. I like my back the way it is.
Thanks for checking out my build.