Over the past few months I’ve been searching for parts for my next bicycle, built with one purpose – riding hard. I don’t have a huge budget so I went on Ebay and bought in sales. The part list is below:
So this is essentially a carbon frame, with a mix of SRAM Force and Red with durable wheels – it ticks the right boxes for lightweight, cheap and hard wearing.
The frame came all the way from the USA, as I mentioned before – I gradually built it up.
I have zero bicycle know-how so I opted for countless YouTube videos, Google searches and help from friends. Cutting the seatpost and steerer was really traumatic but actually easy – 32tpi hacksaw, masking tape round the tube, wear a mask, have a guide for the cut…job done, cuts alarmingly easy! Adding the cables was also stressful.
I had the help of a friend to put the chainset on and align the drivetrain – this took a few hours…later that night I put the bar tape on and there she is – beautiful!
Total weight: 6463 grams – this has been confirmed with fish scales. This is lighter than the UCI weight limit of 6.8kg – and there is plenty room for losing weight: pedals, wheelset, tune parts, seatpost stubby, handlebars, chainset…there is no reason why it can’t go below 6kg for hill climb season. Brief first ride report – it flies, insanely quick to accelerate, soaks up road vibration, handles great…the SRAM Force drivetrain is a major upgrade from 105. I’ll do a more in-depth ride report some time soon.