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Old 07-11-2017, 08:42 AM
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Rock Lobster Team AL Road

Just picked this up from another forum member. The 9000/6800 drivetrain and T11 > Archetype wheels came over from my Merckx, and I bought a new cockpit for this build.

Super excited about how it fits and rides - should be good enough to kick my CAAD10 and MX Leader to the curb in the interest of having only one straight road racing bike. This has a taller front end than the CAAD (which was a little undersized), and maintains the excellent power transfer and handling of the MXL while being a much better climber.







Frame:
Rock Lobster Team AL Road - 2011. ~57cm. Easton Ultralite.

Fork/Headset:
Ritchey WCS fork / Chris King NoThreadSet headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Ultegra FC-6800 crankset / SM-BBR60 bottom bracket

Pedals:
Look KÉO Classic 2 pedals

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Shimano Ultegra FC-6800 52-36t chainrings / CS-6800 11-28t cassette / CN-6800 chain

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Shimano Ultegra FS-6800 front derailleur / Dura-Ace RD-9000 rear derailleur / Dura-Ace ST-9001 shifters

Handlebars/Stem:
Ritchey WCS Classic 42cm handlebars / Thomson Elite X2 110mm x 17º stem

Saddle/Seatpost:
Brooks Cambium C13 saddle / Sim Works Beatnik 27.2 x 300mm seatpost

Brakes:
Shimano Ultegra BR-6800 brakes

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
H Plus Son Archetype rim / White Industries T11 hub / Sapim CX-Ray spoke / Panaracer GravelKing brown wall 26c tire

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
H Plus Son Archetype rim / White Industries T11 hub / Sapim CX-Ray spoke / Panaracer GravelKing brown wall 26c tire

Accessories:
Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 skewers / King Cage Stainless bottle cages

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Old 07-11-2017, 09:04 AM
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Love it! it turned out great. proportions are awesome. What fork is this? its lovely

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Old 07-11-2017, 09:24 AM
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That thing looks awesome, man! Well done.
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:35 AM
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That looks so perfect in every way. Keep the reviews coming on the ride quality of the Al vs. your experience with the MXL. I love the white!

I'm thinking about putting a deposit down to get in Paul's line...not sure what I'd have him build me at this point, but I kind of want to just force myself to get it done at some point...
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:40 AM
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This bike looks even better in person, and jtbadge dropped my ass on the club ride last night quickly enough.
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:57 AM
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There is something about Rock Lobsters I really like.

Yours is exceptional.
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:58 AM
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Well done sir! This looks really good now that its together! I've had a few AL bikes and a number of steel bikes and I like them both for different reasons. Glad you found something that fits your bill as a road racer!
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:53 PM
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Big fan of this.

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Old 07-11-2017, 07:57 PM
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Looks killer! Seems like Paul gets most of his business for 'cross and mountain bikes but he builds a mean road machine
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:45 PM
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Have always and will always be a huge fan of Mr Sadoff. Love it as I do all Lobsters.
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Old 07-13-2017, 06:39 PM
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I love Lobsters. Looks great.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:29 AM
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New silver cockpit:
-Ritchey Classic round bend bars (42cm)
-Thomson X2 110mm x 17º stem
-Thomson Masterpiece post

Silver cockpit move inspired by:
-matching cockpit to wheels
-handlebar shape gets a flat transition to the hoods vs. the older Ritchey bend
-seeing this sick Cervelo Prodigy with the same color combination:

Saddle is a little too far forward in the pic, but you get the idea. The goofy setback Thomson looks better with the saddle back, too.

Also, I swapped on some Keo Max 2 pedals to replace the Keo Classics. I really enjoy how much easier these are to get clipped in to - not the spring force, but that the pedal doesn't spin around 4 times when I try to kick it into position.


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Old 09-22-2017, 09:27 AM
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I like the silver, I don't like the Thomson post. looks weird to me when there's not a lot of post showing and/or a level top tube. maybe a silver Ritchey setback post?

other suggestion would be migrating to DA 9000 for more silver matchey-matchey. or at least the crank.

stupid details aside, friggin' awesome bike!
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:31 AM
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Killer. Those bars looks great.

I agree regarding the looks of the Ritchey post. I guess you could match the stem too. . .
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:35 AM
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I've had the Ritchey post before - 25mm is too much setback for me. They also don't make a 17 degree 31.8 silver stem.

I'll get the crank to match my shifters and RD, eventually. That said, I do like that the Ultegra stuff is a similar color to the grey/hard ano Archetype rims.

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