About the Build

In life there are always choices and the same is true in cycling. The myriad of colors, steel or carbon or Ti or Aluminum, and the conversation (and cost). Whispers of Sram, Shimano, or Campagnolo. Then the question is asked and then it all hits the fan. For as many people that are out there turning the pedals there is going to always be the great debate. Sram is the relative newcomer to the sport and has had great success, LBL, Prbx, The Tour. You name it the big guns are riding Sram but they are paid to do the job and lets face it most of them could bury us on a old worn out Schwinn collegiate. Sram has the best customer service, while offering the best bang for the buck makes me push/sell Sram all day long. Shimano shows up to the party in their trade mark blue jackets(see Rouleur 16, 17 here at the shop for the story) wielding Di-2, Yes it’s that good, a game changer as they say. If you have the chance ride it, do it and smile, I know I did. If shimano makes an affordable electronic group for the masses it will have a huge impact. Last but not least you have Campagnolo taking a page out of Spinal tap, “it goes to 11” I have spent more time riding or shall I say pedaling squares on 11. The refinement is awesome and the craftsmanship is there too, I’m a fan but you have to pay to play. The stuff aint cheap but life is too short to drink cheap beer, eat fast food or ride cheap bike parts. So to wrap this whole thing up, It all boils down to what conversation you want to have, they are all different and good in there own way. I did say life is too short, time to go for a ride, this debate will go on and on. Im fine with that because its all bikes and that a good thing – Drew.

We recetly built up two custom road bikes here at the shop… both steel frames because roads are only going to get more and more rugged. One customer decided to try Sram, while the other chose Campy after riding one of our bikes. The first is an Independent Fabrications Crown Jewel built with Sram Rival, handbuilt DT wheels, and Ritchey componets. This bike was absolutley beautifull! These pictures taken inside on a rainy day do no justice when it comes to showing how amazing the paint on this bike is. Custom frame geometry and a dialed componet group made this one sweet ride.

Build Specs

  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Headset
  • Stem
  • Handlebars
  • Handlebar Tape
  • Shifters
  • Brakes
  • Seatpost
  • Saddle
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Bottom Braket
  • Cranks
  • Pedals
  • Chain
  • Cassette
  • Wheels
  • Tires
  • Extras