- 2019 Specialized S-works Tarmac SL6
2019 Zipp 404 Firecrest (new version which is basically G1 NSW rims + 77/177 hubs)
Zipp Skewers (not sure if they are the Ti version)
Michelin Power Tires 23c/25c
Vittoria Latex tubes
Campy SR12 Shifters
Campy SR12 RD
Campy Record 12 FD
Campy SR 11-29 cassette
Campy SR12 Chain
Campy BB30 UT BB
Campy Power2max 11spd 5-bolt
Campy Record 11 Direct Mount brakes
FSA OS-99 110mm stem
FSA K-force Compact Nano 40cm
Lizard Skins DSP 1.8mm
Selle SMP Composit Saddle, Carbon Rail
Speicalized S-works bottle cages
Wahoo Elemnt Bolt mount
Dura-ace 9100 Pedals
weight: 7.13 kg
It feels noticeably fast. It's got just the right amount of stiffness. Its responsive - you hammer, it goes. Its nice and light. It's planted and doesn’t feel skittish like a climbers bike. Handling is solid and reliable. Comfort, whilst not amazing, is quite good give the style of bike. High frequency buzz is perhaps its biggest downfall, it does an ok job of filtering out big hits. Its a riders bike. Its for people who want a no-bullshit racing bike. Its for people who want to ride and feel fast. It ain't no Oldman’s bike like that friggen C60 I just had.
Three comments on components.
First, campy SR12 is in some ways not as refined as campy SR11. Sure, rear shifting is a snappier (i.e. crisper feel at the lever, and faster shifting), but its harder work on, is noisy (though some groups are apparently not noisy which has to make one wonder what’s going on there). On the flip side it has a distinct assertive shift. I'm also annoyed that I'm forced onto an 11-tooth cog which I don’t need. This makes the entire 12 speed thing redundant. Its also heavier. So... yeah, it seems as though the same thing has happened as occurred with gen1 11spd - it was a bit off the mark. I'm sure gen 2 12speed will be better. I haven't noticed any adverse affect for using 11spd rings. Front shifting works perfectly. The noise comes from the RD.
Second, New Zipp 404's. I've summed these up on another thread. Excellent wheels. Also best in class as a race wheel.
Finally... making it lighter on a budget.
I'm thinking about getting an extralite -8 degree stem. Not sure if they're a reliable product however.
There's also those ultralight 8g German bottle cages on eBay. Those two changes would save about 75g for about $500.
I could get EE brakes... but that seems like a lot to spend for an inferior brake. There's another 170g (Trek DM brakes could be a cheaper alternative).
I could go for those Tubolito tubes, but I hear they ramp up rolling resistance.
I'm also thinking about moving to Speedplay pedals so I can get a narrower stance (atm my cleats are dialled in so my stance is as narrow as I can go, but I need to go narrower.