So… its official. I’m done with The Rooster.
Yes thats genuine electrical tape on the frame. HA. But on with the details.
Frame: 1986-1988 double-butted, lugged, cromoly steel Trek 400.
Fork & Headset: I replaced the steel fork and threaded headset with a threadless carbon fiber fork and Cane Creek S2 cartridge headset.
Stem: is nothing special – a 90mm Specialized.
Handlebar: is a Profile By Design 0 degree drop 26mm bullhorn. I used the same shifter/brake configuration I used on my Trek 7.3 with time trial brake levers, bar end shifters mounted with the help of Pauls Thumbies bracket.
Wheels: I bought from a retailer on Ebay – the pair for $175. They’re Shimano Ultegra hubs with Mavic CXP-21 rims. The deraileurs came with it are newer Shimano Deore and work just fine. Tires – 700c x23 slicks (or near-slicks). Nothing special.
The drive train is rad.
The cranks are a compact Shimano Ultegra Hollowtech FC-R700 with external cartridge bottom bracket – .
SRAM 980 with a 9sp SRAM chain.
I also left the brakes that came with it. They’re not flashy but they seem to work well.
The whole bike weighs an even 21lbs and riding it feels like a ball bearing on a steel table – damn good.
As I said, I wanted a good working bike that was un-eye catching. I suppose not detailing the goodies on a publicly viewable website would probably be a good first step, but we’ll leave that alone for now. What it does mean is I’m doing some things to ugly it up a smidge, or at least remove whatever eye catching things it may possess.
Brands and logos will be blacked out or removed if possible. The paint on the frame is flaking and dinged and will remain in the shape its in – though I might go through and spot paint the areas with bare metal with an off color. The color is off-white and somewhat dirty looking – the electrical tape covers the baby blue Trek 400 badging which I didn’t like to begin with – the electrical tape makes it look a dirtier still. I’ll paint the carbon fork a black before its all done to cover the telltale fiber weave too. I’m leaving the ugly seat post and worn seat for as long as I can stand it. I’ll probably black out the carbon creek headset logos and figure out a way to cover the ultegra logos on the wheels. I’m also swapping the quick release wheel skewers with fixed skewers and leaving the old Trek badge on the front – not because its ugly but because I like it.
Heres the velospace page on it.
Heres my dorky image gallery:
But here are the highlights.