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    My carbon single-speed build

    I spent about a month searching for a high-end single speed, but other than a custom steel frame, most "high-end" single speeds are around the $1000 mark (I'm thinking Wabi, Pinarello Catena, Cinelli, etc), often with cheap parts mixed in. I didn't want a track bike either since I prefer road geometry for longer rides. The Trek District Carbon looked like a great bike but alas I couldn't find any for sale :-/

    So I decided to make my own "dream build," which is currently as follows:
    BMC Team Machine SLR01 50cm Frame + Fork + Seatpost
    FSA Wing Compact 42mm Handlebars
    Specialized Roubaix Black Tape
    Ritchey WCS C260 90mm Stem
    Sram S900 Brake Levers
    Specialized Romin Expert 143mm Saddle

    Sram Red Aero Brake Calipers
    Sram Red Crank 170mm
    KMC X10SL Chain
    Stronglight CT2 44T Chainring

    BHS472W Wheels with Eno Eccentric Hub, Sapim CX Rays, 28H rear 20H front
    Continental 4 Season 25mm Tires
    White Industries Sealed 16T Freewheel

    Wellgo WR-1 Pedals
    Specialized Rib Water Bottle Cage

    Here it is still in its unfinished form, will take prettier pictures when the build is done:


    I wanted to build a strong but light bike, currently I'm guessing it'll be around 14lbs when finished, so not super "weight weenie" but still pretty light!

    Let me know what you guys think about the bike, and/or any suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtekian View Post
    I spent about a month searching for a high-end single speed, but other than a custom steel frame, most "high-end" single speeds are around the $1000 mark (I'm thinking Wabi, Pinarello Catena, Cinelli, etc), often with cheap parts mixed in. I didn't want a track bike either since I prefer road geometry for longer rides. The Trek District Carbon looked like a great bike but alas I couldn't find any for sale :-/

    So I decided to make my own "dream build," which is currently as follows:
    BMC Team Machine SLR01 50cm Frame + Fork + Seatpost
    FSA Wing Compact 42mm Handlebars
    Specialized Roubaix Black Tape
    Ritchey WCS C260 90mm Stem
    Sram S900 Brake Levers
    Specialized Romin Expert 143mm Saddle

    Sram Red Aero Brake Calipers
    Sram Red Crank 170mm
    KMC X10SL Chain
    Stronglight CT2 44T Chainring

    BHS472W Wheels with Eno Eccentric Hub, Sapim CX Rays, 28H rear 20H front
    Continental 4 Season 25mm Tires
    White Industries Sealed 16T Freewheel

    Wellgo WR-1 Pedals
    Specialized Rib Water Bottle Cage

    Here it is still in its unfinished form, will take prettier pictures when the build is done:


    I wanted to build a strong but light bike, currently I'm guessing it'll be around 14lbs when finished, so not super "weight weenie" but still pretty light!

    Let me know what you guys think about the bike, and/or any suggestions!
    looks good so far, so whats the damage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAW.S.T View Post
    looks good so far, so whats the damage?
    Should be 2.5-2.7 grand total--not too bad considering the same 50cm, but new, SLR01 frame sells for $2886 right now on competitive cyclist :-P After the frame, the most expensive component was the wheels, which cost 570, including building costs. The wheels weigh 1656g not including the freewheel

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    Please forgive my jealousy, but I just can't help myself.

    Dang that's a lot of money! It's a nice bike; definitely drool worthy. But if I spent that much on a bike I'd expect it to have dinner waiting for me when I get home and open the door wearing a nightie.

    /jealous-rant

    In truth that's a seriously pretty build. I'm generally not a big fan of BMC's logo work, but even so that's a nice looking bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanPrimitive View Post
    Please forgive my jealousy, but I just can't help myself.

    Dang that's a lot of money! It's a nice bike; definitely drool worthy. But if I spent that much on a bike I'd expect it to have dinner waiting for me when I get home and open the door wearing a nightie.

    /jealous-rant

    In truth that's a seriously pretty build. I'm generally not a big fan of BMC's logo work, but even so that's a nice looking bike.

    You're making me feel bad..I've had frames that cost twice as much as his whole build
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    Please forgive my jealousy, but I just can't help myself.

    Dang that's a lot of money! It's a nice bike; definitely drool worthy. But if I spent that much on a bike I'd expect it to have dinner waiting for me when I get home and open the door wearing a nightie.

    /jealous-rant

    In truth that's a seriously pretty build. I'm generally not a big fan of BMC's logo work, but even so that's a nice looking bike.
    Thanks! Tires came in today, so all I'm waiting on now is the chainring. It's shipping from UK and no package tracking, waiting is driving me nuts :-S

    Quote Originally Posted by Germany_chris View Post
    You're making me feel bad..I've had frames that cost twice as much as his whole build
    No worries, everyone has a different budget. This is a single speed/fixed gear forum so bikes here tend to be cheaper than, say, the custom frame forum :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtekian View Post
    Should be 2.5-2.7 grand total--not too bad considering the same 50cm, but new, SLR01 frame sells for $2886 right now on competitive cyclist :-P After the frame, the most expensive component was the wheels, which cost 570, including building costs. The wheels weigh 1656g not including the freewheel
    that's a pretty bit of coin, I can't do the same, the Mrs will have me out in the streets

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    Here's the final build:






    First carbon bike (came from a CAAD9), so this rides very smooth Came out to just under 14lbs.

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    that's a good looking bike!

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    That looks like it would be really fast. My fixie looks heavy compared to your BMC.
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    My carbon single-speed build

    I'm pretty sure every fixie looks heavy compared to that BMC.

    Nicely done.
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    Do it to make people aware we're out there. Do it to honor a fellow traveler. Do it because you're lucky enough to still be able to.

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    The bike weight makes a fairly small difference to speed -- it's about the wheels, aerodynamics, and the engine

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    That's beautiful, well done. I've long wanted to do something similar with a more budget friendly road frame and Rival-level components to use as a winter fixed gear road bike.

    How well does the chain-line match up between the Red crank (with I'm assuming a BB30 bottom bracket) and the freewheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love Commander View Post
    That's beautiful, well done. I've long wanted to do something similar with a more budget friendly road frame and Rival-level components to use as a winter fixed gear road bike.

    How well does the chain-line match up between the Red crank (with I'm assuming a BB30 bottom bracket) and the freewheel?
    I didn't measure out whether the chainline is straight, but it looks pretty close to me. Here's a picture of the chainline, with the top chain right over the bottom chain:


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    [QUOTE=xtekian;4339775]I didn't measure out whether the chainline is straight, but it looks pretty close to me. Here's a picture of the chainline, with the top chain right over the bottom chain


    Lovely bike - I suspect we need to have a race!!

    Here's mine:

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