My Ultimate bicycle
I started riding bicycles in 1980 and I have ridden road bikes and mountain bikes. I’ve had quite a few–way more than the cars I’ve owned.
I view a bicycle as an object and a means. Much like cars, bicycles are technical sculptures, functional and stylish, but utilitarian. A bicycle is unsurpassed in its ability to convert human movement into motion and distance covered.
My most recent statement of the bicycle is a 2010 Neo Exile Ultimate frame, with selected components.
The majority of components are made of carbon fiber. At least 75% of the weight of the bicycle is carbon fiber.
The build list is below (component weights as measured are in grams)
Frame: Neo Exile Ultimate 975
Fork: Edge tapered 1.5” 340
Headset FSA Orbit tapered 105
Stem/Handlebar: FSA Plasma Compact (sanded) 390
Crank Arms: THM Clavicula 420
Chain Rings: FiberLyte CF 41/51 76
Pedals: Speedplay X1 150
Saddle: AX Lightness AX1000 55
Seat Post: AX Lightness AX2200 80
Seat Post Clamp: New Ultimate 8
Brake Levers: SRAM Red(sanded, BTP grips) 290
Brakes: EE + Swisstop pads 190
Shift/Brake Cables: Nokon 80
Rear Derailleur: SRAM Red 150
Chain: DuraAce 7900 230
Front Derailleur: DuraAce 7900 66
Front Wheel: Tune Mig45, Sapim, AX Lightness SRT42 380
Rear Wheel: Tune Mag160, Sapim, AX Lightness SRT42 540
Tires: Veloflex Extreme 450
Rim glue: 20
Cassette: KCNC Alloy 11-23 110
Skewers: Tune 14 33
Handlebar Tape: Forte CF vinyl 20
Bottle Cage: Emporelli 15
Total: 5200g 11.5lbs
My previous bike was a custom bike built on a Giant TCR frame