The Final Build

I was hoping for some nice and sunny warm weather to build the bike up but it wasnt to be. But lovely Kerry said I could bring it all inside and build in the living room…result! The pictures came out a bit grainy a rubbish unfortunately.

First things first, headset always first. I got a mate at work to lathe me some bespoke adapters so I could press the Chris King headset in without damaging the pressed in bearings. This made life so much easier, with everything concentric I could just wind up the nut on the end and each cup went in in a few seconds, perfectly straight.

Homemade headset press

Bottom brackets should be easy but the threads on the cast lug were so tight. There was no way the King BB was going in on the first attempt and I didnt want to damage the aluminium threads so I used an old square taper BB and my battle worn Hope BB cups to open up the threads enough that the CK BB would go in without too much force. It still needs to come out and go in a couple more times just to be safe. An easy job that should take minutes took an hour. Faff!

BB was a sod to install

BB installed means cranks can go in. An adapter kit is required t make the SRAM stepped spindle fit the standard bore CK BB. The CK bearings are a little draggy due to being overpacked with grease at the factory and the seals being brand new. They should free up after a while.


SRAM Red Exogram Cranks, 609g, lovely.

Cutting the fork steerer next. I bought a proper steerer cutting tool becuase the carbon steerer uses an expanding bung rather than a star fangled nut (bike mumbo jumbo, sorry) and the bung needs to sit flush on the top of the steerer meaning a perfectly level cut. As with any steerer cut, measure twice and leave a bit of extra for spacers just to be safe. I’ll rider it with spacers above and below the stem to see how I prefer the height before making the final cut.

Thomson X2 Stem, so pretty

There isn’t much to say about adding the bars and saddle, standard stuff not difficult. Both will be tweaked for a while until i’m happy with the final position. The bars are a small compromise, they’re quite a shallow drop, aero is less important to me these days compared to comfort, but they’re massively stiff. The saddle is most defintly a compromise, there is a lot of weight to be saved in a saddle and at 120g, this one is pretty light. There is not a lot of padding which I thought i would notice but, its comfy and has a cutout. Have to admit, i’m not sure I notice a real difference from a non-cutout saddle but maybe that’s the point?

3T Ergonova Carbon Bars, 200g
Selle Italia Carbonio Flow Saddle, 120g, more comfortable than it looks!