Road Frame Testing: Interesting Video

Giant has posted a video explaining frame testing protocol within the bicycle industry and it is really rather fascinating.

You have to wade through a bit of manufacturer propaganda, but many of us have heard it all before (and I rather like Giant’s road bikes) so it’s not that bad. Once you sift through the subjectivity you’ll see that there are some cold hard facts and some interesting insights into how all these data points that we are bombarded with are actually created – and why some companies test the way they do.

So, have a peek and see what you learn – I’ll bet there’s something new in there you didn’t know before. Enjoy:

Shanna’s Sweet ProjectOne 6.5 Pro

Shanna has waited far too long for her bike and has been more than patient! (Thanks for understanding, Shanna.) We placed the order with Trek as soon as they opened up the ProjectOne program – because we wanted to get her on the bike as soon as possible. Well, we didn’t expect that it would take Shimano this long to perfect the Dura Ace 7950 compact crankset. But, just look at that thing! Worth the wait, huh? Gorgeous!

So, here’s the run down on the build kit: Frame Module: 2009 Trek Madone 6.5 Pro, 52cm; Wheels: Bontrager Race X Lite; Group: Shimano Dura Ace 7900 w/ 7950 compact crankset; Handlebar: Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon Blade; Stem: Bontrager Race XXX Lite Carbon Road; Pictured accessories: Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon bottle cages; Bontrager Air Rush CO2 mini-pump. Weight as pictured: 14.8 lbs (Including cages, pump, CO2, and yes, reflectors…)

Shanna A 6.5 1

Just a few notes for interested readers: This is one of our first assembly jobs with the new 7900 kit, and there’s a few things that really jumped out at us. Shimano is known for continuous improvement and innovation and 7900 is no exception. Every bit from the shifters to the barrel adjusters has seemingly been scrutinized for improved function and feel. Just try this next time you get a chance to touch some 7900 stuff (especially if there is 7800 or 6600 Ultegra nearby…): grab the brake barrel adjuster and give it a twist. Smooth, light action but still solid and you know that adjuster will hold it’s position. Now twist the 7800 or Ultegra adjuster: solid, confidence inspiring, but not as smooth or effortless. Shimano doesn’t miss a detail! Continue reading “Shanna’s Sweet ProjectOne 6.5 Pro”

2/1/07 – My New Bike!

Yeah, even us shop guys get excited about getting new bikes! Truth is, I’ve somewhat secretly wanted one of these for quite some time. I got a Trek X0-1 frameset from Trek and built it up with parts that had been on another frame to end up with a new cyclo-cross bike. It’s been quite a project – as some of these parts are new, and some have been on as many as three of my bikes. I even built the wheels myself a couple years ago. Yeah, it’s not the prettiest or the coolest, or the lightest or newest – but it’ll be a great rainy-day, commuter, winter bike. You might even catch me on it in some cyclo-cross races next winter. (Yeah, I know the last ‘cross race of the season was on Sunday…perfect timing, huh?)


So, why am I writing about this here? Pretty light reading compared to my usual topics? Well, I’m excited about it, and the guys at our stores are all pretty big fans of cyclo-cross bikes. If you’re looking for the road equivalent of a hard-tail mountain bike – a go anywhere, do anything kind of machine – the cyclo-cross (or CX) bike is the ticket. These bikes have most of the same advantages of your average road bike, but the fit is a little more relaxed and with beefier frames and components and wider, generally knobby, tires they can handle some pretty rough terrain. They also ride pretty smoothly because of their wider tires, so they’re a great choice for commuting.
So, since this one won’t appear on our shop website¬†here’s the run-down on the build:

Frame: Trek X0-1 Alpha SL frame w/ Trek alloy fork; Group: Shimano 8 speed R600/LX w/ Bontrager Sport GXP Compact crankset; Wheels: Handbuilt Salsa Delgado Cross rims, Shimano XT (f)/LX (r) hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes; Support: Bontrager Race Lite Stem, Bontrager Race Lite CX Handlebar, Alpha Q Pro Lite Carbon Seatpost, WTB Speed V Saddle, Ritchey SpeedMax 700×32 tires, Cane Creek S-3 Headset, Shimano SPD M-737 Pedals.

Thanks for reading.

**UPDATE**: The bike got a new build kit some time ago. Here’s the changes from the above/pictured specs – Group: Shimano Dura Ace 7700 9-Speed, Selle Italia Flite Gel Flow, Shimano SPD M-520 pedals