Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Invincible...
- Frame: Moots Vamoots road bike, custom, 59cm
- Fork: Easton EC90 SL straight-blade
- Wheels: hand-built 32-spoke, 3-cross pattern with Shimano DuraAce hubs and Mavic CXP33 rims.
- Crank: Shimano Ultegra SL Compact (34-50)
- Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 12-27
- Shifters, brakes, and derailleurs: Shimano DuraAce 7800 (I know, SO last year...)
- Handlebar: FSA K-Wing Carbon 440 mm
- Headset: Chris King NoThreadset (silver)
- Stem: Thomson Elite X4 0 deg rise (silver)
- Seapost: Thomson Masterpiece Offset (silver)
- Saddle: Selle SMP Strike Extra (white)
- Tires: Continental Grand Prix S
- Pedals: Shimano DuraAce 7810
- Bottle Cages: King Titanium Cages
Once everything worked its way out, I rode the bike home Wednesday night in street clothes, and took it out for its first ride in "real" clothes that Friday with my friend Kim. Simply, it lives up to expectations. It's a phenomenal piece of craftsmanship and it's worth every penny.
And like I've been saying, I defy anyone to take a look at any single piece of that bike and say it looks out of place. I'd wanted to go for a classic-looking bike made out of the best modern materials, and I scored a grand slam.
Thanks go out to the following:
Jon Cariveau from Moots, who did an excellent job putting together the proposed design and serving as my contact. Praise goes to all the employees there involved in the fabrication process...you are true artisans.
Kim Topp and Marc Seeman, for reminding me that above all, this is a fun sport.
Tom Healy, chief mechanic at Bike World Ames, for putting up with my snowstorm of questions and for doing a damned fine job of both building my wheels and not throwing me out of the shop when I became a pest.
Eric Grootveld of Bike World, for reminding me that this isn't supposed to be cheap or easy. Thanks, Grote; taking that advice to heart was well worth it. But I still dispute that perfection can't come in 700 x 23 :-)
And above all, Steve and Leann Lauber of BW. You guys have gone from being good business acquaintances to being better friends, and I thank you for everything.
Spin easy, friends.