My build

All the parts for my Look 585 should be on the way:

  • Frame: Look 585 Origin
  • Group: Dura Ace shifters and derailleurs, Ultegra SL crank/brakes/cassette
  • Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece
  • Wheels: Neuvation M28 Aero2 with Enduro ceramic bearings (I've personally confirmed that John at Neuvation does respond promptly to e-mails; customer service + price + local Cali was a big plus for me)
  • Cockpit: Ritchey WCS Logic Road Bar and WCS 4Axis Road Stem
  • Tires: Michelin Pro Race 3

The online tools I've found estimate the final build weight to be about 16.5 lbs. It's about thousand dollars per pound to shave more off of that, so I'm quite happy.

I was originally going to buy the parts from local bike shops, but was a bit shocked by my survey. Two bike shops didn't even having pricing for groupsets, which lead to me getting price quotes that were astronomically high (above MSRP!). One of the two actually told me to buy the parts on the UK site probikekit, which I did after I saw their ridiculously low prices. Another Web site is Excel Sports, which has a closeout on 2007 Look 585 frames.

There were bike shops that were quite good: the folks at Silicon Valley Cycling Center and Palo Alto Bikes were solid, giving me real quotes for parts and labor that were very reasonable. They both also happen to be Look dealers. I will be sending money their way one way or another, so I don't feel too guilty. In the end, the Tour de Georgia forced my hand: there was no way I was going to get riding in before that, and I'll need the extra $$$ to pay for the trip.

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Very cool, Ken! Look forward to shots of your build. I'm waiting on a new build myself (white cannondale supersix) and should have it sometime within the next couple days.

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