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I have finally decided to replace my commuter bike (“Cadel” – my self-built bike based on an Olmo Kurva frame, Shimano Ultegra groupset, DuraAce wheels, 3T stem, handlebar and seat post and finzi:k saddle). The bike is approaching 7 years old (I completed the build on the day Cadel Evans won the Tour of France, hence the name). Although the bike still works, I noticed the steering has become less confident, particularly braking down a descent, so it was probably time for a change. Also, I mainly use it to commute to road, and the race geometry and components make it a fairly harsh ride over the roadworks around the city.
I strongly considered getting a Trek Project One custom build, but in the end I managed to get a good deal on the 2017 top of the range Specialised women’s bike; The Ruby Expert Ultegra Di2.
The bike description is on the Specialized site but here is a summary of the specs: it’s basically a comfort/endurance frame with front and rear suspension, Ultegra Di2 and disc brakes. I am particularly keen on getting disc brakes because I mainly intend to use the bike for commuting and need all the braking power I can get.
Here is a video of my first ride on the bike – wet conditions after heavy rainfall the night before at Lane Cove National Park:
And here is an example of a commute on the new bike: