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Ribble Audax Build

Old 01-05-17, 09:24 AM
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Ribble Audax Build



Justifications and notes:
- Gain experience by building a bike
- Something more 'disposable' than my carbon bike to ride with my 9 years old son [ he's collided into me once already ], something that I can throw on a crowded bike rack
- A different geometry and material from my endurance carbon bike [and the +1 effect]
- "Wow... that's a lot of spacers!" Since I am new to this type of geometry, I wanted to err on the side of caution when cutting the steering tube. They'll go away once I feel like getting back into build mode.
- SPD pedals. I have SPD SL on my other bike, but when you go on a ride with a young kid you are rolling dice. You might have to walk for a while, or your planned 30 mile ride turns into a 5 minute venture. In this case, wearing shoes with recessed cleats is a plus for me. And I had pedals and shoes sitting unused.
- Yellow handlebars are my son's pick. They'll be dirty and gross soon, but I kind of love it with the blue...
- Shimano 105 groupset except for the brakes. Frame requires long reach so I went with Shimano BR-R451
- Wheels stolen from my other bike. The other bike will get better wheels soon.
- Didn't care about weight, but for curiousity's sake it turned out to be 21lbs despite the 25mm gatorskin hardshell tires and 1980g wheels.
- A few small parts were sitting in the shed unused (pedals, stem, saddle, chain). Total cost not counting wheels 631.72
- Cinelli logo on $12 seatpost adds at least 2 mph.

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Old 01-05-17, 09:43 AM
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Old 01-05-17, 01:28 PM
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What makes it an "Audax" build. I thought Audax was almost sort of like randoneurring---I would have expected rack mounts and multiple bottle cages---and lights.

Pretty bike as it sits, though.
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What makes it an "Audax" build. I thought Audax was almost sort of like randoneurring---I would have expected rack mounts and multiple bottle cages---and lights.

Pretty bike as it sits, though.
The frame has rear pannier and fender mounts (fork has fender mounts as well). I was surprised by the single bottle as well. Incidentaly, pic on site shows one on the seat tube as well, but I know this frame have been around several years in various flavors and incarnations.
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Old 01-05-17, 01:54 PM
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Dual bottlers isn't that big a deal---on a long ride you will go through more than two, so they will be packed away elsewhere anyway.

I like the general style of bike---a lot like my Dawes, set up to not be slow but to be practical---good for everything from quick rides to light touring (prettier than my Dawes, which I resent very much.)

Is it 11-speed 105?

I need to buy a couple Cinelli stickers.
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Old 01-05-17, 03:14 PM
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Hehe yeah, generally I need two bottles. But I have one of the SKS adapters for seat post that fits where the second cage would be on the frame as well.
Aye, it's the 11 speed 105, 5800. Ordered in bits and pieces as things appeared on sale. Honestly, it took much more patience and time than I cared to have.

No stickers! Get the real deal for $10.
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Old 03-02-17, 08:01 AM
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How well do the R451 brakes work with the 5800 levers? I had to go with a longer-reach brake on my own build, and I bought the R451 brakes to pair with my 5800 groupset, so I was wondering how you liked them. Thanks!
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great winter/light-tourer/kidparty ride. Well done.
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Yes, very nice!
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Did you have to pay any importing fee? I've been waiting for their sportive racing disc, but of course I don't want to do with duty fees + california sales tax.

Originally Posted by slimyfrog View Post

Justifications and notes:
- Gain experience by building a bike
- Something more 'disposable' than my carbon bike to ride with my 9 years old son [ he's collided into me once already ], something that I can throw on a crowded bike rack
- A different geometry and material from my endurance carbon bike [and the +1 effect]
- "Wow... that's a lot of spacers!" Since I am new to this type of geometry, I wanted to err on the side of caution when cutting the steering tube. They'll go away once I feel like getting back into build mode.
- SPD pedals. I have SPD SL on my other bike, but when you go on a ride with a young kid you are rolling dice. You might have to walk for a while, or your planned 30 mile ride turns into a 5 minute venture. In this case, wearing shoes with recessed cleats is a plus for me. And I had pedals and shoes sitting unused.
- Yellow handlebars are my son's pick. They'll be dirty and gross soon, but I kind of love it with the blue...
- Shimano 105 groupset except for the brakes. Frame requires long reach so I went with Shimano BR-R451
- Wheels stolen from my other bike. The other bike will get better wheels soon.
- Didn't care about weight, but for curiousity's sake it turned out to be 21lbs despite the 25mm gatorskin hardshell tires and 1980g wheels.
- A few small parts were sitting in the shed unused (pedals, stem, saddle, chain). Total cost not counting wheels 631.72
- Cinelli logo on $12 seatpost adds at least 2 mph.
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Old 03-05-17, 01:06 PM
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Did you have to pay any importing fee? I've been waiting for their sportive racing disc, but of course I don't want to do with duty fees + california sales tax.
No. Out of the 4 or 5 orders I placed I didn't have to pay any extra fees.
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