Well there is a final touch or two to finish actually, but it's 98% done, and i have many hundreds of miles on it to dial it in over the last couple weeks.
56c Ti Warbird, custom build
Finally fleshing out my dream gravel race bike has been unbelievable, with tubeless 40c MSOs it rides incredible.
I threw a Gen 1 red kit i had laying around on it. I have a Ultegra DI2 not being used that i debated about, but after talking to Sean at Salsa i decided against it since the front derailleur creates tire clearance issues.
The cranks are pretty unique. With rides like Trans-Iowa on my schedule i wanted a smaller bail out ring up front, so i used some Rotor cranks that let me use s 30t/45t combo in the front, which is a great combo with the 11-28 in the back. I could have just used a standard 110bcd crank with a 34t/45t and a bigger cassette, but i wanted to keep the cogs tighter for cadence since i insist on spinning a faster cadence on long rides to stay fresher longer. One of the things i need to do is throw on a longer cage derailleur, and the other is find better rings with ramps/pins. I believe Sugino offers what i need for rings. In any event the system is working well for me as is, but i know it can be refined.
The wheelset is Iron Cross rims, Sapim Race spokes, and XT hubs, a great reasonably priced workhorse wheelset. I might lace up some Dt Swiss hubs for a 2nd wheelset in the fall, and have different tires mounted to each set, we will see. This set with the 120tpi MSOs tubeless rides fantastic. I've been riding with them set to 39psi, i weigh 180lbs.
3T Ergonovas in the cockpit keep my hands happy for any duration of time. I have the matching stealth 3t stem, so i just need to find someone with a stealth 27.2 seatpost to complete the package. QBP is out of the stealth 3T posts, so if you have one available LET ME KNOW! I really want to finish off that aesthetic loose end.
Yes, i intend to trim the steertube down to a 5mm on top, just wanted to get a quick thousand miles on it to make sure i liked where it was at.
I've been riding long gravel rides for years, have raced the Dirty Kanza, Trans-Iowa, and not till this last month have i finally got a really nice gravel bike for the many hours i invest on the rough stuff. I am elated, and i cringe when i think about how my old bike rode in comparison. So happy.
See you around, i'm going for a ride now.
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