Hi all! I’ve had some bits of the build delivered…….
I now have the ability to ream my seat post…… and mount my bars in a sexier fashion. Oh….. and I also scored some wheels…..
Yep thats right…. CHRIS KING HUBS, the hubs I coveted growing up, built onto Mavic open pro using Sapim spokes. The gravel build got an upgrade! these wheels should shave almost a kilo off the wheel weight!
It’s going to be interesting to see where the weight will end up on this bike. Going weight weenie wasn’t the goal on this build but it seems to be happening without intention. Shaving a kilo from the wheels, hundred grams from the seat post, maybe a hundred grams from the stem, and maybe fifty grams by going for a lightweight headset. When you add that up, thats safely into the weight of a decent carbon fibre frame. Thats a big saving…. the bike should suddenly become quite lively!
Next port of call is getting it painted. I’ve settled on the powder coat route, but I’ve not settled on a colour. I visited the powder coaters last week to chat over some colour options but unfortunately they didn’t have record of exactly what stock they have. So it’s down to me (as it rightly should be) to hunt online for a colour, then ask them to see if they have it. At this point I’m open to suggestions! So please feel free to comment below with your ideas. The powdercoaters (PowderTec on the chalwyn industrial estate in Poole) are a RAL stockist, so this is the colour palette of choice. So far I’ve had suggestions of the following……
Three colours I like a lot, that will rally work with my all black parts build as well. Would love your suggestions……. but hey this may be a while until its done with the coronavirus outbreak….. but thats a post for another day.
That wraps this up for now!