Photo: Stelbel photo, my frame before painting.
The story begins. Bike fit booked with Super Domestique in London next week…………
Part 1 – Bike Fit
So, an interesting day with Elliott at Super Domestique in London. Started with a set of reference measurements from my Pinarello and the brief was to take that as the start point for something I am familiar with and to tune that based on best recommendations from Elliott. Superficially at least, we moved things about a bit and seemingly have arrived back as something very close to the Pinarello. Waiting of the drawings with exact measurements but longitudinally from bars to saddle we are within a millimetre or so of the Pinarello though I think we have changed the offset to the BB a little.
Most significant change is to move from 172.5 crank to 170. Something I meant to do last time I changed my cranks and then completely forgot till it was too late!
Visually, I have decided to go with a slight slope on the Top Tube. While I do like the tradition of a horizontal TT, I also have pretty short legs, so a slight slope gives a better balance to the seat post/tube IMHO.
Some options to decide on what type of BB shell to go with and also around cable routing. Likely to go with external gear cables but internal hydro (the bike will be disc) and a slightly longer chain stay vs the Pinarello to allow me the option of mudguards for winter/wet use and a bit more stability on Gravel.
The frame will be Stainless Steel to be bullet proof for all season use and tyre clearance to 30mm for the odd venture on Gravel.
So a few things still to finalise – not least the colour. It will be bare Stainless in the rear triangle and colour in the front per the drawing but the precise colour yet to be picked. Sooo hard when you can have anything (but it won’t be Orange!).
Part 2 – Sizing
So this is where we are at for my wee frame (in both respects!)….
Part 3 – Decisions
Current feeling is to go with external cable routing with stops on the Head Tube
Part 4 – Spec agreed
So going with Down Tube cable stops as placing them on the Head Tube does move them outboard of the DT a fair bit. Also considered an oversize T47 BB so that the Hydro cable could route internally but in the end decided with a standard BB and the Hydro cable will exit the DT near the BB and then reenter the right Chain Stay. It won’t really be visible and I felt that the overall looks would be better with a standard BB shell.
All ready now for me to pay a deposit and then wait a while!
Custom paint job should look good. Hopefully understated but classy. You’ll have to wait on that though.
Part 5 – Wait List!
Frame build is scheduled for Sept, starting to feel real now. Did not intend buying best wheels now till next Spring but when you are offered a set at trade price it’s hard to resist…….
Part 6 – Groupset.
Well, it has to be Gruppo Campagnolo. Superdomestique have quoted me for a stunning deal on a groupset. Thanks Elliott!
So it will be Campagnolo Record with Bora wheels. I’ll probably run a set of Hunt Four Seasons for gravel/winter use. Going with 35mm deep rims as I don’t race and I’m reasonably light and not a great fan of uber deep rims anyway. I also think the medium deep rims will look better with a steel tube frame.
Groupset arrives – just need the frame now!
Revised date now Jan 2020 due to apparent shortage of the Columbus SS Tubing. Bit disappointing but hanging in there.
After much waiting my frame is now in production and due to head to the paint shop in January. Starting to feel more real at last! Should be getting some pre-painting photos soon hopefully.
She is built. Received the post build photos and she is now in paint. Starting to get exited! Seems that I have Head Tube cable stops after all but as I was 50:50 between that and down tube I’m happy with that as I was wondering whether I should have spec’d that anyway. Photo updates of the bare frame. Fork is ENVE Carbon and will be painted to match the frame.