A bit of a Weenie build this time around…
- Frame: 2011 Parlee z5 medium with custom paint
- Forks: Stock z5
- Wheels: Enve 1.45s on Extralite hubs custom decals
- Chainset: THM M3 with Praxis compact rings
- Levers: Super Record
- Bars: 3T ergonova LTDs
- Stem: Extralite road stem
- Seatpost: Berk combo
- Saddle: Berk combo
- Front Mech: Super Record
- Rear Mech: Super Record
- Tyres: Veloflex Extreme and Carbon Tubluars
- Brakes: Zero Gravity Neg-G GSLs
- Pedals: Speedplay (tuned to 142g)
- Bottle Cages: Emporelli Dolomiti cages with Extralite bottle cage bolts
Any other components worth a mention?:
Mcfk seatpost clamp, rear mech has been tuned with alloy pinch bolts and extralite jockeys, I-link Cables with a DLC cable set, Tune DC14 skewers, no steel bolts and a tuned deda dog fang.
Tell me a bit about it:
Have a round 5500kms on this bike since I brought it last winter, it’s been getting lighter and lighter the whole time.
It’s presently 5.28kgs and acutally used every day rain or shine. I’m very happy with the component choice as I’ve only broken one spoke in the last year which is pretty good given I’m 85kgs. It’s a better climber than I am, descends like a demon and comfortable enough to tackle 180km rides on.
Also switched to tubulars when I built this as daily ride tyres. Riding mostly around eastern Sydney I haven’t had much drama with them and sold all my clincher wheels.
The Jure Berk saddle combo is my favorite bit of kit, so comfortable and with the mixed twill an UD finish looks great
I love riding this thing. It’s the kinda bike you get up at 5am to ride In the cold and dark knowing your going to get rained on.
A tuned Deda dog fang eh?! I’d have thought the weenie-way would be to go without completely?! Right, what else have we got going on here?…
Of the usual suspects, firstly the saddle has no rails – how the hell do I score that?! At least the bar tape and saddle colour match though. Brake tracks are black, but there’s no matching collar and cuffs with that custom seatpost, erm, thing… (I’m kidding – I was actually just wondering how I could get one done and sent to Baum to be colour-matched to my new Ristretto!). Not bad going so far.
On the subject of the saddle and seatpost combo though, I straightened out the pic sent so that the wheels were level, and there’s a slope to the saddle – I hope that was how it was supposed to turn out?!
The rest of the spec list is good, but I have to say (and I’ve said it a few times before) I really prefer Campag builds to be all-Campag – nice though those new THM M3 cranks are I’d really rather see a set of the Carbon-Ti Super Record ones on here, and the red graphic on those would match the red stripe on the frame quite nicely. I can’t stand Neg-G brakes either, or any brakes Ciamillo produce for that matter – they’re all just too finicky to setup and too temperamental if you get it even slightly wrong.
Interesting that you say it’s got custom paint – I’ve seen at least two others with the same design. Not sure I’d personally be happy with any broken spokes in any given time frame either (and I weight about the same as you for what it’s worth)! Hats off to you for using it in all conditions though – that’s what bikes are for so I applaud that with gusto.
I like it but I’m not blown away – it’s a 7.5/10.
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