FINALLY! So today I got the 1st ride on the bike with the Hooker brakes AND the new sub-1k wheelset (Tune Mag 190 rear hub, M5 front hub, Pillar ti spokes, Reynolds Cirro rims, front Veloflex SC tire, rear Ritchey WCS slick tire - both tires to be replaced before the racing season starts though!). I have to say that I am very happy with the wheels - they ride very nice & I didn't notice any excessive flex in the wheels. The brakes were less than stellar though - but they have ~10 year old Dura-Ace brake pads (that I shaved down before the ride) being used on the carbon rims. I am sure that the SS yellow pads I have on order will stop better. I did a quick spin with my alloy rimmed clincher wheels & the braking was on par with ZG's - which is what I expected.
It ain't "finished" yet. I still need to get a tire for my front Hed Stinger 6 glued on. I also have to get a hold of some black Nokon beads. The white ones are on there because that's all I have. It'll be proper before the racing season starts. I figured that if I kept waiting for the bike to be 100% it'd be another couple of months till I got these pictures up.
Weight with the tubular climbing wheels (shown) is 14.65#.
Weight with the clincher wheels (shown) is 16.75#.
So anyways - here it is: Victoria, Version 2.0 (aka V.2010).....
And here it is with my training wheels (although this will also be my rear racing wheel most of the time)
I love this front view - almost all the cables are invisible to the wind.
Looking back at the original build I think she looked sexier in that version, but I think that's mostly that the Hed wheels matched so well. I am going with no logos on my wheels this year & trying to make her a lil' more stealth. Also I am going with a single bottle cage for everything except for road races & long training rides, which will only be a couple times a month. For now at least. I am also working on a fairing to cover up the Di2 battery. All in good time....
I also have a Speedneedle on the way- if that works out then it's how I will have her under 14.5# in the climbing shoes. That'd be sweet.
Also, when my SRM PCVI battery dies I'll have the case changed over to a black one. I went with the white back when I had the full white R3 & now it just doesn't work with the lack of white on this version of the build.
Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?