I took delivery of my new Serotta "Rapid Tour" today. Being a 58cm, measured center-to-center, it's a little bigger than what I'm used to (my Trek 5200 is a 58cm, measured center-to-top), but I have to say it rides like butter. For a "sport touring" bike with relatively long chainstays, it has a very stiff rear end, which is nice. No BB deflection when I stand and honk up a hill.
These pictures don't do it justice, but it's a very pretty bike, IMO:
I mentioned in a previous weblog entry that most parts were to be moved over from my Cannondale cyclocross bike. The bike was built by Treads Cycle Outfitters, and it is to all appearances, and my experience riding it a little so far, is a great build. Following are the build specifics.
- The frame is a 1999 Serotta "Rapid Tour", lugged steel construction, including the fork. Tons of braze-ons - front and rear rack and fender mounts, pump peg, and cable guides. The frame was built up by Treads Cycle Outfitters, and to all appearances was a great build.
- All Shimano drivetrain and controls. All 105, except for the 600 front derailleur, which was necessary since the old 105 clamp didn't fit the downtube on this bike.
- Mavic Open pro rims on Shimano Dura-Ace hubs. Built by Peter Chisholm of Vecchio's in Boulder, CO. I actually had these built for my Trek 5200, but I never got around to using them on that bike, having gotten used to running my Mavic Cosmos on it.
- No-name seatpost, Selle Italia Flite Gel saddle.
- Low-end shimano SPD pedals.
- 46cm Salsa bars, ugly Profile stem.
Posted: Sat Apr 03 18:20:47 -0800 2004