We have a fairly active community on our forum, and that community is extremely creative and loves its bicycles. I admit that I don’t get over there nearly enough, but every time I do I’m blown away by the bicycles, wheels and components that get posted.  So when trying to decide which bike would open our category for customer submitted bikes, I had my work cut out.  How did I want to go about this. Stealth and minimal (2010 Neo Ultimate – 11.6lb)? Give a new-classic it’s chance in a tastefully done replica Colnago. How about a truly loud bike, or a demonstration of how in your face simple black and white can be? Or show off Aero over grams in a weight weenie world, but why not a flashy Italian frame, or some creative photography, or a bit of exotic, OR?!?!?

The Blog’s First Customer Bike, A Giant TCR

In the end I was able to come to a conclusion, and it’s Macrophage’s Giant TCR. “WHY?” Well, a few reasons. First, it’s stealth like a lot of the builds but it also has some bright spots in the candied Nokon housing, gold Bold Ti skewers, the gold KMC chain and the blue KCNC dérailleur pulleys. Second, it’s components aren’t overly exotic, in fact the frame, wheelset, and crank are everyday parts that are found on thousands of bikes. Yet it’s been meticulously put together and matched. For example, the lines on the seat post and the frame go together as well as an integrated seat post. Third and finally, I shouldn’t like it (sorry, no offense), yet I do. I’ve never been a fan of the Giant TCR, especially for it’s looks. FSA has never stood out in my mind. Even when confronted with mounting data, Mavic refuses to change the crosswind-grabbing sharp internal edge. Yet this particular bike all comes together nicely, proving that the bike can be more than the sum of its parts.

Yes, I will get to our fully exotic; I’ll work on the aero, show you the absurdly light and grab some of the most artistic pictures submitted. But for now enjoy a well-put-together all around bike.