FMB Sprint2 XL graveltubulars

When I first started to think of the build for my S-Works Diverge I thought of a pair of Roval CLX disc tubulars with 36mm A.Dugast Pipisquallo tubulars on. Later I got a set of clinchers and the plan got changed. Got a set of cheap tubulars from China and a set of Challenge Chicane from a friend.

But yesterday Bikerumor got my mind going again showing this:

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a 3T Exploro with 40mm FMB tubulars. Everyone who talked with me about tubulars knows how much I love FMB. Both their roadtires and their cyclocross tires is absolutely the best I’ve tried.

They have made their regular 33mm diamond thread in 40mm, protected them with latex and made the tires of my dreams:

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I have to get a pair when they become available and I think you should too if you want to go fast on gravel. Like you can with an Specialized S-Works Diverge or 3T Exploro 😀

Kompiscrossen Hästpojken

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Photo by Anna Eide-Jensen

Stockholm an autumn sunday morning. There are people missing out but these trainingraces are awesome. Simple, hard and inspires people to get ready for the real races.

It was fast and fast today. Felt good the first lap but then I ended in a chase of Viktor, Magnus and a guy from Tullinge:

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Photo by Hanna Alexandersson

I tried to dope with a fast jersey from SCS Racing Team with teammates Damian (winner) and Erik (3rd) but it didn’t help so much. Think I did a pretty solid race but my cornering felt faster in the beginning and I blew up a bit when it was two laps to go (of 8) and got passed by one more.

All in all 38min racing over threshold  with a bike that feels better than I thought. Had great grip in all corners except one where my front wheel slipped a bit, my gearing was awesome and the position felt great. The Roval Control SL wheels with Mavic Reflex rims feels really fast too, will be interesting how my wheels will feel when I get my tires 🙂

As said I wasn’t fastest but wasn’t last either. Ended 18th of 31:

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But forgot to count how many Specialized Crux it was in front of me, at least the top 5 😉

Ended with a fika and rode home with Hanna and Magnus. Said goodbye to them at Söder and went to Vinterviken for a cruise along Mälaren:

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Map and stats: Strava

Why shave weight of your bike?

If you wonder why to shave weight of your bike, there is a great article about it here: Peloton

A light and stiff bike with great fit will always be fast, like my Cannondale SuperSIX Evo I had at just 5,65kg:

Which light bike is the best you’ve ridden?

mtb=Zipp, road=Maserati

It starts to get unusual to find a special bike. Everyone has everything and very few tune their bike old school style. There seems to be an solution to buy for everything. But putting Zipp wheels on a mtb, that’s not so common:

Really cool. High profile on mtb is cool, like my friends Gipiemme he had on his Merida some years ago. I’ve been thinking of the opposite to glue roadtires on a mtbrim but the tires didn’t fit to my AX-Lightness rims I had then.

Another cool bike is this Colnago EPS stripped from paint and painted in Maserati blue and made for Campagnolo Eps. Like made for each other with Colnago EPS and Campagnolo EPS 🙂 7030g:

The missing 6

I’ve bought some bad bikes, and I’ve have had some really good bikes. A bike that got a special place in my heart is the Cannondale SystemSIX:

First roadbike in carbon (at least a bit), first roadbike with classic handlebar, first roadbike with high profile carbon rims, first roadbike with FMB tires. I even still got the rear derailleur and saddle from it 😉

Ronde van Vlaanderen + Nalles

Great racing today with ”wrong” winners. The best/smartest won but not those I hoped for, except in Nalles maybe.

Ronde van Vlaanderen:

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1. Ellen van Dijk – Boels-Dolmans

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2. Lizzie Armitstead – Boels-Dolmans

3. Emma Johansson – Orica-AIS

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1. Fabian Cancellara – Trek Factory

2. Greg van Avermaet – BMC

3. Sep Vanmercke – Belkin

Was hoping for Emma Johansson but Boels-Dolmans got a super team and van Dijk went solo the last part, strong women that is hard to beat. Of the men I’m always hoping for Zdenek Stybar but not even top 10 today. Should have been in the last breakaway instead of Stijn Vandenbergh but can’t always go as I want 😉 Alexander Kristoff managed to get 5th with a strong chase in the end without and with Niki Terpstra.

Then it was mtb race in Nalles, Italy. And BMC Cup in Switzerland where Jolanda Neff won.

In Nalles:

1. Katrin Leumann – Ghost Factory Racing Team

2. Alexandra Engen – Ghost Factory RacingTeam

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1. Manuel Fumic – Cannondale Factory Racing

2. Marco Aurelio Fontana – Cannondale Factory Racing

My two favorite mtbteams in top 2 is really nice, should keep it like that but change the womens results to Engen first and Leumann second ;).

The video from Plzen

If you see one CXvideo this year, or in your life it should be this one. It shows how hard CX is, how beautiful it is, how european it is and it shows that women is racing as hard as men or maybe even harder for less money.

Deda Elemeniti Zero100, Newton and Trentacinque

Excuse me for not showing so many good pictures today but sold my phone earlier so don’t have anything to photo with except my webcam. Looks like this:

Deda Zero100 Servizio Course stem (110mm) with a Deda Newton Shallow (420mm) handlebar. Will get a white Deda perforated handlebartape tomorrow.

Also got a Deda Trentacinque stem (100mm) and Deda M35 Alloy (420mm) handlebar that will go on my Cannondale SuperX. Those in white.

Weights:

Deda Zero100 110mm stem: 119g

Deda Newton Shallow 420mm handlebar: 256g

Deda Trentacinque (white))100mm stem: 122g

Deda M35 alloy (white) 420mm handlebar: 297g

Help lightening my Scalpel

Don’t need another bike for next year. But I need to fix my Scalpel and why not save some weight too.

Spec:

Frame: Cannondale Scalpel 2009 M, 1963g

Rear Damper: DT XR Carbon (thinking of changing it)

Fork: Cannondale Lefty Speed Carbon XLR, 1260g

Seatclamp: Token, 9g

Headset: Cannondale, 60g

Stem: Cannondale OPI 100mm, -5°, 228g (ti-bolts)

Handlebar: Schmolke TLO 680mm, 88g

Grips: bar tape, 15g

Saddle: Tune Komm-Vor, 95g

Seatpost: AX-Lightness Europa, 110g

Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 7900, 74g

Rear Derailleur: Sram XX medium, 189g

Shifter: Sram XX triggers, 197g (including MixxMaster for R1 Racing)

Brakes: Formula R1 Racing with 160/140 Ashima AiRotor, 547g

Crankset: Cannondale Hollowgram SL with 27/42 FRMrings, 600g

Cassette: Recon ti 11-32, 185g

Chain: KMC X10SL, 234g

Wheelset: AX-Lightness Premium MTB, 1020g

Glue: Vittoria, 60g

Tires: A. Dugast Fast Bird 52mm, 1160g

Wire/housing: Shimano Yumeya, 65g

Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 2ti, 267g

Bottle Cage: Tune Wasserträger Uni, 18g

Total weight: 8468g

The parts that are bold haven’t I yet. Is there better and lighter parts than that? Do you got some other good suggestions on what to do to save some weight but still have an awesome bike?

snart smäller det (Paris-Roubaix)

Imorgon (söndag) går årets största vårklassiker av stapeln, klassikern med kullerstenar stora att imponera på en downhillcyklist, eller kanske inte. Har ni inte Eurosport, bor i närheten av Mäster Samuelsgatan 17 i Stockholm så får ni kolla på det streamat på bvls.

Ska man kolla på lvgcykling så är det Flandern runt, Paris – Roubaix, Girot och Touren som gäller. Även VM med. Tycker jag.

Om ni inte kan se så kan jag berätta vad som kommer hända. Efter en bit så går en grupp iväg med bl.a. Gustav Larsson och Lars Boom. Med några mil kvar vurpar Gustav Larsson och Lars Boom rycker på en usel pavésträcka. Lars Boom håller till mål och Gustav Larsson kom upp på cykeln, utnyttjade sin starka tempokörning och körde om de andra utbrytarna och slutade 2a. Vem tror ni vinner?

En som troligen inte kommer hjälpa klungan att komma ikapp imorrn är Stuart O’Grady, men fin cykel har han fått:

Däremot kommer Team Sky jaga, tävlingen till ära på nya ramar ifrån Pinarello. En ny variant av Dogma som även kommer bli tillgänglig för oss konsumenter. Lite bekvämare än deras värsting idag, kan kanske jämföras med Specialized’s Roubaix som O’Grady kör på här ovanför.

Fina släta bakgaffelben numera med istället för konstiga böjar: