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The weight weenies on Bike Forums, not to mention the more-nefarious activity on Weight Weenies itself, needed a comeuppance. Thus, I present my own ultralight downhill bike. It would have been lighter, but I had to beef it up for the rigors of downhill and freeriding.
(I can’t really take credit for this fine ‘shop. If this is your photo, please drop me a line.)
Here’s my racing bike, before even being ridden. It’s a Garv V Titanio from GVH Bikes. It’s a welded Titanium frame, painted by Marinoni, and named after Gary V. Hobbes, the late owner of GVH. Frame weight was just under 3.5 pounds, unbuilt. An excellent value from an excellent shop. Give Tom a call and buy something nice; you’ll rarely find a better person in the bicycle business.
- 58cm c-to-c seat tube, 58cm c-to-c top tube, welded Ti, about 3.5 pounds
- Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork, all-carbon
- SRAM Force group
- Chris King NoThreadset
- Ritchey WCS Classic bars, WCS 4-axis stem, Cinelli cork tape
- Ritchey WCS Streem saddle
- Ritchey WCS Carbon seatpost
- Topolino Revelation AC29 wheels
- Continental GP4000 tires
- Time RXS Carbon pedals
All built, she’s 17.6 pounds in this configuration, though she’ll also wear Easton EA90SL wheels frequently enough, for another 100 grams or so of weight. Given the size of MY ass however, there’s not much point of her being any lighter.
I am particularly proud of the headset spacers. I have always liked the UCI World Champion rainbow, and here’s my homage to it: a set of Chris King spacers.
In all honesty, I went with the Ritchey components for pretty much the same reason. Call me vain. And be sure to tell me to “flip it.”
Of all the bikes I’ve ever wanted, a Cinelli Super Corsa was at the top of the list. Now that I’m old and fat with disposable income, I can buy one.
Here’s my baby, a 1995 Cinelli Supercorsa. She’s not quite what I had in mind back in 1988. There’s no Campagnolo hanging all over her, since that company has decided that black plastic is more interesting than polished alloy. Luckily, SRAM decided that Rival would be polished alloy. I couldn’t resist the addition of the Delta brakes, however. That pretty much defined “awesome bike” in my racing days. Nitto stem, seatpost, and bars make it a bit more attractive than the modern Cinelli ugliness, though the right NOS set might find their way onto her.
Check out my Deltas…
I’m still up in the air about these brakes. They’re extremely finicky to adjust (especially without the advantage of a Campy quick-release on the levers), and they have no tire clearance whatsoever. Plus, it requires a 3.5mm wrench to adjust (I ordered a bunch of them). Even with 23mm tires, I occasionally notice little scraping sounds if the tires get wet and pick up a little sand. I know Italians like their close tolerances, but this is positively GERMAN. Still, they’re beautiful brakes, and I get a lot of comments. If I ever decide to divest myself of them, it’ll show up here.
Oh, yeah, I like Cinelli…
I had to tie-dye the old-logo t-shirt, though. I can’t wear white shirts for very long. Apparently, my lips do not restrict the flow of coffee and pasta sauce as do everyone else’s.
Some time ago, I purchased a Cinelli Ti Grammo stem, in Art-Deco colors, like that the old Carrera Jeans team used to ride. It sat around, and I thought I’d NEVER find a bicycle that it would look good on. Until now. This is a 2000 Casati Ellisse with SRAM Rival and Campagnolo Record. Please note that the colors aren’t just close, they’re darn near perfect. Freaky, eh? This is the first case of a bicycle built to match a stem that I’ve seen. Am I a nut?
After receiving much abuse for the saddle, I’ve since changed it to a celeste Fizik Arione with matching tape. However, given my general dislike for ass-hatchet saddles, I have a green Brooks Swift that may find a place on this bicycle.
Okay, maybe this joke will get old, but Carlos over at UnattachedRider.com has created the perfect kit for those without racing team associations. Strictly speaking, I’m registered as a member of the Higher Ground Bicycle Co. team, but until I lose this flab, they probably would prefer me to avoid wearing their kit. I can always use this photo as the “before” photo in my weight-loss ad.
I have always wanted a Pogliaghi, since I saw one in a 1985 issue of Bicycle Guide:
So, here’s my 1981 Pogliaghi. She may or may not be considered a “real” Pogliaghi, depended on Basso’s involvement with the production of these bicycles in the early 1980s, but she’s real enough for me. She’s built with Shimano Dura Ace 10sp and a Truvativ Rouleur carbon crank. The seatpost, stem and bars in this photo have since been replaced with Nitto (the only company still making attractive components) for a more-correct-if-not-Italian look. That said, I should mention that modern components are, in fact, better shifting and all-around better working, but older components are better looking. The fact that I ride this bicycle frequently precludes the use of a full period-correct Super Record group, or even the most beautiful C-Record crank I can find. I still love them, but I’d rather ride this. Heck, at least I have the 10 speed downtube shifters.
I cut the steerer and rode the Gary V for a couple of weeks. I could NEVER get the seatpost to tighten up. It slipped no matter how much roughing I did to the surface, how much stick-um (Ritchey Liquid Torque) I applied to it, or how tight I clamped the seatpost (I snapped the seat collar). Thus, it is GONE. I have found Thomson to be the best stems and seatposts available. They’re strong and attractive in the most industrial way. I will not falter in my love for them, nor will I equip anything mean for racing or other utilitarian purposes in anything less. Thus, my “working-man’s” racing bike is now kitted out in Thomson with a Brooks Swallow Ti saddle. It may be a few ounces heavier, but it’s not going to put me on the ground due to catastropic failure (something you have to worry about at my weight–see above photo).
I never had a nice mountain bike. The last one I purchased was for my father, a 1988 Schwinn Sierra. I still have it.
People at my favorite shop (Higher Ground Bicycles) are pretty into their mountain bikes, though, and Tallahassee has a pretty fair number of local trails and good dirt rides. So, I started toying with the idea that I needed a mountain bike. Then I saw John Kalin’s Surly Pugsley, and I knew I had to have one. Here’s mine, referred to as “Tallahassee Pugsley #2″ in all it’s glory. It’s a Deore build with Thomson (natch) and a sprung Brooks Flyer saddle. Although we have very little snow in North Florida, we do have a LOT of sand. The Pugsley tracks over the sand without a care–something that a 2” tired MTB will NOT easily negotiate. I can bomb through the sand traps without a second thought. Given my handling skills, this is a Very Good Thing.
I have never owned a bicycle that received more attention from non-cyclists. I have been engaged in conversations with men clustered around a barbecue cooker at a curb store, people in traffic, ladies at my daughters’ elementary school…you name it. Everyone wants to know about the Pugsley. And what can I say? It’s the coolest bike in the world.
Uh oh. I got another bike. Given my predilection for Italian steeds, the likelihood of my owning a Specialized (nice as they are) or Trek (blech) is pretty low. This pretty much kept me out of the MTB market entirely, until I saw the Pugsley. Unfortunately, the appearance of a new Cinelli SoftMachine frame on eBay with a very low buy-it-now was a little too much to resist. I figured I’d hold onto it for awhile.
Then Todd May (Higher Ground Bicycle Co.) came along with a deal for a new Camry Hybrid for me, and he sweetened the deal by offering to build up the Cinelli. Bastard. That was too good to resist, although my wife was more than willing to give him $2000 more just to leave out the bike (as such, please see my auctions). She’s an XT build, again with Thomson, Mavic CrossMAX ceramic wheels (UST), and a Fox F80 fork. Without even trying, this came out to a 22 pound build, which I’m told is pretty light. The pedals are Time ATAC cyclocross pedals, which is a little weird, but then, I’m a little weird.
I’ve had to commit to racing this thing this year. Thanks again, Todd.