Wintertime

Not so much riding anymore, will do a break after this week and gather motivation. Seems like a good thing when the weather is just cold and boring. Will do Le Peloton tomorrow as the last hard ride and a beautiful longer ride this weekend I plan. So not so much ride reports here, but probably a bit other things. Inspiration, Project16 and light parts is my plan. Maybe about some weekend plans for next year too. Looking forward to enjoy new places, new roads with awesome people.

For now you can enjoy this beautifully Slovenian Berk bike. Custom high end quality built light:

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riding on asphalt

It happens once in a while that my roadbike is coming down from the wall and take me for a ride. Like today. Road north and turned to Revetal to ride some new roads with some up and downs:

A small road with just one car that passed me just before Revetal. Awesome

Good thing with not riding so often on road here is that I can always ride new roads and every time sitting on my Trek Madone 6 I notice how stiff and light it is 🙂

When I came to Revetal I took the straight way home, and it was really straight, too straight:

Map and stats: Movescount

Ready for road start, proper stem on my Trek Madone 6

Mounted the new stem on my Trek Madone 6.2 yesterday, really good fit if you ask me 🙂 Also took my bike home from Veloshop so today after work it will be road riding. Very long time since last time now

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120mm Zipp Service Course SL behind black stem. Still 5,89kg

Trek Madone 6.2

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My roadbike came yesterday to Veloshop so was really looking forward to go/drive to work today. Read about Kammtail with this round front and straight cut of back to be aero without adding material or looking so aero. But didn’t except it that flat. The downtube is huge and the white you see on the picture here is totally flat.

Funny thing is that it doesn’t feel like a topbike from a big brand like Cannondale, Giant, Ridley or like that. It’s got a deep painting, wirestops screwed in, got a premium feel. Would like to compare it to a Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2. Great wiring like the Dogma, great color. But is it all super?

There is another thing that got me thinking of Pinarello too. The weight. Heard weights at 850g, calculated with 950g for my frame in the second smallest size (50). It wasn’t so close:

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1016g plus like 18g of wiremountings isn’t so close to 850g.

Brakes at 307g just as I’ve seen before:

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And 57g headset is great like most bikes today with carbon bearingseats in the frame and on the fork:

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Started to dismount the original parts and mounted some much nicer European parts. Campagnolo Super Record, Mavic Cosmic Carbon Ultimate, FMB Competition CX, Tune Komm-Vor+, Tune U20 and a THM Clavicula with Experimental Prototype big chainring. Deda Superleggera handlebar. Borrowed a 110 Bontrager X Lite stem that will be swapped for a super good 120mm stem. The said thing is that I have to get a new seatmast. This is a bit to short compared what it said in the geometry table and doesn’t work with my carbon rails on the Tune seat.

So for now it looks like this with 3-3,5cm to low saddle, 1cm to short stem, too long wire, wrong tire front, to long fork and so on:

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Arundel Mandible bottle cages and it will get a set of Time Xpresso 8 pedals next week.

What do you think?

FMB Compétition CX 22,5 Soie

There are tires and then there are tires. Some tires roll very good like Continental GP4000SR, some hold up good and are light like Tufo S3 Lite, some are holy from the Netherlands like A. Dugast, some are just good like Schwalbe Ultremo. But then there is tires that makes you drool, that gives you the extra smile going on bad tarmac, the ones that you dream about, the ones you tried and hated because you loved them and know they are so expensive.

The handmade french FMB. Small even compared to A. Dugast but with tires won Paris-Roubaix and Ronde van Vlaanderen more then one time. Helped Katie Compton win the CX World Cup two years in a row.

On road they are great, on CX they are a bit heavy and fragile so better with Challenge. On mtb they are a bit behind the others with heavy tires. So not best on everything. But their Compétition CX tires are awesome. Used them before and got one in silk (soie is french for silk) this summer after puncturing my Continental Competition tire. Now I got one more 😀 My roadbike for 2014 will not just look extremely good and be pretty light, it will also perform better than the rider (me) 😉

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5,65kg SuperSIX EVO

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Last time it was together it was supposed to be 5906g. Now it was suppose to be 5,623g so 27g overweight 😉 But feels okey as it’s 80g lighter than my Cannondale Caad10 was 😉 90g lighter with 20mm higher rims, 2 more gears, heavier fork, setback seatpost and better tires that gains some.

My caad10 then:

And with weight: Light and heavy

Today it has the same seat and QR, Tune Komm-Vor+ and Tune U20. And on both bikes Deda Perforated bar tape. This is how the EVO looks:

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Lightest bike I’ve owned 🙂