Roberts Audax Special Rebuild

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  • So I bought this off ebay for £900. It's been hardly used, frame has two or three tiny scratches. It's going to be my winter road / audax machine. It's almost too nice for winter duties but it takes full mudguards and a rack, and is extremely comfortable, so perfect really.

    It was owned by a lovely guy called Lewis Cooper, who's name is on the top tube. He had it built for himself as a retirement present in 2002. I think he was on a budget as some of the parts are very cheap and heavy and don't do the frame justice. Seatpost for example is a 25.0 unbranded thing with a massive shim. However even built like this, on my short test ride it felt amazing. I think the chainstays are columbus MAX, the rest a mix of other Nivacrom tubing. Incredibly smooth and responsive.

  • Obvious first things to go are stem, saddle and stronglight square taper triple crankset. I'm on a budget, and have found these bargains:

    DA7950 crankset hardly used £100
    The guy had stripped the thread on the non drive side and just bought a whole new one!
    Bought a non drive side DA9000 crank for £40.

    3ttt modus stem £26

    Fizik Antares £17.50

    Zipp course seatpost £45

  • Also on the way: Conti GT5000 28mm tyres, Ultegra BB cups, probably shimano XTR SPDs, Possibly DA 7800 shifters if I have any money left, might just fit some Ultegra 6600s I have knocking about

  • Long term, I might get some wheels built for it. Current Ultegra hubs on Mavic CXP33 rims are very nice though.

  • Subbed! Looks ace. If you sell the original stem please LMK :)

  • Yes the stem will be available by the end of the week. Where are you based?

  • @William. just got your message cheers

  • Stripped the unwanted parts off. Very keen on the colour and the steel headbadge.


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  • It is GAPPY without its mudguards. I'm going to run it light over the summer though and enjoy it.

    I don't like these bars, but I had to stop spending money and they were lying around. Will upgrade to Deda RHM in due course.


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  • I have some Deda RHM you can have for free. A bike shop build upgrade "mistake". Think they are 44cm edge to edge.

  • Amazing! where are you based? Happy to pick up London area

  • Great looking frame. These bars are meant to be rotated down, with the finishing straight bit parallel to the ground. A bit like classic bars, but wonky.

  • These bars are meant to be rotated down

    They are not the right bars for the position I want, but I don't want to spend any more money. Sadly the offer of free bars were the wrong size.

  • Anyone know what bars are a similar shape to deda RHM, so I can widen my search for a budget option?

  • FSA Compact bars are not too dissimilar, better if anything, and can (could?) be found cheap.

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Roberts Audax Special Rebuild

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