Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Bikes: Colossi Track





















Here's a bit of bike building action from my TT > Track conversion build. Cranks, fixed gear- these things should be simple, but somehow setting this aspect up took more time than the rest of the fixed build put together.

















Still, the result is pretty pimping and I've been enjoying this machine on street (with brake) and track (without) over the past month or so. Pushing a fixed 51x15 tends to mean I get a good workout no matter what the terrain, and given I put this together for a relatively small amount I'm pretty amazed with how much attention it seems to get off people / cats who see it. It's certainly different!





















Another bonus is that it's so difficult to ride even if someone does try to steal it they will most likely fall off. What makes it difficult is also what makes it fun. I've never ridden anything so uncompromising in stiffness- forget what people tell you about carbon being laterally stiff etc.- no road bike will ever have a patch on an alu. frame like this kitted out with steel handlebars and 4/5 spoke track wheels (note all the trackie pros typically use a Mavic 5 spoke front -rrp more than this complete bike). Of course, with off the chart stiffness comes off the chart lack of bump compliance, but this doesn't really matter on the track, or on a 20 min commute. And, if I get bored I can always turn it back into a TT machine. Full spec. at time of photo below:

Frame: Colossi Custom Alu.
Fork: Colossi Carbon
Headset: Ritchey WCS Integrated
Stem: Thomson
Post: Thomson
Bars: Colossi steel pipe
Tape: Green Newbaums
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
Wheels: Corima 4 spoke (used)
Tubs: Schwalbe Ultremo
Cranks: C-Unit 51
Pedals: 105
Chain: Izumi Gold 1 1/8th
Sprocket: Halo 15t
Brake: Campag Chorus
Brake Lever: Dia Compe