I've been getting a bunch of questions lately regarding the status of my Peacock Groove roadbike.
Well, it's at Spectrum for paint/powder and supposedly they are supposed to start on the work today. It's been there for a little over a month now, and I actually keep forgetting that I have this thing coming (out of sight/out of mind), then I remember that "Holy Shit!" I've got this bike coming and I get super stoked because it's already paid for so it's like, hey, free bike.
I was recently able to move my Campy 10 speed group and decided to pick up a Sram Red group to replace it. I know this may come as sacrilege to those of you who buy into the cult of Campy (believe me I understand the mystique of their 60's through 90's alloy components with some of the most gorgeous finishes in existence), but they totally fucked up when they stopped supporting 10 speed and pushed all their high end stuff to 11.
While I enjoyed my Record/Chorus group a bunch, here is where I'm at with Campy: all of the high end Campy stuff is crazy expensive, especially the parts that wear out such as chains and cassettes, owning a bunch of wheelsets that are Shimano compatible and then having one wheelset that is an odd duck (Campy compatible) is a pain in the ass, and I am super not into 11 speed. The tools are wicked expensive ($200 plus chain tool) and I am not into having even tighter tolerances on a bike I am going to get dirty*. Yeah it's got the drool factor but so what? The Red stuff is way lighter and way cheaper, it's true that it's not as serviceable as Campagnolo, but after hating on Sram for a long long time (I've never forgiven them for gripshift) I'm stoked to see how their road group checks out.
*I love Shimano 9, if any of you out there are ever going to sell any 105 or above Shimano 9 speed STI's, hit me up dawg
BB30 Red Crankset
seriously retarded light
Shimano Mid Reach Calipers
this is the one kind of bummer item. I can't find any black or sexy mid reach brakes. If any of you know about any out there, please let me know.
I also cheaped out and bought a Force cassette and chain. I'm not made of money, and this stuff is still pretty balller. The Red cassette is a piece of art, but I saved several hundred by making this concession, and since this is the stuff that wears out I'm pretty content with riding the lower end consumables.
Fork and Dropouts
The Clock Starts Ticking
Dropouts, Chainstays, Fork Crown