Quick update. I’ve been taking a few days off training to try and allow a niggling posterior knee problem to sort itself out. Real pain in the arse. Well, knee, but you get the point.
So, I took the downtime opportunity to get my bike built up for the ride, and for the winter training ahead.
I built the bike up around Genesis Equilibrium frame – in red of course – YNWA.
Its a fantastic Reynolds 725 steel frame with a great geometry suited to long days in the saddle.
The forks are Canondale Ultra Slice Audax.
The groupset is Shimano Ultegra 6700 with a compact 50/34T chainring setup. This is a direct transplant from my Scott CR1 Pro.
Stem and bars are the custom setup I was running on the Scott – XLC 90mm Stem and FSA Omega bars.
The headset is an FSA Orbit X.
Pedals are Shimano 105 SPD-SLs. I was using Time i-Clics before, which are a great pedal, but the SPDs work better for my knees.
The wheels are Mavic Ksyrium Elite – again taken from the Scott, though instead of the skinny 23’s they’re now wearing chunkier rubber – 28s ready for the winter and to provide added comfort.
I’ve installed a full set of guards – the SKS chromoplastics – to keep the bike (and any fellow riders) as crud free as possible.
The drop on the Ultegra brakes from the Scott is too short to clear the 28s and the guards, so I fitted a set of Shimano R650s which have the necessary 57mm drop.
The seatpost is a USE model, but will be replaced by a Thomson Elite in due course.
The saddle is my trusty 143mm Specialized Romin – the only saddle I’ve found to date that is truly comfortable for my nether regions on longer rides 🙂
A fine bike, if I do say so myself, and should be very well suited to be my steed for the Ride for the 96!