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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:18 pm 

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After dealer returned my money for a faulty BMC Roadracer frame (BMC didn't want to replace it), I started looking for a replacement frame. I've always liked Specialized bikes, so this time I decided to go for the Big S. I was looking for a do-it-all racer, and the simplicity and durability of the Allez e5 Smartweld OSBB ticked all the boxes!

Frame: 56cm Allez Race E5 OSBB
Shifters: Sram Force
Rear derailleur: Sram Rival
Front derailleur: Sram Rival with Chainspotter
Crankset: Sram Red Black BB30
Brakes: Sram Apex
Chain: Sram PC-1050
Cassette: Sram PG-1070 12-27
Stem: 110 mm 3T ARX Pro (decals stripper with paint thinner)
Handlebar: Easton EA70 aero
Tape: Sram Red handlebar tape (not so great, tears easily)
Seatpost: Specialized Alloy
Saddle: Fizik Ardea VS
Pedals: Time Xpresso 2
Wheels: Edco Competition Albula Clincher (with Enve decals, still pondering if I'm going to replace them)
Tires: Continental Gatorskins 25c (winter tires)
Cables: Jagwire
Bottlecages: Specialized Zee
Misc: Garmin GSC-10 speed/cadance sensor

Weight: 7,7 kg / 17 lbs (scientifically measured with a bathroom scale)

Still quite heavy, but I'm planning on replacing the seatpost with a 3T Dorico Stealth and maybe mounting some lighter brakes. Together with lighter tires in summer/spring a total weight of around 7.4-7.5 kg shouldn't be a problem, and sub-7 kg should also be possible with a lighter cassette and a lighter saddle (though my bottom really likes this one).


PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:07 pm 
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Sensible build!
I like your ideas for improvement, that stock seatpost is monstrously heavy.
Also the brakes.

Seatpost clamp is 25g, cheap weight loss opportunity there.
I easily took 10 grams off the Rival rear der with some minor bolt tuning.
I think the stock bottle cage bolts are steel as well. Alloy will shave a few grams for almost zero money.
Cable guide bolt along the bb shell is steel as well.
I saved 6 grams by switching to a lighter dustcap on the headset.

It's surprising how similar your build is to mine!
It really is a great frame though.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:52 pm 

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Great looking bike!!

PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:58 pm 
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Sharp bike, but definitely remove the wheel decals. No point in faking the funk.

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:49 pm 

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Love the looks, how's the ride?

I think some Thompson post and stem would look pretty mean on that :twisted:

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:38 am 

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Nice looking bike man :thumbup:

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:42 am 

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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Nice bike-looks great.

Are the wheels real ENVE CF clinchers?

You can reduce the weight of the rival RD/FD with a far&near tuning kit. Anodized main pivot, Al pulleys, and replace every bolt/screw. Would look cool with a black set, or even rid if you want to start adding colour.
Yes I have these tuning kits in my store.......

If you want to save weight then clearly the seat post will get you a fair bit. Tires for summer as well. I want to get seat post clamps for the store but don't have them yet, but I do have 42 gram Ti axle QRs. How much do the edco QRs weigh?

I'd loose the SRAM cassette and chain. They don't shift as well as Shimano cassettes. Then either go a Dura Ace chain (or Yaban- guess where you can get them...)

Is there a lighter version of the saddle you are using? Frankly you are better staying with a saddle you like than risking going lighter and getting a shape that no longer suits you.

If you go red for the seat post clamp, QRs, and tuning kit, then red cables would look neat with black housings. Then also some red hoods. Not for weight weenie reasons-just because it would look cool.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:49 am 
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those bottle cages might jut be the worst looking cages have ever seen :unbelievable:

other wise i totally approve

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Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:49 am 

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