Something a little more aero I think - Argon-18 E117
|Ready to roll!|
|Spin Industries Lightning custom Di2 hydraulic|
It started with a Shimano Dynamic bike fit from Service de Velo - something that I'd been meaning to get done for ages and following some very good review of a new bike shop in nearby Botley (Service de Velo run by Mark Alexander) I decided to book in and get fitted.
2 x 3hr sessions later (the 1st of which I paid for and the 2nd Mark insisted we do, FOC, to get things right) I left knowing a few things;
- my Spin set up is aggressive, but comfortable for me, but riding it through an Ironman "may" not be my best option
- my left leg is slightly shorter than my right (on the bike) and a 3mm shim in my left pedal sorts this out
- heat-form insole's sort out my foot rolling around in my shoe and make power distribution though the pedal much more consistent
- Mark @ SdV is passionate about bikes and bit fit - it helps that he's a genuinely nice bloke (if he ever reads this I hope he won't mind me saying that he's so busy that sometimes communications can be lapse but he always gets the job done to a terrific standard.
There are very few people that I'll let near my bike for service etc - Mark is very much in that limited list of people
So following the bike fit, adjustments to pedals etc and test rides I got to thinking; "is a TT style bike worth it, will I use it and more importantly, how can I justify it?!"
The answer came from the sale of 3 bikes; my Cannondale "hack", my Singlespeed (I love the idea of this bike but just didn't ride it enough) and my first Spin Ti bike which has been, scandalously, downgraded to a winter bike - it deserved better than that!
And from my lovely wife allowing me to use this money to buy a new one!
So, to the decision on what bike to get. I'd looked around a fair bit at options and kept coming back to the Argon-18 E117, for a few reasons. A number of guys at the Tri club (HERC Triathlon) ride Argon's and Mark (SdV) gave some great insight and advice into the bike and it was that personal advice that made my mind up.
**It is (I think) really important to point out that as I generally service and build my bikes (MTB or Road) I very much use Wiggle, CRC etc for buying parts but I'm very much for the good old LBS and will happily pay more for parts, bits when the service and advice that is available from the local bike shop is part of that sale.
Could I have saved a few quid online, yes probably. Could I have got the advice, support and enthusiasm from a website? No!!
I might sound like a slight hypocrite saying this but, go into your LBS, chat to them, get to know them and support them as Wiggle will not be able to help you all the time!**
Anyway, back to the bike and importantly, the finishing kit. I knew from the outset that I wanted to have Ultegra Di2 (as per the Spin) and that I was going to use my 90mm/60mm Spin carbon wheels handbuilt by Drew @ Spin Industries but after talking to Mark I also decided to add Rotor Q-rings instead of the std Ultegra cranks.
And then the wait..... for the Spin "winter" bike to sell and for the parts (frame mainly) to arrive and to be built by Mark.
So there's the justification over with, now for some very lovely pictures of the bike courtesy of Mark Alexander @ Service de Velo
|Argon-18 forks and Spin hub|
|Rotor Q rings|
|A beautiful Spin Industries rear hub and Ultegra 11spd cassette|