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TuscanySwe
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by TuscanySwe

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"
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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.
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I agree and heres a photo for comparison purpose. I sanded the easton logos away and just added some clearcoat myself. Looked pretty good and still does 2 years down the line. No logo fork make the bike look less busy imo.

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TuscanySwe
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by TuscanySwe

Id also ad that i think the new standard of 11/8 to 1.5 headtube kinda ruin the look abit imo. Id go with a regular 11/8 headtube and fork but thats me.

Will be an awesome bike either way!

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by reggiebaseball

TuscanySwe wrote:Id also ad that i think the new standard of 11/8 to 1.5 headtube kinda ruin the look abit imo. Id go with a regular 11/8 headtube and fork but thats me.

Will be an awesome bike either way!


FWIW I agree 100% with this.
Titanium does not require a 44mm headtube or a BB30 to be stiff, and these IMO are style cues taken from carbon bikes that are completely silly in Ti.
No tapered fork either, trust me no one is that much of a beast on their road bike.

Steno
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by Steno

So it is starting to take shape after a long wait...
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Steno
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by Steno

So took me a little time to come back to this thread. I picked up the bike in early July...

Frame: Firefly blasted Ti
Fore: Enve 2.0
Headset: Chris King Black Sotto Voce
Handlebar: 3T Ergonova Stealth
Tape: Arundel Geeko Black
Stem: Enve
Seatpost offset: Firefly Custom
Saddle: Fi'zi:k Arione CX w/ Braided Composite Rails in Black
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 7900
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
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
Crankset: SRAM Quarq 34/50
Bottom Bracket: Chris King
Wheels : h plus son TB14 rims, with DT Swiss Competition spokes and Chris King r45 hubs
Skewers: Dura-Ace 9000
Cage: King Ti

The whole experience in putting together FF218 was great. From sourcing the parts, designing and sizing the frame to getting the build done.

Introducing FF218:

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If you have the opportunity to get a bike a little different that is personal to you, do it. I have visions of giving this to my son in 20years.

(apologies for the bike not being overly clean - it is a bike to be ridden, no idea what it weighs - a fair bit)

Steno


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jmilliron
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by jmilliron

Nice!

I'm a huge fan of oversized carbon stems, have a Zipp SL145 on my bike. But, don't think the ENVE is working on your build. Too bulky compared to the TT.
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by jbaillie

Beauty.

What's the offset of the custom seatpost? I've been contemplating getting one to replace my 3T.

Steno
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by Steno

Sorry just saw the post... Is 20mm

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by fa63

I love it, well done! I think the stem looks fine on there, too.

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by CaptainP

jmilliron wrote:Nice!

I'm a huge fan of oversized carbon stems, have a Zipp SL145 on my bike. But, don't think the ENVE is working on your build. Too bulky compared to the TT.


Not a fan of the stem aswell. I think a Thomson X2 would look great.

And the seatpack.... :smartass:

mrfish
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by mrfish

Overall it's very nice.

Glad to see you went with the Thomson seat post clamp.

I don't really like the stem size either, but it could just be that the logos make it look like it's an Enve bike. A cheap alternative would be a 3T pro stem minus stripe, or you could go for a silver stem, e.g. Tune, FRM or similar, or the next step would be to paint the fork (see Corey's bike on Pez for a nice example).

boots2000
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by boots2000

Looks so good- You should do what I did. Have those crankarms refinished nude.
I had Craig Ryan do it- he does great work.

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by Krull

perfect bike-but, me too recommends a thomson x2 stem.
sorry vor mai bed englisch!

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