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After much research I have started the build for my wife. She is 5ft3in and has really improved her riding over the summer. She was looking for a new lighter bike to go alongside her heavy touring rig and I was looking for a project; hopefully this will come together for her birthday in two months time.
Stuff I have so far:
Thats 2.4kg so far but my cheap luggage scales think 2.5kg!
Wheels are going to be matt black 43mm tubulars from yinshun 1300g and should be here soon; the group set is going to be force (2107g) and will be ordered soon.
Any tips on design? I like the understated pink highlight on the saddle and am thinking I may leave out any more 'pinking' and go with white bar tape and possibly pink speedplays (170g), I am also toying with pink Planet x brakes.
Advice also appreciated on some good value tubs, not the mega expensive kind and how to measure and buy ti bolts for the stem, bottle cages and topcap.
Goal is to be under UCI weight.
welkman wrote:Yep chainreactions Any pics of your build?
Here you go, nothing fancy just thrown together for commuting and winter training with mk2 crud raceguards. But I do look forward to getting on it! I would have preferred the black and white like yours but just bought the cheapest one in my size. £149 is a bargain!
Now do I go old school amber sidewalls or black? Can anyone recommend a good everyday tub that is not going to cost the earth?
Should have this completed in two or three weeks and am still thinking white tape, sram force, planet x brakes in black or gunmetal and pink pads/speedplays. Design tips appreciated
As for everyday tub - I can highly recommend Continental Sprinters. I've never managed to puncture one and I've ridden thousands of miles on mine. Obviously they're not in the same league as the Veloflex tubs I use on my race wheels but I find them to ride really very well. They're cheap and they also have a butyl tube so you don't have to pump them up before you go out on every ride - ideal for an every day tubular.
welkman wrote:Now do I go old school amber sidewalls or black?
Black. Dirty orange or tan will look horrible IMHO.
Super bike, on another note, and great weight/$$$ !!! I wish they made an XXS, I'd buy two for my twin daughters.
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