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The budget is still very low, so the whole point of this bike is to maximize the bike for as little money as possible. Ideally, I will be building a bike that is as functional as it is light. I won't be cutting too many corners for weight, and I do not intend on bringing a dremel to my parts. To make this happen, I have decided to sell my beloved Cannondale SystemSix and will be scouring the web for good deals and used parts.
So far, I have decided an open mould frame as my starting point, and I chose the Miracle MC066 (FM066 from other vendors). Claimed weight for the frame is 830 +-25 for a 54 cm, fork 370 uncut.
Here is the proposed build sheet. Items marked yellow means I have paid for the items and are waiting for them to come in. Green indicates things I already have. Orange indicates things I have yet to purchase or decide on, prices are estimated based on my budget limitations.
At this point, the weight is entirely speculation. All the weights except for my pedals and carbon top cap expander are estimated based off of claimed weights. I tried overestimating the weights on some parts, but in all likelihood, parts will come in overweight, grease, etc. For now, however, I am content knowing that the estimated weight of my bike is 6046 grams, or 13.33 lbs while only missing a saddle and cables and housing!
I'm undecided on buying a Arione CX Kium that I know for sure will be comfortable, or a carbon saddle that weighs half the arione. I also don't know what cables I plan on using. Nokons, Alligator iLinks, powercordz are all out of my budget. I may just try to nab a set Jagwire Racers since they work fairly well and are inexpensive. I'm open to suggestions on these.
There is definitely room for improvement, and I'm open to suggestions. In the near future, I plan on swapping the chromoly spindles of my speedplays and swap them with Ti spindles, as well as Ti and alloy bolts all around my bike for some cheap weight savings.
I'll be updating this thread with pictures and actual weights as the stuff comes in. Stay tuned.
If you're looking for housing, you should check out Yokozuna Reaction cables. They are about $50 a set, but are by far the best I've personally used.
system787 wrote:I picked up this FD from theproscloset and the description says the cage is Ti. However, the cage doesn't look like the Ti versions. Did I manage to nab a steel Red FD?
I think you have baught the "pro" version of the FD, schould be similar to the Force FD and working better than the normal 2011 Red FD...
Thanks philipBer, I feel like I lucked out with the FD, as it was too good of a price to pass up!
http://www.velobuild.com/6-build-photos ... u-fm066-sl
http://www.velobuild.com/6-build-photos ... 066sl-bb30
And a short review:
http://www.velobuild.com/6-build-photos ... ide-review
Fairly big change in build selection. I ponied up a little more for the wheels because I managed to find a fantastic deal on 2010 Reynolds Assaults. The price I paid includes 3 Continental Sprinters, two pre-glued (I may reglue them myself for peace of mind), skewers, brake pads, and a spoke wrench, so the price increase over a set of BHS wheels is warranted. Also, managed to nab a Red 11-26 cassette for a pretty good price.
I've weighed everything that I currently have and updated the original post, and here's a teaser pic for you guys.
Season, my contact from Miraclebikes, has stopped responding to me after giving me a tracking number that does not work. I phoned Miracle and got another contact to try to find out about my order, but stopped responding. It's a big mystery.
I've read reports from other Miraclebikes orders that the frames are shipped and make it to the buyer in about a week, and supposedly my frame was shipped last Monday. At this point, I have no idea whether or not my frame was actually shipped, or if I am ever going to receive the frame. We'll see where this takes me, but for now I'm sitting on a box of parts minus frameset, handlebars, seatpost, bottle cages.
Edit: just got an email. Apparently my frame was stuck in customs, and it should be resolved by tomorrow. Which means my build will be delayed for about another week. As long as my frame comes in good shape, I'm fine with that
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