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Old 04-27-2019, 01:53 AM
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2018 LOW// MKI Road

So last summer I embarked on an expensive journey of building my first bike of my own. I have been riding a Specialized Allez I bought new about 5 years ago but I fell in love with a build I seen here on the forum by misterha.

misterha's awesome Low MKI build

Also this Low MKI build by Bluelug gave me some good ideas.

So far it has taken me 10 months to get to this point. The frame took 4 months with a month delay to get the paint right (this color is so pretty in person). Since I got the frame last fall I have been slowly acquiring parts and misc. tools as I came across deals and now this year I have been recovering from surgery from a really bad wreck these last two months which put this project completely on hold and now I am easing back into it. I have all the parts but have a fair bit of work left getting things set up, for me at least.

Here is what I have so far:

Frame: Low Bicycles MKI Road Aluminum Frameset (Pearl White) - Size 54
Fork: Enve Carbon 2.0 fork (From Low)
Headset: Cane Creek 40-series (From Low)
Groupset: Full Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset (52/36 crankset, GS mid-cage derailleur, 11-30 cassette, 70mm crank arms)
Bottom Bracket: Chris King ThreadFit 24, 68mm
Seat Post: Thomson Masterpiece Setback
Seat Clamp: Thomson
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Superflow
Bars: Ritchey WCS Neo Classic - 42cm
Bar Tape: Mash Constellation
Bar End Plugs: Domain Cycling Aluminum, Expanding Adjustable Locking Caps (not weight weenie approved)
Stem: 3T Arx II Team Stealth 100mm +/- 6 degrees
Cabling: Nissen stainless steel cable housings with Jagwire cables
Chain: Gold KMC X11SL-TI
Power Meter: Pioneer SBT-PM9100C Dual Leg
Bottle Cage: Chinese Ebay Enve Carbon
Wheels: Used HED Jet 6 Black's w/machined brake track - 60mm / HED Belgium with White Industries T11 hubs
Brake Pads: SwissStop FlashPro BXP
Tires: Continental GP4000's 23mm / 25mm
Skewers: Dura Ace
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 SPD-SL
Head Unit: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt

[Edit] Flickr album where I'll keep the most recent pictures: album
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Old 04-27-2019, 11:37 AM
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Welcome to the forum!
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Old 04-27-2019, 12:58 PM
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Welcome to the forum!
Thanks! I hope to be healed up and this machine built up by summer with some nicer pictures to come.
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Old 04-27-2019, 08:46 PM
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Look forward to this being built! Low is on my list as a next bike!

also, love the bars!
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Old 04-27-2019, 10:37 PM
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Low is on my short list of "one day when I have money" bikes. Congratulations. Hope you heal fast, so you can enjoy it.
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Old 04-28-2019, 05:48 AM
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Welcome. That looks lovely. Its a hell of a first build.

I would pick a different seatpost, those thomsons really break the lines of some bikes. But may just be me.

Now get it finished
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Old 04-28-2019, 08:39 AM
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Welcome. That looks lovely. Its a hell of a first build.

I would pick a different seatpost, those thomsons really break the lines of some bikes. But may just be me.

Now get it finished
Unfinished first build and already have lots of ideas for other builds but I can't wait to finish it and actually ride it.

The distinctive bend of the Thomson setback seat post can be a bit controversial and I can definitely see it not working with some bikes from an aesthetic point of view. I thought it looked kind of unique, was pretty damn light for aluminum (158g), and is easy to adjust. If this doesn't end up working out I'd perhaps find a carbon seat post with the traditional setback bend.

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Old 04-28-2019, 10:23 AM
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Nice!
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Old 04-28-2019, 10:27 AM
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Unfinished first build and already have lots of ideas for other builds but I can't wait to finish it and actually ride it.

The distinctive bend of the Thomson setback seat post can be a bit controversial and I can definitely see it not working with some bikes from an aesthetic point of view. I thought it looked kind of unique, was pretty damn light for aluminum (158g), and is easy to adjust. If this doesn't end up working out I'd perhaps find a carbon seat post with the traditional setback bend.
I don't think it looks bad, just think would look better with a more trad bend

The masterpieces are very nice though, I had one before. Actually probably the only thomson thing I like.
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Old 05-04-2019, 11:33 AM
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Crazy steep headtube angle!


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Old 05-04-2019, 11:37 AM
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Crazy steep headtube angle!


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Must be the pics, geo chart seems pretty normal at 73° in most sizes.
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:24 AM
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Cant wait to see the final result! Thinking about getting a Low later this year.
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Old 05-19-2019, 09:22 AM
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Very nice! I love the details.
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Old 06-07-2019, 10:34 PM
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Finally got this project finished up for now and took a test spin. Pretty much this bike is a rocket ship. Accelerates super quick and I feel a lot more efficient at holding high speeds. I am lower on this bike though than on my old ride but am nowhere near slammed. I haven't had a bike fit but everything just felt great but of course need to put some miles in. I'm pretty out of shape right now but it felt like any effort I put down translated to speed like no effort was wasted. Such a sublime feeling I've not felt before in a bike. I didn't find riding on the hoods to be very comfortable for very long but I have fallen in love with these drops and found myself using them a lot which I never did on my old road bike. Also the steering is way more responsive than I'm used to but not in a bad way. I also rode with SPD clipless pedals for the first time and did not fall over despite a lot of stop and go. I of course practiced on an old bike first before the maiden flight. I'll try and get some nice pictures taken next weekend if all goes well.
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:11 AM
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rear derailleur cable routing through top tube?

With the rear cable exiting the seatstay, it appears the cable is routed through the top tube? Does the frame use full length housing or are there housing stops and a cable guide?

Don't see that style often. Very cool!
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