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  • Justin

    Very schmick Lew, lovely build, it won’t stop here though will it? :-)

    • Lew Targett

      Maybe :-)

  • Sumodog

    Perfect for HCC crit .

  • armchair critique

    Beautiful bike. I couldn’t help but think that with no expense spared, what are GP4000s tyres doing on there?!

    They’re a fine tyre, no doubt, but there are better clinchers.

    • Chris

      “I couldn’t help but think that with no expense spared, what are GP4000s tyres doing on there?!”

      What are they doing? Working really well, of course.

      • Voltz


      • armchair critique

        They’re a fine training tyre.

        That bike does not deserve training tyres.

        Vitt Open Corsas or Veloflexes for bonus points.

        • RayG

          But he’s got the training wheels on.

        • Lew Targett

          see above :-)

    • Lew Targett

      Yes, I guess so, but for use on a ‘everyday’ bike they are pretty good.
      I’ve just returned from almost 4 months cycling in Europe, my Vittoria Open Corsa Evo’s CX lasted three weeks before they were too cut up to safely ride. My replacement Conti GP4000’s lasted three months and not a single puncture.
      Just my opinion though.

  • The Rabbit

    Check your front brake pad alignment… looks to be half on the rim and half on the tyre… Other than that, beautiful bike!

    • Lew Targett

      I think that’s a photo artefact.

  • velocite

    So how quick was your hot lap, Lew?

  • Ralph

    Lovely, thanks for sharing.. that SR crank is out of control.

  • Checker Hill

    Quick question, the rear brake looks different from front? Single pivot v dual? Is this to save weight?

    • Eat More Lard

      It’s a Campy thing. The standard configuration is dual pivot front and single rear.

  • Eat More Lard

    I’m curious about the “BB30 bottom bracket, an integrated headset” comment as Campy make a specific BB30 crankset (Overtorque) and I see this is a standard Ultratorque with external bearings. Similarly the “integrated headset” as it is using external bearings (and there’s nothing wrong with that, particularly as they are Chris King). Beautiful bike, though, with that high gloss finish.

    • Craig

      Yep standard BB and Headset here. Though much better choices than BB30 etc or integrated Headsets IMO. ENVE components don’t really suit this bike. Very nice otherwise.

      • Wakatel Lu’um

        Agree…drop the Enve…

  • James L

    Impressive, you are obviously not short of beautiful bikes! Enjoy your riding.

  • Matt

    Definitely no expense spared, great build. A truly amazing frame, I’m almost done my own XCR build, just waiting on custom saddle / bar. A touch to ‘modern’ for my liking with Enve and Campy 2015, here is my approach thus far:

    • Matt

      iphonetypingfail… “A touch TOO ‘modern’ for my liking…”

    • Richard Smith

      This is spot on! Thanks for posting

  • velomonkey

    Glad to see this and glad to see not yet-another Above Category build – seems the owner is plenty happy. and yes, to echo others – not sure that headset is integrated and a BB30 BB should get a Campy Over-torque crankset as it’s specific to BB30. Great ride.

  • Winky

    Why not have the head-tube and seat-tube built 2cm longer and lose the spacers? Just an aesthetic thing. I’m not sure the Lightweights suit the look of a steel fame. But hey, there’s much to like about this.

    • Lew Targett

      The photos were taken back in March, still pretty new, less spacers now.

  • jon

    would love to see the weight breakdown. I have an XCr bike as well (Indy Fab) and my bike is no way close to 6.6kg. The lightest I ever gotten was 7.4kg, though with Al clincher, even with Meilenstein, at best, I’m looking at 7.1kg, and I have a smaller bike than his.

    • Matt

      Mine (56cm — above) weighed in at around 6.9kg.
      Bora Ultra tubs and Campy SuperRecord helping the most to get it down.

      • jon

        see, that’s what I’m saying, I don’t know how that bike can be so light.

        • Sean Doyle

          Because the Lightweight wheels are so ridiculously light.

    • Lew Targett

      I’ve just reweighed if with my fisherman’s scales, 6.85 kgs.

      • jon

        and this is with pedals, cage, all said and done on the bike?

        • Lew Targett

          Yes, but no Garmin mount, saddle bag and other detritus.
          The scales are pretty accurate they give reasonably reproducible results.
          Unfortunately I sit on it and I’m no Richie Porte ?

          • jon

            The wheelset is tubular, correct?

            • Lew Targett

              Nope, singles are not worth the grief, I don’t have a support vehicle.
              Good enough for Tony Martin.

  • Beautiful Bike

    You go all out and drop it at the goal line. No slammed stem? I’m not listening. lol.
    I’m just saying that it is a siiCk bike and ya’ didn’t do it full justice.

    • Lew Targett

      Getting there.

  • JJ

    so basically you just picked the most expensive gear you could find and then bolted it on.
    Good one matey

    • Sean Doyle

      And the problem with that is?

    • Richard Smith


    • Lew Targett

      I was worried I might die and have money left over for my ungrateful kids ;-)

  • Ed

    Nice bike, probably what I’d build, why XCr?

    • S Cooper

      > why XCr?

      Besides being a great stainless tubeset, Columbus and Cinelli are both part of Gruppo S.r.l., so it’s natural for the high end steel frame Cinelli to use the high end XCr Columbus stainless steel tubing.

  • Sean Doyle

    It’s a great looking bike and nicely spec’d but I’ll just throw my 2 cents into the pond. Cinelli make wonderful bikes but when I see these little things I can’t help but think fashion is trumping over a possibly better built bike.

    Given that Wrench Science list the bike at US$4600 (AUS$6300) and that you ended up with that many spacers under the stem know you could have had a custom XCr frame built for about AUS$3200-4000. Sure there is usually a longer wait time with custom and a bit of leap of faith with a builder. I’m not a ‘slam that stem’ in all instances and usually design my bikes with one spacer and a longer top lug for a little bit of adjustment.

    My only other very small nit pick is Enve. They make parts that work amazingly well very well designed but IMO very plain looking. Given the Italian theme I reckon Deda would have been a perfect compliment with some nice round bars.

    Still despite my personal preferences it is a great bike though and it’s great to see the punters getting excited for more traditional aesthetics. IMO you cant’beat the modernised classic look. It has balance and grace where as the modern aero bikes just look like thugs.

    • Lew Targett

      That’s fair enough, I was a bit nervous about a custom build from the other side of the planet, it was pretty close geometry to the Baum I have which I thought would do.
      Less spacers now, you know the story, measure twice, cut once.
      Enve because that’s what I know. I’ll save up for the Deda.
      I agree, I didn’t want it to be just last years Carbon bike.
      Thanks for the suggestions.

      • Sean Doyle

        Cool. Like I said my comments were just to add to the conversation and not saying anything is wrong really. For the next….because you know there will be a next one……..I urge you to really consider a custom frame. Their are some fantastic builders who really know there shit. Stainless, I’d pick an Anderson every time with steel forks. Of course I’m biased but there is something special about a bike that was made just for you.

        In the meantime ride the heck out of this one. It will be a heap of fun I’m sure.

        • Lew Targett

          OK, I will think about all that, appreciate the advice.


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