In preparation for my crazy bike ride from Baltimore to Key West in April 2016, the Key to Keys, I decided it was best to build a new bike suited for this ride instead of using my, more fragile, time trial / triathlon carbon bike. After several months of planning and ordering, I’ve compiled the entire project to share, including more than 150 pictures of the build.
NOTE: The frame used in this build is a Chinese replica frame. It is not produced by Specialized, nor has any affiliation with Specialized. Apparently the use of this frame really hurts some cyclists feelings. I’ve been asked “How can you live with yourself”? and the answer is quite simply, just fine thanks 🙂 The authenticate Specialized frame costs upwards of $7000, which I clearly will not spend because I have a brain and common sense. I purchased this frame for $530 from a reputable frame builder in China who I took the time to research their designs and reviews from other purchasers. I know that some who have purchased frames from China experienced very poor quality, causing them to break while riding and become seriously injured. It’s important to remember that not all frames built in China are of the same quality. It is 2015 and materials, processes,and overall quality have improved greatly since these horror stories surfaces. Don’t associate some analysis article of a similar frame with mine. I have already subjected my frame to an initial stress test and it passed beautifully. I don’t have any fear that this frame will hold up well for years. And in the case that it doesn’t, my feelings are hurt. I had the money to experiment with such a frame. For the future of this bike I will never make any claim that I ride a Specialized frame. I ordered the frame with the paint and logo because I wanted to avoid those pompous, self-rightous cyclists out there act as if they are shareholders of Specialized, hurling insults and negative comments. Please, just move on and realize that I will not be replacing my frame because of your 2 cents.