John Neugent had (still has) his FC600
on a great sale and we were heading to San Luis Obispo to ride anyway, so I ordered one for P__. It prevented our renting a bike at a ~$150 cost and saved ~$300 in round trip carriage, turning the $2000 sale-price bike into a net $1850. Putting that into perspective, this is about a 16 lb. build, which I can find elsewhere for something closer to five large. OK, four at off-season pricing.
|Pump tucks away nicely and the small seatbag is well hidden.|
We've also achieved bars level with the saddle, which is
about right for P__.
Trek's may have its Project One, but for no additional cost
Neuvation allows for a fair amount of design and configuration customization. We had this bike built with brand new Ultegra 11-speed, including a monster dinner plate on the back that puts P__'s lowest gear at a hill-gobbling 34-32; a high-angle stem that brings the bars nearly level with the saddle; and Neuvation's comfortable S1 saddle that P__ rode and loved on the demo bike while in SLO. We requested blue decals on the frame and wheels; blue nipples on the front and non-drive-side (Neuvation won't build with alloy nipples on the drive side, which I applaud); and blue bar tape to match. (In my judgment the bar tape may be slightly over the top, but it is easily replaced).
|Were it mine I'd want clearance for bigger tires,|
but P__ can ride 25s at 85 PSI
I added the tail-light, without which I personally refuse to ride anymore; the speed and cadence sensor; and the mini-pump. The only thing still missing is a computer that can receive ANT+ signals, whether that is a GPS unit or otherwise.
|I love the gray Ultegra groupset.|
P__ loves the bike. (She hasn't actually ridden the new one yet, but she did get ~50 miles on a similar setup over a few days in San Luis Obispo.) Which brings me to answer to the question, "why do you buy an occasional cyclist a brand new carbon bike?" There are two obvious reasons. I've probably just paved the way for my next four-digit bike gear purchase, whatever it may be.
The second is better: I wasn't a British car guy until I bought a 1957 MGA in the summer of 1998. I'll probably never again own a British car, but I will always be a British car guy. P__ may not have been a cyclist but getting her this bike is making her one. I'm looking forward to some great rides together this spring.
No two ways to put it; that's a sharp bike. Agreed that the handlebar tape might be one highlight too much, but it's a great bike (and a great value!)
I'm starting down the path of a habanero tandem. Will have to get a post going.
I can't wait to hear more about the tandem. The better post, of course, will be after the first few rides!
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