While we at Pedal Revolution are more known for offering affordable commuter bikes and steel-framed road and touring bikes, occasionally we’ll have something a little different depending upon the donations we receive. This full carbon bike is definitely something we don’t often have, and is an excellent option for a taller rider (about 6′) who wants a light, fast, and pretty unique road racing bike.
A few weeks ago a gentleman kindly donated two Beyond Fabrications frames (further info is available Beyond Fabrications; they are a small Mountain View-based company). The framesets seem to retail for about $3000, and while this one is not new it is in very good shape. A thorough examination revealed only a couple minor scuffs, and no damage whatsoever to the carbon weave.
We sat on them for awhile but last week I (Todd) eyed the frame upstairs and built it up with a Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 groupset. It’s got a Shimano 105-level road wheelset wrapped with Continental Gatorskin tires. The cockpit has been updated with a Deda Elementi handlebar with Deda Chianti bar tape, and we included some nice MKS pedals as well.
The 10-speed Dura-Ace components are a pleasure to use, offering crisp shifting and sleek aesthetics. After building up the bike and riding it, I found myself questioning my own notions about carbon bikes–the fact of the matter is that this bike is light, stiff, and feels faster than most any bike I’ve ridden. All in all, a very nice machine–she weighs in at just under 18 lbs without pedals.