Thursday, March 29, 2012

Giant TCR Advanced SL

An LTD version, built up with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 and Zipp 404 wheels:

Same bike with Zipp 101 wheels (and a different background):

With SRAM Red and Zipp 303 wheels:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Independent Fabrications Factory Lightweight

Custom steel frame built up with SRAM Red.  I love the paint job on this one.

Ellis Cycles Custom Steel

Lugged steel built up with Shimano Di2 drivetrain and Edge wheels (details here):

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lynskey Helix OS

Built up with Campy drivetrain and Hyperon wheels, and a matching titanium Lynskey seatpost:

Kent Eriksen Cycles

The best background ever.  The bike is not too shabby, either.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hampsten Cycles

A great looking titanium frame from Hampsten Cycles, built up with a Campy Super Record drivetrain and Enve wheels:

BMC Pro Machine SLC01

One of my favorite carbon fiber frames:

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 / Lightweight build:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cannondale CAAD10

The second baddest CAAD10 I have laid eyes upon (the first one is here); with SRAM Red, Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL crankset, and Shimano Dura Ace C50 carbon tubular wheels:

Details can be found here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Road Tubeless Review

My rating:  4 / 5 (read more to find out why) 

Baum Cubano

Titanium goodness, built up with SRAM Red, Zipp Vuma Quad crankset and Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheels:

Spooky Skeletor

Built up with Campy Record 11 and Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL wheels:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kirk Frameworks Custom Steel

This is Dave Kirk's personal ride from 2010 (saw it here).  Great looking frame with his signature curved seatstays and steel fork, built up with SRAM Red and Reynolds wheels:

Colnago C40

The C40 to me is still one of the best looking carbon fiber frames.  Below is the nicest one I have seen to date, in Mapei colors (source).

With Campagnolo Hyperon wheels:


With Ambrosio Crono F20:

With Lightweight wheels:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pro Bike Fit

Last update: January 23, 2017

Note: I am currently also gathering data from hobby cyclists to see how it compares to the professionals; here is the link to the Google spreadsheet if you would like to add your own data:

Bike Fit Database


Before you look at the information below, here are some thoughts/comments:

- There are quite a few sources of error in data like this, such as measurement errors (measurements are made by different journalists at different times), discrepancies in listed height of riders versus their actual heights, the impact on saddle length on the "reach" measurement (for example, the popular Fizik Arione saddle is 2 cm longer than most other saddles). Also, different handlebars have different reaches, and different shift levers have different hood lengths (Campy vs. Shimano vs. Sram), which have implications on reach that are not quantified here.
- Professional cyclists may not be reflective of the average population. For example, there may be inherent physical traits that pros possess (which may have helped them to become a pro in the first place) that an average cyclist does not.
- Professional cyclists on average tend to have slightly higher saddle positions (better hamstring flexibility), and longer reach / more saddle-to-bar drop (better core strength and for aerodynamic positioning) compared to an average cyclist.

With those in mind, these charts should be considered for informational purposes only. For example, as a 6' (183 cm) tall male with slightly longer legs than average, my saddle height is 77 cm (as compared to 77.7 cm indicated by the first chart), my reach is 57 cm (as compared to 59.4 cm indicated by the first chart), my saddle setback is 8 cm, and my saddle-to-bar drop is 7.5 cm.


Below is a compilation of pro cyclist fit information from published data dating back to 2006 from various online publications (click to enlarge):

"Saddle Height" is as measured along the seat tube from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the saddle, and "Reach" is measured in a direct line from the saddle tip to the center of the handlebars.

The chart is based on a sample size of 199 data points. The equations shown are for the linear best fit line, and the dashed lines represent plus/minus 3 cm, which bounds the upper and lower bounds of the data fairly well. R-squared is the coefficient of determination as calculated by Excel.

Below is the same data, but instead of individual data points, a "three-point running average" was taken:

In addition to saddle height and reach, some of the published data also included information on saddle setback (from the center of BB to the tip of the saddle) and saddle to handlebar drop; see below. It is interesting to note that while saddle to handlebar drop shows an overall increasing trend with increasing height, the average value is 11.7 cm with a relatively low standard deviation of 2.2 cm (which means that 68.3% of riders fall within a range of 10.5 to 13.9 cm).

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Eddy Mercx Team SC

Merckx aluminum race frame + classic style wheels + classic bend handlebar + Campy drivetrain = Winning.

Eddy Merckx EMX-5

(From the Glory Cycles blog)

Eddy Merckx EMX-7

One of the best looking carbon fiber frames out there today.  The bike stand is pretty cool, too.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Colnago C59

Nice apartment, nicer bike (with a paint scheme that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy):

I will take two, please.

Source: click here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cannondale SuperSix Evo

Built up with SRAM Red, Cannondale SiSL crankset and MadFiber wheels, this one hides its size (63 cm) very well:

Click here for more details.

Serotta Ottrott

Titanium frame with a Shimano Dura Ace build; love the matching white bits and the titanium stem / seatpost on this one:

More details here.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Pro-Lite Cuneo

This one has been stripped off of its paint, powder-coated and built up in econo weight-weenie fashion using  a mix of SRAM Rival and KCNC parts (crankset and cassette), and Williams 19 wheels:

Claimed weight is 6.55kg / 14.5 lbs.  More details here.

Cannondale R900

With Campy Record and Bora Ultra wheels, and Ritchey Classic stem / seatpost:

Hard to believe this frame is from 1996.

Specialized Venge

The first Specialized making it onto my blog...  This one is built up with Shimano Di2 drivetrain and Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLR wheels:

All it is missing is integrating the Di2 battery into the seatpost, but other than that this bike hard to fault.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ridley Noah

In the Belgian colors, with Campy Super Record and Bora Ultra 2 wheels:

The text graphics are a bit loud, but overall this bike pulls it off.  More details can be found here.

Pegoretti Big Leg Emma

This one built up with Campy Record 10-speed, THM Clavicula crankset, and Lightweight wheels:

This one built up with a Campy drivetrain and Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels:

Enigma Elite

Steel creation from the UK based builder, built up with SRAM Red and Enve wheels.

Friday, March 9, 2012

English Cycles Custom Steel

Another one of Rob English's masterful creations:

Custom ISP steel frame and fork with Shimano Dura Ace Di2 shifting, finished in "Super Chrome" from Prismatic Powders.  Just under 6.8 kg (15 lbs) as shown.

Check out the trick USB charging port for the Di2 battery right above the front derailleur.

More information can be found here.

Click herehere or here for more of Rob's work.

Look 695

A few that I have run into on the web and caught my attention...

With SRAM Red / Mad Fiber wheels:

With SRAM Red / Zipp 404 clinchers:

In the Mondrian paint scheme, with Campy Super Record / Bora Ultra wheels:

And another one with Campy Super Record / Bora Ultra wheels:

With Campy Super Record / Lightweight wheels:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tsunami Bikes - Frame Review

My rating:  4.5 / 5 (read below to find out why)

Tsunami Bikes is a small builder out of Phoenix, AZ specializing in custom geometry aluminum frames.  I had seen pictures of their work floating over the internet, and they always struck me as well-built, no-nonsense frames.  So when the opportunity presented itself about six months ago, I decided to pull the trigger and get one for myself.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Felt FC

The owner of this bike has great taste (well, except for the handlebar setup, but I am willing to overlook that), and apparently lots of wheelsets to choose from (more details here).

Here with Ambrosio Crono:

With Lew Pro VT1:

 With Enve Smart 6.7:

And last but not least, with AX Lightness 24:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Colnago C59 Disc

From Colnago's website:

Looks a bit odd with the disc brakes, but this will be the norm soon so I better get used to it.  

Formula brake levers modified to work with Di2.