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Thought id make a thread of my Wilier build...
She started off like this....
I bought it like this....
And added this...
With this upgrade...
And these contact points...
This weekend is the weekend that she is pieced together lovingly, part by part, bolt by bolt. I cant wait!
Build went well - all the parts are on but i just couldnt get the tuning right on the FD and RD. SRAM was abit to tricky for us. So its at the bike shop for them to tune it up, and cut the steerer for me. So the virgin ride will be this weekend (cmon weather gods, gimme some sun!)
Wheels will be Fulcrum 5s from my existing bike. Match my black/white/red color scheme nicely.
Im doing this build sort of on the cheap. Just how cheap? Ill be posting my costs up in abit, i think ive done pretty well...
Frame - $799 from Torpedo 7
Bars - $36 from PBK
Seatpost - $29 from PBK
Crankset - $252 from PBK (super bargain for SRAM Red Black)
Groupset - $879 from Total Cycling
Bartape - $14 from eBay
Saddle - $80 from forums
Bottle cages - $10 for both
Stem/wheels - borrowed from other bikes
TOTAL COST = $2099
But I also won a Grolsh promo bike which I sold for $650.
TOTAL COST = $1449
Pretty Happy with that!
Great deal on the frame there. Just goes to show what a bit of clever shopping and some patience can yield !! Can't wait to see the complete pics
Yeah the bell looks dorky but after getting a $30 fine last year for not having one, I'm better off safe than sorry. Good to have on the bike paths too for rogue pedestrians.
Bartape is great - soft and grippy. I'm really happy with how the colors turned out.
The bell thingymigig you have, can't you get the alloy one of yesteryear any more?
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
Good idea Kenzo, I might try that and see what it looks like.
Yeah the bell was only $3 so the fine was worth 10 bells
On another note. This is first bike I haven't put a computer on....and I love it. Simple riding with no numbers is kinda relieving. There's always Strava on the iPhone if I have to see how my ride went tho.
Thanks guys I'm loving the new girl. Hope my real Italian girlfriend doesn't get jelous haha
Updated photos from this mornings ride. Changed the Prologo Evo saddle (it looked good and colors matched beautifully but sadly my butt did not like it). Now back to the trusty Fizik Arione in red/white. Added resin Bottle cages and fizik saddle pack. Todays ride is the first on new rubber - pair of red Michelin Krylions 23c.
After a few months riding, I am abssolutely loving this bike. Comfy ride, much less harsh than my alloy Cannondale. I get a good position with the Deda bars and 110mm stem. Love the Sram Force/Red grouppo - even if it is finicky with tuning. The Krylions are awesome too - once you wear the layer of wax they come with off - much better cornering and grip than the gatorskins. Lets see how they go with puncture protection.
Very happy cyclist right here
Very pleasing on the eye, this build looks top shelf and well matched. The le Roi frame oozes class - love the splash of green at the bottom of the fork. Your images do it justice. Good thread to follow - enjoy!
"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana" - Groucho Marx
I'm in training.........for middle age.........
I have considered fitting a bell to the seatpost, under the saddle so it's not noticable. Anyone tried that?
Cycle touring blog and tour journals: whispering wheels...
What did you think? I got about four punctures on my Krylions in about 2.5 years before the inner tubes started showing through the tyre carcass in a big cut. I probably got about 5,000 km out of them (which is apparently what they are designed for). I loved them.
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