Just thought I would share my new rider. Its only just landed, had a quick hand polish and assembled so I can have a ride before a strip down and proper service, polish and one or two changes.
For this I have to thank the legend that is Mel in Holland
I recieved an email saying he had spotted a Squadra in my size, a 48cm in a small shop near to him with mainly C record parts if I was interested. Certainly was
Mel went, had a look, took some pics, sorted a price and got back to me. They were selling it for a third party and it was a very good price, so the next step was would they ship it. That was a bit of a sticky issue that I didnt realise at the time but eventually Mel ended up packing it to his usual high standard and shipped it. I really cant thank him enough for all he's done for me. A Dura Ace in a sea of Sora
Its sat at the shop for a while and spent most days outside so the brightwork is a bit dulled and everything needs regreased. Its been used as intended and has a few chips but has been well looked after.
I wasn't after a show bike but a rider to sit along side my treasured Merckx. Something that was nice to ride but that I could tinker with as I went along, and this fits the bill perfectly. Also being Campagnolo equiped it will compliment it nicely.
The size is perfect which is nice as so often getting a 48cm is very hard to find or like my Merckx its classed as a custom build and carries a premium over a standard sizing when bought new.
As can be seen from the specs below its mainly C record but the shifters and brake levers have been replaced with ergopowers and the rear mech is a veloce, these are 9 speed judging by the cassette and must have been an upgrade a good while back. The wheels are CXP 30 aero rims running on Dura Ace hubs with a 9 speed cassette.
In the short term I will replace the rear mech with a Campagnolo one more in keeping with the polished look. Rims will probably be changed out soon as I am swapping my open pro's on the Merckx for a new pair of blue open pro's so this will probably get the grey open pro's from the Merckx. Other than that I think it will just be a work in progress for a while as I am itching to just get out and ride it, then maybe it might head back down the full C record route.
If anyone knows what these ergo shifters are i would be grateful to know as I have only ever run Shimano and am not that up on ID'ing all the myriad Campagnolo variants.
I will add to this once I get some miles in and swap out the pics for a couple of nice road shots. These were just quickly taken this afternoon once it was unpacked.
Frame: Columbus TSX
Headset: C Record
Bar Tape: ?
Brake Levers/Brifters: ? Campagnolo 9 speed
Brake Calipers: C Record Cobalto
Brake Pads: Campagnolo
Brake Cables: Campagnolo
Front Derailleur: C Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo 9 speed Veloce
Derailleur Cables: ?
Cassette: Campagnolo Record
Cranks: C Record 170mm
Chainrings: Campagnolo C Record?
Bottom Bracket: C Record
Rims: Mavic CXP 30
Hubs: Dura Ace
Hub Skewers: Dura Ace
Tyres: Pariba handmade pro evolution rear, Vredestien front
Saddle: Hoske Colnago
Seatpost: C Record
Bottle Cage: Tackx
Weight: without chain 9.2kilo
Carlsberg dont build Singlespeeds but if they did.......they would probably look just like mine.
I've spent half my life on bikes.........the other half I wasted