• Anthony Little
  • August 05, 2017
  • journal
Since we were waiting for Kevin's bike to be built and painted we had ample time to figure out the best direction to go in regards to the build kit. To be honest it was pretty simple really as we needed to go with the shortest cranks we could get. Of the mainstream manufacturers, Shimano is the only company that makes a sub 170mm crank set. We ended up going for the 165mm Dura-Ace piece. This was important as the top tube was very short which also gave us a short front center. We didn't want to get too lazy with the head tube angle so by using a short crank and a 50mm rake fork we kept toe overlap as small as possible. And since we prefer not to split component groups up, we went for a total Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 group set. This includes the hubs and pedals as well.



165mm Shimano Dura-Ace Crank Set. Compact is the natural choice for this area as well. Paired w/ an 11X25 for training and an 11X23 for racing you will have a great range of gearing to choose from with minimal gaps between shifts... Beautiful crank set and I love the fact that it's aluminum as well.



The one part of the bike that we strayed from Shimano. The Chris King bottom bracket is simply amazing. First off, it's one of the most beautiful made, but functionally one of the best as well. Feels as smooth and friction free as the best ceramic units out there. Rebuild-able as well, you can take the grease out for race day application or add more for inclement weather riding. For now, only intended to work with Shimano crank sets, though I've seen it used with SRAM, but didn't seem to work as well. It goes without saying that the Chris King headset is the best available. I have used them all, and it's no contest in my opinion...



Shimano Dura-Ace brake calipers, style, style and more style! One of the strongest, crispest feeling stoppers out there. I'm more used to the more modulated feeling of Campagnolo and when I jump on a bike with these I almost feel like I'm going to launch over the front of the bike. Definitely takes a little getting used to!



Front and rear derailleurs. Super precise and in my opinion one of the most modern looking groups.



Shimano 7900 Brake/shift levers. If they could make the manual levers feel like the Di2, ergonomically speaking, I swear I'd use nothing else...



Dura-Ace hubs, 28 hole rear, 24 hole front. Kind of rare these days to have hubs that match the drive train. Gives it such a nice finished look...



Edge 68 rear and 45 front. Both in clincher with Vittoria Open CX 320tpi tires. DT Swiss Aerolite spokes round out the custom wheel build...



The ever popular Dura-Ace pedal...



The Edge carbon handle bar. One of the few carbon bars I'd have no issues w/ on my bike. Super strong, our team sustained many crashes this year and the bars made it through unscathed every time...



Thosmson Masterpeice set back post and the X2 road stem, I don't like how the word "bomb proof" is always thrown around, but if you looked the word up in the dictionary, you should see a photo of these parts! No secret that Fizik is by far our favorite brand of saddle, and for this bike, the newish Antares with braided carbon rails fit the bill. Other small parts included aluminum cage bolts, King titainium cages and DT Swiss quick release skewers...

Check back soon for Part 3, the complete bike...

Thanks for reading!