This is what I was working on today….
Specs are as follows:
Specialized SWORKS Shiv frameset with integrated aero brakeset, seatpost, and Sitero saddle. This was a stock build I had etched up a few months back and it had been sitting on our Specialized wall with some grandeur. It’s spec’d with a Dura-Ace 9000 groupset with time trial shifters. Zipp Beyond Black stem was swapped for the standard stock stem setup in order to run a Zipp Vuka Bull base bar with TRP carbon brake levers and Fizik matte black tape. The wheelset currently is a nice set of CXP80 Cosmics, but likely will be switched to Zipp 808s. It’s a really great aero build that will be the epitome of stealth and craftsmanship. Since I built it accordingly before, it’s been easy to set in the new cockpit and all that is left is to route the new cables and tune. Other pressing projects intervened this build today including a Di2 upgrade on a Caad 10 Synapse frameset, a SWORKS lululemon Amira with Ultegra Di2, and an SWORKS hardtail Stumpjumper that needed a final bleed and hose replacement for Formula brakes front and rear. That was also a great build last week that I should have a finals slideshow for tomorrow evening or Sunday. Internal hydraulic routing and XX1 group with a nice tubeless setup. Anyways, I’ve had a long week and got a lot of great projects out to happy riders and need some rest. I’ll have a short article on some tech stuff that has been important to the industry lately tomorrow. Thanks for checking things out!
One of the guys I work with arrived early this afternoon to a surprise that his frameset had arrived earlier than expected from Italy. As one of the most interesting people to work with in the industry I have met, I waited for his reaction to opening the box, eagerly handing scissors to cut the packaging. It had been three months of waiting. This is the first one to hit the United States. It’s a limited edition Pinarello Dogma Think 2 65HM1K World Champion Edition frameset. As far as I am concerned, there are lighter framesets out there and maybe even more elaborate paint jobs, but combine the two and you have this Dogma. I installed the headset bearing, races, and spacers and ziptied the steerer tube so we could set it up for some photos.
For those of you reading who have never ridden a Pinarello Dogma (particularly I mention the Dogma due to its reputation above the other frames in Pinarello’s lineup, all of which, of course are also very good framesets), I would like you to envision the coolest tech gadget or hobby or passion you have and think of what the absolute best version of that in the entire world would be. Got it? This is one of the best designed bicycle frames in the entire world. I was really happy to be there at the right time to see it. The asymmetric carbon frame is made by a company called Torayca. Their use of Pinarello’s designed 65HM1K carbon fiber with Nanoalloy construction alloys them to create extremely responsive feel and strength in their frames. For instance, carbon fiber ribbing stretches down the downtube near the bottom bracket on just the drive side to reinforce the unequal power distribution in the frame between right-side thrust (drive) + pull on chain and the left-side thrust (non-drive) + pull on chain. Classic breaks on many carbon frames of the past have been implemented into the design to be reinforced in these areas as well, creating something truly race worthy or simply as the ultimate thrill of flying down descents and roads with less fatigue, better performance, and comfort all the way through.
It’s a beautiful frame in both form and function. If you find an opportunity to ride one, do it. Let’s put it this way, “I really hate my Pinarello. It really just doesn’t ride well and I’ve had so many problems with it” … said no one ever in my experience…
As I finish compiling all of the knowledge I gained at the Park Tool Summit, I thought I would distract you for a moment to show some photos of a recent pro build on Wednesday that was scheduled after having the frame refinished. The frame is a Seven Cycles Axiom SL titanium frameset with Campagnolo Super Record 11 and Rolf Prima Vigor RS wheels. What a sweet ride!
This was the anticipated build of the season. Campagnolo Super Record EPS on a Lynskey polished titanium frame from Interbike 2011 and topped off with Campagnolo Bora Ultra CULT wheels. Talk about a beautiful setup for adventure and thrill. Once installed, the components actually were a bit tricky to fully understand, but step-by-step following of instructions along with a healthy amount of experience from mechanics on the build brought the perfection to light. While there are many things in the cycling industry that I love and admire, this drive-train group lit my eyes up and had me at a loss for any other components better built or operated.
Shift it up, shift it down. Dump the cassette, go from high to low flawlessly. Tune individual gears with memory by the system so those favorite cogs still ride true and smooth through the life of the cassette and chain. It reminded me of an almost cybernetic system that was the realization of the technology. Electronic Power Shift. Digital Tech Intelligence. It works. I couldn’t make it slip gears once. Slow cadence pedaling also revealed a beautifully smooth upshift from the small chainring to the large chainring even with some torque on the pedals.
Campagnolo Super Record EPS is a thumbs-up. That is, if you’ve got somewhere around $5k to put down on it. 😉