So, ever since getting the Cinelli Gazzetta Della Strada, I fell in love with the ride quality of steel frames. Furthermore, I quite enjoy the stiffness of Cannondale’s CAAD10 aluminum frame. Adding insult to injury, I’ve been drooling over a race-ready metal frame of some sort, somewhere along the lines of another steel frame, like the Marinoni Piuma (featuring Columbus steel) or a classic Litespeed.
Well, thankfully, I can stop drooling once and for all (but really, who am I kidding?) After months and months of pestering John @ Pacific Multisport, he finally decided to give up his demo frame and to go back to a carbon frame. Eddie and I stopped by the shop last Saturday to figure out how we could get what we wanted because he was after a Shimano DuraAce 9000 groupset. I was after another frameset and John was after whatever was left over because there was a sweet sale going on.
After some elbow jerking and a few jabs here and there, I managed to make a deal with John. I don’t think Eddie even knows what I’ve done. But finally – I am the proud owner of a 2013 Guru Praemio-R titanium frameset. The sizing of the bike was a sure fit, being a size “Small” or otherwise translated as a 53.5cm top tube and a 46.5cm seat tube, allowing lots of seat post to be shown (and so I can feel like a UCI pro. Hah!) A 7cm bottom bracket drop, 41.2cm chainstays and an Enve 2.0 fork? Oh, and a 13cm head tube? Time to finally slam that headset!
As it sits, the frame is stripped bare. John had a Campagnolo Athena groupset on the bike but now I have to figure out what goes on. So far, it’s looking like SRAM Rival shifters, SRAM Force brake calipers, SRAM Force PF30 standard carbon crankset @ 172.5mm, SRAM Red front and rear derailleurs and Shimano Ultegra 6700 cassette @ 11-25. As for the cockpit – I’m torn between going back to a 3T as the prices have gone up and availability is scarce. My other choices are Deda but they’re in the same boat as 3T. My last choice is Ritchey WCS which seems favourable at the moment since they’re readily available through John. As for wheels, I think I’ll throw on the Campagnolo Zondas with the Michelin Pro4 Service Pro tires.
All in all, I’m excited to build this bike up for the winter. The best part, I’ll be doing this step by step through the guidance of John and Marvin. Should be fun and definitely looking forward to the pains and headaches to come!
Yes, handcrafted in Canada (Guru is based out of Laval, QC.)
Dat weld quality!
Proprietary rear dropouts (I only know of Vanilla Bicycles who uses a similar style.)
Wut wut? How much does it weigh, you ask?
Oh snap! 4lbs and 5oz! (roughly 1950 grams or 4.3lbs.)
As for the Guru Flite – I’m sending that down to Los Angeles. Good riddance!
Stay tuned for more details and updates!