Yeah they do sound very 'fiddly'. Just thought of it as a way to get super nice wheels but, I guess it's like supercars, the initial cost is high and, worse still, the maintenance costs are large.Don't get Extralite hubs unless you are extremely good at servicing things, have the correct Extralite grease and understand bearing assemblies, seats, preloads etc. and are willing to take them apart at least once a month.
With a large cassette, a very similar level of climbing range and more range on the flats...Why a semi compact? I would definitely go with a compact.
It would be nice to save weight but the reliability point is super important to me. I don't have the patience to pull shit apart all the time.I'd be very tempted with those ax lightness but the CK hubs would be much more reliable I'm guessing. Nice way to shave off 400g though. With those wheels, you'd be almost encroaching on the UCI weight limit.
Already owning a set of CK R45 hubs on the SystemSix, they have required zero maintenance (except a tweak after 500-1,000km).The cost being time and effort, indeed. I have cyberhubs and they require fairly extreme levels of tuning and maintenance. They also require nanoscopicly straight dropout machining.
Chris King will be way more hands off.
Both those wheel choices are beautiful. Just building up a disc synapse at the moment and couldn't justify the Enve's. To be fair I've been a bit disappointed at the disc wheel options available out there. In the end I went with some FarSport wheels - based on the success I have had with my rim-braked set, again DT240 hubs but this time 25x38mm rims ready for tubeless. My thought process was, that when the disc rim technology moves on in a year or so I can always get these hubs rebuilt on to whatever appears. Until then will be mounting tubeless Schwalbe Pro One 25mm tyres on them (http://www.schwalbe.com/gb/road-reader/schwalbe-pro-one.html)... having said that I've got to find the tyres yet (wheels not arriving for a couple of weeks so should track them down by then....)Enve SES 3.4 disc with Chris King R45 hubs or AX Lightness U28C D with Extralite Cyber disc hubs (both clincher/tubeless)**
There isn't a full DA disc groupset at the moment, as you say. If one comes out pretty soon, I'd possibly go for it.Groupset; any reason not to go full Dura Ace? Ultegra is cool of course, and well good enough for anyone, but this is a custom built frame, so putting Dura Ace on it would be the icing on the cake... Unless you are getting Ultegra to fill in while Shimano release their official Dura Ace disc and wireless upgrades...
Bars; yeah I like that idea you have about the Nitto bars. I have some stuff on my bike that is there for not just practical reasons.
Saddle; those Fabric saddles snap.
Other stuff; not going to nonce it up with pointless ceramic bearings all over it?
It's not a classic build. It will look super modern. Shimano all the way.On a classic build like this if you have the budget you could consider campy. IMHO their gear is stylistically way above shimano.
Perhaps I'm totally incompetent on a bike, or perhaps just lucky in that I can't tell any difference between 105 and DA. Everyone told me that the brakes on the DA would be amazing when I got them. My thoughts .... Absolutely no difference. Rear mech? Feels the same. Slippy slidey teflon cables, no perceived change although I must be honest and say that the DA front mech is a tiny tiny bit better than the 105.Thanks for the input guys.
Campy isn't really my bag.
Whilst this is my 'dream bike', I want to ride it, a lot, and not have to remortgage every time I need to replace something.
That's one reason for Ultegra.