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So this build will have... more of that.
The stock seatpost clamp was a surprise:
Even lighter than a MCFK Sub5 clamp:
If I had to be critical, here is the seat tube, with what looks like some splatter from the painting process. Might be able to take this out, not sure.
The top part of the downtube (and top tube) has a bit of 'character' which looks like the carbon layup inconsistencies. I'm fine with it if AX is.
Sadly, the 350mm seatpost I ordered came up 5mm too short so the build will likely drag on for a few weeks.
I thought about going with Record (since it's produced in Italy, still, I think), but for the moment, I have SRAM derailleurs hanging around...
It was a good excuse "destroy" a brand new Red derailleur:
Figured I'd make it waaay lighter with this here Fibre-Lyte rear plate! Well, maybe not, since the stock plate is plenty light, but maybe it'll be fun?:
Perhaps I had too much fun with it:
With Extralite jockey wheels, XX-Light black hex limit screws and b-adjuster:
Also picked up a Edge 500 (lighter vs the Edge 1000) but the blue version with white underbelly is the cheapest for some reason. The Red/Black version has a red underbelly. So...
Plastidip the white bottom:
Tested the buttons and the black Plastidip isn't coming off anytime soon:
Just remember to plug your barometer holes with tape and/or toothpicks.
About as far as I got today.
To be continued.
Congrats and can't wait to see what becomes of your build.
As for the carbon finish, I'm likely to put more damage to the finish after riding a favorite rock garden (that strangely no one is challenging on Strava). The camera makes out the 'character' marks slightly more than in person. I actually didn't notice it until working with the frame after a few hours. The paint marks (which is what I think they are) are a bit more highlighted in person compared to the photos. I'm checking with AX to see if the downtube marks could be structural, but until then, the build continues.
New (longer) seatpost and handlebar en route.
I'm a big fan of the MCFK saddle so I figured I would stick with that. When I ordered my saddle in 2011, there were no options. Just one saddle, take it or leave it. Over the years, MCFK has offered more options with widths of 125, 130, 135mm, 3K and UD carbon, and now you can even get a leather cover version.
I measured my old saddles and they were both 127.5mm wide. I ordered the 130mm since it seems to be in the middle (average) and the UD weave because I never liked the look of a 3k saddle much and felt it would go with the Vial Evo scheme.
The new saddle arrived and it's gorgeous. I tossed it on the scale and it's not 66 grams, but 81.
15 grams is not a big deal, and I expected the UD carbon to be heavier, but when I press on the saddle with my thumbs, it's clear that the 66 gram version is much more forgiving, and that's what really makes me wonder. Underneath the saddle you will also notice another small change, the weight limit of older saddles was 90kg, the newer saddles are 100kg.
At this point I'm apprehensive. I've loved riding with the MCFK saddle(s) for over 3 years, and I never even notice it, which is why I selected it again. But maybe it's different now, maybe it's fine, or maybe the new (100kg) 3K versions are still as supple as the 90kg versions of old.
You'll also notice a flatter nose on the new saddle, and a more rounded back. The old versions had a bit of a "meeting point" at the back. Not sure if any of this, or the 2.5mm width difference would be noticeable.
All difficult to gauge. What I really want to do is mount it and try it out, but then I'm sure I wouldn't be able to return it... hmmm...
Or maybe I'll use it as wall art. It's that pretty.
For the most part, the saddle is close in comfort to the previous one. My only complaint has to do with the size, the narrower width fit me better whereas part of my leg will hit the wider part of the saddle now. I had to fine tune my position as that was causing a bump.
Long story short, if I replace my saddle, it will be with the 125mm version.
I still have 2 of the original versions. One with perhaps 20,000km, the other which looks near new (based on the stickers). 3k is a fine choice I suppose. That UD is an attractive temptress.
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