Blue skies – a break in work and the dilemma about whether to go road cycling or mtb’ing (some dilemma)
Well it was fab … well apart from the niggle you get when something on the bike is not in perfect synchronous perfection with the rest. Those that read this blog will know I love my ti brides (titanium lynskey bikes – a Cooper road bike and a Ridgeline SL 29’er) but the 29er is being a bit naughty.
Well the crank/bottom bracket needs some timeout on the naughty step (not the owner of course)/ The chain side crank keeps on working loose and then there is the slight creak whenever I stand up and give it some torque. Eeeek Nnnnnnk Eeeeeek Nnnnnnnk. I have taken to carrying the large allen key with me to do a mid ride tighten but what I need to do is go into my LBS and get some lock grease.
But I put the noise out of my mind – the rohloff is particularly sweet in terms of little transmission noise – and rode. The only moment i stopped was to strip off a layer and then to stop at the end of a descent to scoff down a wee bar of flapjack goodness. When i got back i loaded up the gps and bang
2 x KOM and a smattering of places
Now most people don’t care about these things but i felt a small tinkle of happiness being a competitive over 40 has been of an athlete. But i don’t expect this to last long as the person I scuppered is a Strava KOM poacher of renown – I expect my glorified basking in the sun victorious feat to last at least 10 hours.
this descent is a nice fire road/trail mix that was actually feeling quite tough in the dry – it feels smoother when slightly damp but I guess that is the friction.
Off for a ride tomorrow – might just make it a roadie day as playing 5 a side tonight and my legs probably won’t be working.
The Co-Motion Americano Rohloff combines unmatched frame reliability with the amazing Rohloff Speed hub’s 14 internal gears, eliminating the need for derailleurs. Borrowing from our tandem experience, we include an eccentric bottom bracket to easily take up chain slack. We designed our own house-made dropout for superbly elegant and simple integration of the Rohloff hub system.
Self-locking eccentric bottom bracket for simple, clean chain adjustment
14-speed internally-geared hub means sleek, derailleur-free set up for unparalleled reliability
Dual disc brakes for excellent safety and control
Upgrade to the Classic Trim Package with a Brooks B17 saddle, and leather grips/bar tape plus a nickel-plated Co-Motion head-badge
Now available with Gates Carbon Drive option
Larger head tube with internal Chris King Inset headset
this looks very tasty
Racelight Gran Fondo Ti – Highlights
Ti 3AL/2.5V: The GF Ti is constructed from an aerospace grade Titanium alloy: 94% titanium, 3% aluminum and 2.5% vanadium. This is one of the strongest alloys of titanium available in a seamless tube form.
CWSR: ‘Cold Worked Stress Relieved’ tubing. The tubing is shaped cold and then goes through a process to remove the stresses built up within the tube during forming.
HEADSET: Integrated 11/8″, 36º/45º for a 45mm OD head tube. The headset drops into a tapered seat in the head tube and is tensioned using a headset tensioner within the fork steerer. Tensioning the headset centres it on the taper and prevents any play.
FORK: DC21. Carbon bladed with alloy crown and steerer. Eyeletted for mudguards. 520g.
R2000 Stays: Seat stays have a 2m radius curve. We tried ‘hourglass’ bend and various different curves and found a 2m radius was best for both comfort and performance over distance, which is what this frame is all about.
SEAT POST: 31.6mm. SEAT CLAMP: 34.9mm. FRONT MECH: 34.9mm. BB: 68mm. British.
” The overall finish of the frame is a work of art with tidy welds throughout including double passes on the higher stressed areas…It is one of the most sorted frames I’ve ever ridden and for everything except for out and out racing it will provide everything you need” – Road.cc
At Epic Cycles we pride ourselves on providing bikes to suit your own individual needs. The following specification is intended only to provide an example of what we have fitted to our test bikes – every single component can be selected to suit you personally and we can also supply the Gran Fondo Ti as a frameset only option.
Kinesis Racelight Gran Fondo Ti 105 – £2170
Racelight Gran Fondo Ti 3AL/2.5V Frame
Racelight DC21 GF Carbon 1 1/8″ fork
Shimano 105 5700 Compact 10sp Groupset
Mavic Aksium WTS 2012 wheelset
Mavic Aksion tyres
Pro PLT stem and handlebars
Kinesis GF carbon seatpost
Ritchey Streem saddle
Other sample builds include:
Same bike with Shimano Tiagra 10sp 2012 groupset – £1995
Same bike with Campagnolo Veloce 2012 groupset – £2045Same bike with Shimano Ultegra 2012 groupset – £2295