Tuesday, 12 February 2008

My new bike - the Battaglin Project!

My newly acquired Battaglin frame which I finally got round to building up, but its not quite what I was hoping for. As soon as I can find them, I'll be replacing the following:

1. Wheels. Ventos work nicely, but some more traditional non-G3 looking wheels would be better.
2. Handlebars. Couldn't for the life of me find silver handlebars, although I have seen them on ebay - will get round to replacing ...
3. Seatpost. Ditto as with the handlebars - no silver around.
4. Hoods. Black hoods and white bar tape just look odd, so I've ordered a set of white Hudz for campy.

She rides like a dream, by the way - very comfy and surprisingly light and fast up the hills...





...and these were a little gift from my bike shop guy - no cobaltos unfortunately (either he'd sold them a while back or found them then realised how much they could go for on ebay!), but very nice nevertheless - a set of Chorus calipers from 1989 supposedly

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Surprisingly comfy, fast and light (light-feeling, at least) is exactly how I felt when I got mine a couple months ago! I too went on a quest to get the right period components. It's all on ebay - silver NOS Cinelli bars and stem; Campy rims, hubs, Athena seatpost and brakes (to complete partial group), and; San Marco Regal perforated saddle (not all installed yet). Still, the Battaglin is not the prettiest of my bikes, but it really does ride the best -- subliminally sweet ride!! I can't say enough. It smooths out rough road but still feeds back, (like Bilstein car shocks or something), it's quick and nimble. Been thinking of selling it to focus on my pretty bike project, but evry time I ride it, I question the motive. for now it's mine!

I would be happy to share all best sources for the right parts! really a shame to settle for that mixed period look when the period Italian aesthetic was SO special!

Oh well, happy riding (and looking)!

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dwbeever said...

do you still have this bike?
is it an SLX frame?
pls let me know.

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