After successfully building my own time trial bike earlier this year, I decided it was time that I was only racing on my own reations,
and thus time to retire my faithful Trek after 11 seasons of service. The aim was to build the lighest frame I could using steel tubing. I
was pleased with how the TT bike turned out, so I decided to use a similar style front triangle, albeit with different geometry, and
similar internal cable routing.
The tubing is a mixture of True Temper (S3 and Platinum) and standard 4130 - some of which I butted myself. I also made the BB30
bottom bracket shell and cable guides. Most of the parts came from the Trek, with the edition of a few more special parts, such as
the carbon downtube shifter from Germany. I am starting up with some wheelbuilding again, and so I have some very light Edge
rimmed wheels too.
This is designed purely for road racing - minimalist, light and stiff. Also designed purely for me, with non-adjustable saddle height.
With the current build the all up weight is a superlight 12.5lbs; I will get this a bit lower when I upgrade the stem, cassette, fork and
cranks - then bring it back up a bit with the addition of rather more durable tyres.....