Posts in the category Reader’s Rides

Reader’s Rides: Julian’s Updated 11 Speed PKi2 Scott Spark and New DWi2 Scott Scale


You may remember Julian Da Silva’s custom Scott PKi2 Scale from last June. Heading into the race season for the year, Julian of Alex’s Bicycle Pro Shop was looking for the ultimate in electronic integration – which he created himself when he combined a K Edge Di2 system, and Alfine gear indicator, and Fox ICD lockout system all on the same battery. The race season has come and gone, and Julian reached out to us again, this time with an 11 speed upgrade for the PKi2 and a new Scott Scale DWi2 he put together for one of their team riders, Doug Deweese. After seeing and riding Julian’s PKi2, Doug had to have one of his own.

Check out the results, plus how to upgrade a Ki2 system to 11 speed after the break!


Updated – Reader’s Rides: Liberty Bikes Builds an Amazing Sub 4kg, 8.8 LB Di2 Road Bike – with Pedals!


There’s light, and then there’s are you kidding me? That thing is actually rideable? Liberty Bike’s newest creation certainly falls into that latter category with a complete road bike with pedals that tips the scales just South of 9 pounds! Not quite as light as the 6lb road bike we featured a few years ago, but taking the wow factor up a notch is that this bike is built with an 11 speed Dura Ace Di2 drivetrain. Well, at least part of a Di2 drivetrain, meaning the shifters (modified) and the derailleurs. Mael from Liberty Bikes says that he worked with a friend and customer to build what they think is the first Sub-4 Di2 bike in the world (sub 4 kg). While they wanted it to be sub 4, they also wanted it to be safe meaning it could be ridden like a regular bike.

Is it possible to build a bike under 9 pounds that can be ridden like normal? Check out the details after the break! Updated with full specs and details on those shifters!


Pro Bike Check: Ben Sumner’s Di2 Specialized Crux Carbon U23 CX World Championship Bike

Ben Sumner CX World Championship U23 Specialized Crux Carbon (1)

Imagine taking the overall win for the National Trophy series, winning bronze at the National Championships, and getting to toe the line with the world’s best next month in Hoogerheide, Holland. Now imagine all of that before you’re even 23 years old. That’s the case with the UK’s Ben Sumner as he finishes up a great season on the cross bike and prepares for one final race which just happens to be the biggest one of all. Ben sent over some photos of his dialed ride for the big race that is decked out with some killer parts from his sponsors including Beeline Bicycles, Reynolds Wheels, Upgrade Bikes, Challenge Tires, Specialized UK, and Shimano/Mike Brunson. The full bike is said to weigh just 7kg (15.43lbs).

Details on the build for its World’s debut after the break.


BikePorn: Two Unreal Custom Nicolai Ion 16 Builds

Custom Nicolai Ion 16 BuildSpotted over on the forums is a dream build you’re just going to have to jump past the break to see in it’s full glory. We’ve ridden our share of dream bikes and brought you some pretty ridiculous readers rides and pro bike checks, but these two builds take it to a whole new level with their incredible attention to detail.



Reader’s Rides, er, Wheels – Custom I9 Derby 29er Wheelset

Derby I9 Wheels (1)

Frank from Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Hackettstown, NJ wanted a pair of heavy duty carbon wheels. Rad carbon wheels, made with Industry Nine hubs and spokes – in purple of course. The result is what Frank thinks might be the first set of I9/Derby wheelsets in the world.

Check out the weight and more after the break.


Reader’s Rides: Litespeed Ocoee 650b Conversion

Litespeed 650bAre you ready for Christmas? A customer of Suck Creek Cycles is now, thanks to their help bringing this mid-90s Litespeed Ocoee into the 21st century(it’s actually a Christmas present for their son or daughter – we don’t want to ruin any surprises). In addition to the obvious 650b wheels crammed into the 26″ frame, the Ocoee has also undergone disc tab reassignment surgery to allow the use of disc brakes.  A full Shimano XT kit, Stan’s Arch EX wheels, and Fox fork top it off. As Sam from Suck Creek says, this Ti is back in the GAME!

Downieville Classic Pre Race Interview with Levi Leipheimer

Levi Leipheimer Specialized Stumpjumper

The race steed

In a family who prefers cars and convenience, my Uncle is the lone cyclist. He gave me my first road bike and introduced me to the love-hate relation that exists between every cyclist and a massive grade.

Every year, my Uncle drags me out to watch one of the climbing stages of the Tour de California. Sometimes, we even heckle at more than one location, but for a few years we always cheered for the same guy.

Levi Leiphemier is a local hero. He wasn’t born in Northern California but we’ve adopted him as one of our own. Amongst his many accomplishments, he’s the three time consecutive winner of the TdC. He recently retired from professional road racing and now runs an annual Gran Fondo charity ride (October 5th), as well as dabbling in the occasional local race.

We noticed he was entering the Downieville classic on twitter and reached across social mediums for a little pre-race interview. So drop past the break to learn how fast he can change a flat! READ MORE ->

Tune Offers Sneak Peek at New Line of Road Wheels


On the road side of things, Tune has been putting out some impressively light road hubs that could star at the center of any boutique wheel build. With a full line of complete mountain wheels already available, Tune looks to be expanding their line of wheelsets for the road, which have already been spotted under the likes of Chris Froome at the Tour. Thanks to Fair Wheel bikes, the US distributor for Tune, we have a sneak peak of the upcoming complete wheel line up for the light weight focused German brand that will be unveiled at Eurobike.

The line up not only includes super light road wheels, including what may be the lightest production clincher ever, there are also road disc and aero road disc wheels after the break.


Reader’s Rides: Julian DaSilva’s Scott Spark PKi2, Plus How-To Video

Scott Spark PKi2

When it came time to build up his race bike for the upcoming season, Julian DaSilva wanted something unique. As the service manager at Alex’s Bicycle Pro Shop in Coral Springs, FL, working with various electronic systems got him thinking – what if you could run an electronic drivetrain, suspension control, and the Alfine Di2 display, all off of one battery? Julian spoke with Fox and Shimano who said it probably couldn’t be done, so naturally he set out to prove them wrong.

The result is an impressive build with complete electronic integration that’s easy on the scale as well. Check it out along with a well done how-to video, next!