Fit: As you can see from the before-after photo, I am much more forward (steeper down tube angle).
|not to self: do not wear a fully zippered jersey or it will buckle and make you look like you have rolls.... ugh|
|it would be nice if my name was spelled correctly....|
The carbon work they do is all by hand and it is amazing. They hand-wrap all the joints. The result is this very funky, geometric pattern which looks like art but is actually functional:
|close up of some carbon work|
|Alchemy and Shama Cycle build which won Best in Carbon at NAHBS 2 weeks ago. this is all carbon - no paint|
I spent a week thinking on the colors. I liked how bright Buzz was and with his yellow paint and bar wrap I always knew, without question, which bike was mine in transition. I wanted something similar, but with colors that are more "me". I didn't want to pick anything too trendy, but I probably did. That pretty and intense dark fuscia / bright purple has been a color obsession of mine for the past year or so. I love that color. Its trendy right now. But it speaks to me. And I'm adding some bright green (more spring green than neon green) accents, to make the bike pop. I'm guessing that my cables and bar wrap will also be green. And I may get some purple metal accents.
Pete and I sat down for nearly 2 hours and went through the process of selecting the graphics, building color blocks, adding logos, and placing pinstripes.
The "free" graphic option consisted of base carbon and vinyl logo stickers. For a $4500 frame, the base option is freaking stickers? That made me a bit cranky. Looks like this build was going to increase in price. We settled on the design and I asked to get a cost estimate, just to make sure I didn't go too crazy. Turns out, my paint job is one step shy of full custom - its a Level 3 paint effort, mainly because of the work that the green color block/purple Alchemy logo will need. It turns out that if I did one color, it would only be $300 cheaper. I'm already way deep into this bike, in terms of money and budget, but I also know that I'd be crabby if I didn't go ahead and spend the extra $300 (not even 5% of this bike) to get a graphic that really pops.
So, this will be my bike: purple and green, with exposed carbon, and clear pearl top coat.