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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:45 pm 
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Looks like I got the XL weight in my Medium :oops:

Looks great!

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So my wheels are laced up. I contemplated for a while, after consulting with fellow wheelbuilders, to see if I needed to use nipple washers on the Alpha340's. I got mixed answers. Both positive for with and without. I decided to error on the side of caution and use them. Prior to receiving them I was under the impression they were super thin. Turns out they are a little beefier (in dimension) than I expected. As I found out during my preliminary tensioning, I think I probably should have allowed an extra mm or so in spoke length to accomodate the washer. Looks like I'm now going without them!

The wheels weighed in at approx 1306g (before tape and skewers of course).


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:35 pm 
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Sounds like a great wheel build.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:48 am 
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This weekend is the build, I should have almost everything to finish it off. Due to my living space right now, there isn't a lot of room to work on the bike so I had originally intended to have a local bike shop build this up, but that didn't really pan out as planned so I decided to do it on my own thanks to an offer from a fellow forum member, Cheers!; he was kind enough to help me build it up in his workshop. Can't wait to see it all come together!

Couple more pre-build photos as requested. As mentioned, I did end up building the wheels without nipple washers. I weighed after removing them and the wheelset came in at 1300g on the nose (before skewers and tape).

Wheels, and frame
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BB cluster
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Seat tube with Omni Racer Ti Clamp, you can also see the top of the alloy 27.2 shim (I thought it may be a nice touch to polish this as an accent)
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Asymmetric chainstays
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Headtube
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Helix stays, I am not a huge fan of the Lynskey Helix tubes on their helix bikes so I appreciated how subtle these are, its a nice aesthetic touch when subtle
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These guys are ready to be mounted up
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Aerozine Ti skewers—I thought for a while about which skewers to get. I didn't want to break the bank for skewers that were only marginally lighter. I had some KCNC skewers on my MTB, but felt that the levers were a bit short for leverage so I decided to give these a go. I was happy they came in under the claimed weight at 41g
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There is something so elegant about this stem. The logo is a bit much and usually I am picky about stuff like that but when you hold it in your hand, see how light it is and how well machined it is, you sort of forget all that—I can't wait to see how this looks on the bike.
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More to come on the weekend.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:58 am 
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Lovely photos.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:33 am 
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Nice floor! I like the frame as well :D

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:19 am 
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Somehow missed this. Fantastic build. Keep the pictures coming!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:43 am 
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When I upgrade my SLC to 31.8 from 26.0 F99 stem, I am seriously thinking about going with this stem and some Zipp Vuka Sprint bars.

I can not wait to see your build and how it is completed.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:20 pm 
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Great photos! Bike porn!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:23 pm 
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If your going for the ISP look, you might want to hit the seatpost clamp with a scotchbrite pad to take some of the sheen off. When mine came in it was much more brightly polished than either my Ti post or frame, now it's very close. Can't wait to see the complete build!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:51 pm 
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Really nice. Love the photos. Especially like that seat post shim and the closeup photo. Nice to see and appreciate these little details. I know what you're saying about the logo on the stem, but in my opinion stems without anything at all on them just look too blah to me, even on "stealth" bikes. I guess it all depends on how you pull everything together.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:16 pm 
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Ramjm_2000 wrote:
If your going for the ISP look, you might want to hit the seatpost clamp with a scotchbrite pad to take some of the sheen off. When mine came in it was much more brightly polished than either my Ti post or frame, now it's very close. Can't wait to see the complete build!


That is a good idea. In direct light it has a lot of sheen, but in other conditions it sort of blends in. You are probably right though, some "de-sheening" would look better. Do I just buy those flexible strips of scotchbrite? Do most hardware stores sell that sort of stuff?

I originally wanted the Enve post, but availability is limited right now, and also: the post is ridiculously expensive when I factor in shipping and taxes (in the neighbourhood of $400 CAD). If I had a larger budget I probably would have because I think it would look good with the fork.

I thought about ISP look for a long time, and still do. Not sure what the ideal setup will be in terms of function vs aesthetics. A few of the Ti posts I looked at weren't compatible with the 7x9 rails of the Fizik saddle (take the Eriksen for example). My other concern was a lot of the clamps looked like the type that would not offer a lot of support for the rails (minimal surface area). If the Fizik Kurve had Ti rails I would be less concerned, but since they are alloy I figured I should error on the side of caution. I also really wanted to get this bike up and running ASAP, and that meant not waiting 2-3 weeks for a post to arrive from China (where a lot of the ebay options seem to come from).

So last night I went out and bought a Fizik Cyrano Carbon. It has what looks to be a great and easily adjustable clamp design, and great finish. I knew it would work well with this saddle. The post is a bit on the porky side at 209g on my scale, but I'll take that over a creaky post, and it gets me going now. I considered other options like the Thomson Masterpiece (I love this post), but it didn't feel right for this build, and I think I am going to need a bit of setback (Thomson setback is prety ugly). I also get particular in some cases about introducing another "brand" into the mix if I don't have to. I liked the idea that the saddle matched the post since my bar and stem don't match (gasp!).

When I have a bit more disposable income down the road, I will reinvestigate the idea of going with a titanium post. The one that Firefly makes using the Enve clamp looks really nice!

Anyways—providing the fit is right, I think the Cyrano will work well with this build, it seems to be very well designed. I also liked that the 330mm length right out of the box should be just the right height to put my saddle in the right place and fill the entire length of the seat tube shim without trimming.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:18 pm 
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Calnago wrote:
Really nice. Love the photos. Especially like that seat post shim and the closeup photo. Nice to see and appreciate these little details. I know what you're saying about the logo on the stem, but in my opinion stems without anything at all on them just look too blah to me, even on "stealth" bikes. I guess it all depends on how you pull everything together.


Re: logos. I agree with that, there needs to be something :)


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:05 am 
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You should be able to find green or maroon scotchbrith at most any hardware store. Just take a small piece and rub along the curvature of the clamp (not against the grain).


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Loving the buildlist so far..
Need to see it complete !


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 2:40 am 
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Thanks to weight weenie member Cheers, the build is pretty much done! My saddle will arrive on Monday and then I can take some detailed pics. Forewarning: there will be 30mm of spacers on the build to minimize my saddle to bar drop while I dial things in. I suspect there may be some slam that stem comments! I love the look of having it much lower, but I have to figure out what works and I can't add pieces of steerer tube back on :)

I must say I that it looks really good all together, can't wait to ride it! The King 45 sounds so sweet.


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