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Often when I get something that says fragile on the outside, I do the mispronunciation and the "must be Italian" joke from A Christmas Story, but sometimes what's in the box actually is Italian. Or at least is some carbon that was laid up in a Chinese factory for an Italian company.
I very much like the feel of this frame frame, and the color spoke to my soul. When an endurance type carbon frame popped up in my size and a color, it was easy deciding what was going to happen with my tax refund this year. The idea with this project is to build a nice, carbon road bike to replace my current 2015 Scott Speedster 20, which is only an okay road bike (and aluminum). I love the way carbon road bikes ride. The plan is an Ultegra groupset, however it appears exceedingly difficult to actually purchase a complete group set in these Covid times. The back up plan would be to swap the 105 groupset from my Scott onto the frame for the time being and pickup some mechanical calipers.
The plan is also to initially build the bike with the stem, bar and seat post from the Scott, as the dimensions are close enough between the frames that I should have an eminently ridable bike with those old components on the new frame. Once I've ridden the bike enough to know exactly what I want for those components (and a pro fitting is also in the cards), they'll get replaced with nice parts.
The wheelset also arrived today. Part of me wanted to dive into a custom build from prowheelbuilder.com or the like, but the wallet was a lot happier with an endurance road focused DT Swiss ER1600 wheelset. I like 'em in the flesh. Moderately light at a touch over 1600 grams in a 23mm rim height, 24 straight-pull aero spoke setup and nice, sealed-bearing hubs, all for a reasonable $750 shipped. I was pleasantly surprised to see them already taped for tubeless out of the box. These will get some tubeless 28c slicks. I'm aiming for a light, but supple riding road bike for all the shitty pavement around Southern NM.