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I've started hanging bits off that nice new Genesis frameset. Here's how it's going

We didn't come back from Icebike empty handed - there was a new Equlibrium 853 frame stowed away in the boot of Mat's van, And to give it a run out I'm going to get it built up in time for the Barry's Bristol Ball Buster 214km Audax in a couple of weeks. So if you're coming to that, check it out in the flesh.

It's getting a full Audax build cause I'm hoping to also use it for the 400km Brevet Cymru, which will be my first 400km ride, in May. Here's how it's shaping up so far...

Headset: Spin Bling Ti - very nice Titanium unit, the frame deserves nothing less really...

Bars and stem: Zipp Service Course SL - These are in for testing, and the short and shallow profile of the bars should give some comfy hand positions for long hours in the saddle. They're pretty light, too. The 110mm stem might be a bit short though, we'll see.

Wheels: handbuilt Mavic Open Pro on SP-PV8 dynohub/Halo Spin Master Pro - These are the wheels I've been running on the Jamis Quest for a few months and they've been on my own Equlibrium too. They'll be running a Supernova E3 Pro lighting system, and that funny looking spacer on the top of the stem is a Supernova Plug USB port that also runs from the hub, perfect for topping up your phone or Garmin on the go.

Tyres: Panaracer RiBMo 700x28c - The RiBMo is one of my favourite heavy duty tyres. They're super-resistant to punctures but at 365g an end they're a good bit lighter than some of the other options. They roll well and they're comfy too.

Mudguards: PDW Full Metal - again, these are in for testing so this is a good opportunity. They're an interesting design that can be fitted to bikes without eyelets, although obviously that's not a problem here.

Rack: Tortec Velocity - a nice low-profile unit that suits the frame well. The Equilibrium doesn't have rack mounts so I'm using a Salsa rack collar as the top mount. You can't fit a rack-top bag to the Velocity because the platform isn't wide enough, but I figure I'll probably use a pannier for the 400km

Seatpost and saddle: The seatpost is a Bontrager carbon one that's from the parts drawer. The Charge spoon is my favourite saddle but I think I might need a different colour one for this build...

That just leaves the transmission and we're good to go! Since I'm under no illusions about my climbing ability or the amount of hills on the Brevet Cymru, I'm thinking 105 triple might be the most pragmatic option. When it's finished, and I've put some miles into it, we'll get reviewing!

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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jengy [71 posts] 3 years ago
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I like the look of these, did the frame and fork happen to see a set of scales before you started adding bits ?

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matthewn5 [760 posts] 3 years ago
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And you put that lovely new frame on a dirty old breeze block!

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arrieredupeleton [575 posts] 3 years ago
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....'Supernova Plug USB port that also runs from the hub, perfect for topping up your phone or Garmin on the go... and doubles as a cigarette lighter'

May I suggest a green and black Charge Spoon with brown trim?

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nick_rearden [436 posts] 3 years ago
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drmatthewhardy wrote:

And you put that lovely new frame on a dirty old breeze block!

Breeze block? BREEZE BLOCK! That is a finely hewn piece of Bath's fine geology, the very Oolite upon which the local economy is historically based

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Coodsta [112 posts] 3 years ago
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nick_rearden wrote:
drmatthewhardy wrote:

And you put that lovely new frame on a dirty old breeze block!

Breeze block? BREEZE BLOCK! That is a finely hewn piece of Bath's fine geology, the very Oolite upon which the local economy is historically based

breeze block/ oolite, whatever it's still morally wrong to be resting such a lovely frame on a rock....  4

Really lookin forward to reading the review of this one...

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ped [229 posts] 3 years ago
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The angle of the saddle is making me edgy, Dave. Please tell me it's just resting there before being set up properly.

[rocks gently]

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monty dog [456 posts] 3 years ago
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ped wrote:

The angle of the saddle is making me edgy, Dave. Please tell me it's just resting there before being set up properly.

[rocks gently]

Spirit level must be broken  39

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harman_mogul [224 posts] 3 years ago
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Shimano 105 triple works very well indeed. 30 x 28 bottom very welcome for steep ascents and you will surely never spin out 50 x 11.

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Municipal Waste [239 posts] 3 years ago
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What? Only mudguard eyes and no actual rack mounts, seems ideal  39

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samjdalton [13 posts] 3 years ago
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Now you've spent a good few miles on this build, how do you rate the frame over the 725 equilibrium? I am in the market for a steel distance eater and I don't know whether to hold out for this frame or go for the tried and tested and much cheaper 725.