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Fibreglass

Member since Sep 2009 • Last active Jan 2021
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    2021 is the year of the beam bike.

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    Thanks! I don't, but the Cannondale was more or less stock other than the bars having been switched for drops, so it looks something like this. It also came with a pair of normal wheels (Open Pros on 105 hubs), and the seat post being a Thomson was a pleasant surprise. There are a couple of things missing - most notably the right STI - but my aim is to sell everything to make the Spinergys effectively free.

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    Yeah, I have the same issue with my otherwise very nice Travel Floor Drive. It drives me up the wall. Pre-tightening the valve and the pressure release button both don't help.

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    On the Spinergys, I think the risk of failure is probably not actually too bad. In addition to my being lightweight and basically pretty careful, they're a late-model X-tra Lite with serials in the 300000s, no visible damage and very light brake track wear. From what I've read, the serials place them among the last Rev-Xs that Spinergy made, by which point they'd addressed the issues that made the earlier iterations failure-prone. (I believe there was only one model after this, the Team, which had the more 2000s-looking logos and combined the titanium axle and internally drilled out rim of the X-tra Lite with the double-layered spokes of the Super Stiff.) I got these attached to a 1999 Cannondale Multisport 4000 with DA 7700 that I drove eight hours there and back to collect along with some other stuff.

    As for the rest of the components, I've purchased everything and am just waiting for it all to arrive. The above pictures are a dry fit to get an idea of where the contact points will sit - I've never had a 650C bike, or a bike with risers, or a bike with aero bars before this. The silver stem is a 90 mm Kalloy destined for my Colnago; I've ordered a true chode 60 mm also Kalloy in black to try to get vertical upper arms in the TT position. In addition, the SLR Superflow, which I've had for about a decade and never found comfortable - and which is absolutely not suited for riding in the aero bars - is being replaced by a Bontrager Aeolus Elite that's en route. The slightly jaunty/unfortunate saddle angle is probably going to have to stay since it compensates for the flex in the beam when it's loaded; fingers crossed it looks less goofy with a less flat saddle.

    To do next:

    • Design and print steerer tube battery holder.
    • Drill frame for Di2 (scary).
    • Rebuild brake calipers.
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    Thanks. I'm pretty happy with the way this fork works with the rest of the bike thus far, and I just can't go back to the quill/adapter lifestyle.

    I am more than likely going to be moving the Hed 3s on, so if you're interested feel free to send me a message.

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    After doing a bunch of research looking for a pump in this category, it came down to the Birzman Mini Apogee and the Topeak RaceRocket HP/HPC for me. I ended up picking the Birzman despite its potentially worse usability (no hose, no grip) because it's quite a bit smaller, and will just cross my fingers that my good luck with punctures continues. I'm still waiting for it to arrive so I won't be able to provide impressions for a while (hopefully ever).

    CyclingTips did a mass review with length, weight and efficiency data that I used to help inform my choice.

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    I love that the juice cups say 'juice' on them.

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    I also picked up some other wheels. I remember when my plan for this bike was to just clean up the 6400 groupset that it came with.

    Obviously, I have a decision to make - I can't really justify keeping two sets of luxury 650C spoks around for one 650C bike. The Hed 3s are certainly a better wheel, but there's something really nice about the Spinergys on this frameset. They speak the same language: the blades resonate in both the beam and the fork, not only in the tapering, lightweight form but also in the material and its texture. Also, the decals match.

    The Hed 3s aren't chopped liver but they just don't talk to the frame in quite the same way. I can acknowledge that they're a much better wheel - and much less likely to fail catastrophically - but I'm leaning heavily towards selling them and keeping the Spinergys.

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    Until I received the tires I didn't do much to the bike itself, but I did do some things on paper. In addition to working out the rest of the build, I sold the 7800 groupset at a small profit, as well as the cassette that came with the XT Di2 since I want to start with a completely fresh drivetrain. I also picked up some wheels.

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