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That's a great looking bike! Somehow I missed your post here until today
Yea, riding in taipei is not exactly care free! You could head up north to yangmingshan and go down to jinshan to the ocean and back up and down, it's a nice training ride I did there many times. Traffic there is okay too, pretty quiet actually at times - not in weekends though.
I'm putting together a Velocite Geos bike, either with SRAM Red or Di2. I've got a few parts already, including TRP960s brakes, Velocite SCS saddle, Recon Ti cassette, and a few other bits and pieces. A few other weenie parts from Velocite, including their lighter TLCS31 seatpost and new lightweight clamps (Unity and Elemental, FD and seatpost clamps).
Geos will have Fulcrum Racing Zeros, which I can easily swap between the two bikes. I was actually thinking about a second hand Prince frame, but that didn't pan out as we're buying a house in Urbana-Champaign, IL.
Using Fulcrum Racing Zero 2-Way fit wheels with Michelin tubes and Schwalbe Ultremo R1 tires. Popped in a Recon Ti cassette and changed brake pads to SwissStop Yellow. Braking has noticeably improve by switching to alloy wheels and new pads. I ride a lot at night, so I need stopping power.
Added two Pro-Lite carbon bottlecages as well and a Garmin Edge 500.
Possible upgrades in the near future include changing the cabling from Jagwire to I-Links and Powercordz for smoother shifting.
Prototype Geos frame arrived today, but I haven't had time to build it up. With the Geos, I'll be trying to make a budget weenie. I haven't decided yet on the drivetrain, possibly SRAM Red, as I'll keep the Di2 for my premium bike that I'll decide upon in the next few weeks. It's between a Cyfac Absolu, RXR, and a Cento1 SL for now.
SRAM Red is pretty cheap to run and I like it. Plus, my other bike has got Red, so swapping wheels is easy.
The ride is stiff and durable. It's my first time riding a titanium frame and I'm enjoying it. Changing the wheels from carbon fiber aeros to lower-profile alloys made a world of difference. The ride isn't bone-jarring stiff, and the bike is forgiving for long rides. Even though it's titanium, the bike is pretty light. I haven't weighed her recently, but I think that with the upgrades, I'm below 7kg or close to it. I'll report when I have a weigh-in.
I'm really like the Fulcrums. I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't notice the difference between the Fulcrum Racing 0s and the 3s, so the 3s would be well suited for a general purpose training wheel. I don't run tubeless for now.
Shifting is smooth with the Recon Ti cassette. It's somewhat less smooth than with the Powerdome, but not by much.
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