Part 15: Components
While I never imagined that this would be a 15+ part series, here I am writing part 15 and nowhere close to the end. I’m hoping this is still informative, however if your reason for being here was to look at Carl’s stuff, then you’ve probably gotten what you came for. At any rate, the next couple of sections will be about my build, but following that I’ll get back to the test riding of the bike.
The frame was built with an Easton SLX fork in mind. The thing is one of the lightest and strongest carbon forks out there, and has a good market presence and reputation. Originally I was going to replace the FSA stem, handlebars and seatpost (all the FSA K-force carbon stuff) and put Easton EC90 on, but my FSA is in great shape. So for the non-drive stuff, it will be:
- Easton SLX fork
- FSA K-Force Seatpost
- FSA K-Force Carbon Stem
- FSA K-Force Carbon Bars
- Chris King Headset
I struggled with the headset just a bit, but I ended up with a mango headset after initially buying the black one. Turns out that the Chris King mango anodization is almost a dead on match to the gold highlighting that Spectrum painted onto the frame.
As mentioned before, this will be my sole road bike for the foreseeable future. Going from multiple bikes with Shimano, this meant that I had an opportunity to go to Campy. Obviously if I was going to put Campy on a Carl Strong bike, I was going to do it with Record.
Click the photo for a full size image. Some of these are a bit large as well.
Yes – that’s a Campy Chorus cassette. I really can’t see why you’d want to pay a couple hundred dollars for a Record Ti cassette. Cassettes and chains are (after all) expendable items that you go through fairly frequently. Therefore, if you have to buy one every year, get a cheap one. That’s my opinion anyway.
You’ll also notice that those are not Campy chains. On the recommendation of my friend Mel, I got five Wipperman chains. These have the same type of master link that SRAM does, so I don’t need to have a stupid chain tool sitting around all the time, just when I first size a chain for initial installation.
The only complaint that I really have about Campy is their crankset. Why they decided not to match the carbon weave is beyond me. Their crankset has that marbled look while the rest of the group has a more common carbon weave look. Personally I’d rather everything look fairly homogeneous.