So my bike finally arrived from Ribble.
After it being delivered to the wrong address, having to re-arrange delivery myself, dealing with the worst customer service in the history of ever and having the build and delivery date pushed back from 14 days all the way to an eventual to 46, Keira is finally with me.
Yes Kiera !
She’s skinny, she’s white and she’s beautiful. Just like Miss Knightley.
And I’ll stop there with the comparisons before I start talking about the ride etc…………
I would like to spend the whole of this post whinging about Ribble and detailing their every failing but that would make for poor reading, so I am instead going to talk about the bike itself and my first trips out.
As previously mentioned I opted for a full carbon frame and fork set with carbon wrapped finishing gear from ITM.
And she is light, Very light.
If I say that adding the pedals, packed seat bag, water bottle and lights considerably added to the overall weight of the bike then you get an idea of just how light she is.
And because she’s carbon she feels ultra smooth on the road. I had fun racing her around the base last night for a good 40 minutes picking cornering lines and getting used to the handling and she was a dream.
Next up is the wheel set up. I opted for Fulcrum racing 7 wheels and Continental Ultra GartorSkin tires.
I chose the wheels because although they are just as fast as other options in their price bracket they are renowned for being durable as well as light. Add the ultra durable GartorSkins and I believe I have the perfect setup for winter riding.
I went with a full Shimano 105 10 speed compact groupset with 170mm Hollowtech cranks.
And I am very happy, the shifting is refined, braking is good even in the wet and whilst the 105 is a good step-up from the Sora or Tiagra groupsets, I feel it is a lot more durable than the Ultegra and will stand up to the rigors of day to day riding a lot better.
Then there is the saddle…..
A CSN Superleggera K10.
I only rode her 15 miles today, out and back to Lee on Solent but it feels like it already knows me intimately.
Hopefully I’ll get used to it with time. My precious posterior took quite a battering going over a few bumps on my journey today.
That said, I wasn’t wearing cycle shorts so hopefully that will remedy the problem somewhat. Otherwise I’m going to be walking like John Wayne from now on !
I’ll bare with it for the time being and see how it goes.
Lastly, there is the pedals. They are System EX Em15’s and I feel they’re more suited to a mountain bike. I have no problem with them, They’re duel function so I can have cleats on one side for road shoes, and they hang with the normal pedal side up making life easier for when I have running shoes on but I just think I should have gone with some clip in SPD’s.
They’ll do for the time being but I’ll definitely be upgrading soon.
The last thing to say is that I didn’t opt to have mud guards fitted. Which may have been a bad idea.
I came back looking like a swamp thing last night, and whilst I’m really not at all bothered about getting covered in dirt, I had to spend a good half hour cleaning the mud off my precious new bike once I got home….D’oh