I've done it again. It's new bike fever here at the moment, with too many good deals to pass up. Only a week after getting my Tarmac over from Aus, I've sold her off and it's in with a new Roubaix Pro. This is the bike for an old guy like me. Higher in the front end for my aching back. A shorter top tube for the same reason. Sad to see the old girl go, but she's gone to a good home and I'll still get to see her on weekends.
I swapped out the white bar tape for black, and am contemplating whether to swap the saddle for black as well. There's rules, you know. It also came with red-striped tyres, which were immediately removed and sent to TradeMe.
Check out that baby. Carbon cranks with integrated bottom bracket, which apparently saves weight (and everyone knows how obsessed with that I am!). The compact chainrings also help a weak old man, but a 34/28 low gear? The cassette was swapped out for the 25 off the Tarmac, which is plenty low enough to get up most of the hills in Welly.
My first taste of Dura Ace. Well, if I've got XTR all over my mountain bike, why the hell not? The brakes and front derailleur are Ultegra though, but that can be remedied! The wheels are pretty sweet Roval Fusee's, they don't have gold spokes, but they do have a splash of red which suits the bike better than the gold bling anyway. Me happy.