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Old 03-20-2017, 07:29 AM
yashcha yashcha is offline
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Zanconato Road

At the cafe: friday pastry ride


Finally cut that steerer tube.


Winter riding in Maine. Great riding.


Like Candy.



Zank group ride.



So much snow.



My favorite ride to the lighthouse.



This is how you clean a bike in a hotel.


I love Portsmouth
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:30 AM
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It must have been September of 2006 when I first met MikeZ at the annual Suckerbrook cross race in New Hampshire. I had just moved back up to Boston, and had joined a new team, HupUnited, but I didn't know anyone on the team. I ended up meeting Mike and a couple of other Hup guys that day and I am still friends with many of them today. My first impression of Mike was that I was not entirely sure if he liked me very much, but over the years I slowly grew on him.

Fast forward to 2009, I joined the Zanconato cross team and Mike built me a beautiful metallic orange lugged cross frameset. I raced this bike exactly 4 times before I decided I was burnt out on cross and promptly retired from racing. I ended up keeping the cross bike and it followed me to remote places in the world like Bunbeg, Donegal, to the jagged mountains of Beijing. One of the best rides I did in Belfast UK was on that bike. 7 hours of solo riding from the city up to the Mountains of Mourne, through the persistent rain and wind.

In 2014-2015 I noticed that Mike was building some amazing looking aluminum frames. My favorite bikes in the past have always been aluminum: Caad9, Canyon Ultimate, Fondriest, Giant TCR… I was riding a Seven Axiom SL at that time and wanted something with a bit more punch. I emailed Mike and sent him a deposit.

I used a geometry chart generated from the Cyfac Postural System. My only requests were that I wanted to use a 120mm stem, for the bike to handle neutral, and for there to be about 7 degrees of slope.

I had seen some pictures of my frame on Instagram and other social media sites and was itching to see it in person, but first I had to get back to the U.S.

I finally built up the frame last summer and rode it a dozen times before I had to come back to China. As expected, I did not encounter a single problem when building up the frameset. All the interfaces were chased and faced, and the frame was perfectly straight.

Fortunately I was able to come back to the U.S. for a couple of months last winter and I had a chance to really ride and test the bike. I rode the bike all through the NH winter, as long as it was not snowing. These were mostly long, cold, windy, solo rides in the countryside where everything seems to hurt and uncomfortable elements seem to compound. I really learned my equipment and rediscovered a greater appreciation for stuff that just works as it should.

What I love about this bike is how connected it feels to the road. It has taken me 20 years to find a bike like this, but of all the bikes I have ever owned (a lot), this is the best bike I have ever ridden. It is the best frameset, with the best components, and the nicest wheels I could afford. I also love that every time I ride it, it reminds me of my New England cycling family back home. Thanks Mike!



Zanconato Aluminum Road Bits

· Frame: Custom Dedacciai 7005 aluminum, powder coated Candy apple red, born 8/2015 (1386 gms)

· Fork: Tapered Enve 2.0, 1.25-1.125, including compression plug, cut, unpainted (340 gms)

· Headset: Cane Creek 40, tapered (112 gms)

· Seat Collar: Thomson, 31.8mm (25 gms)

· Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 172.5mm 50-34, Stages Gen 2 power meter (700 gms)

· Bottom Bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 (64 gms)

· Chain: Shimano 6800 (240 gms)

· Cassette: Dura-Ace 9000, 12-25 (192 gms)

· Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 (160 gms)

· Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 (60 gms)

· Brake/shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 (360 gms)

· Brakes: Shimano Ultegra 6800 (340 gms)

· Stem: Thomson X2, 120mm -10 (147 gms)

· Handlebar: Fizik Snake Classic Bend, 400mm (262 gms)

· Seatpost: 3T Doric Team, setback, 31.8mm, cut (210 gms)

· Saddle: Specialized Power Expert (211 gms)

· Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 (270 gms)

· Wheels: 2012 Campagnolo Eurus, Shimano spline (1470gms)

· Skewers: Campagnolo (121 gms)

· Tires: Continental Gran Prix Classics, 700X25mm (460 gms)

· Tubes: Michelin (200 gms)

· Handlebar tape: Arundel Gecko Tape (60 gms)

· Bottle cages: Elite Ciussi Gel Inox (92 gms)

· Cables: Jagwire/Shimano (200 gms)

· System EX Chain Catcher (10 gms)

· Total: ~7455 gms, 16.4 pounds. Not superlight, but not bad.



Accessories:

· Computer: Garmin Edge 820 + out front mount (not my favorite, K-edge is nicer).

· Topeak Frame pump

· Velocolour seat bag

· Spurcycle Bell
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:47 AM
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as the owner of a lugged Zanc cx bike and an aluminum Zanc road bike, I totally get your love for these two bikes. they just rule. the man knows what he's doing. congrats! enjoy!
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:56 AM
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really nice, and good story!

i've got to make the decision on color for an alu zanc very soon myself and this is a very nice choice.

ride it in good health!
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:32 AM
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Sweet bike,Great color,Nice photograph with the out of focus to the sides !!!
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:51 AM
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This bike is charming. love the candy color! angles are very pleasing too.
nice timing, my Mini Max frame arrives today!
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:49 AM
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Looks like Diesel Cafe?

I miss Somerville...

Nice bike!
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:46 PM
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OP: 7th pic....Portland Light???
I would not have even guessed that until I read your text and thought...maybe...
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:24 PM
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OP: 7th pic....Portland Light???
I would not have even guessed that until I read your text and thought...maybe...
Actually looks like Nubble Light in York

OP I think I've seen you ride your bike between the ripper and winchester cc, they're fun (?) local hills for me too

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Old 03-20-2017, 05:39 PM
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Actually looks like Nubble Light in York

OP I think I've seen you ride your bike between the ripper and winchester cc, they're fun (?) local hills for me too
That is the Nubble!! I like to ride up the coast, ride up Agamenticus hill, and hit a deserted York beach town to get a burrito.

Great eye, The Winch is my home town and where I go to in between assignments. My favorite workout is the "trifecta" which is the country climb hill, blossom hill with gerard hill, then finally johnson road + canterbury then repeat three times. Next time stop me and lets have coffee at RSC.

Fernway road is what I call my little poggio.

Also someone named a segment after me in the winch as a joke after I took them on a hellishly hilly ride. "Katsumiberg"
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:47 PM
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really nice, and good story!

i've got to make the decision on color for an alu zanc very soon myself and this is a very nice choice.

ride it in good health!
Wet paint or powder? I saw a candy blue zank which was spectacular.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:33 PM
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Looks like Diesel Cafe?

I miss Somerville...

Nice bike!
I love their special chai latte. Could not leave the states without getting a cup.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:31 PM
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Great story and great lookin' bike. Mike knows what he's doing. Congrats!
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:28 PM
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Awesome ride. Congrats. Hard not to love a Zanconato.
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Old 05-05-2017, 09:36 PM
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Updates with some 9000 bits, new hoods, bar tape. 16.4 lbs.
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