Monday, March 08, 2010

Triathlon Bike

I finally finished the build of my triathlon bike for the 2010 season. I have been researching and debating a bike purchase since the fall of 2008 before I trained in earnest for my first triathlon in 20 years. I finally started piecing together the parts I would need from Craig’s List and local bicycle shops. The finished product is courtesy of Excel Sports, my favorite Boulder shop.

The heart of this bike is a circa 1987 Pinarello Montello frame and chrome fork that started its life as a state of the art frame was relegated to acting as a single speed frame and is reborn as my racing bike.

The wheel set utilizes a front track wheel and a Mavic Open Pro rear wheel. The track wheel is courtesy of the single speed and the rear wheel is courtesy of an upgrade on my road bike. Although a little heavy, they are functional and bomb proof.

The components get a little interesting. The Campagnolo record headset, Dura-Ace brakes, Campagnolo record seat post and Selle Italia Turbo saddle are all original. They have been complemented with a mixed Ultegra drivetrain. The cockpit is a mixed bag and is complemented by Cinelli Macrospash black and red bar tape.

The bike feels great on the trainer and it will be nice to see how it handles on the road. It is a little heavy at 23.3 pounds with pedals, but I am carrying an extra 15 pounds myself. Unfortunately I have had another gout flare up which will most likely keep me hobbling around for at least five days.

Frame/Fork: Pinarello Montello (circa 1987)
Wheel set: Suzue front and Ultegra rear on Mavic Open Pro wheels
Drive train: Ultegra (6500 front, SL rear, Dura Ace 9spd chain)
Cockpit: Profile Design Quill Converter Adapter, Ritchey Adjustable Comp stem, Mavic base bar, Visiontech time trial bar, Profile Design Quick Stop 2 brake levers and Dura Ace 9spd bar end shifters
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo (original)

Will add pictures when available.

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